Wednesday, January 22, 2014

16 months

sam at 16 months:

- is a major chatterbox! he wakes up talking (and sometimes singing to himself:) and doesn't stop until it's time for bed. it is amazing to watch him learn new words daily! he loves to copy whatever ben and i are saying (which has really put  us in check). 
- loves to talk on his "cell phone". one of the toys he got for christmas came with a pretend phone which he loves to carry around and occasionally put up to his ear and say "helloooo" or "hiiiii". 
- sam went through a hitting phase a couple months ago. he thought it was pretty funny. so we taught him how to be "soft". so now whenever we tell him to be "soft" he gently strokes out cheeks and says "soooff". we can't get enough of it!
- he LOVES his backpack and wears it everywhere. he will usually bring it to me first thing when he wakes up so i can put it on him. and he looks pretty darn cute in it. 
- church is rough right now! sam is a mover and a shaker so trying to sit in sacrament and throughout our meetings can be hard. we usually end up doing laps around the church. i am both excited and terrified for him to enter nursery. on one hand, ben and i both have obligations the second and third hour (ben in elders quorum and me with young women's) so it's hard to keep and eye on sam AND be engaged with our callings so nursery will be a relief but on the other hand i am terrified that sam will come home sick every week. 
-sam is obsessed with out iphones. he can turn them on, get to the pictures/videos, and scroll through them. it is crazy that i didn't have a call phone until i was 12 or 13 (and it was one of those nokia bricks) and sam can work an iphone by the time he is one. 
- still loves to be rocked to sleep. and mama loves it too. 
- learned a new animal sound this month. he now says "sssssss" when i ask him what a snake says. 
- loves to facetime with grandma and papa!
- sleeps 7:30 pm - 8:00 am.
- learned how to crawl up onto chairs/ottomans/anything. we were watching a movie one night through the apple tv. so it was playing on our tv as well as over on our computer. somewhere in the middle of the movie we realized that sam was no longer sitting next to us. i looked over towards the computer area and he had pulled himself onto the chair in front of the computer and was watching the movie on his own. we could not stop laughing!
- still loves his books. i hope reading never gets old for him! 
- has learned how to fold his arms for a prayer. and honestly, i feel like me heart is going to burst every single time he does this. he can also say "Jesus".
- loves to play basketball! or to play catch. my parents got sam a little tikes basketball hoop for Christmas and it is probably the best purchase ever made! just in the past couple days he has started making baskets on his own! ben is a happy man. 
- this was sam's second Christmas and it was truly magical! he is at the perfect age. seeing everything through his eyes was so special for ben and i. we loved watching him open all his gifts and "oooh" and "ahhh" at them. my family got to be with us for Christmas so sam was spoiled with love and attention. and prezzies :)
- loves to help mama clean. i usually sing a song with him while we clean up his toys and he will dance while putting his toys away. 
- his obsession with "Daniel Tigers Neighborhood" has reached new levels. we watch it in the car, at home, everywhere. he calls him "dannnny". 
- still sleeps like a champ as night and takes one 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. 

15 months

sam at 15 months:

- loves his daddy! there are certain times where he only wants his mama, but overall the relationship between sam and ben is something special. i love watching those two interact. they get each other and as soon as sam hears the door open at 6 o'clock each night he can't get into ben's arms quick enough!
-loves to facetime with grandma and papa! he even has started to say "papa" and is so close to saying "gamma". just has to figure out how to say those darn g's.
-loves his cousins! i feel so comfortable leaving his for a couple hours at our relatives because he LOVES playing with his cousins. and they love him! 
-he has a new love for sweeping the floor. i need to find a little miniature broom for him. he will drag our broom around and around the kitchen. 
-still cuddles with mom when he's ready for bed. 
- has mastered the stairs. it's pretty cute to watch him slide down the stairs on his belly. 
-can show you where his nose, ears, mouth, belly and feet are. one of his favorite activities is pointing out each part of the face on mom or dad. he can say most of them too :)
-his favorite food would probably be bananas! or "nana's" as he calls them :)
- starts dancing the second he hears music! i die every single time. he loves to dance!
-learned how to do a somersault! and i have to say, he actually has pretty good form. he now does somersaults all around the house, i usually just give his bum a little push in the right direction so he doesn't face plant! but as soon as he bends over and puts his head on the ground i know he's wanting to do a few flips. it's hilarious. 
-loves to build things with the blocks at grandma's house! he may have a few sets coming his way for Christmas ;)
-loves to share! which just makes me heart happy. he will gladly hand over his toys or snacks to other kids at church. 
- is still sleeping great! and still weighs just over 19.5 lbs. 

nothing brings me greater joy than being this little boys mom!