Kate, Kate monthly posts

Kate 14 Months

Dear Kate,

Your personality has come through loud and proud this month! You love to be in the middle of all the chaos of big brother and sister. You want to be where they are and you want your voice to be heard. You babble a lot, and whine a lot, both with a high volume. There is a lot to compete with so I get it but wow is it loud in our house.

You’re also a bit of a flirt. You wave to anyone you see in the grocery store, as cars drive by or as you are in the car waving to others. If someone makes eye contact, you scrunch your face to your shoulder and give them a $1000 grin.

You took your first steps this month but still prefer to crawl. You were a bit of a stinker and took them while Mommy and Dada were on a trip in Los Angeles. You had taken a step here and a step there before, but never 5-10 in a row like you did with Grammy and Papa.

Eating is a funny and stressful adventure with you. You love any and all food, but your favorite is really fruit. Every time you sit down to eat, it is a mad-dash to find enough food to fill you up. I’ll give you a handful of food, turn around to finish getting everyone else’s meal ready and you grunting for more. I have to raid the cupboards and fridge to find something to fill that growing belly and it never feels like enough. You also are very thirsty. You will easily down an entire sippy in a meal and we’ll refill it several times between each meal as well.

This month you had your first real adventure with Grammy and Papa. Mom and Dad went on a little trip to California so you and Lexi and William spent some good quality time with Grammy and Papa. Papa really worked on walking with you and this is where it sorta started to click for you.

Loves: Swimming, peek-a-boo (you now put your hands over your eyes), clapping, laughing at what the other kids are laughing about, throwing your cup off tray, waving

Dislikes: Bath, actually listenting to books, snuggling, sitting still

words: num-a-num-anum, mama, dada, papa, uh-oh

You climb up stairs really well, which for the most part is great. The most challenging thing about that is you also want to climb up the bunkbed stairs which are very steep, wood and have no railing or safety and I’m terrified of you falling off them or getting up on the top bunk and then falling off.

You understand the word no, and will shake your head when you are doing something you knows you shouldn’t, like throwing food off your tray.

Surprisingly, the kids small toys like legos, shopkins haven’t been a problem even though they are EVERYWHERE. You do pick them up and put them in your mouth and suck on them, as soon as we notice, we’ll say, what do you have in your mouth? You open up and spit it out.

No changes on nap schedule. It is still 2 times a day for about two hours each time.

Two of my favorite parts are the day are when I get home from work. You get so excited. You wave your arms around uncontrollably like a silly little monkey and open your mouth as wide as a crocodile. It is just the best.

Then, at bedtime, I always attempt to read you a couple of books, which you pretty much have zero interest in and just climb out of the chair. BUT, when it is time for bed, I’ll get your blankie, bunny and a paci and as soon as I turn off the light you start babbling or singing. We sit down in the rocking chair and sing Twinkle Twinkle and you sing (make noises mimicking singing) with me. I can usually sing about two songs before you start squirming and want to move. As a non-smuggler, I cherish these brief moments of stillness with you to just love and appreciate you and how lucky I am to be your mom.

And maybe, just maybe you might grow back into the snuggles again.

Love,

Mama

Sorry, no pictures, this month. Something happened to my computer

 

William, William Monthly Updates

William 14 months (1 year 2 months)

Dear William,

Although you are completely unaware, this month has been an emotional one for our family. On Tuesday, April 5th your great grandpa Sampson passed away. Although he had been having a handful of health problems over the past year, he passed pretty quickly, which was great that he wasn’t in a lot of pain suffering but still hard to believe he is actually gone. I’m sure you won’t ever remember him, but he loved you so much. He was so proud to have you carry on the family name, not only from a William standpoint but from a Sampson standpoint. None of great-grandpa’s nephews had any children so the only men to carry on the ‘Sampson’ name is Grandpa Sampson, Daddy and now you. He really was a great man who loved Jesus, his family, flying airplanes, fixing things, staying up to date on technology, growing veggies (he basically was a mini farmer) and sharing his veggies with anyone that would take them. Your Daddy was very close with him and learned so many amazing things from him like how to play tennis, how to take things apart and put them back together, using tools and building things and so much more. So far, it looks like you share similar interests as you are fascinated by tools and Daddy will be able to teach you the many things he learned from Great Grandpa.

