Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ben the Weirdo

Ben has developed several weird habits in his short life. For instance, when he's having a strong emotion he flaps his arms up and down. It looks like he's trying to fly. He does it when he's mad or happy, but it's more vigorous when he's excited. Last week he was watching Heath juggle blocks and I thought he would flap up to the ceiling.

By now Ben is proficient with the binky. He can locate it within a three foot radius, pick it up and put it in his mouth the correct way (or twist it until it's correct). He's also figured out that if he wants to put something else in his mouth, he needs to spit out the binky. Which he does, sometimes with almost lethal force. So, it's always odd when he does the following: He'll pick up an object and bang it against his binky. A book, a toy, my hand. He doesn't spit the binky out, he just hits himself in the head.

In the past week he's started a new one. While I'm feeding him a bottle he'll use his right hand to pull his own hair. It almost looks like he's running his fingers through his hair, but he seems to be pulling. I don't get it.

I feel like he's trying to tell us something, but we'll probably never know what. Or, at the very least, we've ended up with a child as neurotic as we are.

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