April 15, 2012 24 Weeks pregnant, Ethan 26 months

It has been over a month since my last post, I guess that means we’ve been busy!

Here are some highlights – My sister and niece came to town in the beginning of March. We took the kids to Hollywood, Santa Monica and the LA Farmer’s Market. We had lots of fun though we didn’t have any “star sightings” that my 9-year-old niece had hoped for.

Ethan had his first official trip to the snow. We went to Shaver Lake with the family and got over 4 feet of snow in 2 days! It was a great trip. I didn’t get to ski since I was pregnant, which worked out pretty well since I’m a “warm weather” skier and it was so snowy and cold outside.

Ethan caught hand foot and mouth disease which was AWFUL!!! He missed almost 2 weeks of school and 3 weeks later his skin is still peeling. If you’re not familiar with it, it looks like the measles mixed with the chicken pox on your hands, feet & mouth (and inside your mouth).

When I dropped him at school on Monday morning he seemed perfect and was in a great mood! We got a call from the school when I was on my way to pick him up for the day that he was sick and not himself. When I picked him up  he was slumped over in a chair in the office with no energy and had a 102  degree fever.  It was so sad, I felt so bad for him. The teachers mentioned that he had been fine all day too, except for that last hour. As soon as I picked him up I took him to the doctor and they diagnosed him with a double ear infection.

We kept him home for a day and planned to take him back to school the next day. After dropping him off in his classroom on Wednesday, I went to sign him in and saw that he was exposed to hand foot and mouth. I had noticed a rash by his mouth and had just assumed that it was a heat rash from his fever, not so. I went back to his class, picked him up and went back to the doctor. Sure enough, he had it.

We were fortunate that my mom could fly down for a week to watch Ethan as Jarrod and I couldn’t take the time off of work. The first few days that the blisters popped up, Ethan’s feet were so sore that he couldn’t walk. He would motion to be picked up and then point to where he wanted to go. The poor little guy. Sleeping was tough for the first couple of days too, he basically stayed awake for 48 hours because he was so uncomfortable. So glad he’s over that illness and hoping that we are in the clear for quite a while!

On to Easter! Easter was a really fun day! We planned to go to the 9:00 service at church and unfortunately didn’t get ready in time  😦 I was really bummed about that, but sometimes you just have to role with the punches. The Easter bunny came to the house and Ethan went on a hunt in the backyard. Right after that, we went to brunch at the aquarium, which was fantastic! I would highly recommend it! Then we visited the aquarium for an hour or 2, stopped by Shoreline Village to see the Easter bunny & ride the carousel, and went home. Later that day our good friend’s Natalie and Dave joined us for a delicious dinner.

I forgot to mention that I went to Vegas on Friday night for my friend’s bachelorette party and came home Saturday morning. It was really fun to celebrate Abbi and I came home a big winner, $200 richer! My father in-law was in town with us and on Saturday night we went to San Pedro to the Ports o call for some fish and lobster. If you haven’t been there in a while, I’d highly recommend it! It’s fantastic and a perfect place to go with a toddler as it’s noisy and they can just run around.

On to what Ethan’s been up to. For the past month he has been singing his abc’s from start to finish. He’s been singing lots of things actually, monkeys jumping on the bed, Old McDonald, The Wheels on the bus, Jingle Bells and numerous show theme songs. He’s also mastered counting and almost always counts from 1-10 consecutively. He knows most sounds of the abc’s and will say ‘d’ for dad, ‘t’ for tiger, ‘r’ for raccoon etc. He also comes to his own assumptions. If he see’s us walk out of the bathroom he’ll say, “oh, did you just go potty?” If he’s in the room with you, he’ll say “I’ll be right back”, leave and then come right back. Some other common phrases are “I wanna go go outside”, “I wanna go to the aquarium, lego land, the aquarium etc.”, and “lemme do it”. While my mom was here she taught him the names of lots of flowers. His favorite is the bird of paradise and he points it out wherever we go.

He still loves to go on bike rides. We went on one earlier this morning and I’m sure it was the highlight of his day. He also likes threading. We have some kid spools and threads, and he will thread the spools on the thread for quite awhile. He loves to pour his own water and is getting really good at it. Jarrod’s been having him make coffee in the morning. He sits up on the counter, opens up the jar of coffee beans. Opens the lid to the grinder, counts out 4 scoops, puts the lid back on the grinder, slides the counter to 4 cups and pushes the grinder button on. It’s pretty impressive 🙂

We’ve still been struggling with nap time. I can’t figure out what it is, but every day is a struggle. We never give in so I’m not sure why he feels the need to fight it, I guess the only answer is that he’s 2! Other than the typical 2 year old tantrum a few times a week he’s been a really good and sweet little boy. 2 is hard work, but a really fun age!

