Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Originally uploaded by stacy's plate.

We took Sam to a children's museum this weekend. We all deserved some fun after the horrible week we had.

Last Saturday, Sam was diagnosed with a double ear infection. Then, on Monday, all three of us came down with the dreaded stomach bug. During this time, we all had been battling a severe cold. (I still can't hear out of my left ear!) Then, on Wednesday, Sam became so dehydrated from the stomach bug, we had to take him to the emergency room to get IV fluids.

To tally things up, Sam went to the doctor's office 3 times in one week, not including the hospital visit. I missed 3 days of work due to my illnesses and then part of Monday this week for jury duty. Sam missed pretty much 5 days of daycare, except for a couple hours on Monday and a couple hours on Friday. Both days, he was sent home sick. Of course, we still had to pay for a full week. That's just how it is.

So, you can see why we wanted to do something fun.

This week, so far, things have been much better. We're all on the mend and Sam is making up for not eating last week. He's become a bottomless pit! He did lose a couple of pounds though, so it makes sense.

So much for a happy, healthy 2007!

Friday, January 05, 2007


Originally uploaded by stacy's plate.

It's been a while.

The holidays were good. Christmas was spent at the grandparents' house and New Year's Eve was low key and spent at home.

2007 will bring lots of changes. Sam is starting daycare (this week) and his dad will soon be moving on from stay-at-home-dad to the next chapter of his life (TBD). It is a time of transition and uncertainty. And great expense.

So far, Sam is doing pretty well at daycare. He is starting in the infant room even though he is 13 months old and the oldest in the class, but will move to the toddler room in a few months. He’s only been left there for an hour or so, but he is not used to being around other babies so when one of them cries, it upsets him. The teachers are great though, and I think once he gets used to it, he will like it a lot.

On the development front, Sam is officially a walker – and officially a toddler. What’s the difference? A walker walks and a toddler is no longer a baby. A toddler is a young person who is beginning to develop a sense of independence. A toddler is someone who refuses to wear a bib, yet enjoys dropping food on the floor and smearing it in his hair. A toddler will often throw his sippy cup or bottle violently on the floor if he does not want a drink. A toddler wants to open the toilet lid and eat cat food off the floor. A toddler also has some very endearing traits like laying his head on your shoulder when tired and bringing books to you to read to him. Our toddler already has a sense of humor and points to himself when asked “Where’s Daddy or Mommy?”

Sam’s vocabulary is also increasing. During meals he’s been saying “Bobby” and we had no idea who this Bobby fellow was until last night when I asked if he wanted more broccoli (which is one of his favorites) and he responded with a huge smile, “bobby!” So there you go. Bobby means broccoli. Following are a few more of his words and their translations:

Bup – sippy cup
ahBEE – what a frog says (ribbit)
bop – bubbles (they go pop)
dat – cat
wooooof – dog
faaaaaah – fox
bah – bath, which he gets really excited about
baaah – what a sheep says
dah-DEE – Daddy
Mom-mom – Mommy (used sparingly)

Happy New Year and be sure to eat your bobby!