This post is going to round out the "Week of Ethan" here on the blog. As I talk all about his birthday I want to take time to talk about Ethan himself.
Ethan you make so much noise these days, some we can understand and some we don't. You say Mama and ba (for ball). You click your tongue and blow raspberries all the time. You love to babble and we know you are trying to tell us something very important. Abigail will often tell me what you want, even if you make no noise at all. You are wiggling (Abigail says, "mama, Ethan wants picked up"), you fuss ("Mama, Ethan wants to nurse"), or you point at something and grunt in your highchair ("Mama, Ethan is all done"). You sure do have a strong advocate looking out for you!
26 lbs (95-98%)
30 Inches long (75%)
Head 49 cm (98%)
Your hair is red and what almost everyone comments on
We still haven't even had to think of trimming your hair
You wear size 18-24 month clothes with just a few 12's mixed in
Size 4 shoe (they are a little long but your feet are too plump for 3's)
You love books. We gave you a set of little ones for your birthday and you have played with them every day since. You have a hard time sitting for too long and thus we don't read many full books together. Anytime I sit down though you crawl into my lap, turn yourself around and plop down. Often you bring a book with you and we look at the pictures. You love when I make funny noises and point to pictures. Words don't mean a whole lot yet I guess.
You love cars (real and toy). You love riding in them, playing with them, making zoom noises when you move them, and climbing on and off the riding ones. Your second favorite toys are balls. You throw them, bounce them, chase them and in turn they make you smile and laugh so much.
If you aren't tired or hungry you love to play quietly by yourself. It is so fun to watch you interact with toys, trucks, balls, books and dolls all when you don't know anyone is watching. Your favorite action is to put things in and out. Blocks get dumped out of the bag and then you put each one back. Cars out of their box, then put into the tupperware drawer. Where I will find toys is always a mystery. You love to match lids to container. What a little thinker you are.
You are starting to stand on your own, you walk holding just one of our hands, and you have mastered the stairs! You also love to climb. Just in the past few days you have started climbing in and out of child chairs on your own, onto Abigail's bed, and onto the little slide we have on the deck.
You wave to people when you leave them, you blow kisses and you are very attached to Mama. You have a serious problem when anyone else touches me and you don't like being left with anyone else. You make a ton of noise and will come barreling at me if your dada even tries to hug me when you are around. This makes us both laugh so much but your are intense. If a hug goes to long you will find a way to wedge yourself between us. Humm.
You are a super sweet boy who knows his mind. Already I see such a strong will but also a sensitivity. You laugh if punished and are only crushed when you see me upset with you. This sensitivity is seen when you cry if Abigail is scolded for something you had no part of. You have also mastered the pout that makes this mama want to laugh (when I can't). When told no you put your lips out like fish lips and huff. Hilarious.
Ethan, my boy, I love you so. You are growing into such an active, funny, adventurous, strong willed little guy. I pray daily that God will grant me the guidance to direct you in the best direction for you to grow. We have no idea what tomorrow will hold but I do know that you could never be more precious to me.