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Cirque du Bebé

November 30th, 2008. (5 months, 4 weeks old.) by ben

I’m working on my acrobat moves, and dressing funny.  I think that’s pretty much what it takes to be in the circus these days, right?

The “Lunge”:

The “Happy Finish”:

Dear Santa…

November 28th, 2008. (5 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth…and my kneecaps.  And hair. Did I mention hair?  It’s really an all anatomical Christmas.

And Mommy says to tell you I’ve been a ‘good boy’.  I offer as exhibit A the large number of smiles documented in this blog, selective editors not withstanding.

(Ed. Note: Ben’s real Christmas list can be found here.)

Happy Thanksgiving 2008!

November 27th, 2008. (5 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

Hello everybody!  I hope you’re having a great holiday!

3-D Geometry Experiment

November 25th, 2008. (5 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

Ever the experimental mathematician (a field I think I’m pioneering), I was just the other day toying with the possibility of certain multi-object 3-D geometry containment relationships.

This one didn’t work out…  But rest assured I’ll keep searching for something that fits!

(Ed. Note: Ben is doing very well sitting up by himself these days.)

Literary analysis of ‘Opposites’

November 22nd, 2008. (5 months, 3 weeks old.) by ben

A study in contrasts, Princess Valentine’s ‘Opposites’ compares nominal opposing entities, but in doing so, exposes the subtle complexities and hidden beauty of the English language.

This master work conveys its greatness with its mere 20 words of literary content and as many carefully rendered images – a model of efficiency.

Take, for example, the nominal opposites, “Cold”, and “Hot”.

An educated person knows that these starkly juxtaposed notions are not true opposites, but rather subjective measures that reflect the experience of those using the words.  But by making this cunning simplification – and through the use of dissimilar pictorial representations – the author cuts through the complex metaphysical issues and connects with her audience in a way that is compatible with the limited attention span of her pre-bedtime readers.  Brilliant!

Yours truly, Voracious Reader, Ben.

Little Ben, Other Ben

November 20th, 2008. (5 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

I had a nice visit with Ben, a.k.a. Ben Z.  Why M&D insist on calling people and things other than me ‘Ben’ is beyond me.  Wouldn’t it be simpler if everything had its own unique name?  Clearly, there are some things in this world that need fixing!  I’m sure Ben Z. won’t mind if I change his name to something else.   “Bob” is pretty close to Ben – but maybe not unique enough.  How about ‘Benzar’, which I hear he used once…  That sounds one-of-a-kind.

Napping Olympics

November 15th, 2008. (5 months, 2 weeks old.) by ben

Sometimes napping can be hard to do.  But that just means that there’s opportunity here.   For example, if napping could be an Olympic sport, I’m sure I could bring home the gold medal!

Here I am doing an In-Crib “Exposed Double Foot Peek” maneuver as I thrash my way to slumber.

And here’s my strong finish, which I’m calling the “Partial Blanket, Half Twist, Binky In”.  Level of difficulty:  High.  Olympic Gold, here I come!

Devouring Books

November 11th, 2008. (5 months, 1 week old.) by ben

Lately, Daddy and I have been reading books at bedtime.  This one is a real page-biter!

International Visitors!

November 9th, 2008. (5 months, 1 week old.) by ben

New Zealanders, Australians, English, Oh My!

Word of my cuteness apparently knows no borders, international or otherwise.

I was very happy to meet Jonathan and Kay, who, despite giving me ‘The Flock’, appears to be unaware of how to use them properly.  Or perhaps there’s a lesson in silliness, or maybe international diplomacy, here?

I also got a visit from Pete, who finally got to see me awake after twice arriving just when I was just getting to sleep!  But, there you are, then! Cheerio!

(Ed. Note: ‘The Flock’ refers to Ben’s sheep themed footwear!  And thanks to all for making the trek to see Ben (& Mom & Dad).  It was great to visit with y’all!)

Race Car Overalls

November 6th, 2008. (5 months old.) by ben

I’m very excited to have finally grown into my race car overalls – now that I’m 19 lbs., 5oz!  Cool!  Daddy, when can I get my 1st race car?

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