A Timeline of Events in Ben's Life
July 14, 2004 - Ben is born at 12:31 pm at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida. He is 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 inches long. He is beautiful and perfect!
July 15 - Approximately 10 am - Amy and Adam are called by A Bond of Love Adoption Agency in Sarasota, Florida and are informed that the birth mother has chosen them to adopt her son and that they need to get down to Florida to pick him up ASAP. They are shocked and overjoyed at the same time. Quite coincidentally they are already in Sarasota! They tell them that Ben is being discharged at 4 pm and to be there to pick him up! When they get to the hospital they are taken to the nursery where they meet their new son! They go from the hospital to the adoption agency to sign papers then to Target to buy a car seat and some immediate essentials (since they were completely and totally unprepared!). After that they hit the road for Pompano Beach where they will spend the next two weeks enjoying the blissful, sleepless life of new parents. When Ben left the hospital he was down to only 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
July 16 - Ben is switched to Isomil Advance formula after vomiting every single sip of his Enfamil all over his new mother that morning. Good move since he tolerates it beautifully.
July 17 - Ben finally receives an official name! Until now he was actually technically named Baby Boy. Benjamin Ryan Greenberg is officially chosen, and Ben doesn't seem to disagree with it. Ben is named for Amy's Grandfather Bernie who was her mother's father. He's named for a great man and a wonderful role model.
July 21 - Ben has his first post-birth doctor's appointment with Dr. Alan Louis in Tamarac, Florida for a check-up and a Florida state-mandated PKU test (which came back normal). He is now 7 pounds, 3 ounces and almost 21 inches long.
July 28 - Ben heads home from Florida on American Airlines with his mom and dad. Home sweet home!
July 29 - Ben has his first doctor's appointment in St. Louis with his new pediatrician Dr. Laird Vermont. He's now 8 pounds, 2 ounces and 21 inches long. He hates being weighed and measured and having his temperature taken under his arm. He does a really great job of struggling with his mother to rip the thermometer out from underneath his arm. Mom wins but not by much. Later that night Grandpa Jack returns to St. Louis from Paris to see his first grandchild for the first time. Even though Ben is asleep when he first arrives from the airport, he eventually wakes up and seems quite content with his first grandparent visit.
August 4 - Ben gets a visit from his "Uncle" Ted from Virginia who comes bearing gifts especially selected for him by "Aunt" Pam. After he drives out of town in the Jeep Grand Cherokee he bought from Amy, Ben and Amy head back to the airport to pick up Uncle Andy who is visiting from New York.
August 5 - The parental rights of Ben's birth mother are legally terminated by the judge in Sarasota.
August 8 - Great Uncle Larry, Great Aunt Tina, Cousin Angie, Cousins Roz and Leonard and Uncle Andy's friend Josh Weinstein join Amy, Adam, Ben and Grandpa Jack for a welcome brunch for Ben.
August 13 - Grandma Carol, Grandpa Michael and Aunt Debra arrive from New Jersey for the weekend and their first visit with Ben. They are excited to meet him, and the looks on their faces say it all. Ben also attends his first official Girls' Night with his mom and her good friends Diane, Lynn and Michelle at Lynn's house. He is the most popular boy at the party!
August 14 - Ben is one month old today! YAY! In addition to spending the day with his parents, grandparents and aunt, his Great Uncle Neil from Knoxville, Tennessee heads to town to attend Ben's Hebrew Naming the next day. As soon as Great Uncle Neil picks him up, Ben instantly curls up and falls asleep on him, making them both very happy guys.
August 15 - Approximately 80 of Ben's nearest and dearest family members and friends join him for his Hebrew naming at Central Reform Congregation. Rabbi Susan Talve performs the beautiful ceremony (which Ben pretty much sleeps through), officially naming him Melech Netanel meaning King and Gift from God. Melech was chosen because Grandma Nancy's Hebrew name was Malka which means Queen. Netanel is an obvious choice, partially because of the meaning and partially because of the N, which is chosen for Grandma Nancy and his Great Grandfather Nathan, Grandpa Jack's father. After the naming, a delicious lunch is served in the lobby of the temple. 18" pretzel letters spelling out Ben's name from Gus's Pretzels and custom wrapped chocolate bars made by Amy are highlights of the buffet table.
August 18 - Ben and Amy and Adam have their first post-placement visit with Hope Heller, PhD. Three post placement visits are required by the state of Florida before papers can be filed for the adoption's finalization.
August 27 - Adam heads to New Jersey to attend his friend Kevin's weekend, leaving Ben and Amy alone for the first time. They manage just fine and are happy to pick up Adam at the airport two days later.
September 2 - Ben attends his parent's third anniversary dinner at Brio Restaurant with Grandpa Jack.
September 4 - Ben meets his cousins Melissa, Kenny and Spencer Litvin who are in town visiting from Detroit, Michigan.
September 6 - Ben, Amy and Adam host a Labor Day barbecue with Grandpa Jack, Kathy and Alison Hammer and cousins Melissa, Kenny and Spencer Litvin.
September 7 - Ben's crib and room are set up. Spending time in there the first day is not a huge success so he doesn't actually spend the night in there until the next night which is luckily a success.
September 8 - Grandpa Jack heads back to Paris.
September 14 - Ben is two months old today! After the second post-placement visit with Hope Heller, Ben has his two month check-up. Along with being weighed and measured (11 pounds, 12 ounces and 21 inches), he receives four shots, two in each thigh. He takes them in stride though and has no problems.
September 21 - Circumcision day! After arriving at St. John's Hospital at 6 am, they are right on time taking Ben into the operating room at 7:30 am where Dr. Martin Bell does the deed. Ben is amazing though and comes through everything like nothing even happened.
September 30 - Ben has his post-operative visit with Dr. Bell who says that everything looks just fine.
October 5 - The third post-placement visit with Hope Heller is today and goes well.
October 13 - Ben and Amy attend a Baby Boogie class at the Parkway Early Childhood Center.
