February 19 – Ethan Turned 2 & 16 Weeks Pregnant

A lot has happened since my last post. Ethan turned 2 and I am 16 weeks pregnant.

Ethan’s b-day party was a lot of fun. We had many good friends and family there to celebrate with us. The theme was Yo Gabba Gabba, and Brobee was in attendance. The party was at a nearby park. The venue was perfect and so was the weather. It felt like a summer’s day. Ethan was all smiles the entire time. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day for him.

Ethan’s developments:

He speaks in 3-5 word sentences. He’s talking constantly! He started using “um” this week, it’s too funny! Everything he says ends in mom or dad, for instance, “Made a camel mom” (out of his legos). He is very independent and everything is “Ethan’s turn”. Whether it’s putting on his shoes, pouring bubble bath, throwing his trash away, he want’s to do it himself. If he’s not successful, he’ll say “mommy’s turn”.

One of the few rainy days we've had this winter

He loves to count, and has been very interested in numbers lately. Currently this is how he counts to 10. “1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 2, 11”. It’s pretty darn cute. For the past few months it’s been a struggle putting Ethan down for naps and bedtime. But for the past couple of weeks we’ve been focused on bedtime routines and they seem to be working. We read books, then he climbs in bed himself, and we read him another book in bed. We leave and he’ll continue reading himself books until he falls asleep. Keeping my fingers crossed that bedtime stays so easy. We started a new discipline method too, 1, 2, 3 magic. This also seems to be working.

My pregnancy so far:

15.5 week ultrasound

I have been very fortunate to have an easy pregnancy. Here are the symptoms I’ve had so far (not much to complain about). The first trimester I was starving constantly. I had to keep snacks with me wherever I went because out of nowhere hunger would hit and if I didn’t eat immediately I would feel very nauseous.

I’ve also been really tired. We’ve been eating out a lot because I’ve had no energy to cook. I’ve been very lazy – well as lazy as you can be with a toddler. The last week or 2 I’m finally getting a little bit of my energy back. I’ve started buying semi-homeade options (pre-made foods) from Trader Joes and doing a little bit of cooking. As far as food aversions, the only one I have is meat. I’ll eat it, but it’s not my first choice.

I’ve gained 4 pounds so far and this past week is the first time my pants have started feeling tight and uncomfortable.

I found out last week that we’re having a baby girl! I could not be more excited!!! I was in tears when the ultrasound tech told me. It was really unexpected as I had had 2 ultrasounds with guesses of boy. I’ve been “pinterest-ing” baby girl things all day today, it’s going to be so much fun! Her name will be Stella. Possibly Stella Ida (after Jarrod’s grandma).

I haven’t posted any helpful hints or baby links in a really long time so below are a couple of links from my google searches today.

I want to put together traditions for Ethan (and his soon to be little sister). So since Easter’s coming up, I was google-ing easter ideas and traditions.

Ethan is too young for Easter candy so I found some ideas for easter egg fillers rather than candy.

Easter filler1

Easter filler2

We will definitely go to church on Easter morning – after all, that is what Easter is all about. I figure we’ll do an easter egg hunt, color easter eggs and have an Easter lunch or dinner at our house. Hopefully some friends will be able to join us.

Well that’s all for now, hopefully I’ll have another post soon.