Today is the last day of school. 
Sam did a wonderful job in TOTS this year. 
I am so very, very thankful that I work in a school corporation that provides a daycare for teachers' kids. It is a wonderful program. 
In years past I would post all that I hope to accomplish over the summer-- lots of "To Do" list items, house projects and such. 
 This summer I have nothing on my "list" I just hope to share as many little moments with my little guy as I can. 
I love you Sammy. 
You are growing so fast!


18 Months

Sam likes routine, and you can pretty much set a clock to his behavior. 
He wakes up at 6:00 and says, "I'm done. Up, up, up." 
Because when he is "done" sleeping, there is no getting him to rest longer.... 
His eyes open and he is ready to hit the ground running! 
Other parents at his school typically comment on how "awake and happy" Sam is in the mornings. 
He goes into school eager to see anyone and everyone to say, "hello" and wave. 
He is Mr. Social for sure. 
Sam is making friends in the neighborhood. It is funny to see people stop what they are doing to come and say hello to our friendly little guy. 

This month I had the first protest of getting picked up from school: 
I could see Sam walking holding the rings (totally the cutest thing ever), he was in the back just waving and saying hello to everyone who passed... so adorable.
But then he saw me and said, "No, no, no!!!".... (Um, gee, thanks)....
He knew they were on their way to the playground and he did NOT want to miss out on that! 
I had to distract him to get him off the ring and he was not happy to go home. 
Guess it is good he loves school so much. 
Even though someone keeps biting him there? He's still happy to go!

Sam truly LOVES being outdoors. 
When we go for a walk outside, he starts saying, "No, no, no!" when he sees our house because he doesn't want to go back in. 
Actually, whenever we go outside I have to have a clever bribe to get him to come back in or else it is meltdown city. 

Sam is friendly and a talker for sure. 
One of his favorite phrases is "Hey Peppa." I am not sure why he decided he likes Pepper the best out of all the dogs, but he loves saying Hi to Pepper. Pepper on the other hand isn't as fond of Sam... 
Sam tries to repeat pretty much any word or phrase that you say. I think he impresses his teachers with his vast vocabulary. 
He can say hello to Boss and Mimi which is really fun. 
On the way home from school he looks out the window waiting for "trucks and tractors" to point out, 
two of his new favorite items. 
We read "Little Blue Truck" every night. 

Dinner time is always an adventure. 
Sometimes Sam eats with ravenous force, sometimes he wants nothing to do with his meal and throws it with force on the floor. 
He has started wanting to sit in an adult chair and refuses to sit at his high chair. 
He is just tall enough in the big chair to shovel food right from his plate to his mouth. 
In order to save some money on clothes, I have recently started having him eat with just his diaper on in hopes of keeping things stain free....?

I am looking forward to spending the summer with my extremely active little guy! 


Cousin Photos

Lora and I had the boys photos taken a few weeks ago.
It was a fun adventure to chase them around the grounds of the IMA. 
We had their pictures taken this time last year, fun to see how much they have changed! 


17 Months

The past month has been hard. 
Lots of changes for little Sammy. 
I am not sure if his personality is changing because of the changes, or if he is entering his terrible twos.... Not sure. But I have noticed Sam throwing more fits, he is more whiny, and is extra affectionate. 

Sam loves to blow kisses and say hello to anyone around. He LOVES to be Mr. Social. 
He can repeat (or at least tries to) repeat all the words we say. 
One of my favorites is when I say, You want to go see your friend Tucker at school? 
And he says, "Dugger!!" With lots of excitement. 
He is excellent at saying Mommy, which I adore hearing. 

Sam wakes up EARLY and with lots of personality. 
First thing he wants is MIIIIILLLLK!!!! And then wants to see the Doggies. 
He also likes to point out my nose, then his nose.... My belly (which always gets lots of laughs) and then his belly..... My eyes (yes, I get my eyes poked out each morning), then his eyes. 
That is our routine at dark-o-thirty each morning. 

Sam likes to wash his hands in the sink and get foaming soap. 
I have learned that I cannot use the Swiffer wet jet while he is awake because getting it away from him causes a major meltdown. 

Sam really likes music and likes to dance. 
Even though I have tried (like really tried) to get him to like TV he is still pretty disinterested. 
He would much rather be on the MOVE. 

At school he sleeps on a little cot and I am guessing my little talker has been told to "Shhhhh" during nap time a few times... 
One day he laid on a little ottoman I had out and held up his finger and said "Shhhh" like he was laying on his cot. So funny! 

Sam is still in the 95% for height and in the 85% for weight. 
He loves milk--- I actually think he is liking milk too much these days and should be eating more food....  He loves animal crackers and cookies, but still isn't a fan of meat really, veggies are hit or miss, same thing with pasta. If he could live off fruit, dairy and sweets he totally would. 
(Hmm, throw in a little fast food here and there and I wonder whose diet that is? Oops). 

Here we are eating our first hibachi. 

Easter was fun. 
Sam got a bubble mower which was a big hit.

And he was awesome at finding chips and eggs in the yard--- Fulton Family tradition.  

And Sam had a church Easter egg hunt in Zionsville. 

OH! And one of my favorite things that he can do is he now blows his nose in a tissue on command.
This is huge!!! Makes life SO much easier!!



Sammy got some new spring clothes in the mail! 
Fun, fun! 
Gotta love Old Navy!


16 months

I am actually posting on Sam's 16th month birthday-- that never happens!
(Probably because I haven't done a post since last month-lol).
Yeah, sorry about that, life is crazy right now... No time for blogging. 