October 14 - Ben is three months old today! Amy heads to Savannah, Georgia, for her cousin Jeremy's wedding. Grandma Carol and Grandpa Michael drive to town and have lunch and dinner with Ben and Adam before heading to Branson the next day.
October 15 - Ben spends the day with "Grammy" Eleanor Rosenbaum.
October 16 - Grandma Carol and Grandpa Michael return to St. Louis from Branson and spend some time with Ben.
October 17 - Amy returns from Savannah, thrilled to see Ben. That night they have dinner with Grandma Carol and Grandpa Michael and celebrate Grandma Carol's birthday which is the next week.
October 18 - The parental rights of Ben's birth father are legally terminated by the judge in Sarasota.
October 24 - Amy and Adam have their first night out without Ben when they attend a friend's birthday party. Ben spends the evening with "Grammy" Eleanor and "Papa" Richard Rosenbaum.
October 28 - Ben wakes up at 1:30 in the morning with his first cold. He handles it all in his usual stride, like a real trooper.
October 31 - Ben is a dinosaur for his first Halloween. He trick or treats at Uncle Larry, Aunt Tina and his cousin Angie's house then heads over to see Cousins Roz and Leonard. He graciously shares his candy with his mom and dad.
November 2 - Ben heads to the polls to vote for the first time with Amy and Adam then has dinner with Grandpa Jack who is just home from Paris.
November 12 - Grandpa Jack babysits for the first time along with Kathy Hammer.
November 14 - Ben is four months old today!
November 15 - Ben has his four month check up today. He is 14 pounds, 8 ounces and 25 inches long, falling into the 40th percentile for weight and the 50th percentile for height. He also gets four shots, two in each thigh. As usual, with the help of a little Tylenol, it's like it never even happened.
November 18 - Ben, Amy and Adam head to New Jersey for five days via Philadelphia. Ben is great on the plane, getting plenty of rest and having a great time playing with his parents. That night he meets his Great Grandma Lucille for the very first time. Needless to say, it's a pretty happy meeting.
November 20 - Uncle Andy heads to New Jersey to spend the night with his nephew.
November 21 - Ben gets his first taste of the Big Apple as he, Amy and Uncle Andy head to New York for dinner at Shun Lee to celebrate Uncle Andy's 28th birthday.
November 22 - Ben heads home to St. Louis, enjoying another airplane ride.
November 24 - Ben sees snow for the first time when we have a pre-Thanksgiving snow shower, our first of the year.
November 25 - Ben spends his first Thanksgiving with Grandpa Jack, Amy and Adam at City Diner.
November 28 - Ben attends his first Bar Mitzvah party - Clayton Sussman's bar mitzvah brunch at Meadowbrook Country Club.
December 1 - Ben attends a new playgroup with lots of boys and just one girl! Not the best odds in the world....
December 3 - Ben helps celebrate Grandpa Jack's birthday with a party at his house for Grandpa and some of his friends.
December 4 - Ben rolls not once but twice from his stomach to his back for the very first time tonight. He wasn't too thrilled with it the second time!
December 6 - FINALIZATION DAY!!!!! Ben's adoption is finalized by Judge Economo in Sarasota, Florida, with the help of our attorney, Susan L. Stockham. That night his cousin Daniel Cohen comes through town on his way to Colorado for the winter and spends the night with us. Ben and Daniel did some pretty good bonding!
December 7 - The first night of Chanukah - and Ben's first Chanukah ever. We light the Chanukah candles, and everyone gets presents each night.
December 12 - Ben celebrates Chanukah with Amy, Adam, "Grammy" Eleanor and "Papa" Richard Rosenbaum, Doug, Ellen, Jake and Sam Finer and Linda and Richard Stein.
December 13 - Ben and Amy head to Florida to visit Grandpa Jack.
December 14 - Ben is five months old today!
December 18 - Ben attends his first ever Fort Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade party at Grandpa Jack's house where he is the undeniable hit of the party. All 155 people in attendance loved him!
December 21 - Ben and Amy head home from Florida.
December 22 - Ben gets his second cold!
December 25 - Ben's first Christmas. Santa Claus visited Ben and was quite good to him! Ben, Amy and Adam have Christmas dinner at the Caisley's house.
December 29 - Ben has his first ear infection. After a couple of fussy days, Ben went to see Dr. Vermont, and he left with a prescription for amoxicillin and an Advil sample. Despite not feeling good, he's still in a pretty decent mood.
December 31 - Ben, Amy and Adam celebrate the New Year at Marciano's Restaurant in Westport Plaza with the Goldbergs, the Pecks and the Cearleys - 14 people in all (8 adults and 6 kids). After dinner we rang in the New Year at the Goldberg's house with the Pecks. Ben also sat up on his own for the first time tonight!
January 5 - The first playgroup of the new year is at our house.
January 7 - Ben had a visit from the Shalom Baby representative who came bearing gifts! It turns out that she's married to an elementary school classmate of Amy. Grandpa Jack's first cousins Ruthellyn Roufa and June Bierman visited Ben today. Amy feels Ben's first tooth popping out of his bottom gum. It snows tonight too.
January 9 - Ben, Amy and Adam attend the Charter Cable Health & Fitness Expo at America's Center in downtown St. Louis.
January 11 - Adam takes the day off, and Adam, Amy and Ben spend the day at St. Louis Mills Mall wandering around where Ben has his picture taken at a portrait studio.
January 12 - Ben has another visit from the Parents as Teachers representative from the school district. Hope and Maren Heller stopped by for an impromptu visit too.
January 13 - It snowed a bunch today. The electricity went off for a couple of hours, and Ben was fascinated by the gas fireplace. Ben tried his first bite of snow, and it got a favorable reaction.
January 14 - Ben is six months old today! He had his six month check-up and is doing just fine. He now weighs 17 lbs., 7 oz. and is 27 inches long. He had 4 more shots today, but he handled them like a champ! He woke up with a little bit of a runny nose, but he seems okay. It's just that time of year! Dr. Vermont checked his ears, and the infection is all cleared up.
