Even though this blog is for the purpose of updating everyone on the current news of our little family, it seems as though it has become a blog just about our little Sam. Well, the reason for that is, he is the most exciting thing going on in our lives. Believe me, if there were more exciting news about Dave and I, I would talk about it. So, once again, I am writing about our little baby boy. I know that it can be annoying to read so much about other people’s kids sometimes, but as a mother I have to brag, and so to all of you who are interested, I have decided to write about all of Sam’s latest developments...so read on. To others, I will warn you this may be too long and boring for you. :)
Sam does new things every day and not only does he make his mom and dad so proud, but he is always making us laugh. My heart melts when I look at this wonderful little angel. He is all I need to cure a sour, sad, or bad mood. I never could imagine so much JOY coming from having a little person around.
Sam is better from being sick, but he still has such a stuffy nose to the point where he doesn't eat his bottles sometimes because he can't breathe. It is very frustrating to him because he can't breathe when he sleeps, etc. It's getting old, so if anyone has any suggestions for me on how to help clear a baby's stuffy nose, other than the booger-sucker thing and saline, it'd be greatly appreciated. Too bad they can't just blow their noses, right?
Sam's personality is really starting to show through more and more. He is doing more cute little things and adapting cute mannerisms that we just love (like “head banging,” just to name one). It is so fun to watch your baby grow up. One thing we discovered he LOVES and will always calm him down is a good back scratch. It is the cutest thing! His eyes will almost roll into the back of his head and he just calmly sits there and takes in every second. He is just like his daddy in that way. Well, actually, he is like his daddy in a lot of ways (for one, he sneezes every single time he steps foot outside).
He is also to the point now where he will let mommy read him a story. Though he still has a very short attention span for it, during the few minutes he does love it, he will intently listen and watch as I read him books like "Book of Mormon Numbers" or "Doggies: A counting and Barking Book." He loves when we make animal sounds, especially a barking dog. His favorite animal is a fishy though. It gets him smiling and giggling every time he sees one. One of his favorite things to do is to watch our pet fishies swim around. For some reason, it is the funniest thing to him.
Another hilarious thing to him is his daddy. Dave always is playing with him and "scaring" him. Sam loves to get "scared" or surprised. Pop out from behind a couch and you are guaranteed a laugh. Sam loves his dad. Not only is "da da" the only word he can say so far, but when you say "dada" he smiles and looks to the front door to see if he is home. He also loves to look at our family picture and when I name each person (mama, dada, Sam) he "points" to each one and giggles…well, he can't exactly point yet, but he puts his hand on each one as I say the name.
And as a recent development, he loves to play peek-a-boo too. If you have something over your eyes (a blanket or your hands, etc.) and say "where's Sam?" he will grab whatever it is off your eyes and when you say "peek-a-boo" he thinks it's the greatest thing ever! He also loves it when you cover his face and he can uncover his own eyes.
Sam is definitely a boy. He loves any and all kinds of balls. His favorite is the nerf football daddy got him. He will chase is around all over the house and when he finally gets it (before he knocks it away again) he pulls it into himself and hugs and bites it while having a huge smile (same thing he does with his stuffed bears). Last night he chased his little wiffle ball all around the house for like 20 minutes. It was so entertaining to watch. As soon as he would get to it, he would reach out for it, knock it, it would roll somewhere else, then he'd crawl after it and do the same thing over and over again. And it is so cute because he can't crawl normally yet; he can just "army" crawl...but he does it fast.
He did the cutest, funniest thing the other day. He loves his TV shows (“Higley Town Heroes,” “My Friends Tigger and Pooh,” “Mickey Mouse Club House,” all the “Baby Einsteins,” etc.) and he always recognizes when they are on by the theme music. He was on the kitchen floor a couple days ago facing the opposite direction of the TV (the TV on in the background) and I was by the bedrooms trying to get him to crawl to me and as he was on his way over to me, “Higley Town Heroes” came on in the background and as soon as he heard the music he stopped, got wide eyes, and immediately turned around and went the other direction and scooted as fast as he could until he got to the corner where he could see the TV and just laid there with a smile on his face and watched his show. It’s so cute….but it might not be such a good thing he is so into TV already. That’s another way he is like his daddy. I guess it’s like his mommy too.
So far, "dada" is the only word we can clearly understand that he says, though he babbles a LOT of baby talk, like "yaya," "nana," and many things I don’t know how to spell. He is starting to say "nana" sounds and so I can't tell yet if he is trying to say mama or not. Sometimes it sounds like he says "no" too, but who knows if he is actually saying it or just making sounds. The other day I swear he said "dog" too, but I can't get him to do it again. He put his hand on his "101 Dalmatians" book and kept saying it over and over again. Who knows...
Well, until next time…