Who knew life can be so much busier with a kid? Well, we kinda knew…
So it’s been over 3 months since our last post, and we’ve stopped trying to make an update at the end of the month to coincide with Ethan’s birthday after he had turned one. I think he’s officially a toddler, although honestly I don’t really know the exact age at which a baby is considered a toddler. We waited patiently month after month for each of Ethan’s developmental milestones, and anxiously anticipated his ability to walk. Well, as they say, be careful what you wish for!
Our little guy is not only walking around, but well, let’s say he walks with one speed – full throttle. Either he has a ton of energy or he just loves to speed through everywhere at break neck speed as if he is on a sugar high. As daddies we follow closely behind with nervous concern that he might… SPLAT! … too late. Recovering quickly and being the super baby that he is, Ethan quickly gets up and is right back on his feet running as if nothing happened. Nope, our guy knows no fear. Very rarely would he even shed a tear even if he accidentally bumps his head against something. He’d simply swat at his head as if there’s a fly buzzing around, and in seconds he’s running around, giggling and laughing. We’ve been told that often times kids cry when they fall only because the adults watching them let out loud gasps and shrieks that end up scaring them. So we’ve learned to control our own almost involuntary vocal reflexes and instead strain to calmly walk up to help him up. Seems to do the trick…
Just this week though, Ethan lost his footing and fell head first into the back of the dining table chair. Our au pair could not react fast enough and well, Ethan received his very first serious head bump. Obviously traumatic at the time, we were happy to see that our au pair was able to regain her composure by evening and finally stopped apologizing. Oh, and as for Ethan, after a couple minutes of TLC from our nanny he was happily playing with his toys, laughing and giggling while sporting his new decorative 3D head tattoo.
As tough of a kid as he is, Ethan has now learned how to turn on the waterworks on command. Take something from him that he likes – BAM! Niagara Falls couldn’t flow water fast enough. And that expression, well, it just melts your heart. A quick hug, some soothing words, and even better, giving him back what he wants and everything’s back to normal. Hmm, I wonder if us daddies are being manipulated?!? No way!!!, kids don’t do that, do they? Yesterday Ethan lost his balance while just standing and fell forward with his right knee slamming onto the hardwood floor. Obviously suffering from the pain feedback, the little guy gets up, puts his hands on his knee as if to caress away the sting, looks at me with furled eyebrows and puckered lips, and while whimpering, hobbles over to lift his leg onto my lap as if to say, “Daddy, ouchie, please kiss and make the pain go away!” Well, quick hug and he was speeding off like Lightning McQueen.
So what else has been going on with us these last 3 months? What could have kept us so busy that we couldn’t even write a simple blog update monthly like we used to do? Are we such wimps as parents that we couldn’t even handle one little toddler? I mean, what about those admirable parents with (gasp) 2 kids or even (shriek) 3 bundles of joy?!?! Well, honestly Ethan cannot be used as an excuse. We fully appreciate the fact that Ethan is an amazingly easy-to-care-for infant. I mean, at 4 months he was sleeping through the night for 5-6 hours and by 6 months it was 8 hour runs. For the last several months, it’s more like 10-11 hours. Lights out at 9-10pm and Ethan’s Daddies can finally unwind after a really long work day and be able to sleep until 7-8am next morning. I mean, even when Ethan got sick with the cold/flu (and it’s only happened like twice), he was ever the best patient and took his medicine and drank as much milk as he could.
Well, there’s really no excuse other than his Daddies wanting to enjoy time with their amazing precious little boy and loving him each and every minute of the day. Oh, and did I mention, for his first birthday we got Ethan’s a new house. Yup, we decided our old place was just too small for Speedy Gonzalez and he needed space to run. Our 3 month long search finally culminated in a intense bidding war from which Ethan’s Daddies emerged triumphant with our family dream home with a view in which to raise our son. From the way Ethan explores his new home with unceasing curiosity, we think he has given his stamp of approval as well.
We also welcomed our new au pair to our home. Our previous au pair completed her one-year assignment with us and we were very sad to see her go. We were worried how Ethan might take to the new face in the house and concerned that he might have separation anxiety. But our new au pair is great, and Ethan easily took to her and in fact has grown quite fond of our new family member.
Alright, I’m sure you’re tired of reading boring text by now, so on to the obligatory pictures!