One Fish, Two Fish

Anna, Month Six August 17, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Letters,Month Six,Photo — leighnut @ 9:49 pm

Dear Anna,

How can we be here already? Here at the six-month mark, half a year since the miraculous day of your birth. Everyone said, “When your second child is born, your heart grows and makes more room for love.” What they didn’t say is that my heart nearly bursts every time I see your little face brighten with a smile. You are simply delightful, Anna, and I am grateful every day for the gift of being your mommy.

You’re growing up entirely too quickly, baby girl. You have two teeth. Two! They sprouted at almost the same time, just one day apart. If your demeanor during that process is any indication, you are going to be a very happy teether. There was one night that you just wouldn’t sleep. Daddy even took you on a car ride at two in the morning to try to get you to fall asleep. He brought you back into the house and said, “Maybe she’s getting a tooth. She’s drooling and chomping on everything!” So I gave you some Tylenol, and — voila! — you fell asleep in less than an hour. The funniest thing is, we should have known a tooth was coming, because that day, you started doing the stridorous gasping sound that Sam used to make when he was teething! How funny!

The other big-girl activity you’ve mastered is sitting on your own. Oh, how you love to sit on your quilt and reach for toys. You fold yourself in half in order to reach the farthest ones and then sit right back up. It’s amazing how flexible you are. Sometimes you get so excited about something (usually it’s Sam!), you flail your arms over your head and fling yourself backwards. It’s a surprise, but more often than not, you’ll just flip over and play on your tummy.

We spent much of the last month away from home. You are a happy traveler, Anna. You don’t mind your car seat and are happy to squeal in the back seat and gnaw on Sophie the giraffe. However, if it gets dark while you’re asleep and you wake to that darkness, you FLIP out! Yes Anna, you are afraid of the dark. We’ve learned this the hard way and now turn on the light over your seat so you can wake to the light. I’m sorry we were slow learners, Banana.

You are growing and changing before my very eyes, sweet girl. I am so excited to watch you learn to propel yourself forward into the world of locomotion and take off into the wide world. Until that time, I will steal an extra snuggle in the morning and rock you for a few extra minutes at night, tucking away some memories with you, my bestest baby Anna Leigh.



Caroling, Caroling Now We Go December 11, 2008

Filed under: Mom and Dad,Month Six,Photo,Random Acts of Kindness — leighnut @ 2:43 pm

Last night, thirteen of Rob’s students came over for a Christmas caroling party. And it was a real party, too, because we used the Christmas plates from Nana and Grandpa and some serving dishes that haven’t seen the light of day since we unwrapped them after our wedding. Sam deserves some sort of an honorable mention, too, because he was Mr. Patient in his exersaucer while I cooked the two days beforehand. (Usually, he’s ready for a change of scenery after about fifteen minutes.) The best part was that Rob got home way before the students started showing up and we tag-teamed with Sam to finish up the last few things.

Everyone started showing up around 6:00. We served sloppy joes and the various accoutrements that accompany them, as well as fruit and dip and pepparkakor (peparkakor, pepperkaker, whatever… those thing Swedish gingerbread cookies). Everyone squeezed in around the dining room table and ate and talked and laughed. Our house has never been so loud — even with Sam’s squawking and Rob and I screaming at each other when we play board games. It was awesome. After everyone had finished eating, we ran through the carols and realized that our dirge-like tempos were not welcoming the birth of Jesus, but actually killing him slowly with a butter knife. Rob said, “This is not Lent everyone.” Everyone did their best to sing a little faster.

Then we set out into the neighborhood on a warm and rainy night. Yes, everyone, it was raining. Misting is probably a more accurate term. We sang at a number of houses with little kids, which was everyone’s favorite. There was one little girl, who was probably around six years old and clad in pink flowered jammies, was actually quivering at the door, she was so excited. It was extremely cute. By the time we were done, our sheets of music had melted into mush and everyone was quite damp. Upon returning to the house, everyone stayed for hot chocolate and watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I learned that it takes a long, long time for 12 cups of milk to get warm enough to actually call it hot chocolate. I think I have stirring arm today. OK, not really, I’m totally exaggerating.

I think the best part of the night was when Rob pulled out the picture of him with long hair and passed it around the room. One kid, Dan, was so stunned he was speechless. Quite a feat for Dan, who has a quick, dry sense of humor. Once his speech returned, I think he said something like, “This is a dream. A terrible dream. My retinas are burning.” It was hilarious.

We had so much fun that we’re going to make it a tradition every year. Not so much for us or for the kids, but so the Christmas china will be put to good use once a year. 🙂



Oh hi, Mom. I didn’t see you there. December 9, 2008

Filed under: Month Six,Photo,Sam — leighnut @ 8:21 pm

No, no, I wasn’t grabbing the tree. Not me.



Here We Come A-Wassailing

Filed under: Giving,Goofball,Mom and Dad,Month Six,Random Acts of Kindness,Sam — leighnut @ 12:48 pm

Tomorrow night, Rob and I are hosting a caroling party at our house for Rob’s studio. There are about twelve kids planning on coming, though there are couple who have to see how finals studying goes before committing. Both Rob and I are very excited about it. We had a cookout this fall for his studio that was really fun. I am making cookies, Rob is making fudge, we will have sloppy joes for dinner and then go caroling. We’ll come back for hot chocolate afterward, hang out a little and then they’ll go home. Of course, we’re all music nerds, so the caroling will be in four parts. And we will rehearse beforehand, so we sound amazing. 🙂

Sam’s all excited because he’s going to wear his reindeer slippers from Debbie. He loves those things — he can’t believe he gets to have such fun toys on his feetsies.


Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! December 7, 2008

Filed under: Month Six — leighnut @ 7:27 pm

We are all excited for Christmas here at Sam I Am, so in honor of the season, snow will fall on this blog until 2009.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


See Sam Wiggle

Filed under: Goofball,Month Six,Photo,Sam,Travelin' Travelin' — leighnut @ 4:31 pm

This picture so clearly illustrates the new stage we are in with Sam.


1) See how his body is twisting away from Great-Great-Aunt Ruth. See how the fingers of his right hand are digging into her shoulder, trying to get away.

2) See the open mouth. That mouth is saying, “Aaaaaah!” And not saying it quietly.

3) See how Sam’s left hand is all wrapped up in Ruth’s scarf. That scarf was artfully tied around Ruth’s neck. Now it is a noose.

4) See the woman in the vest? She was leaning down to say hi to Sam. See how Sam has no intention of engaging with her.

5) See the crazed look in Sam’s eyes. Sam sees the shiny silver thing. Sam wants the shiny silver thing. Sam will get it if he has to launch off that lap like a penguin in flight.


Squinchy Face

Filed under: Goofball,Month Six,Sam — leighnut @ 4:21 pm

Over the past few days, Sam has figured out that his face does other things than smile. He has been squinting his eyes and doing a sort of pushing-out-his-lips grimace/smile. It’s really funny. And of course I can’t get it on camera, because he does it at very random times, and then only once. This is just more proof that I think he’s going to be a pretty funny little kid.

In other news, I think some teeth may be on the horizon. He seems to prefer gnawing on the plastic parts of his toys, the drool has picked up again, and he gnashes his gums together every so often. I don’t feel any little buds yet, but I don’t think they’re too far away.

[Side note: Doesn’t the word ‘gnash’ look funny? It’s a wonder that people ever learn to speak English correctly, what with the crazy words we call our own.]