Four days old - he was 5 lbs 13 oz at birth and tiny! Wearing a preemie sleeper here...the nurses all called him a little peanut. Big yawn for such a little baby!
I love this picture. I loved holding my baby. Sometimes he would fall asleep in my arms for a nap and I'd hold him the entire time, until he woke up again. And I don't regret a minute of that at all.
His second Christmas, just before he turned 2. Sam is so ancient that he had the old Fisher-Price toys - the ones that were later changed because the Little People were choking hazards!
Around 2 years old.
I think this was his 4th birthday, based on another picture where a toddler Max was trying to edge in on the gift unwrapping, lol!
Sam and Jeff in a tent somewhere - he's holding a bag of popcorn, but other than that I have no idea where they were (and I probably took the picture!).
Look closely - the child is walking a "tightrope" using a broom! I glanced out the window to see this and got the picture. Love that he's wearing his coonskin cap - this was in 1992, close to when we moved from California to Texas (Jeff had been to San Antonio and returned with the caps for the kids).
San Antonio - 6th birthday, and the fish themed party that the kids talked about for years...
Sam and our new puppy Jackie - he named her, and also picked out the orange collar (his favorite color).
Sam and his kitty Taz - he was 12 here.
The baseball pictures cracked me up - Sam played from the time he was in first grade (T-ball) until 7th grade. He looks like the weight of the game was on his shoulders in this one...
...but obviously knew how to enjoy snack time.
Woohoo - Sam was usually good for at least a base hit! It was always so fun to watch him play ball.
Visiting the Johnson Space Center in Houston - future engineer? We had no idea.
The Very Official Cub Scout would become...
The Very Official Crossing Guard! (really, this pose is "hurry up and take the picture before you embarrass me!")
Sam in his sweater vest glory - this was his uniform for a few years. He found a style he liked and stuck with it!
Very proud to call you my son, Sam - Happy Birthday! love, Mom