Tossing You a Bone

I realize that, by now, all of you other parents out there are feeling insecure and inadequate in your parenting abilities – the cuteness of that ball video can not be withstood!

Well, far be it for me to present an incomplete picture of my parenting prowess. To that end, I present the following:

Before you go out and call Child Protective Services, the last picture is a little out of band in the course of events. He had been crawling back out of the drawer and tumbled a little in the process.

The perfection of the pictorial narrative could not be denied, however.

New Tastes

I know I post entirely too many pictures of Sam in his high chair with food all over his face, but it’s hard not to.  He’s so happy when he’s eating!

The doctor last week told me that we should start feeding Sam whatever we’re eating, so we’re cutting back on the purees and cutting our food into little pieces that he can manage.  He loves it!  On the menu today is an egg and cheese burrito for breakfast, spinach gnocchi for lunch, and a chicken burrito for dinner.

The Fish Tank Update

Our fish tank has been through a lot since our last update.  We started off with 5 tiger barbs, which turned out to be too aggressive for our taste.  One of them was especially mean, chasing the others around and biting at their fins.  It was stressful to watch!  We got the fish on a Saturday, and by the time we woke up on Sunday morning, one (the mean one) was dead and another was in its death throes.  Another two passed later in the day.  The last one held on for a good 2 or 3 days after that, but finally died as well.  We believe the fish died as a result of changing water temperatures.  We had our water tested at the fish store and came home with 3 new fish.  We chose diamond tetras this time.  They aren’t as flashy, but they are great fish!  They are unbelievably friendly.  Whenever we go look at the tank, they swim over to us.  Sam LOVES this, and he’s taken to spending a lot of time looking and pointing into the fish tank.  We often hear him  over there saying “ffffff”, “ffffff”.  It may be the beginning of a new word for him!

Speaking of pointing, Sam’s doctor was very happy to see him pointing a lot at his appointment on Friday.  It is a very important social milestone.  Sam has been doing a lot of pointing lately.  He points at the fish tank, at pictures in his many new books, and at pictures of himself on the computer.  Today we took him swimming for the first time ever, and he even pointed to tell us where he wanted to go in the pool.  It’s nice to see him communicating!

Sam wasn’t so sure about swimming at first.  There were a lot of kids there and it was loud.  Sam warmed up to it after awhile, though and seemed to be kind of enjoying himself in the end.  We don’t have any pictures, unfortunately, because I left the SD card in my computer at home.  Next time, we’ll definitely get some pictures.

2nd Birthday Party

We had friends over yesterday to celebrate Sam’s birthday again.  We had a great time visiting with everyone.  Sam had fun too.  He got lots of attention from all of the adults (always good), and he got to hang out with his 3-year old buddy Isaac!  Sam loves watching Isaac and following him around.  Sam also got another shot at eating cake.  I think he enjoyed this one more than the first.  It was a yummy applesauce cake!

The First First Birthday Party

Sam’s a lucky little guy.  He gets two birthday parties this year!  Our church small group meets at our place every Wednesday night, so we had a little celebration with them last night.  He’ll have another celebration with friends on Saturday.

The theme for last night’s dinner was favorite kid foods.  We had mac & cheese, pigs in a blanket, mini corn dogs, dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, tator tots, star-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and ants on a log.  We haven’t had any of these things in years, and let me tell you, it doesn’t feel good to eat them all at once!

Sam got his first taste of birthday cake.  He liked it when we all sang to him, but started crying as soon as we put his cupcake in front of him.  After a little coaxing from his dad, he started crumbling the cupcake into little bits.  I’m not sure how much of the cake ended up in his belly, but that’s not a bad thing at all.

What a Difference a Year Makes

One year ago today we were surprised with the birth of this sweet, skinny, lobster-red little guy:

It was hard to imagine that today we’d have this smiley, strong, active, clever boy:

It’s been an incredible first year.  Today we’ve opened a few gifts and looked at some of Sam’s new books.  After naptime, we’ll start preparing for Sam’s birthday celebration tonight.  We’ll post pictures soon!