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.
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
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.
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.
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.
We are now at Month 11! With winter hopefully receding (it keeps coming back!!!), we are looking forward to the next few months! This is a combination post as I realized that I will likely not catch up if I keep posting single backdated posts. So with this, I am now caught back up!
It’s been incredibly busy the last couple of months with work and getting everything set up in the new place. But we are now more or less settled and are working on renovations and upgrading some of the things within the house.
Here are some of her updates from the last three months:
Locomotion – Evelyn can now sit up or crawl around with ease. Though she has yet to walk unassisted, she loves to walk with us holding both our hands. She is able to stand by herself a little bit, but invariably sits/plops back down and starts crawling to where she wants to go. She crawls around very fast too, so we have to be super vigilant to make sure that she isn’t getting into trouble. She also likes to cruise by holding on to large objects while standing up and walking around using it as support. It’s funny because she needs to be sure that the object is stable and repeatedly taps on the surface to ensure that it’s safe and will carry her weight. Smart cookie.
Babbling/Talking – Over the past few months, she has been more and more vocal. It’s really funny sometimes captioning her phrasing. Helen and I would be talking, and then she would chime in at the right time as if she is making a comment on what we are talking about. We have a good laugh trying to figure out what she means to say and plugging in sentences that would match the intonation and phrasing.
Sleeping Through the Night – We had her sleeping throughout the night at around 7 months, but since then, she has been waking up. We think it may be her teething, but no new teeth have appeared thus far. We did notice that she is getting longer/taller, so maybe it’s just growing pains at night.
Weaning/Eating – We have been trying to introduce more solid foods for a while now. She is still breastfed in the morning and night, and once in the afternoon, but she is eating mostly solids now. We are feeding her bland stuff like boiled chicken and vegetables. She eats A LOT. Lots of input and output. People at the daycare are surprised at how much she can eat! I don’t want them to think that we don’t feed her at home or anything because when she comes home, she eats dinner with us and eats a lot again! It’s crazy.
Daycare – As I mentioned before, we put her in daycare. The whole experience itself was pretty crazy. We had about 2 weeks to find a daycare that was accepting infants due to a change in circumstances. Originally, we had planned for her to start at another daycare closer to us in September. We tried to have them move up the start date for Evelyn, however, they were out of space. So we were left to hunt for another daycare in the interim. We were sure that we wanted to best for her, and didn’t want to put her into some random/unknown/untested location who wouldn’t respect our daily routine and processes. Luckily, we were able to find a reputable place that was just expanding so they had space for some new infants. So far, she is loving it! When we drop her off now, she is happy and judging from the daily report cards coming back, she is having a blast making new friends and experiencing the social environment.
First illness – The downside of daycare is the illnesses. Basically, I have been told that I (not just Evelyn) would expect to be sick for 6 months after you join a new daycare. So far that has proven true as I just came down with bronchitis. It probably developed from the cold I got from Evelyn after the first week of daycare. Evelyn and Helen is fine, with just a few coughs here and there, but I got hit the worst (Mostly due to my own negligence with working and resting enough). Evelyn was actually pretty good through it, she had a runny nose and a fever that lasted a better part of a day, but after that, she was happy as a clam. It’s amazing how quickly kids bounce back from being sick. I remember I was that way too, so it’s becoming apparent that I am getting old and my body is also getting old and busted.
Looking forward to her first year, which is just around the corner!
That’s it for now.