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On a little more upbeat note, April was pretty raining and a little colder than normal, but on the handful of days that the sun shone, you loved being outside. You were a little unsure of it at first, but when you could run around and play and explore things like dirt and rocks and grass and hear the birds and airplanes, you’ve decided there is no place you would rather be. You cry when we come inside and will go bring your shoes to use on a regular basis and stand by the door and beg to be outside. You love going for walks and will climb up in the stroller and just wait to be pushed. You love bubbles and chalk and the crazy coup. We haven’t made it into the bike trailer yet for a ride, but I have a feeling you’re going to love that too.

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Sleep is pretty status quo. You sleep for about an hour at each nap at day care and drink about an oz of whole milk in a sippy for the first nap and 3-4oz for the second. For bedtime, you have a bottle around 7:30ish and then go to bed around 8. You may cry on the way up to bed, but usually stop within 1-2 min of us walking out the door. In the morning, you’ll usually wake around 6:30 (the 5:30 mornings are dreadful!). About halfway through the month, you stopped taking a bottle in the morning so are really just down to one bottle before bedtime. Giving you a bottle is one of my favorite times of the day as you just snuggle in and sit contently with mom or dad for 20 minutes. However, I am counting down the days until I can put all the bottle parts away. So much extra clutter on the counter.

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You love to eat still and insist on feeding yourself. You’ve started to hold forks and spoons while you eat and attempt to use them, but are almost never successful. You love love love Cinnamon Toast Crunch (without milk) all berries, ice cream, avacado, and bread/crackers.

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You’re still not talking a whole lot but are starting to make more sounds. Your ‘B’s are very defined for ball and bottle. You’ve also gotten good with your ‘Ds’ for down(stairs), all done, dadda, and Due (for shoe). You’ll also say, mmamama which means you’re hungry. However, your comprehension is pretty good. You follow directions like ‘it’s time to go bye-bye, can you go get me your shoes’ or ‘let’s wash hands’ or ‘go get a book’. Baby sign language has also improved. You consistently sign ‘All done’ ‘dog’ ‘cate’ ‘bird’ ‘duck’ and are getting better about signing ‘please’. You love to roar like a lion and woof like a dog.

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You and your sister have a love hate relationship, already. You love to play chase and hide and seek and make each other laugh. However, we need to do a lot of work on sharing with both of you. If you’re playing with a toy and she gets near you, you’ll start crying and whining and you push her. She also likes to randomly hit you and steal things out of your hands and push you too. For me, this constant tension and arguing is the most challenging thing about parenting right now, it runs my patience pretty thin.

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With that said, I can never be mad at you. Your little smile just lights my whole world up and think you are the cutest thing ever. You melt my heart with your sweet and random snuggles and kisses. Mrs. Heidy and Mrs. Alba are smitten with you and said you love to give all the teachers snuggles and hugs throughout the day.

We love you little Bood!

Love,
Mama

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Alexis Monthly Posts, Lexi

Lexi One Year, Two Months (14 months)

Dear Lexi,

Well, January held up to its reputation of being long and cold! There were many days where it was -40 degrees (with the windchill) and I think it only was above 20 degrees 5 times the entire month. When it has gotten above 15 degrees, it snows…so it has been a hard month cooped up inside. Of course, you haven’t minded. You love wondering around the house, getting into drawers, (literally) cabinets and anything you’re not supposed to. I’m not sure what your growing stats are, but it feels like you’ve gone through a major growth spurt as you seem a taller and have grown out of your size 4 shoes.

