Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sam's 8 month doctor's visit

This cutie here had his 8 month doctor's appointment last week which he aced.  Like the happy kid he is, he didn't cry at all while the doctor examined him.  In fact, it was a lot of smiles.  She was impressed with his tan (ha!) and said he looked ridiculously healthy.  As usual, she was shocked by the number of teeth he has already (9!) and said to basically keep doing what we're doing.  It's time to add "real food" to his diet so the kiddo has been eating a lot of avocado, banana, grapes, bread, and other delightfully mushy food.  

He is pulling up and standing on EVERYTHING he can gets his hands on.  He doesn't even like crawling much, mainly because he's so intent on walking very soon.  

I have constantly been shocked by how BIG Sam seems compared to Jack at the same age.  Well, turns out he is heavier than Jack was but he's certainly not "huge" by regular standards.  Here are his stats!

Weight - 19 pounds, 15 ounces (the nurse said, "let's just call it 20.") - 55th percentile
Height - 28.5 inches - 75th percentile

Monday, July 14, 2014

Visit from Grammy and Pop Pop

I've been so busy this past month with no time to post but it hasn't meant that we weren't having fun. Grammy and Pop Pop were in town for three weeks and there was lots to do! For better or worse, Grammy's full time job was taking care of Sam and Pop Pop's job was fixing up our house. Sam had a ball with her and with all the attention.



 Turns out that the little guy really enjoys being catered to every hour of the day. What can I say Sam? You should have been a first born! :)

While Grammy was taking care of Sam, Pop Pop was working around the house helping us out with about a billion house projects. Jack really enjoyed measuring things with him and using his Fisher-Price drill to help out.


John got into the action too with a little staining and finishing.


 The final and most impressive project was the handmade grandfather clock that Pop Pop drove across country from Pennsylvania. After an initial wariness from Jack about the chimes, he decided that the "chimes were very pretty". Thank goodness! The clock is certainly very beautiful.



 We, of course, gave Pop Pop some time off and he had a blast with Jack.



 We had a really great visit and I'm so happy that they got to come out and see Sam at this fun age. (And Jack of course). Plus John and I got to escape for two nights to Vegas! :) Oh, and we used the helpful babysitting opportunity to go test drive and buy a van. Yikes! Now I really am an uncool suburban mom. Luckily I don't care. Besides, it's the fanciest car I've ever owned.


Thanks for the fun visit Grammy and Pop Pop!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sam is 8 months old!

Happy 8 month birthday Sam!! This kid.  Wow.  He continues to shock us with his physical development.  He's got a mouth full of teeth but, more importantly, he can MOVE.  Everywhere and anywhere.  He skipped the military crawl and went straight to crawling.  And now is pulling up to stand every chance he gets and is cruising around our coffee table like it's nothing.  He wants to walk so bad.  

To me he just seems huge.  I think he's much bigger than Jack at this age (see his 8 month photos here).  Sam's just got way chubbier and stronger legs.  I'm curious to see at his doctor's appointment how much he weighs and how tall he is.  

Sam continues to be one smiley social little guy.  When he's at home alone with me he is bored and grumpy and wants to GO.  When we are at a giant playgroup or a party, he's in heaven.  He loves seeing other kids.  Jack started back at preschool summer camp and I was scared to death Sam would be miserable on those days so we started music class.  Same class that I took with Jack.  He's a little young but, not surprisingly, he loved it.  Loved the music, loved all the kids.  Loved crawling around the whole room.  I can not tell you what a different experience it was that when I was with Jack.  Crazy.

At 8 months Sam is still not a good sleeper.  He wakes up 2-3 times a night and then is up for good (but tired) at 5:30am.  John and I just don't have the heart to cut out all the night feedings and let him cry but we probably should since I know he doesn't really need the bottles.  The poor little guy has no schedule during the day because I'm dragging him to Jack's preschool or play dates or whatever.  So he gets 20 minute car naps here and there.  But, through it all, he smiles and is ready for action.  

Oh, and guess what else he did recently?  He has started to say "Mama".  At first I didn't believe it but he is definitely making "ma ma" sounds.  Then I thought that it couldn't actually be referring to me but one morning he was standing in his crib yelling "mama" and I'm pretty sure he was telling me to get my butt in there.  So I guess it's true.  Crazy since Jack didn't say "mama" really until he was about 15 months.  

We don't want to constantly compare the two boys but it sure is hard not to.  As always, Sam absolutely adores Jack and wants to keep up with him so bad.  

Jack has just started to get slightly frustrated at him now that he can actually move and take his stuff.  The other day he was reaching for one of Jack's legos and when Jack freaked out I reminded him that Sam was "just a baby" and that he would have to share one of his blocks.  About 30 minutes later Sam had gotten into our cable TV box and wiring and I said "Sam, don't do that!" and Jack immediately lectured to me "Mommy, he's only a baby!"

