He also would have nothing to do with wearing a backpack a few months ago. This morning before heading to MDO he asked if he could take his backpack. He also asked if he could wear it and walk in by himself without holding my hand. And to top that off, he carried in the plate of cookies we decorated last night to share with his friends and didn't spill them! What? He's growing up for sure.
Sam got some toys from a dear family friend in Birmingham. Thanks, Paula, for thinking of Sam. He enjoyed playing with his sports balls in the bathtub...he was especially good at squirting us with water! You've created a monster...
Tonight, I had the pleasure of enjoying a "girls night" with a few friends from church. Amy hosted us at her house. It was just four of us: me, Amy, Ashley and Leslie. We really had a good time visiting. We enjoyed a yummy appetizer, dinner and wine. It was so good. While Luke and I were at Amy's house with the girls, Sam was at home with his Daddy. They enjoyed catching fireflies. Here is Sam holding his jar of fireflies . What fun!!!
The joys of living on Governors Drive... We had a crew from the city in our driveway and in front of our house for a couple of hours repairing a water line. Sam was at MDO and missed out on the fun so I took pictures for him...he would have loved it.
We enjoyed some time at the pool today with Pierson and Amanda. Shout out to the Moyers; thanks for letting us come to your pool. This was Sam's first time at the pool so he was a little scared at first. But it didn't take long until he was jumping in the water and climbing up and down the stairs.
Another thing that makes me smile: Sam's eagerness to have his picture taken and his blue eyes. He was playing on the couch and saw me with the camera...so he leaned in close and yelled "Cheese!!".
This picture was taken after Sam played outside with Ron for a few minutes. His cheeks were so red, although the picture doesn't really show it.
He was excited to get to hold Luke for the first time. He just kept staring at him.
Monday morning it was time for gymnastics. I mistakenly drove my mom and Sam to gymnastics thinking Luke and I could go to Target for a minute. This resulted with a screaming 3 day old until I could get to the van for a quick feeding. He was hungry so I obliged. I didn't get my list done at Target and quickly realized that doing things my way may not work out for quite some time. I'll have to adapt.
Tuesday was Luke's 4-day checkup. The doctor was surprised to learn he was back to his birth weight. May 30 he weighed 7.6, June 1 he weighed 7 lbs, and by Tuesday the 3rd he was 7.6 again. It normally takes 1-2 weeks for a baby to gain their birth weight back, so I was happy to know he was getting his nourishment. Tuesday night Ron and I got to go on a date to P F Changs. My family kept the boys which resulted in Luke's first bottle feeding. Bad idea...bottles make nursing babies lazy. But Ron and I had fun and enjoyed spending time together. Thanks B and Pops!
Wednesday...Let's see, I don't remember what happened Wednesday. My days are a blur. All I remember is that I started noticing Sam's defiance a little more. "What are we in for?" I thought to myself.
Thursday...more defiance and disobedience from Sam. He's had my attention all day every day for 2 1/2 years, so he's got a lot to deal with now that he has a baby brother.
I was faced with a huge challenge Friday: a boy who didn't want to nap. This was more than the typical nap avoidance. He threw the biggest temper tantrum I've ever seen. Kicking, screaming, throwing toys at his door, etc. 45 minutes and almost a dozen spankings later he finally went to sleep.
I got a maid too. Housekeepers is sending Yolanda every two weeks to clean during the summer, just so I don't have to hassle with it. My mom warned me I may find myself going back over her cleaning. Well, she was right. I remade the bed the way I would do it and found myself wiping the kitchen backsplash because the cleanser she used left some residue. (Stacey, I know you're getting a laugh out of this right now. I'm so predictable, huh?)
Friday night was movie night for Sam and Ron. They rented The Bee Movie and ate popcorn. They had lots of fun until the movie was over and it was bedtime. He threw the same tantrum, but this time I snuck off to bed and let Ron handle it.
Saturday and Sunday were good days. We were visited by our awesome friends, Adam and Ashley on Saturday bearing the gift of yummy chocolate cake. Then we made our way to Little Rosie's and I had my first Margarita in 9 months. Yum! It was so good.
Ron took Sam to the park Sunday to feed the ducks and fish. Sam came home with stories to tell about how a duck ate from his hand... We did have a small accident Sunday. Sam slipped and fell on the sunroom floor and chipped another tooth. So now he has two teeth right next to each other that are chipped. Fortunately this one isn't as noticeable as the first. Aside from a bit of a swollen lip, it didn't seem to bother him; he only cried a minute. A fun Sam moment was when he played with the dishwasher. While I was at the kitchen sink cleaning up, Sam was sliding the dishwasher drawer back and forth staring at the wheel. You could tell he was trying to figure it all out. He's got some engineer in him, that's for sure.
Today Luke had his first bath. I'm horrible! I can't believe I let a whole week go by without bathing him. Baths and brushing teeth are at the bottom of my list of parental duties...they're just not fun! So here's Luke getting a spongebath.
What a beautiful new life! We're so blessed.
This was our nurse, Sarah. She was great. She had a good sense of humor to help with the stressful situation...and she was SO encouraging.
This is when Sam met Luke for the first time. He was a little tentative.
Maria escorted me out Sunday around lunch. She was my day nurse on Saturday and Sunday. Very sweet....
Our first afternoon home and Sam couldn't stop loving on Luke. We're adjusting to the new member of the family with help from my family. My mom's taking care of us with meals and helping tons with Sam. She even took him to gymnastics this morning. Then Pops swoops in at night after work and wears Sam out until bedtime. Ron and I have it pretty easy for now; the adjustment will be Friday when everyone's gone and it's just us.