Friday, September 19, 2014

Ethan: 12 Weeks


Ethan is 12 weeks old today! Here he is waking up and he is soooo happy when he wakes up. Anytime he is laying down, he is very chatty & giggly. It's so funny. 

We also have been noticing that he is getting better at grabbing things. In his swing, he has a monkey toy that hangs and has a handle to pull for music to play. We pull it for him when he's in the swing and recently, he started reaching for it. Yesterday, I looked over when I heard the music and saw he pulled the handle himself! 

In the bathtub, I handed him a little bath toy. He took it with one hand and pulled his other hand up to hold onto it. That was a new thing!

Still inconsistent with sleeping at night. Still battling the swaddle. He can't go to sleep without it but for the 2nd part of the night, he breaks out of it. We've found him with his feet hanging out and only his top swaddled but his arms are sort of free. It's a pain. We tried to put him in the sleep sack but that thing doesn't hold his arms down at all. I think its kind of early to not swaddle his arms but  the 2nd half of the night is such a pain with this thing. 



Here's Ethan with Mom & Dad


This week, I left E's car seat on his stroller outside. It just so happened to rain that night (light rain) and his carseat got wet. I threw the seat cover in the dryer before taking him out. It was the funnies thing when I put the warm cover on him(below). He looked at me and said "oh!" like he was surprised it was warm. haha




This week has been an off week for us. He has been falling asleep after eating in the morning and sleeping for an hour. Normally he is up, eats, up for an hour and a half....One day he was more quiet than usual. We figured he was growing and sure enough, I checked the Wonder Weeks app, and it's a growing week. 



 This week, we went to see our friend Kelsey for lunch. Ethan is pretty good in the car and often falls asleep. He also held up for a quick shop at Carter's & then we headed home. 




 He loves to go out! We went to Trader Joe's today and a few people commented on how cute he is. 
I think he is around 12lb now. I stood on the scale with him and then subtracted my weight. He is just getting longer and longer, too. Tall and thin!

 In other news, Evie is still doing so well with her pack AND the new male walker. 



The other day, the walker(Eleanor) said there is a new dog in the pack who is very fearful. However, she took to Evie right away. She said New Dog was running up to Evie and running away to play. How cute! How nice that Evie could be a comfort to another dog. :-)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pumpkin Chilli

While Ethan naps during the day, I do have about 3 hours to myself. 1.5 hours in the AM where I workout & shower then 1.5 hours mid-day where I usually prepare dinner. I've been trying to be ahead one day so we aren't rushing around making dinner but that it's already in the fridge.

One thing I made this week was Pumpkin Chilli. Here's the recipe! Note**I did not put the greek yogurt in and I added garbanzo & black beans.



Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3/4 chopped green bell pepper
  • 3/4 chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cans, 6 oz chopped green chiles
  • 1 1/2 large minced garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 lbs leftover chopped turkey
  • 1 1/2 cans, 10-11 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cans, 10-11 oz red kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 1/4 tbsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Couple of shakes of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
Directions
First, heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Next, saute the onion, peppers, green chiles, and garlic until tender (roughly 10 minutes). Make room on the pan and add leftover turkey (roughly 5 minutes). Stir in tomatoes, beans, and pumpkin. Season with chili powder, cumin, sea salt, and pepper. Lastly, put on low heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Mix in fresh cilantro and stir in with plain greek yogurt and cinnamon to serve. Voila, you’re pumpkin turkey chili is ready for eight.
Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Laundry with The Grahamerson

Mr. Grahamer was sitting on the couch and tipped over. He ended up laying on his sign and liked it so I left him like that while I sat next to him. 

Then, he spit up all over himself. 

I did a load of laundry and had to get it out of the dryer. I was trying to hold him and scoop the clothes out of the dryer. Then, I had the bright idea to just put him IN the laundry basket. He loved it!




He seriously grabbed a towel and started to chew on it


Beyond

Cannot get any cuter!

Here's another great photo of him. It was hot out so he had no pants on


And here is the pumpkin that Erik is growing in the garden for Ethan!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Standing Up, Donuts, and 11 Weeks Old

We had a pretty relaxing weekend which was great. The four of us just hung around together. 

