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bennett | 2 years old

I didn't exactly mean to take a 5 month blogging hiatus.
But it happened.
Aaaaand, I'm not mad about it.

What better reason to make a reappearance though, than Bennett's second birthday!

Today is the day.
My final baby turns 2.

I don't have anything profound or eloquent to say about the passing of time.
But really... it all just happens SO. FREAKING. FAST.
And no matter how hard you try, you can't stop it.

So you better just try to enjoy the ride... and maybe not yell so much... and try to sneak in a few extra snuggles every day. (#goals)

Somehow I went from having this squish (birth story here)...
To this big guy... overnight?!? 
Meanwhile, our whole household is over here like...
"Pump the brakes. 
Give us a second. 
What is life?
Let's just pretend that he's an infant for like a second."
BUT, he's not.
In fact, he is quite the opposite.
Because opposite of infant is, like... 2. Right?

Bennett is quite the little character.
He likes to have a good time.
And he likes to make people laugh.... people that he knows at least.
If he doesn't know you, don't expect anything from him.
Especially eye contact. 
You will only get a peek of the side of his eyes and he glares at you from them.
Such a little people person we are raising. Yikes.

He will however, go to extreme measures to get his brothers to laugh. 
Whether it is by racing, dancing or just making crazy noises. 
They love each other. 
And I love to watch that love.
He is always quick to go and give Brody or Beckam a hug if one if them is hurt or sad. 

Yet, he will also get his "fight face" on and attack one of them at random... in which case it sometimes causing them to be hurt or sad. 
Kid has no mercy.
And he wrestles with the big boys as if a medal is on the line. 
Can we say competitive? 
Bennett is somehow still sleeping in a crib. 
I have no idea how... but I am pretty sure I have been successful in making him believe that he can't crawl out. 
I make a big production about getting him out of it, and he probably thinks that you have to count to three and jump SUPER high in order to clear that rail. 
(Brody was crawling out at 13 months and Beckam 18 months)
Either he is super obedient, lazy or just likes some time along without a brother smothering him.
Or maybe it is all three. 
He is certainly capable of crawling out, considering he is by far the tallest of all of my babies. 

Big guy is starting to talk a lot more.
He is also screaming and whining a lot, so... those words just can't come quick enough. 
Just recently Bennett decided that he wanted to be attached at my hip again.
This was after a long stint of him ignoring me in the presence of Ryan.
I'm not sure why he decided to love me again, but I'm okay with it.
They extra love doesn't go unnoticed.
Especially after I've been carrying around all 30-ish pounds of him for an extended period.

In the last couple of months he has decided that he hates getting his picture taken.
This is unfortunate.
Mostly for him.
Because I am obviously not going to stop. Ever.
Bennett's loves in life are pretty much the same as they were when he was 18 months.
As I think about what he truly loves to do though, it is without a doubt play with tractors.
(And just recently cars too.)
He goes through our tractor bin very carefully and selects certain tractors and implements.
He then carries them to the kitchen table and proceeds to hook them all up and park them in very tidy rows.
He doesn't really farm with them though.
They mostly just change implements and re-park.
Although I did see his combine unloading into a baler the other day. Room for improvement. :)

This task keeps him busy on most days.
He takes breaks from "farming" to go and destroy whatever it is his brothers might be playing with though.
Quite the pot stirrer.
The kid is huge.
He is super tall and full of muscle.
At least, that is what I have to assume since he is so skinny, yet incredibly heavy.
It might just be that giant noggin though.

He is constantly hungry.
He will munch all day and still eat three full meals.
His metabolism must be stellar.
And he certainly didn't get that gene from his mother.

I just can't even imagine life without this crazy kid.
He makes everyday more fun.
We sure are blessed.

You are loved beyond measure Bennett Zane.
I love you 100. xx


  1. Happy Birthday, Bennett! He's so stinking cute!

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