While I haven't been doing a monthly update on the blog of Sam, I have been taking monthly pictures! I love seeing the way he has changed month to month.
Stats: Oh big boy, not too sure. We'll get you measured this month at a doctors appointment. One week I feel like you are a chunk and then next you seem to grow in height and slim out.
Wearing: I bought Sam's summer wardrobe a big bigger so that it would last him the whole summer! The problem, now that items are looking a little on the small size. Most clothes are 18-24 months and the shoes are a tight size 5. He has outgrown all of his hats and now we have to get new ones! I also bought a bunch of 2T two-piece Pjs that should get him through the summer.
Sam is still wearing size 4 diapers but I foresee that changing shortly.
Eating: Out of house and home! Sam is not a picking eater at all! He has his favorites but for the most part he'll eat anything. He loves fruit, potatoes, yogurt, cheese, bread and peanut butter. The volume of food he eats sometimes astonishes me!
Saying: Someone is very chatty. He is constantly "talking" but for the most part, I have no idea what he is saying. He can say, Mom, Dada, Tucker, Ball, Bye, Done, Grandpa, More, truck and tractor.
Appearance: There are very few people who say that Sam looks like me! And I have to agree, he is just like his Daddy! He has my brown eyes but everything else is like Ryan. His brown hair has been lightening up a bit from the sun.
Likes: Sam (thankfully) likes daycare. He is so excited to walk up to the door every morning! He also enjoys meal times, bath time, stories, anything with a wheel, walks and building blocks. He enjoys dancing and music. He still likes his soother for sleep time but is without it during the rest of the day.
Dislikes: Being told "no" and being redirected to a new spot. He HATES getting his teeth brushed and bum changed. Also hates getting his face wiped. Unfortunately, Sam doesn't like the pool! We were so excited to introduce him to the pool again this year and he screams bloody murder everything he is in it!
It's been a rough month in the teething department. On his first birthday, he had two teeth. Now, he has 10! That's 8 teeth in 3 months. Yikes!
Someone is SO close to being a regular walker and took his first steps on June 24!
While the adjustment has been easy, there are days that I can't help but feel so full of sadness and guilt. I worry some days that Sam won't look back fondly at the memories of me or will resent me for not staying at home with him. I worry what the long term effects will be of not being a stay-at-home mom.
But mostly, my days are filled with pride and happiness. I absolutely LOVE being a Mom and even if I am not with him 24/7, he is on my mind all the time! In the afternoons I am watching the clock, itching till I can go and pick him up! He really is my little side-kick and I love hanging out with him!
Ryan would argue that Sam is actually HIS sidekick. Which I understand. There will be a father/son bond that is strong between these boys. Thankfully, they always include me in their fun and I'm not always left out. Ha ha!
But Ryan is always such a great Dad. He is very hands on with Sam. He still doesn't change many diapers but we are working on that! :)
One thing about Ryan is that I know I can count on him to help in every aspect. Having him home with me is a comfort. A second pair of hands is so nice with a very active toddler!
It is hard to believe so much time has passed since your 1st birthday! When I look back on those photo's, you still look like a little baby. The way you have grown over the last 3 months is amazing! You are becoming a very independent little boy but you don't let me stray too far from your side! I can't even step into the kitchen without you crawling up beside me! Sometimes, it's not easy but then I remind myself that one day you won't need me at all. And I need to embrace and enjoy things as they are now!
I am so thankful that you adjusted to daycare so well. It has made me going back to work so much easier. Knowing that you are having fun in a safe and loving environment, makes me feel better about being a working Mom.
There is no doubt that life is much busier than 1 year ago but at the same time it is filled with so much more laughter and fun! You bring such joy to our everyday lives and make even the most ordinary days very exciting!
I love you!