Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ethan is 9 months!


What a big boy we have!! Ethan is crawling nonstop, pulling up to stand, and even starting to cruise a little.  He can also climb a little bit, and has yet to show any fear, so I'm afraid we may be in for it!!! He is 22 lbs 3 oz and 30 3/4 inches tall!  That is over the 95% in height and just under the 90% in weight.  He is definitely "thinning" out a little bit.  Ethan has not found a food that he will not eat.  He even takes medicine like a champ! Ethan only nurses 4 times, and has really transitioned to that schedule very well! He is a great sleeper and has really turned into a really good napper this past month.  He typically takes two naps a day, unless we have a super busy morning, then he gets by with only one.  He is a very happy boy, who loves to wave at people and smile, especially at the ladies!  This past month, he has gotten so cute with how much he loves his Daddy.  He definitely wants mommy for certain things….but when Daddy gets home from a trip, or just from work at the end of the day, Ethan gets so excited!!!  He crawls right to him or leans over for Daddy to hold him.  Ethan loves to play in Hannah's kitchen and at time stresses her out a little bit with the "mess" he makes.  It's pretty amazing how well he can occupy himself, though he doesn't like for me to leave his sight.  Whenever we turn on the vacuum, Ethan will find us in seconds and just follows us around trying to touch it.  He also loves to grab things out of the dishwasher.  He babbles a lot, and has begun saying mamma when he is hungry or tired.  Other than that, he says baba, dada, blows raspberries, and squeals with delight!  He is truly such a joy to be around!!






Hannah and "Baby Caroline" were feeling left out of the monthly pictures!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

February

Where does the time go?  Winter is nearing an end and we couldn't be more thrilled!!  We had another "little" snow at the beginning of the month.  By the ruler I put on our deck, we got around 8 inches!  We really wish Daddy had been home for it, but unfortunately he was stuck out of town.  Luckily, he was able to drive to St. Louis and join his parents on their flight to Charlotte, so while we had some "snowed in" days, they led to a wonderful weekend!!!  We had a great time with the Seiters, and Hannah and Ethan just adore their grandparents.  Hannah loved having Grandma put her down for naps, help her get dressed, decorate with stickers, and do just about everything else with her!  Ethan was his usual happy self, and took to them both right away!  We are thankful that this little guy makes people feel so loved by his quick "warm up" to them!  We spent Saturday morning at the Carolina Aviation Museum and really enjoyed our time there!  It was really neat to see airplanes from The Wright Brothers' plane to the US Airways plane that crashed into the Hudson River a few years ago.  The span of history was really cool.  Hannah loved getting to sit in 3 different cockpits and said that she wanted to be a pilot one day.  It was a quick weekend visit, but we had so much fun and Hannah cannot stop talking about getting on an airplane to go visit Grandma and Papa in a couple months.

We've had a few days of nice weather this month, and have been able to get to the park a couple of times and we even had a little picnic one day!  We have been going to the YMCA on Monday mornings for toddler playtime in the gymnastics center, and it is so much fun!!  Hannah just has a blast, and it is fun seeing her motor skills develop so much! We have a hawk hang around our yard a bunch lately, and he has been really fun to watch.  He mostly just sits in the trees and occasionally we spot him soaring over to another limb.

At the very end of the month, Matt had the opportunity to go skiing with some of the men from his new company.  It was a great opportunity for him to do something he loves, and also to get to know his new company coworkers a bit better.  While he was gone, my parents came up for a visit, and again, the kids just loved having their other set of grandparents here!  Hannah had "Mama" put her to bed one night, and Grandaddy the next two nights!! We had a great time being with them and I was so thankful for their visit!  Grandaddy hung up our bird feeder, and we spent a morning at the Billy Graham Library.  Hannah now frequently talks about Billy Grammy, and the talking cow.






















Monday, February 17, 2014

Hannah update 2.5ish years old

Hannah continues to amaze us with how smart she is!  She is awesome at puzzles, has just about all of her books memorized, and knows the words to an unbelievable number of songs.  She loves to sing both country songs and songs she has learned in Bible study.  It is the most precious thing to hear her belt out little Bible verses that her class has learned to a little tune.  Out of nowhere, she showed me how you draw an H, and has been asking to be taught many other letters.  She has also really taken off in her imagination.  She plays with her dolls and is such a good mommy to them.  She cooks up lots of goodies in her kitchen, and often tells me things like, "when I was a kangaroo, I could hop really high".  She is also incredibly tender hearted.  She cannot stand it when Ethan is sad, and often asks to pray for her friends and family.  She has gotten really good at jumping and still loves to dance and now "do ballet".  She is becoming pretty agile and has really good balance. We've been going to an open toddler playtime at our YMCA's gymnastics gym, and Hannah does the balance beam really well!  Hannah has also really gotten excited about dressing herself and she has such determination that she tries and tries until she gets it right.  She loves to pick out her clothes, and has lately not been wanting to wear dresses because she can't reach them by herself as they hang in her closet.  She seems to be a very cautious child when trying new things at the park, but she is also resilient, not allowing a fall to stop her from getting back to trying again!  She has grown so much and is wearing 4t clothes!!!  She can definitely still fit in most of her 3t stuff, but it is just amazing to me how much she is becoming a little girl, rather than a baby or toddler. She is silly, sensitive, smart, obedient, opinionated, and perfectly her!  We love our Hannah Page so much and are so excited to continue watching her grow!