But we love these two crazy kids.  Thank goodness Sam is so easy right now or I'd never survive!  :)

p.s.  Awesome "Italia" shirt on Sam courtesy of Grandma and Aunt Julie in Italy.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jack's swim lessons

Jack started an intensive 9 day swim class with a "swim whisperer" type of coach.  Day One consisted of him crying the whole time and wanting to leave.  (along with the other three kids in the class).  Day Two wasn't much better but on Day Three there was a slight turn around.  It was almost like he realized how cool it was that he was swimming a little.  And then this is video from Day 5.  Totally happy and totally proud that he has accomplished so much in five days.  I really can't believe it.  On the first day he wouldn't put his face in and couldn't swim a lick.  Now look at him!! Can't wait to see what he looks like on Day 9.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sam is 7 months old!

Seven months old today!  Look at that big brute.  8 teeth and loves tackling everything.  This was not the best photo shoot because all he wanted to do was eat the clipboard and wrinkle the paper.

We did manage to get some cute close-ups though.  Look at this happy kid.  

Sam is growing like a weed and so so different than Jack.  He LOVES to be away from home, loves to be surrounded by a ton of people, loves to be in the middle of the action.  He gets very bored just sitting at home with me.  Where Jack loved sitting and listening to book after book every night, I can't get Sam to sit still for a single book.  I'm afraid he won't know how to read until he's 10.  

He is strong though and is dying to crawl and walk.  Anything to keep up with his big brother.  

Jack continues to be his hero.  He can make Sam laugh and cheer him up immediately with a little playing.  I hope they continue to be best buds.  Happy 7 months Sam!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sam's 6 month doctor's visit!

Well, seeing as how Sam is almost 7 months I should probably post his 6 month doctor visit.  If only for posterity's sake I like to post his height and weight.  His check-up went off without a hitch.  Doctor said he was healthy and strong.  As usual, she thought Sam was doing fine but that Mommy and Daddy needed work.  Specifically weaning him from his nighttime bottles.  Of course, it's been almost a month since the visit and no progress has been made.  He still wakes up twice a night and we still give him a bottle each time.  I think it's because we think twice is so little and so great compared to Jack at that age that we are happy with that schedule.  :)

His stats are:

Height - 27 inches - 75th percentile
Weight -  17 pounds, 4 ounces - 50th percentile


 He has started solid foods and boy, oh boy, does he love them.  We can't feed him fast enough usually and he certainly let's us know that he's ready for more.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jack is 3 1/4 today!

Big brother Jack is 3 1/4 today.  It still shocks me sometimes how big he is.  It's getting harder and harder to cuddle with him and give him baby kisses.  I guess all of that stuff is on the way out.  

He is still obsessed with numbers and has taken to numbering everything.  We are currently counting fountains all around Southern California.  He has an eagle eye for fountains when we're driving.  I believe we are up to 38 and they stretch from San Diego to Pasadena.  He knows exactly where they all are.  I was fine up until we got to around #18 and then I had to start keeping a list on my phone so I wouldn't forget where they all were.  He loves them and makes me drive around town to see them sometimes.  

He has grown into an amazing big brother.  He loves Sam and when I'm out of the room I can hear him talk baby talk to Sam and play with him.  It's adorable.  Of course, Sam doesn't yet steal his toys and use his bikes so maybe the situation will change in another six months.  But for now it's ridiculously cute.  And Sam adores him.  His face just lights up when Jack enters the room.

Preschool is still going fairly well and Jack has grown closer to some of his playgroup buddies...two boys in particular.  It's very cute to see them playing well together and Jack having so much fun.  He still hates crowds though and does better in one on one situations.

I love that he loves telling stories lately.  Like his mother, he doesn't tell outlandish crazy creative stories about dragons and robots and princes.  But he'll tell cool little stories about going to Grandpa's cabin or Grammy and Pop Pop's house.  

So, all in all, Jack is good.  He's a cool little kid.  He has his moments of not listening and being pretty bratty, but generally he's fun to be around.  It's a great time for him and for me to be able to hang out with him.  :)

"And...that's enough pictures.  I'm outta here."

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sam is 6 months old today!

Happy 6 months Sam!  Well, we made it through the half of the first year.  Quite an accomplishment.  And it went so fast compared to Jack!  (Comparisons here.)  Man.  It's crazy.

The little guy now has his two front teeth in addition to his two bottom teeth (you might be able to see the tiny teeth in the photo above.)  He's been a bit fussy because of those teeth breaking through but that's understandable.  He seems so so interested in our food and we just starting doing a tiny bit of baby food.  To be increased exponentially I think.  I have just been putting it off because it's so messy and such a pain compared to bottles.  :)


He's still pretty darn adorable and is hanging on to those bright blue eyes.  I'm not so sure they are here to stay but I'm enjoying them for the time being.

He is so much bigger than Jack at the same age and so much stronger and into moving.  Just because he wants to keep up with his big brother.  One day soon....

As usual, Jack needed to participate in this photo shoot.  First he read Sam the sign and told him how old he was.

And then it was just time for cuteness.  :)