Ethan 3 and Stella 7 Months & Ethan 3 1/2 and Stella 13 months

March 19, 2013
When Ethan was 2 I had many mom’s tell me, just wait till he turns 3, it’s really the terrible 3s! The 2s were great, filled with many tough mommy moments so I really didn’t believe them to be true. I didn’t know how that could be possible – Now I do! When mom’s tell you that that, and they will (me included) believe them 🙂

At 3, children are much smarter, more aware of what’s going on around them, and want to do everything by themselves. I know each child is different, but mine happens to be smart, stubborn and independent. What do you think that equation equals? I’ll spell it out for you, Smart + Stubborn + Independent = DIFFICULT 🙂

I’ll run you through a typical day at our house…

Ethan wakes up… “good morning Ethan! How’s my guy?”, “no mom, don’t talk to me…” okay…, I don’t say another word to him until he prompts me. Leaving the house in the morning, I open the door, “no mommy, I wanted to open the door!!” he screams throwing himself on the floor. He has to brush his teeth first, then I can have a turn. Some days, it’s the wrong toothpaste… Some days, I put a bowl out, he wanted to get the bowl, tantrum ensues.
“ok Ethan, time to go.” “no mom, I wanted to watch a show for 3 minutes.” “sorry Ethan, you should have said something, we’re out of time now, it’s time to go”. Tantrum…

Some days it’s really like walking on eggshells, you don’t know what will set him off.

When we get home, he has to ring the doorbell before we open the door. The other day he was asleep in the car, I carried Stella inside the house, went back to the car for him, he woke up, saw the door was open and lost it. I had to close the door, he rang the doorbell, then we could go inside.

September 15, 2013
I wrote the above post about 7 months ago. I’m sad I haven’t been posting much, but it is what it is, we’ve been busy.

We just got back from a trip to Moorea with the family. We traveled with Ethan 3 1/2 and Stella 13 months. Overall we had a great time, but I will have to say, traveling with small children definitely has its challenges.

We took a red eye there and back, Ethan was great because you can pop an iPhone in his hand or put on a movie and he is instantly engaged. Stella was awake for 2-3 hours of the flights and she wanted out of her seat. She kept kicking the seat in front of her and the man that was sitting there kept giving me the evil eye.

We flew Air Tahiti Nui, I was very impressed at how they cater to children. They had activity bags for the older kids, and baby food, diapers, wipes, baby powder etc. for Stella.

Stella has such a sweet personality. She always has a smile on her face. She has walking down pat, can go up and down the stairs and has started trying to jump.

She just started in a new classroom at school and she really seems to be enjoying it. When I picked her up last week she was practicing drinking from a cup, it was very cute! She is also sleeping on a cot at school rather than a crib, and seems to be going well.

She still takes 2 naps a a day, around 10 & 2.

She loves her big brother, anything he says or does makes her laugh.

She says thank you, peek a boo and uh o.

She loves bananas, pasta & strawberries. Anything I’m eating she wants too.

She is very independent and will play by herself for quite long periods of time.
She loves being outdoors.

She is very curious, into every kitchen cupboard and loves to sneak in the bathroom to play in the toilet :/

Stella had her first official swim lesson on Saturday, she is a water baby! She loved half of it and then got tired of being on her back. She will be going every Saturday until she’s a swimmer.

She is Ethan’s twin. Everyone that sees them together mentions it.

Ethan is much improved since my last post. Don’t get me wrong, he still has his moments, but he has really grown up. There is no baby left in the guy.

He and Jarrod go fishing a lot, which he loves.

He just started a new year at school last week. I’m excited to see what he learns this year, he is a smart cookie.

We have him enrolled in music and soccer and he loves both. He seems to be pretty athletic, loves to go to park and play golf and baseball. I’m looking forward to when he’s 4 and can begin little league.

95% of the time Ethan is very sweet to his sister. This morning he heard Stella making noise and said “mom, I’m going to go check on her”, he went to her room and enthusiastically said “good morning Stella! Do you want to get out?” Next thing we knew they were walking hand in hand out of her room. Somehow he managed to get her out of the crib without incident, it was truly such a special moment:)

Ethan is officially a swimmer, though his confidence hasn’t caught up with him yet. He will swim circles around the spa, but is too scared to swim solo in the pool.

He is much more interested in playing with other kids now. When he’s with other kids his age he gets pretty silly. He loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Cat and the Hat and most recently Veggie Tales.

He watched The Wizard of Oz with Jarrod a few weeks ago and loved that too. He has been reciting very specific parts of the movie to us, his memorization is incredible.

So long for now….