January 15 - Adam's 34th birthday! We celebrate with a family dinner at Kreis's.
January 16 - Heather and Brian Peck join us for dinner at home to continue Adam's birthday celebration.
January 17 - Ben has his first bowl of rice cereal, and he clearly enjoys it.
January 23 - February 15 - Ben and Amy head to Florida to visit Grandpa Jack. During this time a lot happens: Ben's second tooth comes in and immediately catches up with the growth of the first tooth. Ben attends a dinner party at Grandpa Jack's house with many of Grandpa's friends. Ben visits his girlfriend Zoe Horowitz a couple of times and spends time with her big brother Seth and her parents Ellen and Marc. Ben gets a great playpen for just $10 along with a bunch of other great deals including a Prima Pappa highchair for $3 and a Combi stroller for $5. Adam comes down on February 10, and they all attend Grandma Rose Greenberg's 90th birthday party at the Mai Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale where he is enthralled with the Polynesian show. He also meets a lot of great cousins from Grandpa Michael's side of the family. He turns seven months old on February 14!
February 18 - Ben starts saying Da-Da.
February 19 - Ben enjoys watching the chef at Kobe Steak House of Japan prepare dinner for his mom and dad and Heather and Brian Peck when they all go there for dinner. He also meets Maggie and Pounce Peck, an adorable beagle and a cute cat that Ben goes crazy over.
February 20 - Ben meets his friend Malcolm Hinkebein for the first time when he goes with Amy to see Malcolm's mom Michelle before she gives birth on March 1 to Malcolm's new little brother. Diane Hartke and Lynn Rose are there too. Ben also meets Doug and Wendy Hinkebein, two adorable daschsund/beagle mixes, again going nuts over the cute dogs.
February 28 - Ben and Amy attend the last (and the only one they were in town for) session of "Let's Sing!" at the Parkway Early Childhood Center with Andrew and Nancy Goldberg.
March 7 - 17 - Ben and Amy go to Florida for the last time this winter to visit Grandpa Jack. This time there's a lot of company - Pam and Ted Starkey from Virginia spend a couple of nights while down for Spring Training games, Uncle Andy and his friends Alistair and Jody visit for a few nights from New York and Betty and Jerry Blizin from Tarpon Springs, Florida, drive over for a few nights. On March 12 they attend Zoe Horowitz's Hebrew naming and birthday brunch. Ben also goes into the swimming pool for the first time - with very mixed reactions. He turns eight months old on March 14!
March 19 - Diane Hartke and her boyfriend Brian (her husband as of October 1, 2006) babysit for Ben while Amy and Adam are at Marcy Levey and Brian Tivol's beautiful wedding at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.
March 20 - Ben spends the afternoon with Grandpa Jack.
March 24 - Ben and Amy spend the afternoon with Ben's adorable new friend Morgan Lips (born February 28) and her mom Sharon. He particularly enjoys the wonderful Golden Retriever that is living with them.
March 27 - Heather and Brian Peck, Heather's mom Natalie Corn and Nancy, Glenn, Jessica and Andrew Goldberg come over for brunch in honor of Natalie's visit to St. Louis from Las Vegas.
April 2 - 12 - Amy and Adam go to London and Paris, and Ben stays home with Pam Starkey through the 10th and qith Teresa Mareschal from the 10th through the 12th. Grandpa Jack is also in town and spends a lot of time with Ben.
April 14 - Ben is 9 months old today!
April 15 - Ben has his 9 month check up today and is doing just fine. He now weighs 19 pounds and is 28 inches long, putting him into the 25th percentile for both weight and height. His head however is 48 centimeters which puts him above the 97th percentile for head measurement! Tonight he eats his first flour tortilla and also has some vanilla ice cream.
April 16 - Ben eats his first grocery store sample today (cheddar cheese) and his first white rice tonight.
April 17 - Ben enjoys the challah samples at Whole Foods.
April 21 - Ben helps Adam out at the store while Amy has a doctor's appointment. Afterwards Amy takes Ben and Adam out for a Businessman's Lunch at Del Taco where Ben pigs out on tortilla.
April 22 - Sometime around now Ben starts saying Ma-Ma.
April 23 - Ben attends his first Passover seder at Grammy Eleanor and Papa Richard Rosenbaum's house.
April 24 - Ben attends a second night seder at the Peck's house along with the Goldbergs.
April 26 - Ben crawls for the first time - albeit not a far distance each time, but he's doing it now!! He also tries macaroni and cheese and an ice cream cone (cake cone style - no ice cream in it) for the first time and thoroughly enjoys both.
April 27 - Ben goes into the ball pit at the gym class and actually enjoys himself for the first time ever!
April 30 - Ben attends the Moolah Shriner's Circus at the St. Louis Family Arena with Amy and Adam and Heather Peck. Brian Peck - aka Boo the Clown - was one of the clowns in the circus. Ben LOVED the circus! He was mesmerized and clapped and shouted the whole time except during his 30 minute nap partway through the show.
May 5 - Ben took a ride on the carousel at Chesterfield Mall today with Amy. Later Melissa, Ben's new after school buddy, came over for the first time. It took awhile, but Ben eventually warmed up to her enough that he could stop clinging to Amy. Ben also attended his first Cinco de Mayo celebration at El Maguey restaurant where he was serenaded by a mariachi player - and he sang along!
May 6 - Amy's birthday! Ben, Amy, Adam, Grandpa Jack and Heather and Brian Peck all celebrated with dinner at Frank Papa's.
May 7 - Ben wakes up with a cold.
May 8 - Happy First Mother's Day to Amy! Ben, Amy, Adam and Grandpa Jack celebrate with dinner at Bahama Breeze. Amy also gets sick with Ben's cold today.
May 10 - Ben stood up by himself in the playpen two times today!!
May 11 - Ben and Amy went to the office for a while after gym class then had a late Businessman's Lunch at Del Taco with Adam.
