Monday, October 13, 2014

Sam is 11 months old!

Sammy is 11 months old!  I think the poor kid has been sick for about 4 weeks but this cold just won't seem to go away.  But look at that cute blondie.  He is so big now...just solid...probably due to him being an eating machine.  The kid loves to eat anything and everything and that's so refreshing since Jack eats like three things.  And speaking of Jack, here he is at 11 months in case you were wondering. :)

Sam is a SERIOUSLY active little boy.  He is walking now (though still crawls when he needs to get something fast).  He climbs on everything from kitchen drawers to step stools to strollers to rock climbing walls at parks.  Sam watches Jack's every move so he's learning fast. 

He does crave attention though and that's exhausting sometimes.  I suppose since I'm often preoccupied with Jack's activities but, man, he will let you know when he wants attention.  Screaming, shrieking, even biting until you give him your undivided attention or take him outside or do whatever he wants.  Tricky little kid.

Poor Sam though does take quite a bit of abuse from his brother.  One minute Jack is sweet and the next he's tackling him, wrestling him, pushing him down, etc.  But, darn, when they are cute they are cute.

Happy 11 months Sam!  You're almost to the big one!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sam is 10 months old!


 Finally! Sam's 10 month pictures! Just a couple of days late. He still wasn't feeling 100 percent but I think he looks pretty cute.  I think Sam is looking less like Jack at the same age and more like his own person.  Which is to say he looks a like like daddy and Grammy.


He is so close to walking (as he has been) but pretty much refuses to commit.  He can take a step or two but then sits and crawls.  And some days he's more interested in trying than others.  Maybe he knows how fast he is on the ground.  

He continues to absolutely love and adore his big brother who tackles him and pushes him all the time.  But when they are both playing together nicely at the end of the day it is the most adorable thing ever.  They loving playing "Two Little Monkeys" on the bed.  Sam loves jumping and generally making mayhem.  

Of course, he still has a slight spit up problem...only exacerbated by his illness.  See?  Fun times.  Happy 10 month birthday Sam! :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Delayed birthday post

Well, we've sort of fallen apart here at the ol' Trickster household.  First Jack was sick for a week then Sam.  Then we had a blissful one week hiatus from the plague.  And then last week Jack was sick all week with a fever and cold and missed his very first week at his new preschool.  I thought Sam had escaped it but yesterday he woke up with a raging fever and therefore ruined my 10 month photo shoot.    So sadly the pictures there are no pictures to post today.  But when Sam is healthy and back to his smiley self, I will definitely take some pictures!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jack is 3 1/2 years old!

There he is.  That cute 3 1/2 year old above can send me over the edge in 2 seconds flat but can make me feel fantastic with one "I love you mommy".  The post is poorly timed only because he is in the middle of his "three-nager" stage.  In my child development and mommy and me classes I remember learning about these phases of dissonance and harmony that go in a cycle (about once a year).  And how he is acting now is exactly how he was acting last summer.  Which is to say, a bit hormonal and insane.  These past couple weeks he's had tantrums and emotional meltdowns complete with throwing and yelling.  Of course, Sam's presence isn't helping.  Poor kid's existence seems to set Jack off lately.  One minute he'll be hugging his baby brother and saying he loves him and the next he's pushing him down and throwing things at him.  Sigh.  No amount of talking, discipline, consequences, or whatever seem to permanently change his behavior.  But I know it's a phase and hopefully it'll get better soon.  

Of course, even when he's a maniac at home, he never dreams of misbehaving at preschool.  At pickup I hear the teacher tell the other moms about incidents at school with their kids and all I ever hear is "Jack had a great day!"  So he saves all his bad behavior for mom.  I guess that's something?  

But on to the good stuff.  Because he can be really awesome when he wants to be.  He has a hell of a sense of humor.  I see some sarcastic dry wit in his future.  And he is still my cuddly little boy.  Someday that's going to change but for right now it's pretty adorable.  Sam may be smiley but he hates cuddling.  So getting big ol' bear hugs from Jack and hearing him say when he's sick "I just want you to take care of me mommy" is pretty darn great.  

He currently is a fish in the water and can't get enough of it.  He loves swimming in our pool and is so excited about his new skill that he likes to push himself more and more with his jumps and diving for rings.  But his first love is, of course, FOUNTAINS.  Man oh man.  At the time of writing this I believe we have 168 fountains on our list.  You see, Jack likes to count every single fountain that we see around town and assign them a number (and take a picture with them).  You'll think I'm lying when I say this but he truly has all 168 memorized.  It's crazy.  That's all he talks about morning, noon, and night.  We look at pictures of them on my iPad, we make fountains out of play-doh, we watch fountain videos on YouTube, and he splashes around like a fountain in the shower and the pool.  He knows the names of the streets that the fountains are on and knows which way to go when we drive.  Just crazy.  I would have thought his obsession would be over by now but apparently not.  But hey, I don't mind it.  It's probably better than "Frozen" or "Cars" or whatever most normal kids are obsessed with.

So happy 3 1/2 years my crazy son #1! You drive me insane but I can't help but love you at the end of the day!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sam is 9 months old!


 The little guy is 9 months old today!  You'll have to excuse the lack of expressions but he and his older brother are sick so he wasn't giving me much to work with.  Still pretty adorable though.  (And here is Jack at 9 months...)


Sammy remains one of the happiest, good-tempered kids ever.  He always has a smile for me or my friends or strangers in the store.  Everyone seems to be charmed by him, his blue eyes, and that big smile wherever we go.

As smiley as he is, this kid hates to cuddle.  He won't even let me hold him facing in.  No, it's slung in the crook of my arm, facing out, at all times.  He's just dying to see the world and all the people.  He still gets grumpy and bored at home and would rather be out at a playdate or in a store, or taking a walk.  He loves picking up Jack from school because he is in wonder at the number of kids running around.  

Still no walking on his own.  He cruises around everything and has the strongest little sumo legs...but I guess not enough balance to walk.  I'm not in a hurry though so he can take his time.  

He is an adventurous little bugger though.  I don't remember Jack getting into so much.  Sam's favorite thing is to find an open toilet seat and dive in and splash around with his hands.  So I've been very diligent about putting the covers down lately.  :)  He'll get in my tupperware drawer and empty the contents.  He'll climb up anything and everything and try to put things in his mouth.    

Sam really is a great eater.  He eats everything I give him.  Black beans, corn, hearts of palm, sausage, spinach, cauliflower, name it, he'll eat it.  Which is in stark contrast to my picky older son.

Speaking of Jack, their relationship continues to evolve.  Sam still adores Jack but one minute Jack is hugging him and saying how much he loves his baby brother and the next his pushing him down because he touched his trains.  He knows it's wrong but he's just not used to having someone be all up in his business.  It seems to be tapering off with lots of discipline and consequences from mom and dad but of course it's still there.  Probably will be forever.  :)

And of course sometimes even the hugs can get overzealous.  Poor Sam.  He's a tough cookie though.  Happy 9 months buddy!!

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.