Ethan @ One

Hands Up?!

Hands Up?!

Time for an Ethan Update!
I can’t believe it’s been a year. It only seemed like yesterday that Evelyn met Ethan for the first time when we brought him home. It has been a rough year, learning that juggling two kids is much more difficult than one, re-learning things that we thought we would remember but didn’t, and all packed in with some pretty big changes throughout the year, like moving to a new house…

Here are the latest updates for Ethan:

  • Wow, what a difference it made when he was nearing the one year mark. It almost feels like he grew up overnight. He’s expressing himself more, he understands when you ask him things (like show waiting), he knows what he wants, oh, and he’s just as stubborn as the rest of the family. lol.
  • Right now, he’s crawling around pretty quickly. He’s also fairly adept at cruising when standing up. One time I saw him hugging a wall like Spider-Man, it looked like he was scaling the wall moving horizontally to the door. The teachers at daycare are saying now that he is on the cusp of walking. Can’t wait until we have to chase after him #sarcasm.
  • As of recently, he eats just about anything. We keep him away from seafood just as a precaution. His teeth have come in, two on top and bottom, and more on the way. So we have been giving him solid foods that he’s loving. With Evelyn, we had a phase where she liked pureed stuff, but with Ethan, he wouldn’t have it. He didn’t like purees at all and skipped right to solids, even when he didn’t have teeth!
  • And just as we remembered it, teething sucks…
  • He’s growing pretty long but he’s pretty sturdy. I remember there was a time just before a year, when I picked him up and realized that he wasn’t the fragile baby he once was. He had quite a heft to him and he felt strong in my arms. A recent illness thinned him out a little, but he looks so grown up now, even compared to these first year pictures.
  • Car rides have been fun – he wants our attention a lot during the longer rides. This is probably because he is still backwards facing and he gets bored with the scenery. At times, I want to flip him over to the front because I feel that it would make his car ride experience a lot more enjoyable, being able to see us and what’s going in the direction we are moving. But safety first… So until he grows even taller and heavier, he’ll have to settle for Evelyn passing snacks and being the entertainment (it’s so cute by the way).

Recently, we worked again with Trayc from Blue Rooster Studio for Ethan’s First Year Shoot. Here are some pictures from the shoot:

On another note, I am working on the site redesign.
I need to update the banners and some of the drawings.
First though, I am trying to learn how to draw more than just stick figures and boxes!
Hopefully, I’ll have some concepts and drawings to share soon.

That’s it for now.

Evelyn @ 2.7

Watching Daddy Cook

Watching Daddy Cook

It’s been a while since I wrote about Evelyn. Partly because of work and house stuff, but mostly because both Ethan and Evelyn has been keeping us well occupied over the last few months.

While I was going through the photos for Ethan’s post, I rewatched some of the videos that we took around Evelyn meeting Ethan for the first time. Her vocabulary since then is night and day! She doesn’t stop talking and always has something interesting the say.

Here are some of her choice moments:

*Evie trying to go downstairs to wash her hands after dinner, Daddy goes to help her down the stairs
Ev: No Daddy! I want to go down by myself!
Daddy: I am here to help you down, I don’t want you to fall.
Ev: No Daddy, you go back over there and eat.

*Ev gets out of her bed, throws open her door, and runs to our door
*Daddy opens the door
Ev: Oh no, Ethan is crying! I have to go and help him!
*Ev opens Ethan’s door, takes a step in and comes back out
Ev: Can you come and help me?

Ev: Can I have a cracker? I want a cracker mommy.
*Mommy pull out half a cracker from the bag unintentionally*
*Evie stares at it for three seconds*
Ev: This is not a good one. I want a different one.
*Mommy pull out another full cracker*
Ev: Yeah ok. That’s a good one.