May 12 - Ben and Amy had dinner with Grandpa Jack while Adam was at his real estate class.
May 13 - At midnight Ben threw up 3 or 4 times but then seemed just fine - no fever, no other problems at all. He was full of energy for the next couple of hours. By the time he woke up the next morning (at 10:15!) he was better than ever. Ben pulled himself up at the coffee table today. When Melissa came over after school he was more comfortable with her than ever - a success!!
May 14 - Ben is 10 months old today! He attended Andrew Goldberg's first birthday party this morning at the Carousel at Faust Park. Ben was very excited by the carousel and absolutely loved riding around and around. Boo the Clown put on a great magic show too. This was the first one of his friends' birthday parties that he's attended. In the afternoon Ben and Amy went to the Lake School Park in Creve Coeur, and Ben had a great time on the swings. Dinner that night was with Amy and Adam at Heather and Brian Peck's house where Ben spent some quality time with Maggie (the beagle) and Pounce (the cat) Peck.
May 15 - Ben went to visit Adam and Grandpa Jack at the Home & Building Show at the Convention Center downtown. After that he ran some errands with Amy and then ended his day with dinner with Amy, Adam, Grandpa Jack and Kathy Hammer at Balducci's.
May 16 - Ben had lunch today with Amy and Lynne Cole at Lynne's apartment.
May 17 - Ben and Amy had lunch with Ben's new friend Brandon Banashek and his mom Cheryl at Uncle Larry and Cousin Angie's restaurant Lampert's Plush Pig. He also got to meet his cousin Jake Lampert for the first time. That night he and Amy had dinner with Heather Peck at Espina's, a local Mexican restaurant, where he enjoyed the tortillas, cheese and hitting on the hostess.
May 19 - Ben goes to a trial class at Little Gym.
May 22 - Ben spends the afternoon with Grandpa Jack and Kathy Hammer while Amy is at home throwing a baby shower for her longtime friend Kathy Flavin with Adam as her helper. That afternoon Grandpa Jack puts up Ben's swing in the backyard, and Ben spends a lot of time swinging that afternoon and evening.
May 25 - Ben accompanies Amy and Grandpa Jack to the Nissan dealer in Alton, Illinois, where Amy buys a brand new 2005 Nissan Murano S.
May 28 - Ben acts as one of the hosts of a dinner party at home with Heather and Brian Peck, Pam and Ted Starkey from Virginia and Debbie and Jason from Chicago.
May 29 - Ben, Amy and Adam go to the Greek Festival at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Nancy, Glenn, Jessica and Andrew Goldberg join them.
June 1 - Ben hosts playgroup at his house. Everyone has a great time in the backyard playing with all of his toys.
June 2 - Ben and Amy meet Karyn and Ryan Klein and Erica and Gabby Abowitz at a park for some fun playtime together.
June 3 - Pat, the Parkway Parents as Teachers rep, makes a visit to the house.
June 4 - Ben helps Adam at work while Amy volunteers at the Fourth Annual Celiac Walk at Tilles Park with Heather and Brian Peck.
June 5 - Ben, Amy and Adam go out for a quick dinner then make their way to Vlasis Park in Ballwin where Ben has a great time swinging, climbing up stairs and crawling through a tunnel. As a special treat he has some vanilla ice cream. He particularly enjoys the small lake with the fountain as well as the ducks and geese. Tonight he also ate cooked carrots that Amy ran through the baby food mill for the first time, and he loves them!
June 12 - Ben, Amy and Adam attend Dylan Pines's first birthday party at Drace Park.
June 13 - Ben helps Adam out at work for a couple of hours while Amy is doing something else.
June 14 - Ben is 11 months old today!
June 16 - Ben and Amy attend the open house at Camp Micah at Temple Shaare Emeth where Ben will be a camper for the summer once a week with Amy. He'll also be attending a Mommy & Me program at the Shaare Emeth preschool this fall. Andrew and Nancy Goldberg are in the group too.
June 18 - Ben helps Amy out at the Na'amat garage sale at their house.
June 19 - Happy First Father's Day to Adam! To celebrate, Ben takes him out to breakfast at Uncle Bill's where they both enjoy some pancakes. That night the Goldbergs and Heather Peck come over for a Father's Day cookout on the patio. Ben was very generous with gifts to show Adam what a great dad he is - including a great new satellite radio system, a "Greatest Dad" t-shirt and a few other cool things.
June 21 - Ben and Amy take a trip to Costco with Dylan and Jennifer Pines, Morgan Lips and Heather Peck.
June 22 - Once again Ben helps out at the Na'amat garage sale at his house. He also attends his first day of camp with Amy where he spends time fingerpainting, dancing along in music class, playing in the sprinklers, eating a snack of string cheese and playing with all of the toys in the classroom - including being fascinated by the bubbles. That afternoon he's wiped out and takes the longest nap he's ever taken!
June 27 - June 29 - Grandma Carol and Grandpa Michael make an unexpected quick visit to St. Louis and get to see Ben in all his glory! Grandpa Jack also comes to town for a few days, leaving on July 1 to head back to Paris.
July 4 - Ben celebrates his first Independence Day with dinner and fireworks at Grandpa Jack's Central West End 24th floor penthouse apartment. Heather and Brian Peck join him for dinner, and Ron, Linda, Bret, Jennifer and Adam Rich and Myron Kopperman join him for the amazing fireworks shows that they can see from neighboring areas as well as down on the riverfront.
July 13 - Ben brings a special treat to camp today to celebrate his birthday with his new friends - animal crackers!
July 14 - Ben is one year old today! For lunch Ben, Amy and Adam head to Red Robin. Afterwards they go to Vlasis Park to play. That night Ben, Amy and Adam have a birthday dinner at Houlihan's with Heather and Brian Peck.
August 2 - Grandpa Jack comes back to St. Louis from Europe.
August 8 - 12 - Uncle Andy and Melinda Shopsin visit St. Louis from New York.
