When I started this blog nearly four years ago, I designed it to look fun and playful, just like my sweet little boy who was not yet two years old. At that point Benjamin wasn't even crawling, and he was still very much my baby. Today, I have an active 5 year old who loves to ride the bus to and from school for his second year of Pre-K. He is being integrated more and more into a regular classroom setting. He is learning to follow the teachers' instructions. He is swinging and sliding at recess and is very familiar with his daily class schedule. He is making friends. Just last week two little girls from his class sent him home with homemade cards!
At home he loves to initiate play with Mommy and Daddy. He loves to wrestle with Daddy and dance with Mommy. He is feeding himself independently with our supervision. He is using some sign language and recently started with a new speech therapist to introduce him to a touch-screen talker that he has been using at school and home. Hand over hand we help him push buttons for daily activities such at "eat," "drink," "all-done," etc..., and an automated voice says the word for him. It is a communication bridge until he is able to articulate words on his own. And though Benjamin is not yet verbal, he is demonstrating in many other ways that his understanding and comprehension are increasing in multiple areas. In other words, my baby is growing up!
With all of this in mind, it only seemed appropriate that this blog dedicated to my beautiful son should take on a more "grown-up" look. As we continue to journey through "Holland" Benjamin will continue to learn and grow and surprise us with all that he's capable of doing. No matter how grown-up he becomes, though, he will always be my baby!