May 5, 2012 – Ethan 2 1/4, 27 weeks pregnant

Today marks the beginning of my third trimester. I’ve been very fortunate (knock on wood) to have an uneventful and boring pregnancy so far. I’ve been feeling pretty good, minus some lower back pain.

I’ve had no food cravings, a slight aversion to chicken and meat in general, and have had a lot of energy since a couple of weeks into my second trimester. With the third trimester here, I can tell that I’m starting to slow down a bit down and am really tired by the time the evening rolls around. The last 3 weeks I’ve been gaining about 2 pounds a week. My belly is starting to get really big! I’ve gained 16 pounds so far. Hopefully I’ll resume the 1 pound a week weight gain soon.

In Ethan news, he has been potty training since Thursday. He told his teacher on Thursday he didn’t want to wear his diaper, so he (for the most part) hasn’t been wearing one since then. He’s had lots of accidents but at least we are making strides in the right direction and hopefully he will be potty trained by the time Stella arrives.

Yesterday Ethan started to use the pedals on his bike rather than scooting with his feet on the ground. We have been working towards that for a while so we were pretty excited! He also used scissors at school and brought home some of his “cutting work” about a week ago. His teacher said that he is enjoying cutting carrots and other vegetables with a vegetable chopper. We need to get one for the house so he can help us prepare dinner.

Poor little guy is still suffering from side effects of when he had hand, food and mouth disease. One of his big toes, and both of his thumbnails are falling off. I read online that with the most recent strain that has been going around it’s fairly common. I pray that he doesn’t lose anymore nails, it seems so painful and looks terrible!

2 weeks ago we went to Fresno so daddy could go turkey hunting. Ethan got to spend lots of quality time with Grandma Karen and Grandpa Bill. He went swimming (well sort of) in their pool and they took him fishing. As Grandma said they didn’t catch any fish, but they made lots of memories.

Last weekend we went to Sacramento and the Bay Area for a wedding. Ethan did really well on the “big Jetblue airplane” and had a really fun time with Granny, Grandpa Chuck and cousin Emma. They went to the zoo, the pond (which had ducks) and Ethan went with Granny to her school. In Mrs. Marian’s class they did a lesson on the different continents, and focused on Africa. He is a smart little cookie and picks everything up like a sponge. Lions are his favorite animals and he already knew that they live in Africa and that they eat antelope, but when we got back from the Bay Area he told us that they are carnivore’s.

Ethan has still been having aggressive behavior at times which includes hitting and throwing toys. He has had to sit away from the other kids at school from time to time when he’s having bouts of his aggression or just won’t keep his hands to himself. I’m not quite sure what to do about it, but we’ve been trying to discipline constantly, with time outs, telling him to be gentle and taking things away from him that he wants. I’m hoping that it’s just part of being two and that he will outgrow it soon. He’s also perfected the terrible 2 tantrum. Often when he’s having his tantrum is when he’s the most aggressive.

As aggressive as he can be, he is also a very sweet boy. His new favorite thing is to say hello to everyone he sees. He is also really gentle with babies and toddlers that are smaller than him. He is also pretty good at sharing with his toys.

That’s all for now, Happy Cinco de Mayo 🙂

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