August 13 - Ben, Amy and Adam attend Cousin Jennifer Lawrence's 9th birthday party. During the party horrible thunderstorms roll into town, knocking out power to more than 250,000 homes in the St. Louis area - including Ben's house! He spends the next couple of nights at Grandpa Jack's apartment until the power comes back on at the house at about 4:30 on Monday afternoon.
August 14 - Ben is 13 months old today!
August 15 - The power comes back on at the house at about 4:30 in the afternoon.
August 21 - Ben, Amy and Adam have dinner with Heather and Brian Peck at Stir Crazy.
August 22 - Ben starts a new session at My Gym. For the first time ever, all he wants to do is go into the ball pit! He also spends time on the slide and the big purple rhinoceros toy that he seems to think is a horse.
August 24 - Ben, Amy and Adam have dinner with Grandpa Jack at Sweet Tomatoes.
August 25 - Ben, Amy and Adam have dinner with Grandpa Jack and Mickey and Judy Ferdman at A'mi's.
August 26 - Ben and Amy have lunch at West County Mall with Karyn and Ryan Klein. After lunch they spend some quality time in the mall's play area.
August 27 - Ben and Amy attend the Cathedral Fete at the New Cathedral in St. Louis.
August 28 - Ben, Amy and Adam attend the United Hebrew Prospective Member Barbecue.
August 30 - Ben and Amy go to the New Family Popsicle Party at Shirlee Green Preschool at Temple Shaare Emeth where Ben will be attending a Mommy & Me class this year with Amy.
September 2 - Ben and Amy go to the Rosenbaum's house to see Zach, Josh and Fab Rosenbaum in for the week from California. Afterwards Ben, Amy and Adam have dinner at Plush Pig BBQ with Grandpa Jack. Aunt Tina and Uncle Larry are there too. Today happens to be Amy and Adam's fourth anniversary. Ben had a great time.
September 3 - Ben, Amy and Adam join Grandpa Jack and Eleanor, Richard and Andy Rosenbaum for an anniversary dinner at Gerard's. Ben LOVES the live music in the bar and spends much of the evening there rocking out.
September 4 - Ben, Amy and Adam spend the afternoon with Grandpa Jack at the pool at his condo. Ben has a great time. Later Ben, Amy and Adam attend a Labor Day Weekend BBQ at Heather and Brian Peck's house. Also there are the Goldbergs, the Carsons and one of the rabbis from Shaare Emeth and her husband.
September 5 - Grandpa Jack accompanies Ben and Amy to Ben's My Gym class. Afterwards they pick up Adam and all head back to Grandpa's pool for another afternoon of fun in the sun.
September 6 - Ben starts his Kindermusik class.
September 7 - Grandpa Jack goes back to Europe.
September 8 - Ben starts his first day of preschool!
September 10 - Ben and Amy drop Adam off at the store and pick him up that afternoon. After that they head to an art show at the Schlafly Brewery.
September 11 - Ben starts a swimming class at the JCC West. Afterwards Ben, Amy and Adam attend a picnic at Temple Emanuel.
September 12 - Ben wakes up with a cold.
September 14 - Ben is 14 months old today! He also starts a Motor Explorers class at the Parkway Early Childhood Center.
September 16 - Ben starts a swimming class at the West County YMCA.
September 21 - Ben and Amy have lunch with Cheryl and Brandon Banashek at the Galleria and spend some time wandering around.
September 25 - Ben, Amy and Adam attend the Jewish Family Jamfest at the JCC. Jewish musician (and St. Louisan) Rick Recht performs. Ben has a blast!
October 1 - Ben, Amy and Adam go to a craft fair at Parkway West.
October 2 - Ben, Amy and Adam attend the Preschool's Fall Festival Fundraiser at Theis Farm. They have a great time - especially when it comes to petting goats! Ben also takes his first steps this afternoon at the Peck's house!!
October 4 - Ben and Amy attend Rosh Hashanah services at Temple Emanuel. That night they all have dinner at Eleanor and Richard Rosenbaum's house then head over to Heather and Brian Peck's house for dessert.
October 5 - Amanda, Ben's babysitter, takes him to his Motor Explorers class when Amy can't.
October 6 - Ben, Amy and Adam have dinner at Eleanor and Richard Rosenbaum's house. Ben is in a great mood and goes through all of his "tricks" and then some. He's more charming and funny than ever tonight!
October 7 - Ben wakes up in a VERY fussy mood so Amy and Adam decide to skip his swimming class at the Y today.
October 11 - Ben has his school picture taken. Grandma Carol and Grandpa Michael make a quick trip to St. Louis.
October 14 - Ben is 15 months old today!
October 15 - Ben, Amy and Adam go to Frank 'n Patty's for lunch then to the Kirkwood Farmers Market for their annual pumpkin buying trip. Afterwards they go to Laurie's Shoes where they buy Ben his very first pair of big boy shoes (and actually his very first pair of shoes ever) - Stride Rite tennis shoes. They have dinner that night at Plush Pig BBQ with Aunt Tina and Uncle Larry.
October 17 - Ben has a visit from his Parents as Teachers educator Pat Landzaat.
October 18 - Ben has his 15 month check-up. He is now 22 pounds, 8 ounces and 31 inches tall.
October 21 - Ben and Amy attend playgroup at the play area at West County Mall. Afterwards they have lunch with Karyn and Ryan Klein.
October 23 - Great Uncle Neil spends the night with Ben, Amy and Adam. They have a great time catching up.
October 26 - Ben has his very first haircut at The Hairy Elephant. He does seem to mind it one bit - particularly since he was sitting in a Mercedes Benz convertible clutching a toy train while he watched a video of Elmo and someone was blowing bubbles at him. He looks so grown up now!!
October 28 - Ben and Amy attend the great Halloween party at My Gym. This year Ben is dressed as a horse.
October 30 - Ben, Amy and Adam meet Cheryl and Brandon Banashek at the St. Louis Mills Mall for trick or treating in the mall.
