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!


Blogger FemiKnitMafia said...

Sam has Rody! Little Man LOVES his Rody now that he's capable of maneuvering it. But we bought it when he was about 1 and he kept falling off the side of it. Now he's bouncing all over the house.

Good luck with the daycare transition. It's a tough one -- but mostly for the parents. He's having a wonderful time with all the toys and kids. However, you two -- just hang in there. [hugs!]

11:37 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Isn't it great when they start talking, and with their own language? For months I was the only person who understood what my daughter was saying, but I knew it was just a matter of time before she stepped into the lingua franca of the rest of us. And Sam will, too. Its such a thrill when they start to talk.

I love that little red winter hat of his.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Robi said...

Talking and walking. Wowee. Elliot is now crawling so we are mobile now. I am already feeling weepy because he is growing up so fast.
What is that great horsey in the background does it bounce or scoot?

2:22 PM  
Blogger MaryC said...

I missed you guys - thanks for the update!

Glad your holidays were wonderful. That little man is just TOO handsome!

7:35 AM  

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