I Love Fall…

Well I have to say this weekend was pretty perfect.
Friday we got a babysitter for Ethan and went with a few of our friends to George’s for dinner and Bono’s for drinks after. It was nice to have some adult time.

Saturday we grabbed coffee on 2nd, took Ethan to the park and then Ethan and I went to brunch with one of my best friends, and on a long walk, while Jarrod golfed.

Today we went to the Santa Ana Zoo and had a really fun time! Ethan got to ride on the train and he found his new favorite animal, the bald eagle. The Santa Ana Zoo is a pretty small zoo but if you’re with a toddler it’s perfect. There are lots of Monkeys and farm animals that you can feed.

Here’s the latest dish on Ethan.

When we’re in the car listening to music Ethan will get really upset when a song he likes ends. When it ends he starts balling, literally. If you didn’t know better you would think he hurt himself. It took a few times of this happening for us to figure out what was going on.

I also got a phone call from his teacher on Friday that he has been aggressive at school. If he gets angry or frustrated he will hit. If a toy makes him frustrated, he will throw it. If a another child is playing with a toy he wants, he will throw something at them or push them out of the way.

His teacher gave me some suggestions for handling his behavior so that our discipline is consistent with what they are doing at school. Hopefully it’s a phase that will soon end.

I know I just made him sound like a little monster, but he’s really not. He’s got a lot of sweetness in him too. This morning he woke me up by climbing on the bed and over me and giving me a big wet smooch on the lips, then smiling really big. He cracks me up!

This week is pumpkin patch time! Last year we went to the Irvine Railroad but this year we’re keeping it simple and checking out Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach. I bought an unlimited rides pass so Ethan should have a really fun time.

On another note, we are going to Napa for our 4 year wedding anniversary and I’ve been sitting at the computer tonight getting so excited looking at all the wineries, restaurants and really just the beauty of Napa itself planning our itinerary. Our trip can’t come soon enough!

Well, off to bed. I’ll try and post some new pics next time, they are way overdo on my blog.

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October 11 – Ethan 20 months and 2 weeks

Where do I even begin? I really need to start taking notes because I forget many of the things I say to myself that I’m going to post.

The last couple of weeks have been mostly good, with a couple of hiccups along the way. Since it’s fresh in my mind, let’s start with today and the ride home from school. It pretty much sums up a typical day in our house.

We pass by Trader Joes every day, and every day Ethan points and gets really upset because he LOVES going there and we don’t stop. Well, today he was in luck because I had to make a trip. As we pulled into the parking lot he got the biggest grin on his face and started saying “grocery store, grocery store YAY”. It was really flippen cute.

We started out in the produce section where he screamed “nana” “nana”, so I opened one up and he started munching away. When he was done with the banana, we went down the section with crackers. He screamed out “crackers” so I picked out a box of the whole grain crackers and let him have one.

Next aisle was cereal, again he pointed and got all excited. This time I didn’t want to buy cereal so he got a little worked up because I wouldn’t give him any. I distracted him with some tomatoes that were already in my cart. He ate about 10 of them! It was the only way I could keep him quiet.

In the parking lot he wanted another banana, and I didn’t want him to have another one, so he got really upset. Tried hitting me and had a tantrum in the parking lot.

Fast forward to when we got home. I was making dinner and Jarrod was giving Ethan a bath. Jarrod screamed out to me, “Ethan pooped in the bath again”. Yes again. Not really what I was looking forward to hearing right before I needed to drain the ravioli. Instead, we drained the bath and picked up all the pieces, cleaned the bath and Jarrod had to give him another one :/…

Ethan’s hopefully going to be a dinosaur for Halloween. The reason I say hopefully is because he’s afraid to put his costume on. We made him put it on tonight and he cried until we took it off… I’m hoping if we put it on a couple more times he will get comfortable with it? I really hope so… He loves dinosaurs so much I didn’t think this would be a problem.

Ethan is practicing a lot of words and putting two words together. He found my pajama pants a couple of days ago and came out of the room with them saying “mama’s pants”. Tonight he said “mama’s shoe”. He’s also putting two and two together. Watching football last night he was saying “throw ball”.

I had a work event last week so Jarrod had to take Ethan to the doctor because it looked like he was getting pink eye. I got a voicemail from Jarrod saying “oh my gosh, you will never believe what happened”.

Ethan had a poopy diaper and Jarrod had forgotten a diaper and wipes. He went up to the counter and asked how long the wait would be. They said 45 minutes so he told them he was going to go home to change his diaper. When he came back to Ethan, Ethan was saying “yucky, yucky”. Ethan had stuck his hands down his diaper and had poop all over his hands…

This isn’t the first time he has stuck his hands down his pants. It’s kind of his new discovery… Not fun. His other new discover is his nose.

Turned out Ethan had the beginning stages of an ear infection so he’s been on antibiotics and eye drops. To give him the antibiotics was a nightmare for the first couple of days. I asked a friend at work (with two teenagers) if she had any suggestions for getting him to take the meds. She said when her kids were little they just sucked on the dropper and that they loved the taste.

What a concept. I never thought about him feeding it to himself, nor did I realize that he could suck on it and it would come out. It worked!!! He actually liked the meds when he could feed it to himself.

Ethan has still been struggling to go sleep. Some nights (including tonight) are worse than others. He got so worked up when I put him down that Jarrod got him out of bed and tried snuggling with him on the couch.

At 9:15 he was showing no signs of going to sleep so Jarrod put him back. He got really upset again and then closed his bedroom door. He closes his bedroom door almost every time we put him down now. It took him about 10 minutes to settle down after closing the door. It’s so hard to hear him upset, but he needs his sleep and I’m not really sure how to get him down any other way at this age.

That’s all for now.