Sam’s Pets

We finished Sam’s aquarium today!  The aquarium is decorated with Sponge Bob stuff and has 5 residents.  We had no idea what kind of fish to choose, so we talked with someone at a local fish store.  She was super helpful, and we ended up choosing to create an “aggressive” tank.  The first fish are Tiger Barbs, which are fast, colorful schooling fish.  Unfortunately, they have a tendency to nip at slow fish with flowing fins.  We’re going to have to be careful about which fish we throw into the aquarium with them!

Sam’s pretty excited about the fish.  He likes being held up so that he can see the aquarium and point at all of the fish.  He also enjoys Sponge Bob’s pineapple house!

As you know, Sam loves everything having to do with cooking.  The kitchen, the utensils, the pots and pans, the refrigerator, the drawers, the dishwasher are all a ton of fun to him.  And, of course, he loves to watch us cook.  If Dave is cooking something, he wants me to hold him so that he can see everything that’s going on.  He also loves the box of produce we get each week.  I’m usually trying to keep it away from him, but I decided to let him explore it a little today.

Teeth on the Way

Enjoy this picture of Sam’s gummy smile.  It may be the last time you see it!  Sam has two teeth coming in.  We can see them coming up!  Unfortunately, this means that no one in the Castillo home has gotten much sleep this week.   Sam has been waking up several times each night, and on one occasion decided not to go back to sleep at all.  I had to take him downstairs at 3 am and let him play until he got tired again.  Ugh!

In other news, we think Sam might be using his first word.  It’s really hard to tell.  He’s been saying “ma ma” for awhile, usually when he’s upset.  Last week he used it while reading one of our favorite books, Little Pea.  When I turned the page to a picture of Mama Pea telling Little Pea a story, Sam pointed at Mama Pea and said “ma ma”.   It was very exciting, but it could be just a big coincidence.  How do people know what their babies’ first words are?

Here’s a picture of Sam playing one of his favorite games.  He loves to sit under his blanket and giggle while we “look” for him.