November 7 - Ben, Amy and Adam pick Grandpa Jack up at the airport.
November 11 - Ben and Grandpa Jack meet Eleanor and Richard Rosenbaum for dinner.
November 13 - Grandma Carol and Grandpa Michael make a quick trip to St. Louis.
November 14 - Ben is 16 months old today!
November 16 - Ben and Amy attend a great program at the Parkway Early Childhood Center - Hooked On Books. Amy learns all sort of fun ways to make creative books for Ben while he gets the run of the fun classroom.
November 24 - Thanksgiving - but Ben, Amy, Adam and Grandpa Jack celebrate with a pot of Amy's homemade Italian Sausage Tomato Cream Sauce and spaghetti and homemade Caesar Salad since their big celebration will be the next night when Uncle Andy comes to town.
November 25 - Uncle Andy comes to town, and that night Eleanor and Richard Rosenbaum join them all for a huge Thanksgiving feast.
November 26 - Everyone attends a reception for cousin Sara Kaskowitz and her new husband.
November 28 - Uncle Andy heads to Austin, Texas, for business.
December 3 - Grandpa Jack's birthday! That night he and Great Uncle Larry come over for dinner to celebrate the big day - with dinner courtesy of Plush Pig BBQ. Later the Glasers and Rosenbaums come over for dessert and to help celebrate a little more.
December 11 - 24 - Ben and Amy head to Florida to visit Grandpa Jack and attend his annual Winterfest Boat Parade Party - a scaled down one this year due to the damage to his house from Hurricane Wilma. Ben turns 17 months old on December 14!
December 25 - Ben's second Christmas. Santa Claus visited Ben again this year and was quite good to him!
December 27 - Ben, Amy and Adam go to the Rosenbaum's house to for a Chanukah party with Eleanor and Richard, Eleanor's cousin Gary and Doug, Ellen, Jake and Sam Finer.
December 28 - The Goldbergs, the Kleins, the Banasheks, the Banashek-Cole's and the Pecks join Ben, Amy and Adam for their first annual Chanukah Party. Everyone had a great time. Take a look at some pictures here.
December 31 - Heather and Brian Peck come over to spend New Year's Eve with Ben, Amy and Adam.
|January 1 - Happy New Year!|
|January 6 - Pat from Parents As Teachers visits the house.|
|January 9 - Lynne Cole, a friend of Amy's from Na'amat, comes over for lunch.|
|January 11 - Ben spends his first day at school all by himself at "Mom's Morning Out." He does so well!|
|January 12 - Ben and Amy go to the Parkway Early Childhood Center for Toddler Tunes. Ben seems more interested in the books and the child-sized furniture than the songs, but he still seems to have a great time.|
|January 14 - Ben is 18 months old today!|
|January 15 - Adam's 35th birthday! Ben and Adam start the day with breakfast in bed prepared by Amy then they head to Ben's swimming class at the JCC West. Afterwards they meet Amy at Uncle Bill's for lunch and a little shopping. That night Amy and Adam go to Kreis's for dinner then to the movies to see "Grandma's Boy."|
|January 17 - Ben's 18 month check-up is this morning. He weighs 24 pounds, 5 ounces and is 32 inches tall!|
|January 23 - Ben has a cold so we skip today's gym class and tomorrow's Kindermusik class - the last one unfortunately.|
|January 30 - Ben has a dinner date with his favorite babysitter Amanda and her best friend Leah. They had a great time!|
|January 31 - Ben and Amy go out to dinner with Uncle Larry and Angie Lampert.|
|February 9 - Grandpa Jack comes to town for a long weekend. Adam and Ben have a boy's night out with him and coincidentally run into cousins Tony, Nancy, Alycia and Addison Lampert. They all have dinner together and have a great time.|
|February 10 - Ben, Amy, Adam and Grandpa Jack go to Plush Pig BBQ and have dinner there with Uncle Larry, Aunt Tina and Angie.|
|February 11 - Ben has a bit of a fever so everyone stays home all day. Tonight he gets a small splinter stuck in the instep of his right foot right near his big toe. Amy and Adam can't get it out and it's bothering Ben so they decide to call the doctor's office on Monday morning.|
|February 12 - Ben officially has a cold and a cough.|
|February 13 - Amy and Ben go to the doctor's office this morning. It takes Amy, Dr. Vermont and Toni the nurse to hold Ben down to try to get the splinter out - and Dr. Vermont still couldn't get the whole thing out. While they're there they find out that Ben has an ear infection. Antibiotics are prescribed, and Ben spends the rest of the day playing. That night Grandpa Jack comes over, and Amy makes dinner. Today happens to be Amy and Adam's 13 year anniversary.|
|February 14 - Ben is 19 months old today! Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!|
|February 18 - Ben, Amy and Adam have lunch with Cousins Andrea, Luther, Jennifer, Beth, Clarissa, Carly and Cousin Angie.|
|February 22 - Ben goes to school by himself at "Mom's Morning Out."|
|March 1 - Ben gets his hair cut for the second time at The Hairy Elephant. Take a look at the process and the results!|
|March 3 - Adam's Aunt Susan from Florida is in town, and Ben, Amy and Adam spend the day giving her a tour of St. Louis.|
|March 4 - Ben, Amy and Adam walk Main Street in St. Charles and have lunch with Aunt Susan.|
|March 5 - Aunt Susan and her boyfriend Bryan come over for dinner.|
|March 7 - April 13 - Ben, Amy and Adam head to Pompano Beach to visit Grandpa Jack. While they're there Ben turns 20 months old!|
|April 14 - Ben is 21 months old today!|
