Thursday, January 7, 2010

Life as a toddler

Samuel turned 15 months on Sunday. He is definitely now a toddler!

He LOVES to play with his dad. I'm not so good at playing I've come to realize. I like to read books or put together a puzzle, but Samuel definitely needs to run and play in order to get his energy out. Ryan and Samuel chase each other around the house and no one can make Samuel giggle like his dad.

Beyond mama and dada, Samuel's regular vocabulary these days consists of: rocky (for rocking in the rocker recliner), uh-oh, and just this week he started saying wow. Ryan thinks it would be great if he could start saying a word or two that would help him communicate better with us :) I couldn't agree more. He does sign a few words: milk, eat, thank you, please.

Samuel's food choices depend on the day. He loves pasta with sauce, anything with ketchup, apples, bananas, pears, canteloupe and grapes. Veggies are a little tougher so I'm learning the art of hiding them in his food. He is very sensitive to textures so he might eat something Monday that he won't eat Tuesday. I am perplexed that he will eat paper from a magazine, a twig or cat food, but then spits out peaches or a turkey sandwich. I guess that's just what you do when you're a toddler.

I don't know how much he weighs or his current height because I didn't realize that I was suppose to bring him in for his 15 month appt. I thought well checks went from 12 months to 18 months - oops! By the time I get him in now he will be 16 months, so I figure I'll just wait for his 18 month appt.

Samuel continues to love music and starts to sway or dance whenever he hears it. He brings us the same book to read 15 times in a row. Every night he helps dad get the mail from the mail slot in our front entry. He loves walking anywhere and everywhere. Taking a bath seems to be the highlight of his day - maybe that's because it allows him to splash to his heart's content. He gets into everything. And I mean e v e r y t h i n g. Recently Ryan's Blackberry and my car keys disappeared. It's likely we left them too close to the edge of the table, and their whereabouts are now only known to the little man in our house. Clearly Samuel has a curious and adventuresome personality. It is a delight to see him grow and a challenge to guide him as he learns new behaviors.

My little man is turning into a growing boy...


Anonymous said...

It's good to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't do as well with "playing" and would rather read a book or do a puzzle or my favorite - COLOR. I always feel bad, but I guess I don't need to as I'm not the only one.

Megan S.

Anonymous said...

i love reading about what samuel is up to this days! now you are in the toddler year, this is when you start putting things higher! our daughter she is almost four, she can now open the fridge! she tends to get into everyhting too!
but this is also the fun times as toddlers. i am sure you are having lots of times with him!