Ev: It’s cold. I have to wear my scarf and my hat. But not my jacket.
Mommy: But you have to wear your jacket when it’s cold…
Ev: Snowmen don’t wear jackets.
Mommy: Are you a snowman?
Ev: No

Ev: Ethan’s eating a peach
Mommy: It’s an apple. We don’t have any peaches.
Ev: We have peaches at the dollar store. We have to go buy some. Ok?

It’s like her energy is unlimited. She can jump up and down on the trampoline for hours and then go running circles around us for many more after that. Maybe she is taking it from us or something… I have only seen her be really tired once. That was at the cottage, when she was too excited for her nap time, she almost fell asleep eating.

Her memory is pretty good… At the very least, much better than mine. Maybe it’s the lack of sleep, but I have asked her where something was and she would be able to find it for me!

Since the last post a good year ago, she has done some pretty amazing things. Looking back at her just crawling around, it’s fascinating how fast she has grown!

  • She can walk and run around very steadily now. From the videos when Ethan was born, I can see she still had some wobbliness in her steps, but now, she is surefooted as ever.
  • Ever since she was growing up, she has been a tough independent girl. I am proud that she is still this way, she would pick herself up after falling and keep on going.
  • In terms of TV (courtesy of Netflix), she has gone through Daniel Tiger, Bubble Guppies, Curious George, and a few others. She is currently on Paw Patrol and Cat in a Hat. She’s allowed one or two episodes a night and she fully understands the storyline as well as remembers details which she likes to recount in detail to us. Her teachers at Daycare tell us that she would console her friends who are crying, saying things like, “It’s ok. Grown ups come back, don’t cry.” (Daniel Tiger episode)
  • She has fully embraced the big sister role. She loves to teach Ethan how do things, console and entertain him when he cries, hug and kiss him, as well as discipline him and feed him treats that we tell her not to give him, much to our chagrin. It has been really special to watch these two interact and it is very clear that they have a very strong bond.

Here are some pics:

More photos after the jump!
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Introducing… Ethan!

Introducing Ethan!

Introducing Ethan!

Helen and I welcomed Ethan into the world on January 27th. After a few hours of labor and few minutes of crazy scream pushing, Ethan took his first breath of air. Yes, I know it’s been about 10 months. It’s been really busy with lots of changes to everything in the past few months. I have been writing this post since January!

As second time parents, the past few months has been equally emotional as the first time around, but it is definitely not in the same way as it was with Evelyn. The sharp edge of the anxiety and frustration has been tempered by our experience and lessons learned with Evelyn. We know (mostly) what to expect and how to deal/cope with the new changes with regards to welcoming a newborn. Not in the sense of us reading about and understanding what it’s like from a book, but really experiencing the process and dealing with things that no one can really write about or describe. That being said, it doesn’t mean that we were totally prepared and ready for the new arrival either. While every baby is different with their own little quirks and preferences, small variations were expected and accounted for. What really caught us off guard was the logistics of handling two kids. If you think handling one was hard, two is definitely not just twice the amount of work! Sure, individually, the amount of work is the same, but handling them both, or having their schedules and personalities collide, you end up doing SO much more work and getting a lot less sleep.

Here are a couple more thoughts and insights that we gathered over the past few months:

  • The second is just as special as the first
  • Boy or Girl, when you first pick them up and they look at you, it made no difference, you are done
  • Boys spray…
  • The first few months felt like a year… (So by my count, I feel like we have aged like 3 years since he was born)
  • We thought that we couldn’t get any more tired than we did last time … we were wrong
  • The fact that this post didn’t come out until ten months later is telling…
  • We have forgotten a lot of things:
    • The weird sounds that babies make
    • How small they are, I thought Evelyn grew another two inches after we got back from the hospital cause we got accustomed to carrying a small little one for the two days we were gone
    • Oh, the poop… the endless supply of poop…
  • We are a little bit sad for Evelyn that it’s not just her any more
  • She doesn’t mind…

Here are some pictures we have accumulated since then.