A few cute things she's been saying lately:

"This is my special occasion book"

Mommy: "You are my favorite 2 year old in the whole world"
Hannah: "Yeah, I'm pretty good looking!"

"That's for sure"

"Mommy, this H is terrible" After drawing an H that had very squiggly lines.

While "working" at her desk, "Mommy, do you want an e-mail or an r-mail?"

"I haven't had _______ once in a while."

"Super why is a good ole boy!"

"Mommy, can I interview you?" while holding a cheese stick pointed at her mouth.





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ethan is 8 months

Ethan is 8 months old!!!  I cannot believe how big he is getting!  Ethan is so smart and has definitely started waving to people intentionally and has started to sign "all done" occasionally.  He is doing better and better with naps, though a consistent daily schedule, he has not.  He is mostly very adaptable and will be able to stay awake all morning if we are out running errands.  This sometimes leads to a nice long afternoon nap….but not always.  He is eating 3 meals a day and still nursing 5 times.  He had his first ear infection and a little cold bug, which caused some night wakings.  So there were a couple weeks when he went back up to nursing 6-7 times a day.  He has definitely been able to go longer than 3 hours pretty consistently between nursings, so I think it won't be long before he's only nursing 4 times a day.  He is crawling so fast!  He pulls up to his knees a lot, and tries to stand some, but is still very wobbly!  I know it won't be long before I have to go chasing him to make sure he doesn't go up the stairs!!  Ethan is very playful, loves to laugh, and loves people.  He is beginning to show some separation anxiety from mommy, but for the most part still does really well.  His favorite toys are his activity table, any ball or car, remote controls, and the spring doorstopper behind all of our doors!  He now has 4 teeth, as the top middle two poked through a couple weeks ago.  He is a great little sleeper, and is usually ready for bed between 7:30 and 8, and wakes up typically between 7:15 and 7:30.  I'm not sure how much he weighs but I'm guessing we are nearing 22 lbs and are probably right around 30 inches tall!  He is really fitting well in all of his 12-18 month clothes, and can still squeeze into some of his 9-12 month stuff.  We've had a couple days of nice weather and Ethan just absolutely loves to be outside.  He loves to look around at all the different noises and smile at passersby!!



Saturday, February 1, 2014

January

We rung in the new year with some good friends and one family stayed for a traditional New Years Day lunch.  We had BBQ Ribs, collard greens, Hoppin John, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread.  It was all so delicious!!  We are so excited about 2014 and can't wait to continue watching our children grow!  Matt started the year off with a bang trying to get his footing with his new company.  So far, it has been an awesome transition and a welcome/encouraging place to be! He has been meeting old clients and new, and has been thrilled with the response he's getting.

This month has been a little slower for us, hanging out at home a lot just watching the kids learn and grow!  We spent a few nights in Asheville over MLK day, and while the days were fun the nights were LONG!!!  We were all in the same room at my sisters house, and both kids decided that sleeping through the night was for the birds!  We did have a wonderful playing with cousins, and exploring the Biltmore House.  Catherine was so sweet to make me a yummy caramel cake for my birthday, and Abby and Caroline played Happy Birthday on their new guitars!  I think Hannah's highlight for the weekend was playing with Molly and seeing a young bear just outside the window at my sisters!

We've had lots of little colds and virus' here and there this month.  Both Hannah and Ethan had their first ear infections, and they've both been battling a little runny nose and cough.  This has definitely left us a little bit cooped up!  However, one Saturday while we were all well, we went to Discovery Place Kids. Ethan and Hannah had so much fun!  The kids and I had been once when Ethan was about 3 months old, so it was really fun for Daddy to see it and for Ethan to be able to play a little bit too!  It is such a neat place!!!

Towards the end of the month we had about an inch of snow.  Hannah really enjoyed playing it, and eating it was her favorite!  It's always so nice to see the house and yard covered in white!!  Ethan was not so thrilled about his first experience in the snow, but we also discovered a few days later that he had an ear infection.  We are definitely looking forward to warmer weather and spring time!!

















Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ethan is 7 months old

Ethan continues to grow into such a happy baby boy!  He started taking some "crawling" steps just before his 7 month birthday, so I am certain we are in for it now!!  He has learned to clap and we think he might be waving, though we haven't determined if it's intentional or not.  He can get up to the sitting position on his own now too!  Army crawling is his preferred method of transportation and he has gotten really fast!!  He loves to chase balls around the house.  He has started to take some "steps" in the full crawling motion, so I know he will be hard to keep up with soon!  He continues to nurse about 5 times a day with an occasional day with only 4 times.  He is sleeping great and usually takes 2 naps, but some days will take a 3rd short nap.  He loves food and has increased what he eats.  He eats about 3-4 ounces at a meal now, and I am about to start giving him 2 meals a day.  I'm not sure what his favorite food is, as he eats everything very well!  My favorite to give him is avocado and I'm thankful that he loves it! He eat cheerios very well and has started trying small bits of other soft things like banana and avocado.  I prefer to feed him with a spoon though because it's much less messy!  He loves to go to the grocery store and sit like such a big boy in the cart.  His favorite though is when the "racecar" is available so he and Hannah can ride together.  Ethan loves bath time, peek-a-boo, and his sister!  We didn't go to the doctor this month so I don't have exact statistics on weight and height, but he has definitely grown taller!  He can easily fit into all of his 12-18 month clothes, can still wear his 9-12 month clothes, and has officially outgrown his 6-12 month gymboree/gap clothes.