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.
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.
Month 8. This is another backdated post because I didn’t have a chance to actually write a post until now. You can have a look at the previous backfill post here. Bandwidth warning, this post will have lots of pictures after the jump.
Christmas! It was Evelyn’s first Christmas. We had just finished moving the bulk of everything into the new place, on perhaps one of the craziest days of the year (weather-wise). Scroll down below to see some shots that we took of her. But first – status! Here are some of her updates from the last month:
Locomotion – She can pull herself up to stand now, without help from us. She still can’t stand on her own, but we can see that she is experimenting with it. She has tried letting go on her toy for a couple of seconds before sitting herself down on the floor. Actually, she prefers to stand instead of sitting or crawling.
Babbling – She is continuing to become more vocal and expressive. There was this one time where she was using the couch to balance herself, and then with the other hand, she lifted it up in the air and waved it a little, while on a tirade about something or other for about half a minute. It was quite amusing, I wish that we recorded it.
Sitting Up – She can sit herself up without help from any one or pulling on anything. She kind of just rolls her upper body and head, like you are doing a sit up, until she can use her hands to prop herself up.
Sleeping Through the Night – We started to wean her from dream feeds now. Initially, she was fussy and crying around the time that she was expecting her dream feed, but after a couple of days she was sleeping until 7 or 8 am. She has some occasional whining in the middle of the night, but it’s likely that she woke up from a dream or sometimes we think it’s due to her teething. She tends to toss and turns a little, and then she is back sound asleep.
Food Stuffs – We gave her pork to try, and she loves it. Actually, just about anything we gave her, she is more than happy to eat it – even the sour stuff. We have some priceless images of her squinting after getting a spoonful of apple blueberry puree that she (and we think so too) thought was really sour. It is interesting how that facial expression is not a learned response, and that it is reflexive and universal across individuals and ages.
MyCarrier – She loves being carried in the MyCarrier. Specifically, when she is forward facing and looking out from a higher vantage point than she is used to. I will walk in front of a mirror with her in the MyCarrier and she is kicking, laughing, and generally excited to see herself. Furthermore, I think she is beginning to figure out that its a mirror. I see her staring at me through the mirror and then suddenly look up to see me and then she flips back to my image in the mirror.
Teeth – Her bottom incisors have come up a bit more now and are pretty prominent. She knows to use her teeth to bite things. She does it with the rice husks that we give her. She sounds like an adult, munching away at it.
Dancing – When she hears music or a tune, she will shake her bum, squat up and down, and dance to the music. She sometimes even likes to sing along with you.
Waving – When you wave at her, either to greet her or to say goodbye, she also sticks her hand up and mimics the wave.
Fever – She had her first fever this month. I was sick, then Helen was sick, and finally, she had a fever for a couple of days. It was a scary experience for us. I kept trying to check her temp to make sure that she wasn’t over heating. We brought her to the doctor to make sure that she was alright. There were times when she was hovering pretty close to that line for parents where it becomes scary and we were ready to pack everything up and go to the hospital. Luckily, she was able to fight it off herself with the help of some baby Tylenol. After the fever broke, she had a non-itchy rash all over her body. Looking it up online, it seems to have been Roseola.
Month 7. As of month 7, there were a few changes. This is a backdated post because I didn’t have a chance to actually write a post until now. With the move and everything that went on, it was extremely busy. I finally got a chance to sit down and catch up.
Here are some of her updates from that month:
Locomotion – Evelyn’s primary method of locomotion is crawling. This month, she is quite proficient at crawling. She was able to crawl from the foam mats in the living room, all the way into the hall to the laundry room. And she is FAST, sometimes it seems like we are turn our head to do something, and then when we turn back a few seconds later, it’s like she teleported to another location.
Babbling – We hear “mama mama” or “dada” more now, we still aren’t sure if she is actually calling out for us. The new thing for this month seems to be a bit of phrasing. It’s like she is trying to tell us something in a sentence, but she doesn’t know the words yet.
Sitting Up – She’s basically able to sit upright now, with the occasional lean/fall backwards. If we give her two fingers in front of her while she is on her back, she’ll grab them and pull herself up. It sometimes reminds me of me trying to do sit ups. haha
Sleeping Through the Night – Generally speaking, she still goes to sleep at around 8pm and wakes up at around 7am. But recently, she has been waking up in the middle of the night, around 1 or 2 in the morning. It might be the new environment, it might be teething, this one is still a mystery to us.
Weaning – We are continuing to make our own baby food by boiling down some apples, pears, and carrots to mash up and feed her with. Recently, we introduced butternut squash, peas, bananas, and even chicken. She seems to really like all of it, and jumps at the chance to eat whatever we give her. We also make her sit with us during dinner, when she sees that we are eating, she would start drooling, smacking her lips, and reaching for our food. Then she’ll start whining until we get some of her food for her so she can eat with us.
Drinking – She can now independently use the sippy cup. She swings it around and drops it on the floor repeatedly, probably because she forgets that she is holding it, but when she wants water or something to chew on, she’ll bring it right up to her mouth.
Teeth – She has cut her first and second tooth. They show up a little nubs and then you begin to see it coming it. It must be bothersome and is probably the reason why she is waking up in the middle of the night.
Recognition – She can recognize people now. Sometimes you catch her staring and trying to figure out who you are. But when she does, she seems very happy to see us. Usually by smiling and calling out to us. We don’t know if she knows it’s her reflection, but she is super excited when she sees herself in the mirror