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Favorite moments:

I document this every month, but sweet girl, you love you dance! Anytime you hear music, whether it is from a TV commercial, itunes, your toys or ring tones, you start grooving–even in your car seat and highchair. You love to boogie! Your newest move is a one-shoulder shrug.  So cute, especially when the rest of your body is still and you pop you shoulder up and down.

In addition to dancing you really enjoy reading books. You like to flip the pages and ‘read’ them by yourself. Daddy will often find you sitting in your room throughout the day reading books by yourself for a good 15-20 minutes. You also love to be read to. On average, we’ll read 15-20 books a day. As we read, you pick out the smallest most-minute details such as a spider in the background or a little mouse peeking through a hole—very detail oriented my girl.

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We had Auntie Angie and Uncle Joe’s Christmas card on the cupboard and whenever I would hold you, you would randomly say ‘woof woof’—as you saw Lucy on their card. Eventually, I let you hold it, and you carried it around the house the entire day and kept saying ‘woof woof’ and kissing the pictures of Uncle Joe and Auntie Angie.

Your Auntie Beca graduated from her dental hygiene program this month so we were out at Grandma and Grandpa S’s house celebrating and you had so much fun playing with Ashley and Courtney. The three of you went up and down the stairs at least 50 times. At the top and you would put your arms above your head and go ‘ta-da’ and then scoot down. When you got to the bottom you would sit on the last step and bounce up and down, laugh and then repeat the process. It was so entertaining to watch your big cousins take care of you and the three of you playing together.

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This month, you’ve begun to initiate peek-a-boo games. Instead of waiting for mama and dad to start, you’ll run behind a piece of furniture and then peek out, giggle and tuck back. Additionally, by the end of the month, you started putting your hands over your eyes and then pull them away, giggling and then repeat over and over and over again. I love to watch your innocence and peer enjoyment in the simplest things.

My favorite moment of the month took place just after you had finished eating a cookie. You were  at your table and had chocolate frosting on the top of your lip, giving you a mini mustache. As soon as you swallowed your last bite, you ran to the stove, grabbed the dish towels and started dabbing your face to clean off the chocolate. It was such a sweet, genuine and completely un-solicited moment—especially since you despise having your hands and face washed.

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When we went swimming, for the first 30 min or so, you were very unsure of the water, the people, the noises and the whole situation in general. But after you became more comfortable, you loved it! You kicked your legs like a little frog, were very comfortable on your back. You even volunteered to put your face in the water and didn’t cry when you went underwater. It was a lot of fun to see you enjoy a new activity and I can’t wait to go again!

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Noteables:

Another tooth popped through on top for a total of 7.

You’ve had some bad diaper rashes and a couple of colds throughout the month.

You learned to go down stairs. You sit on your butt and scout down one at a time.

Whenever your sippy cup is backwards, you flip it around (previous you just drank from it backwards)

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You love to… RUN, read books, pretend to put clothes on, eat snacks at your table and chairs, take things off Dada’s desk and play our bathroom—probably because you know you’re not supposed to.

You play really well by yourself—for as long as 30 minutes sometimes.

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We officially weaned you from bottles.

Daddy was gone for a week, which made childcare tricky!

We’re working on keeping a regular bed time routine—jammies, brush teeth, hugs and kisses to dada and read stories.

We visited Choo Choo Bobs for music and story time. There were a lot of people there and you were TERRIFIED! You had a death grip on my neck and just sat on my lap for the first 30 minutes, but you did eventually play!

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Words: mama, dada, oh-oh, up, all done, num-a-num-a-num, nigh-nigh, no-no-no-no, on, hot, papa, two and attempts: thank you, milk, Lexi

Signs: hi, bye, more, all done, train, please, thank you, frog, bunny, cat, dog, airplane, elephant, bird, night-time, monkey, stars, light

Noises: dog, wind, snake, pig, bee, owl and attempts: turkey, cat, goat, cow, choo choo, airplane sounds

You are the light of everyday sweet girl and am so eager to get home and see you each day. It is so fun to watch you grow, learn and discover new things everyday.

Love,

Mama

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