One Fish, Two Fish

Brotherly Love September 4, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Mom and Dad,Sam — leighnut @ 8:35 pm

We had a family bonfire tonight. It was a breezy, beautiful evening, requiring sweatshirts and chairs pulled close to the heat of the flames. After Anna went up to bed, Sam was marching along the edge of the patio, trying to keep himself awake. I said, “Sam, do you remember what your life was like before Anna came to our family?”
Sam: Yes.
Rob: What was it like?
Sam: Good!
Rob: And what is life like now, with Anna here?
Sam: Good! Before Anna came, I didn’t like her. But now that she’s here, I like her.

I asked if he and Anna will always be friends and he said, “Mmm-HMMM!” I’m so glad he feels that way. It’s what we dreamed for them.


Wings August 31, 2011

Filed under: Firsts,Mushy,Sam — leighnut @ 6:51 pm

Tonight I watched from the driveway as Sam ran down the block to play with his friends at their house. He ran, arms tucked in and pumping at his sides, little feet running as fast as he could toward his playmates. My heart flew with him, as his first tiny wings of independence sprouted… and then I let go. Fly, baby boy, fly. I love you.


Mama’s Boy June 8, 2011

Filed under: Sam — leighnut @ 11:39 am

The other day, Sam and I were reading books before bed. He had chosen Llama Llama Misses Mama from the library this week and we were just cracking it open for the first time. It’s a story about a little llama who goes to his first day of preschool. We love the Llama Llama series and have a few of them at home, but we’d never read this one. As I was reading about the sad little llama watching his mama llama leave him in the classroom, not wanting to engage with the other children in the classroom despite lots of fun activities, I watched Sam’s little eyes grow bigger and bigger. When the story ended — with little Llama happy at his new school and happy that his mama llama came back — Sam turned to me and said, “Mommy, why did the llama’s mommy leave him at school?” I said, “Preschool is for kids and mommies and daddies don’t stay at school with the kids.” This was distressing news for Sam! He said, “I don’t ever want to go to school, Mommy. I want to stay with you forever!” And he fiercely hugged my leg.

Even after we were snuggling in bed, he kept bringing up the poor lonely llama at preschool. I asked, “Sam, are you worried about going to school?” even though he is not scheduled to go this fall. He said, “Yes Mommy, I’m very worried about school.” So we talked about it, about all the fun things he would do at school and how Mommy or Daddy will always come to pick him up when school is over. He seemed slightly relieved. At least he was sufficiently relieved to go to sleep that night.

I know, once the time comes, he will love school and being with friends for a few hours. But, it’s true, my heart melted when his little arms wrapped around my leg, stating with conviction that he wanted to stay with me forever.


Putting It All Together June 1, 2011

Filed under: Sam — leighnut @ 10:13 pm

Today at nap time, Sam and I were talking before settling in to sleep. I’ve just gotten my hair cut and asked Sam what he thought. He said, “It’s not good.” “Not good?” I asked. “No, Mommy, not good. It’s too short,” he explained as he tried to wind his fingers in the back of my hair. I said, “Well, it’s a good thing that hair grows a little bit every day.” He was quiet for a minute, then said, “Mommy, is hair like a plant? Plants grow a little bit every day, too.”

What a smart cookie.


More Milestones May 25, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Firsts,Milestones,Month Three,Sam — leighnut @ 12:51 pm

It’s been so busy around here, between long car trips and birthday parties and life in general. The blog has been low on the list of priorities. But! Lots has happened! Sam is three, he’s working on potty training, thanks to a nice diaper rash that keeps him naked a good chunk of the day, and he’s a great friend to the little kids in our neighborhood. He often says, “I want to go outside and play with my friends.” It’s so cute that he has friends.

Anna is laughing (when she wants to, she’s not a trick pony) AND she rolled from her back to her tummy a few nights ago! I couldn’t believe my eyes. First, she rolled onto her side and chewed on her hands for a while. Then all of a sudden, she swung her leg over. She almost made it on the first try, but rolled back. Then, with a grunt and a swing of the leg, over she went! It was amazing. She pulled her arm out from under her and reached out in front of her to tr to grab a paisley off the quilt. She is so strong!


Sam Goes to the Dentist April 14, 2011

Filed under: Firsts,Photo,Sam — leighnut @ 11:30 pm

Last week Sam went to the dentist for the first time. We did back-to-back appointments with Rob, so Sam could go in early to check out the room see Rob have his teeth polished. The hygienist made the comment that she the polisher didn’t hurt, but tickled the teeth. After Rob was done, Sam got in the magic chair and went for a ride. He thought that was cool. He had to try all the buttons on all the equipment and was quite disappointed that he couldn’t use the x-ray machine. (We did look at Rob’s x-rays to see what teeth look like in a picture.)

After the hygienist counted all of his teeth, Sam held his hands up and said, “Huh. No cavities!” He held “Mr. Thirsty,” the suction thingy, throughout his appointment, holding it over his head, so he could see the on/off switch, nearly knocking the hygienist in the face. Every couple of minutes, Sam asked, “Is it time to tickle my teeth now?” When it was finally time, the hygienist started rattling off the polish flavor options — cherry, strawberry, orange, blueberry, cookie dough — and Sam said, “Oh, I’ll have cookie dough.” Ha! This coming from the kid who is lukewarm about chocolate! I said, “Sam, do you want cherry or strawberry?” He looked and me and said, “I’ll have orange.” (Adolescence is going to be a trip, huh?)

He made it through the entire appointment — counting, scraping, polishing, everything. Rob and I were so proud of him.


I’ll Never Be Ready For This March 23, 2011

Filed under: Milestones,Sam — leighnut @ 3:59 pm

I fear that Sam is starting to give up his afternoon nap. On days that he naps, bedtime is incredibly difficult. He’s just not tired! It doesn’t seem to matter what time he goes down for a nap in the afternoon, either. Bedtime consists of our regular routine followed by two hours of listening to him rolling around, singing songs, telling stories to his stuffed animals, etc. Everything BUT sleep is happening in his room. So today, we went to the mall to play at the playground, shop a little, and just generally ride out the crappy weather. He had a blast playing with other little kids his age at the play area.

Now, he’s obviously tired. I’m seeing long, long blinks and crazy-time behavior. He’s now on the couch have rest time, while watching Wild Kratts his new favorite show on PBS. (It’s all about animals. What’s better than that?) I suspect bedtime will be easier tonight. At least, I hope so!