Sum- Sum- Summer-time!!

Oh how I am enjoying the summer!
We still get up at dark-o-thirty, but boy-o-boy is it nice to not be on a strict schedule! 
Instead of needing be out the door at 6:10 like when we were traveling from Broad Ripple to school, 
we can leisurely eat breakfast, brush our teeth and eventually get dressed. 

Sam is so much fun to be with during the day. 
I feel like I can be a better Mommy too, because instead of putting so much pressure on myself and Sam to "make the most" of the short evenings we would share, I am able to really see what his day is like and I don't feel as much anxiety if he is upset in the evenings. It is hard to explain, but me being home really works for us. I could totally have been a stay at home mom, that I know for sure, and it makes me sad that life isn't working out for me to ever be able to do that. 
But I am grateful that since I am a teacher, I do have breaks and summers to spend with him, I know a lot of Moms who don't have that luxury. 

Anyway, so what is Sam up to now that he just turned 19 months?! 
Well he talks and sings a lot! And of course is always on the move. 
He knows LOTS of words... The other day I was trying to put a number on all the words he knows... I would say definitely over 50, but maybe not 100?? 
Hard to count. 
He surprises me each day with a new word he knows. 
When we are in the car he loves to sing his songs, he is pretty good too, if I do say so myself!

He had swim lessons this month which was really interesting. 
Sam has always loved the water, he was the youngest in his class and he really enjoyed the activities that involved singing a song and bouncing around with his friends. If he sees another little guy or gal doing something he is sure to follow along. 

One funny "friend" Sam has made this summer is with some frog and bunny lawn ornaments. 
The neighbor had a ceramic bunny and frog that Sam loved to "visit" so when we were at hobby lobby I found a frog that was very light weight... He was obsessed at first sight, kissing and hugging the frog while we were in the store. Then he carefully put the frog on the swing for a little joy ride when we got home. The next morning he woke up and had to go rescue Frog from the rain. 
So hilarious! He isn't into stuffed animals, but hard/breakable lawn ornaments--yes! 

Another obsession is TRUCKS! 
When we are driving he points out every truck we pass. 
Then he gets super excited to go for a ride in Dad's TRUCK (he says TRUCK with a lot of passion!). 
And he LOVES the trucks and tractors that Rachel gave us! 
Thank you! 

I am impressed by Sam's sense of direction.... He knows when we are about to get to my parents house, and starts shouting "Boss, Mimi, truck, cat" when we are nearing their house, or if we are out on a wagon ride he knows when we are getting close to home or which way to turn to go back to our house. Impressive.

But even though Sam loves his Frog, "mingy"-- aka blanket, 
and trucks. He doesn't love anything more than 
He would totally drink all his calories in the form of milk if he could. 
Sam loves his miiiiilk!

Happy Summer! 



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).