|April17 - Ben and Amy go to My Gym then have lunch with Ryan and Karyn Klein.|
|April 21 - Ben and Amy have breakfast at St. Louis Bread Company at the Galleria with Sara and Susan Jarecke, their friends from Cleveland.|
|April 22 - Ben and Amy have breakfast at Sunrise Cafe with Eleanor, Richard and Andy Rosenbaum.|
|April 30 - Ben and Amy attend Chloe Lutsky's 2nd birthday party at the J West.|
|May 2 - Ben and Amy go to their first Music Together class at Shaare Emeth. Brandon and Cheryl Banashek are in their class.|
|May 3 - Ben goes to school by himself at "Mom's Morning Out."|
|May 5 - 8 - Amy goes to New York, and Ben and Adam are bachelors for the long weekend.|
|May 6 - Amy's birthday!|
|May 8 - 12 - The Greenbergs - Grandma Carol, Grandpa Michael and Aunt Debra - arrive for a visit from New Jersey.|
|May 10 - Ben goes to school by himself at "Mom's Morning Out."|
|May 14 - Ben is 22 months old today! It's also Happy Mother's Day to Amy. For lunch Ben, Amy, Adam and Ga (aka Grandpa Jack) go out for dim sum. That night they go to the Rosenbaum's house for dinner.|
|May 17 - Ben goes to school by himself at "Mom's Morning Out."|
|May 18 - Ben's Parents As Teachers Rep Pat comes to the house for a great meeting.|
|May 21 - Andrew Goldberg's second birthday party is today at the Little Gym. Ben has a great time! He even ate the pizza (a first), drank the apple juice (also a first) and ate the birthday cake, starting the the frosting as usual. That night Ga, Uncle Larry, Aunt Tina, Angie and Jake Lampert and Tony, Nancy, Alycia and Addison Lampert all come over for dinner. Alycia, Addison and Ben had a GREAT time together!|
|May 23 - Ben and Amy have lunch at Red Robin with Cheryl and Brandon Banashek after their Music Together class. That night Ben, Amy, Adam and Ga all attend Kara Sussman's high school graduation party. Ben pigs out on all of the great desserts, particularly enjoying anything and everything covered in chocolate like he was multiple times throughout the night.|
|May 24 - Ben goes to school by himself at "Mom's Morning Out."|
|May 25 - Today is the last day of Mommy & Me at preschool. After school is over Ben and Amy go to Andrew and Nancy Goldberg's house for a little bit of extra playtime.|
|May 28 - Cheryl, Mike and Brandon Banashek and Karyn and Ryan Klein all come over for a bbq.|
|May 29 - Ben, Amy and Adam all head to Roz and Leonard Glaser's house for a Memorial Day bbq.|
|June 3 - Ben spends the morning at work with Adam while Amy volunteers at the Bi-State Celiac Walk.|
|June 7 - Ben and Amy start four weeks of camp at the Parkway Early Childhood Center along with Andrew and Nancy Goldberg.|
|June 10 - Ben and Amy go to two birthday parties today for two year olds - Dylan Pines' party at The Pointe in Ballwin and Sal Cerrato's party at his home in Fenton.|
|June 13 - Ben gets his third haircut at The Hairy Elephant.|
|June 14 - Ben is 23 months old today!|
|June 15 - Camp Micah Open House is today where Ben meets his counselors for the summer.|
|June 18 - Father's Day! Nancy, Glenn, Andrew and Jessica Goldberg all come over for a Father's Day bbq. Heather and Brian Peck come over for dessert.|
|June 20 - Ben starts six weeks of summer camp twice a week at Camp Micah.|
|June 28 - Ben starts a series of five private swimming lessons at the J West with Kara Sussman.|
|July 3 - Ben comes down with a BAD case of the stomach flu that lasts about a week.|
|July 12 - Ben goes to My Gym for Storytime with Mymo. It's such a hit that he goes the next four weeks in a row!|
|July 14 - Ben is 2 years old today! After going to have his picture taken Amy, Adam and Ben go to Red Robin for lunch with Heather and Brian Peck. After a trip to Costco they head home to open presents and have Ben's favorite for dinner - a chicken nugget Happy Meal from McDonald's!|
|July 15 - Ben and Amy pick up Ben's birthday party cake at Sam's. That afternoon Amy makes Ben's train birthday cake for the family party the next night. That night Ben, Amy and Adam have dinner at the Klein's house - Karyn, Dave and Ryan.|
|July 16 - Ben has his second birthday party in the morning at My Gym. That night a few family members and friends come over for a special birthday dinner for Ben.|
|July 18 - July 21 - Grandma Carol and Grandpa Michael come to town for a visit.|
|July 24 - Ben and Amy have lunch after My Gym with Ryan and Karyn Klein and Heather Peck.|
|July 26 - Amy hosts the annual American University Summer Send Off Party for incoming students and their parents. Ben proceeds to flirt with and charm all of the girls in attendance.|
|July 27 - The last day of Camp Micah for Ben. There is a cute parent program that Amy and Adam attend. The kids and parents all sing songs then go back to their camp room for snacks and a little bit of playtime.|
|July 29 - Ben and Amy attend Ezra Shifrin's 2nd birthday party at the J West.|
|July 31 - Ben and Amy have lunch after My Gym with Ryan and Karyn Klein and Lynne Cole.|
|August 1 - Grandpa Jack (aka Ga) comes home to St. Louis from Europe.|
|August 5 - Ben and Amy attend Evan Faintich's 2nd birthday party at Little Gym. That night Grandpa Jack babysits for Ben while Amy and Adam go to the Muny to see Oliver.|
|August 7 - Ben's new friends Jordan Ryan Peck and Max Phillip Peck are born!|
DUE TO A COMPLETE AND TOTAL LACK
OF TIME, THIS TIMELINE HAS NOT BEEN
UPDATED IN QUITE AWHILE SO LET'S SKIP FORWARD TO MORE RECENT TIMES...
