Is this not the cutest little guy alive? (I say that about Jake too.) I can't believe 18 months has come and gone. My little Sammy is the craziest, most loving, cuddling, biting, pulling hair, laughing, crying, cutest smile out there little guy.
Sam - you go all day long. With little sleep, and you love to play ALL DAY. Anyone who spends anytime with you is lucky to get any down time. First thing in the morning you wake up with a smile, and crawl right out of bed. I often worry you're going to fall because your eyes are still closed, but from the moment you wake up you're on the go. You are such a happy boy (as long as you're doing something) and you smile and laugh all the time. Playing outside is your favorite past time right now, and I can't get enough of your beautiful blue eyes and white/blond hair.
Right now you are still learning words - you only say a few, but somehow you manage to communicate exactly what you want when you want it. We know when you want to eat, play on the computer, swim, go outside, watch a show. Pointing at airplanes and running after dogs. You would be the best at playing charades and I would certainly want to be on your team. I am so excited to see you form sentences and have conversations with you. I have watched that little brain of yours think and try so hard to talk for so long now, that once it happens I think you will speak in sentences and be able to tell me all the things you've been thinking. I can't wait to have little talks about your day, and your dreams, and plans for tomorrow.
I love watching you play with Jake. It is so fun to see you both get excited when the other one wakes up in the morning. I love how you kiss him and hug him. I also love how you body slam him. It is fun to watch you give back to Jake everything he gives to you. I love that you aren't afraid of him and you get right in there with him to play, even if he isn't welcoming you at the moment. I hope you two will grow up and love playing together. Love spending time with each other, and realize you have to be there for each other growing up. No one knows you like a sibling does, and I hope you remember that and stay close to each other as you grow up. My brothers and sister are my best friends at this point in my life, and I hope as you grow you keep Jake close by. He will always protect you and love you like no one else will.
Always remember that Mama loves you.