Super Ben

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Ben and his dada, Berkeley, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Dear Ben,

You are two and a half years old today.

It’s hard to believe that you are even more adorable than you were when you were a baby. Seriously Ben, how is that even possible?

It might have something to do with the fact that you are talking and saying hilarious and endearing things. You are the only one I know who can talk about himself in the third person and have it sound totally normal. “Ben scared. Ben not tired. Ben no sleeping. Ben NO SLEEPING!!!” The other morning, In a moment of pure and total maternal pleasure, you hugged me really close and whispered in my ear, “I like you…”

Ben, you know how to make a girl melt.

It’s amazing to see the you-ness come out in you, the pieces that I can see now have always been there, the pure undiluted Ben-ness of you. I cherish each and every detail, the quiet confidence you have, your love of physical comedy, how sure you are of your place in the world. You are my superhero Ben, not because of what you are capable of doing, but how completely you occupy your own spirit.

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51 Comments

  1. meenu

    awesome photo!
    I love how he is framed by the window and his strong stance is juxtaposed by the watchful gaze and hand of his father.
    awesome!

  2. Alison

    I love this, and that plant outside your window makes it look like you all live in a teeny tiny house, and those leaves are just blades of grass.

  3. AscenderRisesAbove

    what a marvelous photo! He does look sure of himself – confident; yet, not thinking of jumping on dad’s belly at all.

  4. Diana

    Oh, WOW. Brilliant shot.

  5. Trish

    2.5 already? Why do I feel like I’ve known you much longer? Super Ben is a Super Man in the Making and he has his own super heroine of Andrea the Awe Inspiring Super Heroine of her self. Be proud of who you are when you look in the mirror, Ben reflects that in his own image. I’m proud to know you.
    Much love and besos,
    Trish

  6. michelle

    Love it! And love Ra-Ra in the background…:) Happy half birthday, Ben! Xo

  7. Trisha

    Lucky, lucky Andrea.
    Lucky, lucky Ben.
    🙂

  8. Rose

    My son is the same age. He tells me that I am his “best fwend, Mommy”. In shock, I feel so much joy that time stands still. I want to hold the moment and keep it with me for…..I guess forever!
    Who knew that boys could be so sweet?

  9. Rose

    My son is the same age. He tells me that I am his “best fwend, Mommy”. In shock, I feel so much joy that time stands still. I want to hold the moment and keep it with me for…..I guess forever!
    Who knew that boys could be so sweet?

  10. Puanani

    He needs a scepter. Quick, someone grab the plunger!

  11. feva

    Awesome 🙂
    Looks like you have august already, well at least I can see this post as august 🙂

  12. feva

    Awesome 🙂
    Looks like you have august already, well at least I can see this post as august 🙂

  13. Shelley Noble

    Great capture. Great post. Tender sensitive awarenesses. A new Superhero is revealed.

  14. patricia

    that is a gorgeous moment you’ve captured, andrea.

  15. mary catherine

    awesome photo–and a happy 2.5 to ben!

  16. Sunny

    What a cutie! He does look like Super Ben-Conqueror of the Sofa. I can’t believe he is 2.5 years old already. Tell him Aunt Feet loves him!

  17. andread

    I like you too 😉 Ben is beautiful. I love seeing Matt there on the couch. Your two beautiful boys. LOVE. You inspire me to live with passion. Keep doing what you are doing. It’s good to hear you again.

  18. Susie

    God, don’t you love it when a photo just SPEAKS, “yep, this is who I am…”
    this is a wonderful shot!

  19. Lori

    I linked to you off of Kelly Rae’s site and I LOVE your work and I Love this post. 🙂

  20. Lori

    I linked to you off of Kelly Rae’s site and I LOVE your work and I Love this post. 🙂

  21. thea coughlin

    OMGoodness Andrea what a fabulous photograph!

  22. jill

    I like you too. And I really like Ben. Always have been so delighted by him! Such a blessed little family you are!!

  23. Catherine

    beautiful!
    i just wrote a letter to max on my blog too.
    lots of love letters to cute babies going on.
    love it

  24. Carole

    Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful portraits I have ever seen. I said, “WOW!” as soon as I opened up the page. Just. beautiful.

  25. Denise

    the picture says it all

  26. Connie

    Simply beautiful!

  27. busymomma66

    I saw the photo and thought “Dun dada dun” It’s SuperBoy. Then I read the post and it soo fits. I love how his shoulders are pulled back as he proudly stands there. What a great boy you have, I already know that you treasure him!!

  28. Ashely

    such a super hero!

  29. Ashely

    such a super hero!

  30. Rachel

    What a great photo!

  31. Andi

    Greetings! I’m a new reader. Not sure how I came across your blog, but I’m sure glad I did. This 1st post I read was beyond precious. Ben is gonna love reading this one day. Cheers! 🙂

  32. monique

    Just while reading this, I remembered back , reading your blog a long time ago when you wanted so badly to get pregnant and have a baby. So sweet it happened. You are an awesome mommy!

  33. crissy

    tee hee! so cute! happy 2.5 ben!!! and have 2.5 years of parenthood to you!!!
    p.s. what an amazing jungle you have outside your window!

  34. Leslie

    Holy Jurasic Park Superhero….great photo of Ben and his daddy…AND the cactus outside your house!

  35. Brené

    love this. beautiful picture. beautiful boy.

  36. Kim

    what a beautiful beautiful boy.

  37. Kim

    what a beautiful beautiful boy.

  38. Belinda Fireman

    I absolutely adore this image, and the fact that you write letters to your son. It nearly brings tears to my eyes! And btw, I have the same couch as you.

  39. bridge

    he’s making this girl melt~!

  40. Veronica TM

    happy 2.5 years to both of you! what an amazing photo and what an amazing post.

  41. Ali

    that is a magnificent photo

  42. Sheila

    Okay, I’m sobbing this is so sweet. May Ben forever occupy his own spirit.

  43. Bri

    That is the cutest picture ever! And what a sweet tribute.

  44. Keri

    Your writing brought tears to my eyes. And, that picture is amazing!

  45. Dawn

    This is an awesome photo. You would love Jonathan Richman’s song ‘Not Yet Three.’ 🙂

  46. Dawn

    This is an awesome photo. You would love Jonathan Richman’s song ‘Not Yet Three.’ 🙂

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