16 Months:
Sam is totally a little man now!
It seems like I can hardly remember him as a little baby anymore, so sad!
I was just looking through my phone (because I don't have anymore camera space and I haven't backed up my phone- who has time for that?) so I was emailing myself all these pictures of Sam as a baby and it made me teary about how much he has changed and how fast time is going-- SLOW DOWN! I want to savor this!

This past month Sam had his first hair cut, nothing fancy, just mom grabbing the scissors and trimming the back because he had a few long pieces that were coming over his ears. I think it helped lessen the "Donald Trump" look he had going on- ha!

Sam is now facing forward in the car. I know it is recommended to leave a child rear facing until the age of two, but our doctor said at his one year check up that we could switch him anytime because he is so tall. He was getting really good at locking his legs and pushing which made getting him into the carseat a challenge each morning. Forward facing is much easier in the morning for me, and the first morning he rode this way he was SO EXCITED he laughed and talked all the way to school instead of falling asleep like normal. Haha.
I look back and see a little boy sitting there instead of my baby.

Sam is thriving being in the toddler room at school.  He loves playing with the other kids, he picks up on tons of words, and the routine they have is pretty amazing. I was able to see the kids sleeping on their cots on day too, SO CUTE.
One of the CUTEST things about picking him up this month was when they were in the multipurpose room (meaning large gym) he saw me before I saw him and he came running over--- arms up-- super high knees-- saying Mommmaaaaa!!!!!
Absolutely adorable!

Sam wants a hug at each pick up, but only sometimes wants a kiss.
At drop off, he has started standing near the door and waving "Hi" to everyone as they come in.
He likes being the little greeter :-)
And he is a smart cookie and knows he can easily escape at this lookout point. 

Sam says more words each day.
Some of his new favorite words are:
No more
Bye, bye

Sam is really into the dogs right now. When we pull into the drive he says with excitement, "Doggies!!" Which is cute, but scary.... Even though he really likes them, they still don't really care for him....
Bruce is the best with him because he loves attention no matter who he is getting it from.

Clare is afraid of everything in life, so Sam is one big unsettling movement for him, and Clare being nervous around Sam makes me nervous. Pepper dislikes Sam, and tries to keep her distance, except for when he is eating at his highchair dropping food for her, then he seems tolerable I guess.

This month I can really tell that Sam is understanding what we are saying and he is thinking for himself. He likes to "fetch" things and put things in baskets--helpful :-)

One day when my parents were watching him at their house after school, I guess he decided that he was ready to go, so he went over and grabbed his coat. So funny. He knows whats up.
He also goes and gets himself an applesauce if he is hungry.
He likes to try to put on his shoes and socks.
Which, speaking of-- he still has very large feet.
I had him fitted for some summer shoes and he is wearing a 6 and 7 now, which according to the shoe chart I have, is about the size a 2.5 year old should wear- yikes!

He's been sporting the Jesus sandals and socks to school, pretty hilarious.

He is a sweet boy, he loves laughing, being chased- especially when he is naked after bath, and is a pure delight to be around.
I love you so much buddy!

**Next month my goal is to have some "good camera" pictures instead of just my phone-- we will see! (Notice I am acknowledging that it will probably be another 30 days before I post again). 


15 months

Happy 15 months old Sam!
Sam loves watching videos of himself more than anything. If he is at all grumpy, I can show him a video of himself and he calms right down and becomes transfixed with watching. 
The other day I went "way back" on my phone and showed him some of videos from when he was around 6 months old. It was crazy because of course it looked like him, but it was apparent how much he has changed! And what a big boy he has grown into! 

Sam is a little man now. 
He walks everywhere and has even started "experimenting" with his walking... 
He will jut his neck out and kind of walk like a chicken? He tries to run/walk really fast/ turn around/stomp his feet etc. It is pretty funny to watch. 

He is doing well in the Toddler room. 
I think he really likes the freedom of having the ENTIRE room to roam around.... So when he comes home and he is limited to only the living room, he gets pretty annoyed. We of course have the bottom of the stairs gated off, then I have a gate up for the dining room entrance because we don't have any sight lines from the living room to kitchen so I don't like him wandering off where I can't see him. For several months we had an ottoman blocking the sunporch entrance from the living room. This was a nice "gate" because we could still step over it and so could the dogs. Well recently Sam learned to crawl over it so we need to add a gate there..... The house feels like an obstacle course which I think annoys everyone but Sam- haha! 
It wouldn't be a problem for him to be in the sunporch, but that is where the dog food and water is so as you can imagine that is what he goes straight for.... he loves to create a mess, such a boy :-)

But he is getting so much better at sitting down and reading a book! He LOVES to bring books over and have you read them. His current favorite is from his friend Hadley-- "Peek-a-who?" He can imitate the WHOOOO sounds perfectly, so cute. 

Sam really likes using a fork and spoon and does okay as long as we put the food on there for him. Sometimes he likes to take the finger food off the fork and put it back on himself, guess we don't do it right- haha!

I wish I could capture a picture of this new face Sam has been making.... He curls his nose and lip as to say, "seriously?".... Like, you want me to eat that?? It is so funny.

Sam has perfected the art of going limp when you try to pick him up and he doesn't want to do something.... And he has perfected the art of going stiff and locking his legs when you try to put him in his carseat. I also made the mistake recently of putting him down to walk at Target when he was getting too squirmy in the cart-- what was I thinking??? He loved the new found freedom to run through the isles of Target and getting him back into the cart was a difficult task which included a tantrum and me running back to the baby isle to grab some yogurt bites in a desperate attempt at bribery. He is a smart little cookie with his own ideas for sure. 

He likes to be funny and make me laugh. He is such a sweet boy.
Mommy loves you Sammy.

Here he is sporting his new backpack from Aunt LorLor for the toddler room.
He knew he was a big boy wearing it!