A few people have been asking for new pictures of Samuel since I posted pics of the big kids on their first day of school. Here ya go!
This is Samuel doing his 3rd favorite thing outside. He LOVES his baby swing. Favorite #1 is a tie between sitting on the lawn mower (not riding, just sitting,) and being pulled in the wagon. Favorite #2 is Chasing - and being chased - by the pack of dogs.
Another of his favorite things is that thing in his mouth. Notice the smile he gave me while it was inserted, and the good talking to he was giving me when I took it away for a better pic. That outreached hand is a constant around here. Pointing isn't necessary... just simply stick out your hand towards what you want, or the direction in which you wish to go, and string together your best babbles.
It is amazing to watch him begin his transformation into a full fledged toddler. A few days ago he threw his first big fit. He woke up from his nap in a perfectly jolly mood, only to begin the most intense and drawn out fit in his entire 14 months of life. Amazing how a simple diaper change can send a one year old into an inconsolable rage.
This fit was so amazingly loud and dramatic that I had to pull out my phone to video it and send it to Clayton. It was lunch time and I figured he could use a little screaming with his meal like I was receiving.
The fit lasted for 30-40 minutes. He screamed so long and loud that he ended up getting his "angel kisses" all red across his forehead for the first time since he was an infant. Nothing would soothe him. Not holding, rocking, offering food or drink, or even laying him in his crib. I finally just continued about my afternoon as planned, allowing him to follow behind wailing at me through his beloved pacifier.
After I finally convinced Sam that he was not yet a two year old, he calmed down and returned to his layed back, totally happy, self. I have been given my first warning of what may be coming down the road. I've always said that easy babies make horrible toddlers... and vice verse. That has been true with my first two. Maybe Samuel will break the mold and be his sweet and cuddly self at every age.