More pictures below! Enjoy!
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The E2 Chapter of Wired Fatherhood

So it has been a while since I have written to this blog. Life has been extremely busy, both at work and at home. I have been going on business trips for the past couple of months and coupled with the plethora of things to do at the new house, I haven’t really had time to sit down and get back into the groove of writing.

Since the Year One + 4 months post, it has been another 4 months. (Apologies, I should get back into a more consistent schedule soon!) Evelyn is now 20 months old and doing quite a bit. She is talking a lot and running around asking for and doing things. She is beginning to show her character which I’ll classify as caring, inquisitive, and sometimes a little “strong willed” (read: stubborn) like her parents. She is learning lots in daycare and is really enjoying her time with the teachers and peers there. I’ll get into more in subsequent posts. :-)

Anyways, so one of the other reasons for my hiatus from writing is because we were busy preparing for another little package’s arrival! The last couple of days have been a blur and we are running on a single digit of sleep between the 2 of us. More on that in subsequent posts too. :-)

Today, I am adding some new categories to the posts for better navigation. I will also be changing some of the images and possibly layout of the site. In terms of content, there will be a series of posts coming out shortly about this ever changing journey that is fatherhood.

Welcome to the E2 Chapter of Wired Fatherhood!

Announcement Teaser


That’s it for now.
Stay Tuned!

Year One! + 4 months…

She's ONE!

She’s ONE! BTW, this balloon lasted until I put this post up… It’s incredible.

I had prepared a big Year One post at the first year and started writing before my schedule kinda went to crap. I never got the chance to finish the post but I will post what I had written so far and update it with with the last 4 months. This is going to be a long post! Here’s what I had:

— Year One Draft —
Year One! I can’t believe that it is already been a year! Time really flies when you are having fun and/or quite possibly sleep deprived. This week has been a big week for us, as we geared up for the long weekend and also the events for Evelyn’s Birthday. We had guests over and the grill has been on, non-stop! Mmm…

Anyways, as for Evelyn, there has been some significant milestones that we hit in this last month of her first year.

  • Locomotion – Evelyn took her first steps! We were so ecstatic that we were both there to see it. She was holding on to her toy station and wanted us to pick her up. Instead of just picking her up on the spot, we motioned for her to come our way, just out of reach for her hands. She took 3-5 steps before collapsing into our arms. While it was a short walk, it’s one small step for Evelyn, one giant leap for progress. Since then, she has been happily pushing her cart around the house and have even figured out how to get unstuck when its rammed against the wall. It’s amazing looking at her and seeing how quickly she is growing. It’s hard to think that a year ago, she was just a baby swaddled in a crib that could have fit 9 of her!
  • Weaning/Eating – The journey continues to get her off of the breast milk. We weren’t quite sure how we would do it. Would we go cold turkey? Or slowly ween her off of it by eliminating feeds one by one over the course of a month. We still haven’t really decided yet, but the goal right now is to get her to sleep through the night without waking up and wanting to feed. She tried organic whole milk this month too, and she hates it. The first sip was ok, and then the aftertaste kicked in and she refused to take any more. I ended up drinking the rest of it. It was really good and I was surprised how good local organic milk is. It was totally like the scene is Ratatouille when Anton Ego went back to his childhood. For me, I remembered back in the day when the milk came in jars at school, it was so yummy. Anyways, I guess the challenge now is to see how we can sneak it into her diet and slowly cultivate the appreciation for this kind of milk.
  • Daycare – Daycare has been great. When we pick her up, we get these report cards that talk about what they did, and it seems that she is interacting more with her teachers and peers.
  • First illness – I think she has more or less fully recovered from the actual thing that she was sick from. She has been energetic, expressive, and continues to challenge our limits, in terms of having to chase after her and making sure she isn’t getting into trouble. The only thing that doesn’t seem to be going away is a runny nose and, likely due to the runny nose, a lingering cough in the morning. We are still trying to get her used to having her nose wiped and not smearing that stuff everywhere as a reflex.

— Year One Draft End —

Some pictures and the +4 months update after the jump!
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