On to me… The pregnancy is still going well. I’m 24 weeks and had my 20 week ultrasound last week. Everything is developing normally and little miss Stella is right on track for her August 4th arrival! We are getting so excited to meet her but also enjoying the quiet before the storm. It’s going to be one very lively house once she arrives! I’ve gained 12 lbs so far, I think about the same as last time. The one thing I’ve been dealing with this past week is a flareup from my ulcerative colitis. Not fun, but I think it seems to be calming down a bit now.

Well I have a little snoring baby cuddled up next to me (he got up from his nap a little while ago and nestled into me to fall back asleep) and typing one handed is proving to be difficult so I’m going to quit for the day. Hope to have some more posts soon 🙂

Planetbox lunchbox

A big thank you to Jarrod’s cousin for introducing us to the Planetbox lunchbox! We love it and would highly recommend it to all families with preschoolers.

Here is a picture of Ethan’s lunch for tomorrow. I actually had fun packing his lunch for a change 🙂

Planetbox has a Facebook page with lots of fun lunch ideas too!

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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.

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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.

Ethan 23 Months

My boys

My boys

I’m sitting here writing this post as we are eating breakfast… Ethan just “cheers”ed me with his yogurt. As always, he’s quite the character.

Christmas and New Year’s were so much fun! Ethan was one very spoiled boy. From a remote control fire truck to a basketball hoop, there will be no excuse for boredom around our house. Today is January 7th and Ethan opened up his last Christmas present a couple of days ago. Each present he opened, he would sit and play with, so it took a pretty long time to open them all.

My mom, step-dad and Jarrod’s dad were in town for Christmas and Jarrod’s brother and family were in town for New Year’s. We went with his brother’s family to Disneyland for Ethan and his cousins first trip. It was a really fun day, but I’ll have to say… we won’t go there the week before New Year’s again, it was really crowded. Ethan’s favorite ride was probably “It’s a Small World”. In addition to a few others we also took him on “The Pirates of the Caribbean” but it was a bit scary for him with the dips.

I took the week off between Christmas and New Year’s so it was really fun to hang out with Ethan (and Jarrod of course) for a week. I was concerned about Ethan’s first day back at school, I thought he might get upset to go back, but it was the complete opposite. He ran right in, and was happy as a clam!

He is learning so much. His vocabulary is blossoming each and every day.

He also now knows his colors (has for about a month) and can sometimes count to 10. Sometimes he gets a bit of track. This morning it was, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8. He will get there 🙂

It’s hard to believe that the little man will be 2 in a couple of weeks! We are throwing him a Yo Gabba Gabba party at the park. He saw me ordering Yo Gabba Gabba things online for the party, and got pretty excited! When I tell him it will be his birthday party in a couple weeks he says “Yo Gabba Gabba birthday”. He’s going to have so much fun!

It seems as though little mister has been on a growth spurt in the last couple of weeks. His teacher’s all swear that he he looked taller when he went back after winter break. I need to measure him. He was wearing a size 6 shoe, and I think he’s just outgrown them. We will be shopping for new shoes this weekend.

Cute Ethan stories…

I made us both strawberry shortcake, each with 4 strawberries. Of course, Ethan finished his strawberries before I did. I had half a strawberry left, when Ethan asked for more. He doesn’t do well with sugar, so I said no more strawberries. Before I knew it, he had the strawberry from my plate in his hand, said thank you, and stuck it in his mouth. It was so funny that I couldn’t get mad.

Ethan loves music, probably a lot of the reason he loves Yo Gabba Gabba. He does the “Brobee” dance to any music he hears. With his arms out like he’s an airplane. When we’ve got music on in the car, he will finish the lyrics of the songs. I’m realizing it might be time to listen to kid music in the car, because he’s going to pick up on some not so great lyrics pretty soon.

Speaking of finishing the lyrics, he repeats everything. I said damn it the other day and a few minutes later he said something damn it! Oops…

He has been remembering our friends and families names more than he used to. After our family left to go back home from the holidays he kept asking “where did granny go, Chuck go, grandpa Bob go etc.” Last night we had dinner with our friends Erin and Mike. After they went home he kept talking about them and asking where they went.

Well this is likely my last post before Ethan turns 2! Next post will be about the birthday party. We are excited that Grandma Karen and Grandpa Bill will be here to celebrate.

