36 weeks pregnant & 2 1/2 year old

36 Weeks Pregnant:

My due date is 4 weeks from today! I couldn’t be more excited! I reeealllyy hope that miss Stella decides to arrive early and not late. My back pain has miraculously gone away (for the most part). I still have heart burn, have to pee constantly and my left ankle has been swelling with both ankles feeling achy. I’ve gained 24lbs. Hoping that I don’t gain anymore as I have gained as much as I did at the end of my pregnancy with Ethan.

Ethan 2 1/2:

Today was Ethan’s 4th swimming lesson. His instructor says that he’s doing really well. The first lesson he was cautious, but didn’t cry. 2nd and 3rd lessons, he cried quite a bit. Today, he was very cautious, but only cried when his instructor put his head under the water. He likes and feels comfortable floating on his back.

Last night we took Ethan to see his first movie at the theatre, Madagascar 3. He did really well! For the first 30 minutes he wouldn’t even grab popcorn he was so focused on the movie. He did well up until the last 10 minutes, when we left.

Ethan is still full of sass and is very sweet until we stop him from doing something he wants to do or tell him to stop a behavior. Being at the end of my pregnancy and pretty tired, I do let a few things slip, but we are trying really hard to be consistent and discipline him as much as possible. One thing that really works with him is saying if you listen and do x, y & z, you’ll get a special treat.

Bed time has been a breeze as we have our routine down. He sits for a couple of books in our lap on the rocking chair, hops in bed, we tuck him in, read a couple more books from the chair, hug, kiss say good night and leave. Nap time is another story… It is a battle every weekend. Probably because no weekend is the same so he can’t count on the same routine. Not sure how to fix that? But hopefully in time it will get easier.

Ethan has been singing for quite some time, but he’s been singing a ton lately. Some of his favorites are bumble bee, itsy bitsy spider, BINGO, Old McDonald and twinkle twinkle.

For the past month or 2 Ethan has been all about the Ipad and Iphone. He knows how to do everything on both from turning the volume up or down, to finding where his apps are to navigating all of his apps and starting movies. We are going to have to start regulating and limiting the time he spends on there. If we let him, he’d probably be on them all day.

Hopefully Stella will be here for my next post so stay tuned 🙂

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Ethan 21 Months and the month of October.

Well, I’m a few days late on Ethan’s monthly update. That would be because things have been busy around here!

A week and a half ago we flew up to Sacramento, dropped Ethan off with grandma and grandpa and drove up to Napa to celebrate our 4 year anniversary. We had a really fun time! Napa wasn’t everything I thought it would be, but it was still a nice trip and we will be back. How can you go wrong with wine tasting right?!

We stayed at Vino Bello, which was OK, but I probably wouldn’t stay at again. They tote themselves as a 4 star, but I would describe the resort as an upgraded Holiday Inn.

We hired Napa Bee Driven. They are a company that drives your car around for you rather than renting a limo or going in a shuttle. I would highly recommend them! Our driver was great and very knowledgeable. Their rates are much more reasonable than renting a limo.

The first night we were there we splurged and went to dinner at La Toque, it was very good, but probably only somewhere we would go once. On our wine tour we went to Mumm’s, Del Dotto and Rubicon.

So enough about us… What has Ethan been up to? Well, he did great on our flights to and from Sacramento, it was his fifth flight.

And, he has really been wanting to use the potty. We bought a seat to go onto the toilet and he (in so many words) tells me he wants to go potty. I put him on the toilet and he will literally sit there for 20 minutes, probably longer if I let him. The last time he sat there, he grabbed toilet paper and tried to wipe in the front and back (sorry if that’s too much information). The things they pick up!

Today in the bath he told me “pee pee” while he held his bottom. He wanted to sit on the potty. He’s cried wolf to me too many times for me to know that he really didn’t need to go potty. He just wanted to sit there to try. Poor guy, I hope he’s able to figure it out soon!

He has a book called “Potty”. I caught him reading it today and it was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. As he turned the pages he was reading (from memory and pictures). “Bye Bye Diaper” and “Hooray” which were pages in the book. I’ll have to try and get it on video.

We took Ethan to the pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago. That was quite the experience. Ethan was so overwhelmed with all the activity there that we had several meltdowns. He would go from really excited to really distraught in the blink of an eye. Overall he had a good time though. When we download the pictures from our camera, I’ll post some.

