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.

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Ethan 15 months

As can be expected it’s been an eventful month in our household! It doesn’t seem possible but Ethan keeps getting busier and busier! He is so much fun to watch and is constantly learning something new everyday! His newest cutest word is “kitty cat”. If you weren’t his mom you would have no idea what he was saying but it is SO CUTE! He is still saying thank you, saying mom-ma, over and over again, and pointing me out in photos. It melts my heart.

Where ever we may be walking; down the street, the grocery store, when he passes people he blows them kisses. He is such a sweet natured little guy. My mom and step-dad came to Long Beach cinco de Mayo weekend, and we left for a friend’s wedding in Cabo. It was such a nice break! It was such a weird feeling to not have the responsibility of our baby guy for 5 days.(I know I sound like a mean mommy, but it was a nice rest, and I got to appreciate him even more when we returned). He was in great hands! My mom and step-dad really enjoyed their time with him. Granny was a good influence as she got him accustomed to working on a mat with his toys and got him to bed at 7:30 every night. We were putting him to sleep after 9 before our trip, and a couple weeks later are putting him to sleep at 8:00-8:30.

While my mom was visiting I had her look into schools for me. She owns a Montessori school in the Sacramento area, so there is no one more qualified to do that. She was really disappointed in the options in Long Beach. She visited a Montessori school in Huntington Beach, that she really liked. We really liked it too when we did a followup visit after she left.

I really want to give Ethan the best, so we are really considering making the drive and paying the extra money. It’ll tack on a lot of extra time everyday but I think it will be worth it.

My son is a daredevil! While my mom was visiting he climbed on the weight bench behind our couch and did a somersault for the first time. Today he did it probably 20 times in a row. Jarrod got a video of it, which is HILARIOUS! The video is 8 minutes long and it’s just him doing a somersault, climing off the couch, running back behind the couch and doing it all over again. As soon as he loads it on his computer I’ll post a link.

Last weekend we did a trip to Mill Valley in the Bay area. We visited our family there who have a son that is just 2 months older than Ethan. The two got along really well! It was so cute to see their interaction and parallel play.  Ethan was a champ on the plane. A little restless at first on both flights, but the people sitting in front of us told us that they didn’t know he was there. On our flight home it was really cute. There were a few people that recognized Ethan as the little guy blowing kisses to everyone as we got off the plane when we arrived in Oakland. He made several friends in the shuttle to get the rental car too 🙂

Product recommendation. We had purchased the Kelty Kids Backpack for our Portugal trip. Jarrod liked it, but it was way too heavy for me to carry. We exchanged it for the Ergo Baby carrier at REI. And I am so glad that we did. It’s really lightweight and makes it easy to carry your little one/ not so little one. It goes up to 45 lbs I believe.

Surprisingly no new teeth yet, though I think he’s been teething for the past couple of weeks, and expect some new ones to pop up soon. I think Ethan has finally cracked the 22 lb mark. He is still fitting pretty well in his 12 month clothes, though I think we’ll be making the transition to 18 month soon.

We got Ethan some really cute, comfortable looking shoes, see kai run. I would definitely recommend them for his age. I’ve had trouble finding him good shoes. I picked them up at Meggie Lou and Brother’s Too, In Long Beach. The lady there, is very helpful and knows a lot about all the brands.

Ethan is unfortunately in a biting stage. He got mad at me the other day and bit my finger 😦 Not loving this stage. He may have gotten it from another boy at daycare who bit his forehead earlier that day….