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!



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. 
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. 

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. 



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. 


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. 


Snow day(s)

God was looking out for me last week, he made my transition back to school so much easier. 
Thank you!
I was a little sad about heading back to work after Christmas Break because it was soooooooo nice to be home with Sam and not have a strict schedule. Even though we were both a little under the weather, I really enjoyed being home with him. 
Last week my parents watched Sam on Monday, so I was able to leave a little later and get to school a little earlier; Tuesday we had a 2hr delay, Wednesday we had a 2hr delay, Thursday we were closed and Friday was a normal day-- not bad for our first week back! 

And today we have another snow day! 
I will take it! 
I am thankful my district calls off early as well. Living far away from school and having to go through construction and drop off Sam etc. etc..... this is SO helpful! 

Snow dayz 2015!!


HGTV Dream Home

On New Year's Day HGTV showcased its new dream home, and oh man, it is right up my alley for a true "dream home". The 2015 dream home is located in Martha's Vineyard (which is one of my favorite vacation spots- I could totally live here). Remember my trip in 2013... 
LOVE the architecture on that little island!

The house is a cape cod style with absolutely amazing woodwork and attention to detail- I adore the floor-plan, craftsmanship and decor selected for this dream home. 

And who knows, maybe you will be the lucky winner of this beautiful home!


12 months (okay, 13 months really)

Yes, he is a big kid. 

I finally took Sam's 12 months pictures.
So technically he is 13 months in these photos...
Oh well, at least it isn't 2015 yet :-) 

Sam is all B-O-Y! 
He loves to move, bang, make noises with his mouth, play with his toys and eat. 
He is starting to have his own opinion about things, if he doesn't like what you are feeding him he will slowly just let it drip out of his mouth (it is pretty funny but I try to not encourage it). Or he will use his quick reflexes and move the food out of the way so you know he doesn't want that particular food. He can also recognize the things he likes and whines for those food items-- like even when you are putting them in the shopping cart--- (yogurt bites, oranges, blueberries and ice cream.... yes, even though he prefers food at room temperature, he makes an exception for ice cream- haha). Sam and I totally share taste buds-- dairy products and anything sweet make up our go-to-favorite foods :-)
When eating Sam loves to have his feet rubbed and will stick his little foot out to remind you to rub it. I mean, who wouldn't like to eat dinner and get a foot rub, right? He's a smart one :-)
Sam also lets me know if he needs his diaper changed, if I notice him coming over and loving on me, he is usually trying to tell me he has a dirty diaper.
Speaking of diapers, Sam HATES having his diaper changed-- cries and cries and wants to roll around and run away. He also HATES having his nose wiped off (which needs done constantly). He has even gotten to hate it when he sees me warming up a washcloth- he knows I am coming for him! Haha!
As you know, Sam can walk now. He still really likes crawling, but he knows how to walk and will usually try to walk when we ask him.
His favorite word is 'poo-ta', don't know what that means, but he says it over and over. Typically when he is playing or looking at himself in the mirror while in his car seat.
He can hold up one finger and tell you that he is one. And he has finally gotten really good at,
'How big is Sam?'... Sooo big!! With his arms up. 
One thing that Sam recently started doing, that I greatly appreciate, is instead of finding fuzz or dirt on the floor and putting it in his mouth, he typically finds the item and gives it to me--- sooo much better! Thanks buddy!
I am sure there are other things I am leaving out that I should take note of... but this is all for now. 

Sam is a sweetie.
He grows and changes all the time and it is so fun to watch.
 I have so enjoyed being with him all day long over break.