|August 7 - 22 - Ben and Amy spend two weeks in Florida at Grandpa Jack's house (NOTE: Grandpa Jack will henceforth referred to as Ga). Adam joins them for the second week. Uncle Andy and Melinda spend three days with Ben and Amy at the end of the second week of their trip.|
|August 24 - Ben's friend Natasha Theusch from Shirlee Green Preschool comes over for a playdate with her mom Amy.|
|August 27 - Ben starts in Room 1 at Hope Montessori in Creve Coeur. His teachers are Nancy, Norlita and Becky. He is in a mixed age classroom. In addition to his regular class, he also takes Computers and Spanish once a week.|
|August 29 - September 4 - Uncle Andy and Melinda come to St. Louis for a full weekend of engagement festivities. The main event - a lovely engagement brunch at the Golf Course restaurant in Forest Park - turns into a surprise wedding! Congratulations to Uncle Andy and Aunt Melinda!!|
|September 6 - Ben starts a gym class at the Little Gym in Ballwin with his friends Dylan Pines, Morgan Lips, Evan Faintich and Noah Pines. He is also taking a weekly class at one of his favorite places in the world - My Gym.|
|September 15 - Ben attends Alexandra Johnson's 4th birthday party at Pump It Up.|
|September 16 - Ben starts 6 weeks of Start Smart soccer at the JCC West location. He is joined by many of his old friends including Andrew Goldberg, Dylan Pines, Natasha Theusch, Tyler Seigel, Mason Seigel, Jordan Eisen, Lilly Houser and lots of other old Shirlee Green Preschool friends.|
|September 18 - Amy and Adam attend Parents' Night at Hope Montessori. Ben has a date with Grammy Eleanor Rosenbaum and declares her a good cooker.|
|September 22 - Ben attends Luke Horton's 4th birthday party at the Museum of Transportation's Creation Station. That night he attends to Break the Fast dinners - one at the Sussman's house and one at the Glaser's house|
|September 24 - Ben starts weekly swimming lessons again, this time with Brittany Cohen at the JCC West since his regular teacher Kara Sussman is back at college.|
|September 26 - Ben attends a play based screening at the Parkway Early Childhood Center and gets high scores throughout the entire evaluation.|
|October 6 - Ben, Adam and Amy attend Parent Child Workday at Hope Montessori.|
|October 8 - Ben's friend Natasha Theusch, her father Jim and his fiance Darlene come over for dinner.|
|October 13 - Ben and Amy attend a party at Plush Pig BBQ in honor of their cousin Jake Lampert who has graduation from law school and passed the bar exam.|
|October 26 - Ben attends the party that is the highlight of his party going each year - the annual Halloween party at My Gym. This year he is dressed as Popeye complete with corn cob pipe and a can of spinach.|
|October 28 - Ben and Adam attend the first of three weeks of Just Me & My Dad at the JCC West.|
|October 31 - Halloween! Ga also returns from two months in Paris. That night Ben trick or treats throughout the neighborhood then heads to Marilyn and Jay Cohn's house for a visit. His neighborhood also has a small Halloween party that he attends.|
|November 2 - Ben spends the night with Ga at his Central West End condo.|
|November 3 - Brooke, Lisa and Jason Ruttenberg from Detroit, Michigan, spend the night on their way home to Detroit from Kansas where they adopted adorable little Brooke. Everyone instantly fell in love with Brooke - especially Ben who still tells Amy that he's sad that Baby Brooke isn't here anymore.|
|November 5 - Ben's friend David Sachs from Robert's Music Together comes over for a playdate with his mom Madeline.|
|November 10 - Ben, Amy and Adam attend a fun Community Appreciation Festival in Chesterfield. Ben doesn't want to leave due to the popularity of the baby animal petting zoo and fire truck and ambulance.|
|November 11 - Ben and Adam attend the final of three weeks of Just Me & My Dad at the JCC West. Ga also returns from a weekend in Washington, DC, and Ben, Amy and Adam pick him up at the airport.|
|November 15 - Uncle Andy's birthday!|
|November 17 - Ben attends Abby Caudill's birthday party at Pump It Up. That night he spends the night at Ga's house.|
|November 18 - Ben attends Julia Lane's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese.|
|November 22 - Thanksgiving! Ben, Amy, Adam and Ga spend it with the Ferdmans and later with the Cohns.|
|November 23 - Ben, Amy and Ga attend the Max & Ruby Live! Show at the Florissant Civic Center. After the show there is a meet and greet and autograph signing session. That night he spends the night at Ga's house.|
|November 30 - Ben gets his hair cut by Tracy at the Hairy Elephant.|
|December 2 - Ben, Amy and Adam host a small dinner party for Ga's birthday (which is December 3).|
|December 3 - Ga's birthday! After school Amy takes Ben to see Santa at Chesterfield Mall. He tells him that he wants candy for Christmas. That night there's another small dinner party for Ga's actual birthday.|
|December 4 - The first night of Chanukah! Ben, Amy, Adam and Ga light the Chanukah candles.|
|December 5 - 26 - Ben and Amy go to Florida with Grandpa Jack. While they're there, Ga has his annual Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade Party. With 120 people or so in attendance, Ben has a great time. He's an amazingly social kid! The trip is very low key and fun. Among the highlights are Ben dancing on the hot tub cover for everyone at the boat parade party (and recreating it again the next night as well as on his picnic table) and doing Jazzercise with Amy one morning as well as up on the stage with Ga and one of the instructors at a Jazzercise holiday party. Santa even remembered to visit Ben in Florida!|
|December 31 - Ben, Amy and Adam have New Year's Eve dinner with Cheryl, Mike, Brandon and Max Banashek at their house. The boys have a good time playing, and the adults enjoy the evening too.|
January 1 - Ben, Amy and Adam celebrate the first day of the new year by taking a ride on Highway 40 which is about to shut down the next day for two years. They have lunch at Courtesy Diner and follow it up with a trip to Target and the grocery store.
January 2 - Ben starts school again at Hope Montessori and is thrilled to be back. He also starts gym class again at My Gym that afternoon.
January 3 - Ben and his classmates at the Little Gym put on a show for the moms and special guests that come to class that day. They all do a great job!
January 4 - Amy takes Ben to the doctor in the morning. He has pink eye and a double ear infection but has amazingly good spirits considering it all.
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