He went on a carousel and on a horse.  On the horse he looked pretty confident and really excited…. until the horse started to move. It was so sad. His little lip went down and then he started balling. Needless to say he was removed from the horse as soon as possible.

Yesterday was Halloween and his school had a carnival and parade. He was a dinosaur, and got to go to school in his costume. There were definitely some tears about putting it on, but he did it and he looked adorable. When we got to school and he saw all his friends in costume he was pretty excited. He kept on saying Halloween and Trick or Treat. His day at school was pretty fun filled so we decided not to take him trick or treating. I felt bad but he’s still so little and by the time we got home and finished dinner it was already 7:30. Plus, I had to make a grocery store run on the way home so you can imagine how excited he was about that :).

Ethan has been putting lots of words together. 2 and sometimes 3 words for the most part. My favorite phrase of all is “open it”. He sounds so cute saying it. He also says “I love you”. Not voluntarily, but he will repeat it if you say it.

We bought Ethan play doh this weekend and he LOVES it!!! If you have a 21 month old and don’t already have it, it’s a must have item. It will keep them occupied for 45 minutes (that’s a really long time in our house). We also bought him a table and chairs that are his size. We are hoping to set up more of a Montessori environment in our home within the next couple of weeks. We have way too many toys around here and a lot of them aren’t “Montessori approved”.

One more update. Ethan is missing 4 teeth, plus his molars. I think they will soon be making an appearance because he has been drooling like crazy and seems to be in pain. Please wish us luck!

19 months

Yesterday was Ethan’s 19 month birthday…. and here’s what’s new….

The last 2 days he’s been excited to go to school. Yesterday he stood at the front door with his backpack aka lunch box blowing kisses to dad saying “I’m ready to go”. When we got there, he walked over to a friend and didn’t give me a second look. When I came to pick him up, he was throwing a football and started crying when I picked him up, he didn’t want to leave. The best thing I could ask for!!

Today, a couple of tears when we left the house because he didn’t want to leave dad, but when we got to school, off he went on the playground. He didn’t even give me time to zip his sweater.

Ethan looked a bit silly today because he’s all of a sudden very particular about what he puts on and what he wants. Last night he took some crocs out of his drawer, and wanted Jarrod to put them on him. They were inseparable after that. I tried taking them off when he went to bed and he started throwing a tantrum. So he slept in the crocs.

This morning Jarrod tried taking them off to change him, another tantrum… So, he wore the crocs to school (which are too large for him) and that we bought for the beach/pool.

Ethan also has 3 favorite shirts; one with a football, Thomas the train and a car. He loves them! If he spots them, he will grab them and insist that I help him put them on.

I can ask Ethan to get a book for me to read with him. He runs to his room and brings one back. I then tell him to put it back before grabbing another one, and he will.

Ethan’s working on 3 new teeth. Before we know it, he’ll have a full set.

As we speak, he’s in his crib singing. 19 months is a great stage, he’s so much fun!

That’s all for now!

Almost 19 months!

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Well, it’s been a few weeks since my last post, mostly because it has been crazy busy in our house! 2 weddings, family in town etc.

Ethan is adjusting well to his new Montessori school. It’s been almost a month already, which is hard to believe. Summer school ends the end of next week, and the new school year starts on September 7th. A couple days after the new school year, the school is hosting an ice cream social. We’re looking forward to that, to meet with the teachers, families and kids that will be in Ethan’s class. There will be 12 kids in his class and 2 teachers.

Each week there’s a new development. Ethan has mastered drinking out of a regular cup, though we still give him a sippy cup at home if he’s walking around with it. Binky’s are done with!! Which has been great, and Ethan’s biggest accomplishment to date is escaping his crib!

We put Ethan down for a nap about a week and a half ago, and the next thing you know he came strolling into the kitchen… We were so confused and  blamed Granny (who was staying with us for the week) for taking him out of the crib. Well turned out it wasn’t her, and after many escapes to follow, we realized this was here to stay. Jarrod will be installing his toddler bed this weekend which will be a bit safer for him when he does get out of the bed.

Each week in Ethan’s summer school program there is an emphasis on a new sport. So far Ethan has learned soccer and basketball. He surprised us with some pretty impressive soccer moves out of the blue the weekend before last. I didn’t realize how much an 18 month old could pick up when it came to the coordination of kicking a ball. He seriously looked like a little pro. He kept kicking the ball into the wall as if it was his goal.