Until then…

21 – 22 1/2 Months

I started this post Nov. 7th, wrote some more Nov. 29th and am finally finishing it Dec. 17th.

Nov. 7

Ethan has been a little parrot. He repeats everything that we say, and says ats dat, ats dat, (what’s that) to learn the names of everything and everyone. My new favorite phrase from him (Jarrod taught him last night) is, “bye people”.

I gave him raisins for the first time and he LOVES them!

I weighed and measured him at 22 months and he is 34 1/2 inches tall and 27 lbs.

November 29, 2011

There seems to be a pattern, with the holidays, comes no posts from me! We just returned home from a few days in Fresno to visit our family for Thanksgiving. We had a really fun time!

We left at 10 PM on the way there, so Ethan slept the whole way. On the way home we left around 1 PM, so we didn’t get so lucky. He slept for a little more than half of the 5 hour trip and while he was awake he was shockingly good.

December 17

Yesterday was Ethan’s “Winter Celebration” at school. His class sang “Jingle Bells”, “We wish you a Merry Christmas” and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer”. It was very cute and the kids were so good for being 2-3 years old.

We figured that they would be singing “Jingle Bells” because for the past few weeks, he’s been singing the song non-stop. At first he would fill in a word here and there, and I thought, how does he know that?

Developments – In addition to saying “ats dat” (what’s that), he now says “name”. He is speaking 4 word sentances, and his vocabulary is increasing exponentially every day. For the past couple of weeks he has been a pro at going up and down the stairs with no hands. He literally will run up and down them with no help. He very much wants to do everything by himself. I used to always carry him to the car, now we leave the house and he says “walk”. When we get to the car he has to climb in by himself too.

His sleep habits always seem to change. One week we put him in his bed no problem, no crying etc. at 7:45. The next week, it’s a huge fit and fight and he doesn’t go down until after 9:00. Not sure why it varies? We are currently in a tough sleep stage at the moment. Hopefully next week will be back to the easy stage.

His favorite show is Yo Gabba Gabba, if he could, he would probably watch it all day.

His favorite activities are playing with play doh and playing soccer (aka, kicking the ball around).

A recommendation for those of you with little ones is For Small Hands. They sell small tools and learning toys that are pretty affordable too. Most of Ethan’s Christmas presents will be from that catalogue.

In addition to books, matching games etc., we got him a little “bolt block” and wooden spool and threading set. The bolt block is a wooden block, with wooden bolts and wooden screwdriver. The wooden spool and threading set will be more challenging for his age but his teacher said that he likes working with the one at school.

Christmas is in about a week and we’ve got family coming to town so it should be really fun!!! Happy Holidays 🙂

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!

I Love Fall…

Well I have to say this weekend was pretty perfect.
Friday we got a babysitter for Ethan and went with a few of our friends to George’s for dinner and Bono’s for drinks after. It was nice to have some adult time.

Saturday we grabbed coffee on 2nd, took Ethan to the park and then Ethan and I went to brunch with one of my best friends, and on a long walk, while Jarrod golfed.

Today we went to the Santa Ana Zoo and had a really fun time! Ethan got to ride on the train and he found his new favorite animal, the bald eagle. The Santa Ana Zoo is a pretty small zoo but if you’re with a toddler it’s perfect. There are lots of Monkeys and farm animals that you can feed.

Here’s the latest dish on Ethan.

When we’re in the car listening to music Ethan will get really upset when a song he likes ends. When it ends he starts balling, literally. If you didn’t know better you would think he hurt himself. It took a few times of this happening for us to figure out what was going on.

I also got a phone call from his teacher on Friday that he has been aggressive at school. If he gets angry or frustrated he will hit. If a toy makes him frustrated, he will throw it. If a another child is playing with a toy he wants, he will throw something at them or push them out of the way.

His teacher gave me some suggestions for handling his behavior so that our discipline is consistent with what they are doing at school. Hopefully it’s a phase that will soon end.

I know I just made him sound like a little monster, but he’s really not. He’s got a lot of sweetness in him too. This morning he woke me up by climbing on the bed and over me and giving me a big wet smooch on the lips, then smiling really big. He cracks me up!

This week is pumpkin patch time! Last year we went to the Irvine Railroad but this year we’re keeping it simple and checking out Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach. I bought an unlimited rides pass so Ethan should have a really fun time.

On another note, we are going to Napa for our 4 year wedding anniversary and I’ve been sitting at the computer tonight getting so excited looking at all the wineries, restaurants and really just the beauty of Napa itself planning our itinerary. Our trip can’t come soon enough!

Well, off to bed. I’ll try and post some new pics next time, they are way overdo on my blog.

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