He was fascinated by the music at the Patenaude's. He jammed on the bongos while Eric rocked out on the guitar. As a non-musical person, I recognize the benefit of being exposed to music, taking lessons, etc and I want to foster the instinctive fascination that kids have. While I wish Murray and I played an instrument and the kids were surrounded by live music through our virtuosity, we don't and they aren't (and won't be, our good intentions notwithstanding). So a perfect alternative is musical friends (and listening to live music - hello, summer music festivals!).
There was also a passel of girls there so Natty was in high cotton - and they all adored Sam. He's getting used to groupies at a young age.
Then we had the family birthday party the next weekend. I don't have a picture of Lindsey's cake - but it was super cute. It was a lamb theme, in honor of his Lambie (who he looooooves).
To compare the first and second child: while Natty fastidiously poked at her first birthday cupcake, he knew exactly how to tear into the cake and smear frosting everywhere - and then shriek for more. Natty snacked on organic, homemade treats. Sam's favorite snack? Frosted Mini-wheats (we try to avoid letting him ever see them to prevent the shrieks of desire). Aah, to be a second child.
Here's a sample Facebook profile for our Sam today:
Name: Samuel Frank Buttner
Hometown: Pomfret, CT
Interested in: People
Looking for: Friends
Likes: Lambie, milk, Mommy, Daddy and "NaTa", empty beer bottles from the recycling
Activities: bathing, sleeping, crawling, eating the telephone, pulling Mommy's glasses off her face, eating with hands, being tickled.
Hates: being fed with a spoon, diaper changes, being thwarted in eating the telephone, being thwarted at all, being left behind when Mommy leaves the room
Resigned to: the car seat, the loving attention of Natalie
That's our boy!
PS All of the above is in flux (except loving Mommy, Daddy and NaTa)