When I picked Ethan up from school today his teacher told me that he is finally learning how to pick up after himself and put away the toys he is playing with. Hallelujah!!! I could not be more excited and will be reinforcing this at home. Prior to today she said he made a little trail of destruction everywhere he went which is exactly what we were dealing with at home.

Ethan’s language is really expanding too. Too many words to list but here are a few new ones:

lunch box

backpack

graham cracker

airplane

cookie (cookie monster)

all the Sesame characters, Abby, Elmo, Bert & Ernie

Well, that’s all for now, hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

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Ethan 17 Months today, June 29, 2011

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A couple quick updates for Ethan’s 17 month b-day.

– He’s 23.4 lbs still (has been there for awhile)

– 10 teeth, including 2 molars. The molars appeared a few days ago, and were really rough on Ethan coming in.

– Calls his Granny Anne, Ga Ga

– New word is dinosaur, does the hand movements for ‘twinkle twinkle little star’

– If you ask him any question, he answers with ‘no’.

– Stuck his hand in the toilet bowl for the first time today, that was fun!

-About to celebrate his 2nd 4th of July in Bass Lake.

June 22 – Ethan 16 Months – Week 3

Jarrod and I have been contemplating schools for Ethan for the past couple of months and have finally made a decision. We are enrolling him at a Montessori in Huntington Beach August 1st. We couldn’t be more excited! Like I’ve mentioned in the past we really like his daycare, but we feel he is ready for more of a ‘school’ environment where he can be challenged and learn to be independent. I’ve been used to the daycare feeding him everyday so anyone with lunch ideas for a 1 1/2 year old, I’m all ears.

I was out of town for a friend’s bachelorette last weekend on Friday and Saturday night. Jarrod and Ethan got a long just fine without me 🙂 While I was there, Jarrod sent me a video of Ethan going down the slide at the park.. This was sort of a big deal for us as it was the first time he climbed up there by himself and went down with no assistance. Not only did he go down on his bottom, but he went down face first on his tummy and every other way you could think of. I’m telling you, this kid has no fear!

Today Ethan has had a really runny nose, sneezes and cough. I’m hoping it’s allergies or teething, but I’m starting to think it might be a cold 😦  We took him to the farmers market and it wasn’t the best trip there we’ve ever had. He pretty much cried the entire time.

We took Ethan to the beach yesterday with a picnic. We stopped by Aroma di Roma on the way home and got him his first gelato. He LOVED it!!! It was so cute (and a giant mess) but it was worth it! He went immediately into the bath when he finished. We are looking forward to being in town this weekend (finally!) so hopefully there will be some more beach time. The weekend after we are heading to Fresno and Bass Lake for the 4th of July weekend.

Don’t know if I mentioned it but Ethan has 1 more tooth for a total of 8 now. His gums look pretty tender so I’m sure there are more on the way soon. He still weighs about 23 1/2 pounds. We are going to the Dr. on July 8th so I should find out what percentile weight/height he falls into.

June 5th 2011

This weekend we went to Lake Arrowhead with my dad and his girlfriend, and her family. Lake Arrowhead is a really beautiful area, we had never been there before. While we were there Ethan grabbed a banana off the counter and said, nana, I had no idea that he knew that word. It was really cute. Another new word this week is bottle. He rolls his tongue on the ‘t’s’.

I mentioned his comprehension in my last post, it’s getting better and better by the day. Jarrod hid a fish under the couch that Ethan had been playing with that was really small. He mentioned to me that the fish was under the couch and the next thing we knew, Ethan was on hands and knees looking for it under there. I guess we’re going to have to be really careful about what we say now.

I mentioned that he had been somersaulting from the back of the couch onto the couch. Today the little daredevil climbed up to the top of the couch and jumped off the back onto the ground. Luckily Jarrod was able to catch him. Hopefully he doesn’t try that again when we’re not around to catch him!

We have taken Ethan to sushi quite a bit, but today he had his first sushi roll. He made the biggest mess with it but really enjoyed it!

We also purchased the ibert child bicycle seat this week and took Ethan on his first bike ride. He really seemed to like it. It will be a nice way for us to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful Long Beach summer weather.

Jarrod and I are starting a 3 series cooking class tomorrow at Prep Kitchen in Seal Beach. I’m really excited and hope that we pick up some good tips that we can use in our daily cooking. Other than that, it should be a pretty uneventful week which will be nice.

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