4.20.2015

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). 
#mypregnancydiet

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!!
Ha! 

3.26.2015

Spring

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

3.20.2015

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
No more
Mine
Yellow
Duck
Shoe
Doggies
Boat
Diaper
Bye, bye
Please

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!
XOXO

**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). 

2.20.2015

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!

2.10.2015

Transitions

Change is hard no matter what your age. 
Last week Sam was transitioning from the infant room to the toddler room at school. 
His day care did a great job of slowly increasing the hours/events per day to get him adjusted. 
This week he is in the toddler room full time. 
This means only one nap (on a cot, no more crib), sitting on a chair to eat, and of course new toys, new teachers, new friends. As I had mentioned before, I know this transition is difficult for kiddos---not so much when they are at school, but when they come home and can comfortably settle into the transition in the arms of their mommas---I have had friends say how the kids were a bit out of sorts for a few weeks- almost a month. 
(Awesome). 
Even though I mentally had been preparing for this, it doesn't really make it any easier. 
This morning was hard-- Sam cried on the way to school (usually he naps the entire car ride). 
Then when we got to his room he was REALLY crying. He didn't want me to leave and he stood at the door crying while I left-- super hard. 

I am guessing he started playing soon after I left, but I am also guessing that without that short cat nap on the ride to school, paired with a night of lousy sleep, and a new cold he caught yesterday, he will be SUPER tired by the time nap time finally comes around this afternoon. 
So I am also guessing he will be rather irritable tonight..... 
It is hard.

It is hard to know that my small little window of time with Sam in the evenings will be difficult, then paired with him not sleeping through the night, and his constant sickness makes for one drained Sam and one exhausted Momma. 

I know more changes will come and transitions will continue to be hard. 
I just hope that each change can be handled similarly to the way they were in the infant room---
Gradual, and with Sam's best interest at heart. 
Life is so messy and change is so hard. 
I just want to protect my little man from all of that. 

Anyway,
Here is the photo collage his teachers had hanging up for Sam last Friday on his last day in the infant room. I know we were truly blessed to have such kind and loving people looking after Sam each day. 
He had a great experience. 



2.05.2015

Basketball

I read once that Picasso's first word was "pencil". Very fitting for the famous artist.
Even thought "basketball" isn't Sam's first word, it is one of his first "big" words. 
I have a feeling he is going to be a basketball player like his Dad. 


Nothing gives him more pleasure than finding his Dad's basketball and carrying it around and shooting baskets. 
So adorable. 

1.24.2015

14 Months

I never really understood why parents would say, that their child is "14 months or 16 months"... why couldn't they just say they were "one or one and a half"... now I understand a little better, because they are changing SO much ALL THE TIME, that there is a huge difference from one month to another (heck sometimes there are major changes in one day to another!).
Like so many things in motherhood, you don't really understand until you become a mother. 

Anyway, Sam is 14 months old! 
Like I mentioned on my last post I SO enjoy being able to be home with him during the day. It is fun to see him him all day long instead of putting so much pressure on our interaction for the 1.5-2 hours at night I see him. I feel like the more I can see Sam, the more relaxed I am and the less the little things stress me out. (And let's be honest, being home give me more TIME to do everything-- laundry, rest, dishes, so no wonder I am less stressed-ha!)

Sam is walking now! He is SO proud of himself when he walks, it is just the cutest thing! 
He was still really enjoying crawling because he was faster, but just a few days ago he learned how to walk (basically run) with his walker so if he needs to get somewhere- REALLY FAST- which is all the time-- he runs with this walker. He is really good at making tight turns with it now, he is still learning how to lift it up over the small steps we have between the sun porch and living room and kitchen, but that will happen in no time I am sure.
 Sam seems to have a sixth sense if a gate is left open, in which case he doesn't want to show off his walking skills, he wants to take off as fast as he can crawling to the open gate. The daycare workers had to Sam proof their baby gate, he is obsessed with making his great escape and figuring out how to open gates. He is sneaky. 

Instead of just taking his books off the shelf and throwing them on the floor, Sam is actually sitting in my lap and letting me quickly summarize a book. 
His current favorite is Pat the Bunny (just like his Aunt Lor Lor).
He LOVES the "smell the flowers"--- really does a nose dive for that! 

Sam likes playing with his mega blocks and can actually put several together and take them apart. 
He still LOVES balls. Whenever we go to a new place he seeks out a ball and wants to play with it over any new toy. Any time he can get his Dad's basketball in the sunporch he loves holding it and thinks it is the coolest thing. I think he is inheriting his Dad's basketball skills because he is pretty darn good at making baskets in his hoop. 

Food is interesting. 
When Sam was eating pureed food he would eat anything, make noises about how much he loved every bite- love pretty much everything except for stuff with a funny texture. 
Now he is a little more picky.... 
He loves dairy. 
LOVES milk-- I mean he goes crazy for milk, but isn't into water anymore (not good). 
LOVES cheese cubes, but not really into Mac 'n Cheese or pasta. 
Loves french fries, but not if they have been reheated (okay can't blame him there). 
Still dislikes all meat. 
Loves fruits-- oranges, bananas (and he can say "nana"), blueberries and grapes.
He really likes avocado. 
He's not really into veggies anymore, this is upsetting. He is okay with cooked carrots sometimes. But not into peas, corn or green beans like he used to be. 
I gave him a little bite of ice cream a few weeks ago and he LOVED it even though normally he doesn't like anything cold.

I think Sam will soon be moving into the Toddler room at school. Tear. 
He needs to move out of the infant room because he is huge in comparison to all the little babies so I know he needs to move, but I know the transition will be hard because they only take ONE nap.
The idea is they will take one long nap instead of two shorter naps.
I don't see this working out well for us....
Sam has never really taken a long nap ever in his life (so there's that), plus with us getting up SO early (5AM) and leaving SO early (6AM) because I have to be at work at 7AM, and since we have a long drive, I fear that going from 5-noon without a nap will be a disaster....
Then we will have grumpy evenings...?
We will see, but my friends who have had to make this transition had this problem and their LO's didn't have to go as long as Sam will, so we will see.

Okay so I know you want some pictures.
I wish I was better about taking pictures. I really only have time and light (two key ingredients for a decent photo), on the weekends, so picture taking seems to be getting harder and harder with my little mover.... but here is what I have.
 Likes to get into the "big boy chair"


Peek-A-Boo is still a favorite

And even though this isn't the best picture, it is very "Sam"....
In the evening he has sleepy eyes and he loves to play and cross his feet.
He has always crossed his feet and it has always cracked me up.

Sam is a little boy now, not a baby anymore.
When I look back at him in my rear-view mirror there is a little boy staring back at me.
Sam- Mommy loves you more and more each day.
You are such a happy and busy little guy. 
Such a joy.