Thursday, February 11, 2010

The difference a year makes

Sam is one! He celebrated the actual b-day at a dinner party/hootenany at our friends the Patenaude's. And then we had a cake eating extravaganza the next week with Marmee and Papa and the Carlisle cousins.

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
Age: 1
Sex: Male
Relationship: Single
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)

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