Stella 6 months, Ethan almost 3!

*** I started writing this post about a month ago. I never finished it, but figured I should post it anyway. Enjoy 🙂

What’s new with Stella?
-Sitting (with some help)

-Raspberries

-Smiling & Laughing a lot

-Loves, patty cake, being held

-Starting to eat more than 4 oz per feeding, sometimes up to 6 oz

-Loves arching her neck back and looking upside down

Has no idea but is about to try some food this week, I’m leaning towards peas 🙂

Ethan, is a unique character. He’s very bright and stubborn. He melted my heart the other night… I told him my best friend Katrina lived in New York. He told me that I was his best friend and that he loved Stella and dad. He has been a great big brother. If we are together in another room and he hears Stella cry, he tells me “go feed Stella mom” she’s hungry.

He is having a Spiderman themed birthday party this weekend. I was going to book a music man, but he told me that he REALLY wanted Spiderman, so what’s a mom to do but to make his dream come true for his birthday. He’s going to be soooo excited!

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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!

First boat ride - 18 months

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 18 months!

18 months - Glasses

It’s hard to believe that Ethan is 1 1/2 today! Marking today was Ethan’s last day at daycare, it was really bittersweet. The ladies there are so sweet to him, and I know so special to him.

When I came to pick him up, he cried, didn’t want me to hold him and reached out to both of the ladies. He was really upset to leave. It was almost as if he realized that it was his last day. As hard as it was, I know that it’s the best thing for him. He’s going to learn so much at his new school and love it just as much.

In preparation for his new school I bought him a new backpack, lunch box and accessories. I got the cutest set from my favorite place, www.diapers.com. It’s by Crocodile Creek and it’s got a Stegosaurus on it.

It’s going to be new for me to pack him a lunch everyday. I went grocery shopping a couple of days ago for some lunch goodies. Here’s what I have in mind so far (obviously not all on the same day 🙂 ).

Sliced apples

Yogurt

Applesauce

String Cheese

Peas

Chicken Breast

Turkey Meatballs

Orange slices

Hummus and veggies to dip in it

Edamame beans

Green beans

Chicken spring rolls

Strawberries

Pita Shell, and put some meat cheese and tomato’s inside

Tomatos (he is obsessed with them right now)

New developments:

Ethan is an animal lover! Today’s new word was shark. He also imitates’s the alligator by chomping his arms together. We read one of his many animal books earlier, which is falling apart from him reading it so much. He had ripped off the last page of the book, and turned to that page and put his arms up in the air like “what happened?”.

As far as tricks go, his latest trick is messing with the buttons on the dishwasher. I did a load a couple days ago on “rinse only” because someone had turned the knob… I wasn’t too excited when I used the vegetable peeler and realized that it hadn’t been cleaned with soap and there was a plate that had raw chicken on it inside.

Just a few minutes ago, I realized the dishwasher was on, and I didn’t turn it on… I went in the kitchen and it was on “upper rack wash” only with no soap in the dishwasher. I’m going to have to watch the little bugger a little more closely.

July 16th – Ethan 17 Months – Week 2

Ethan has done some cute things this past weekend that I thought I would share. He loves pasta and was eating spaghetti yesterday. I told him that he was eating spaghetti and he said “uh-oh sko”. I’ve used that phrase a few times with him (uh-oh spaghetti-o) but I thought it was really cute that he put it together.

He has said “golk gul” aka golf ball a few times in the past but this weekend he’s been all about it. He’s been saying the word, and carrying the balls and daddy’s golf clubs around the house all weekend. I think we may have a future golf pro over here 🙂 That would make for one happy daddy!

Ethan’s teething again and has a runny nose and has been a little cranky. I think the two molars that popped through a few weeks ago, may be making the rest of their appearance.

I took Ethan to the Dr. this week (finally!), he was in the 25th percentile for weight at 24 lbs. The Dr. said he hasn’t grown taller since his last visit which I find hard to believe because he seems taller. I thought that I got a print out of all his stats, (head, height etc.) but I just realized that they didn’t give me one and I can’t remember what they were. I guess that is the life of a busy working momma 🙂 I will have to get it the next time I’m there.

Ethan 17 months 1 week – Toddlers sure know how to test you

Man I hope 1 1/2’s are the next ‘terrible’ 2s. This new stage of Ethan’s can be really fun but man, can it also be a challenge! Ethan is not shy about throwing a tantrum. He will go from laughing to stomping his feet on a whim, and then throwing himself on the floor screaming at the top of his lungs.

It would be so easy put him in his crib on a time out (in fact, we got to that point with him today that we had to for a couple of minutes) but all the reading I’ve done, says that they really can’t understand them, and that you should only start putting them on a time out when they can understand sitting on a chair, rather than holding them hostage in their crib.

Everything I have read (positive discipline by Jane Nelson, and other articles online) says that you need to use distraction, and guiding methods. Rather than hit a cat for example, show them to pet the cat gently.  Their emotions are so immature, you have to teach them to control them. They don’t understand words the same way that we do, that ‘no’ means ‘no’ for example. They are not trying to ‘be bad’, they are just trying to figure everything out and express their emotions (anger, frustration, etc.).

I’ve been doing my best to use these positive methods and quite frankly, they don’t seem to be working. Every day without fail, he goes to grab the things he shouldn’t, or gets so mad if he can’t have something that he wants. I know I’m not perfect in my techniques (far from it) and maybe that’s the problem. It’s hard when you yourself are frustrated to keep your patience and be the bigger person. He’s a baby for goodness sakes, and sometimes I act like I’m the toddler.

I realize it’s our job to make an environment, where he can explore, that there aren’t things that he ‘can’t grab’ accessible to him, but let’s be honest. Is it really possible to make your house 100% baby-proofed?

Some days I feel mentally exhausted by the end of the day (today included). I had a really good day at work and have been on a roller coaster ride since I’ve been home. In a 5 minute period, I can have a baby guy blowing me kisses, making all the animal sounds that he knows, thinking to myself what a sweet baby he is (which he really is 🙂 to a baby that seems like he’s a terror…

I need to learn to be more patient and not let him frustrate me so much. I constantly have to remind myself that he really doesn’t know any better, and that all toddlers go through this….

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