Thursday, January 7, 2010

2 years of Samantha

I can hardly believe that it has been 2 years since I was telling Dr Levy, "NO! It is too soon to be having the baby!" but Samantha is now 2 years old. She is such a cutie, but still so teeny tiny, at least in weight. She is ON the growth chart now, though. She weighs 23 lbs 8 oz and is 34.5 inches tall. It looks like I will STILL be the only person in family under 5'8" once my children are grown.

She says over 180 words and adds several more per day to her repetoire. We definitely have to watch what we say around her, because we are sure to hear it repeated back to us. Samantha loves music, dancing and going outside. She also adores her baby brother and her Daddy. She is a little daredevil and loves going down slides that are really made for kids much older than her. Elmo is currently her favorite toy behind lambie (or Mambie as she says.) In fact, in the last month or so, her saying Mambie has reminded me of a saying that I knew growing up and I have started saying it to her when she says Mambie. It is "Lambie, oh lambie, come home from Alabamy, put on those eggs and hammy, Lambie" The original is Mamie, but I changed it to suit us. Samantha thinks it is hilarious, and will say "again" or "one time" (for one more time) each time I do it. When I finally get tired of repeating myself, and tell her that I won't say it anymore, she says to herself "Mambie...come home!" and starts giggling.

She knows the names for everyone in our families and will say their names when she sees pictures of them, and she adores playing with her big cousins. I think that she thinks their only purpose in life is to play with her.

Samantha is a little overwhelmed by crowds and noise still. In fact, even though her birthday party was only with Lezley, Hannah, Ava and part of our family, she still went to hide behind the chair in her room to read a book in a quiet spot for part if the time during the party. I even had to convince her to come out and open her presents! She also tells us "noisy" quite frequently, especially if the neighbors car alarm goes off, when the trash truck comes by, when she hears sirens and when she hears an airplane.

She sings Twinkle Twinkle with almost all of the words by herself. She sings several other songs, including, "Row row row your boat", "God made Mommys..." and she does all the signs for "Big round sun" as she sings along. She loves going to her Bible class and will ask several times through the week to go to church. She also asks to pray fairly frequently.

She and her Daddy have recently started a new joke. Samantha will say "hey!" Brent says "Hay is for horses" and Samantha replies "neigh" then starts laughing. It is so cute!

Samantha has started feeding her dolls from her belly button after seeing me nurse Jacob. She will say "Baby hungry, eat tummy" then lift up her shirt to nurse the baby. She has seen me pump twice, and so now she will point at the breast pump and says "Samantha pump" to ask to be able to use it like I do. Every time I tell her, "No, only mommies pump." That satisfies her until the next day, when she asks again.

Samantha is very opinionated and objects quite strongly when she doesn't like what she has said. Luckily, her tantrums generally only last a few minutes and then she is a happy kid again. Samantha is a fun, funny little monkey princess and we are so happy she is our daughter.