Benjamin runs (well crawls fast) away from you when you are undressing him for a bath. He does this mad dash around the house – we have named it his ‘Nudie Run’. He laughs and giggles the whole way!!!
Ipswich has a wonderful, intimate play cafe for tots – Buzzy Bees. Ben and I have been going there one or two times a week for some time now. Ben loves it. It’s our home away from home. It has been our saviour when Ben is teething. We tend to always go for lunch. They have a wonderful toddler menu. Ben has a vegemite sandwich and a nibble platter (ham, sultanas, grapes, cheese and strawberries). We also met up with Joseph, Jayden and Oliver for a play.
The Play Cafe has excellent equipment. It is designed for tots so everything is soft. There is a climbing maze at the back with a shallow ball pit. There is fine motor equipment scattered over the centre as well as a large array of wonderful obstacles for toddlers to climb on, through and over. I still sit with Ben in the play area but it won’t be long before I can sit back and have a coffee. The cafe overlooks the play area.
The owners, Alison and David have been wonderful to us. Alison in particular has given some wonderful advice to me that has helped with Ben. The Play Cafe is definitely an asset to Ipswich.
On Thursday we (Ben, Andrew and I) met Aunty Claire at Ikea for a little shopping. Aunty Claire is expecting a baby and her belly is growing rather large – it is beautiful. Ben took quite a fascination with her belly. He would rub and pat it all the while with a knowing smile on his face. Does he know his little cousin is in there or is it just something nice to play with? Anyhow we await the arrival of their little bundle with excitement. Ben can’t wait to meet his cousin.
Benjamin is lucky enough to have met two great little mates, Joseph and Jayden. They met at playgroup. Joseph and Jayden have recently turned one. We attended their birthday parties. Ben loved it. Joseph’s party was in the park and Jayden’s at his home. To be honest I enjoyed the parties just as much as Ben. The cake….the presents…. the games…… the people…. we love it all. Here are a few pictures of the parties. Scroll over the pictures for details.
Ben has been pushing himself up on one knee and one foot and raising his arms in the air trying to stand alone. He is so close but not quite there. Any day now he will be on two feet. But hey…….why hurry when I can walk holding onto things!!
Ben still loves a story before bed. These are some of the recent favourites.
1. I Went Walking by Sue Machin and Julie Vivas
2. I Love to Dance by Anna Walker (A birthday present from Aunty Carly and Uncle Darrin)
3. I Love to Sing by Anna Walker
4. The Wheels on the Bus – Brimax
5. That’s not my bunny……. by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells