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Ben is now able to answer questions with an actual coherent answer! I ask him questions all the time - "what color is this?", "how many strawberries do you have?" "who's that?" (pointing at animal picture). But now, he can actually remember things and answer questions about them hours later.

We found this out Sunday when we came home from the zoo, and Paul was asking Ben about the animals he saw.

PAUL: "What animals did you see Ben?"
BEN: "Ah-ppo" ("Hippo")
PAUL: "You saw a hippo? What else did you see?"
BEN: "Monkey!"
ME: "What was the monkey eating, Ben"
BEN: [furrowing brow to think]..."Odo!" (Orange)

The monkey WAS eating an orange - I asked Ben about that when we saw it. Ben himself loves oranges, of course, which is how he remembered it. But even today, I asked Ben, "Who did you play with today at school?" and got a big grin and an answer: "Oggie!" (his new guy buddy August)

Ben now actually understands some semblance of English...and can almost reply to questions. His comprehension of the world around him gets better every day, and as he understands more, he can explain more to us. It's amazing watching his little brain develop. He's also always so proud of himself when he answers a hard question - we get big grins with the answer. I'm so proud and happy to be the mama of this tiny boy.

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  • 09:40 @sarahmorgan Thanks for the reminder! I thought I had RSVP's to the tweetup, but hadn't. All signed up now at bit.ly/db8GRz #epharma #

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  • 13:27 RT @LibertyMedical: Red wine & tea have natural antioxidants - may help w/glucose levels! Read about health benefits: bit.ly/auYCTQ #
  • 14:30 Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism Is Retracted by the Lancet - AOL News: bit.ly/cxc3AD via @addthis #
  • 16:34 @bgrice There are worse excuses than "wine helps my diabetes" to get drunk, right? #
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  • 11:26 @HealthIntel I am attending the ePharma summit next week. I'm actually excited to go to a conference for once! #
  • 14:06 I only just realized that an interview I did at #fdasm hearings with PixelsAndPills.com is live on Vimeo: vimeo.com/7591052 #
  • 15:14 RT @skypen: VERY INTERESTING: CDC releases SM GUIDELINES to share best practices: bit.ly/95m4NX (via @roskadigital) #hcsm #fdasm #
  • 15:15 RT @EileenOBrien:Mon 2/8 eve come to #ePharmUp tweetup in Philly: bit.ly/a1aR6A (supported by @pixelsandpills) #socpharm #hcsm #fdasm #
  • 16:48 @johnleone Is that the networking event on the Tuesday that you're sponsoring at #epharma #
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  • 20:46 I just unlocked the "Explorer" badge on @foursquare! 4sq.com/brHT2i #

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  • 09:46 How do you handle it when someone creates a fake news article to promote their product at the expense of your client? #socpharm #health20 #
  • 09:47 Done with this week's impromptu root canal and subsequent recovery. Back at the desk. Grumpy about missing ThinkLA breakfast. #
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  • 08:40 Friday hilarity: RT @mashable Conan Puts The Tonight Show for Sale on Craigslist bit.ly/7eiG1l #

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  • 08:51 RT @skypen SUPPORT #FDASM: VOTE for @skypen in the Shorty Awards for #innnovation: shortyawards.com/skypen (Please RT) #
  • 08:52 RT @RedCross: You have donated nearly $3M to Red Cross earthquake relief efforts in #Haiti by texting "haiti" to 90999. Thank u. Keep it up. #
  • 08:53 I nominate @skypen for a Shorty Award in #innovation because of his work bringing the #fdasm community together bit.ly/shorty #
  • 09:06 MarketingSherpa: Why Consumers Friend or Follow Companies. Super-useful for planning social networking strategy bit.ly/7mU384 #
  • 12:52 I just became the mayor of Koo Koo Roo on @foursquare! 4sq.com/8cLXk7 #
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  • 12:29 I think Conan will win this battle - social media hype supporting him will overpower the actual demographics and reality supporting Leno. #
  • 17:25 Does anyone know if the FDA does any hearings or research to ensure that fair balance/ISI is clear and concise and understandable? #socpharm #
  • 17:27 Regulation of SM seems useless if the FDA doesn't know how consumers understand the FB/ISI..is it demanding safety out of context? #socpharm #
  • 17:30 @EileenOBrien Seems different than if GSK put up site on overeating - would depend on how documentary was screened/promoted#socpharm #
  • 17:36 RT @chiah My initial reaction to GSK funding a movie is discomfort on an emotional level, it really depends on how it's done. #socpharm #
  • 17:36 @chiah Well said! That's what i was going for & didn't quite get! #
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  • 14:48 Team Conan. Duh. #

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