On Saturday, we got a chance to workout & go out for mid-morning coffee. We got stuff done around the house and Erik made pizza for us for lunch. Ethan stayed on his nap schedule so he was a happy baby!

He is so LONG. He is tall and skinny. His clothes pull on him because his torso is so long but are somewhat baggy on him because he doesn't fill out the clothes. 


On Sunday, we walked over to Doughnut Dolly. It's a little donut shop that I've been wanting to try ever since they opened a Berkeley location. We decided to walk there so it was a 4 mile roundtrip walk which was great! We burned off the donut, hopefully. 

Look! A street named after Evie (her full name is Evelyn May, in case you did not know)


Weird angle because I was sitting on the ground. 

Yum! They only have 3 kinds of donuts - vanilla with sugar, vanilla with powdered sugar, or chocolate. Then, they fill the donut right there for you! I had vanilla/vanilla and Erik had the same plus a vanilla/banana donut. YUM

Evie came on the walk and loved it

 We also played with Ethan in his crib. Since he LOVES to stand up, Erik was holding him up in there. 

Too funny!

 Ethan is now 11 weeks old. Woweeeee. He is a squirmy wormy because he wants to be on the go all of the time. He will sit and chill with his Gigi (giraffe) sometimes though. He is a good baby. 

He's doing OK at night. It's still very inconsistent. The past few nights, he is out from 730 or 8pm - 1am which is a nice long stretch. But then he is up 1-2. He will cry but we just go in, put the pacifier in and leave. He will go back to sleep for 30 min and do it again. Goes on for 1-1.5hr.Then he is up at 3 to eat. The goal is to get him to just sleep 8-3am and then from 330-7am. I find if I feed him earlier than 3am, he is up again at 5 or 6 which we do not want because his official wake up time is 7am. 

I think that he just does not know how to put himself back to sleep yet. Did you know that baby sleep cycle is 30-45 min? They wake up and put themselves back to sleep. So he is learning that but once he gets to 1am, he must not be able to....yet. He is only 11 weeks so we know he is still learning!

Now that little man loves to stand up, we want to get him a standing thingamajig. I don't know what their real name is but something like this - 

Whatever we find, I hope we can find one that folds up so we can store it easily. Ethan is SO over the swing so now we're on the hunt for the right bouncer thing!









Friday with Irene

oh hello!


We had a great Friday because Erik was off from work AND my dear friend, Irene, came to visit us. She was out here visiting her sister and stopped to see us first. Yay!


She brought gifts for Ethan AND Evie

Evie promptly ran around the house with it, trying to bury it

We went to Brazil Cafe for yummy food and to sit outside in the rose garden

It was so great to see her. Last time we saw her was at her wedding in March, in Washington DC. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy Hour & Park Time

This week has been pretty good for us. We went on another outing yesterday, the super swaddle is working, and Ethan is killing his naps! Our schedule for him is definitely working and he tells us when it's nap time or bed time. 

Here is a quick rundown of his schedule
7am - Awake
7-745 - Eats, diaper, and gets dressed
745-830 - Play time
830-10 - Nap #1
10 - Eat
1030-1130- Playtime
1130-130 - Nap #2
130-2 - Eat
2-3- Playtime
3-430- Nap #3
430- Eat 
5-7 Playtime
7- Bath
730- Bottle
8- Bed

Last night he took a long time to eat but he ended up in bed at 830. He slept 830-5am!!! I'm hoping this is inching him towards sleeping all night. Wouldn't that be amazzzzzing!

On Wednesday we met Elizabeth, a friend from Jr League, at the Lafayette Park HOtel for happy hour. They have a restaurant & outdoor seating so we had a drink and talked about babies. She has a 4 1/2 month old baby girl. 

Ethan slept a little in the car, was awake, had his 430 bottle, and passed out until we got home

Today was soooo nice out - warm & sunny. We took a walk to the park and hung around outside





Here are some more pics for you

Ethan chilling on the couch with his giraffe. He loves this thing!

This is a bean bag that Ethan sits in, in the bathroom. It's so awesome. I stick in him there so I can shower, brush my teeth, etc. He is SO good when I dry my hair, too. He is quiet and just stares at me. I think he likes the sound of the dryer but for some reason he laughs when I am using the brush on my hair. who knows. 



Lounging some more. He likes to be like this in the pillow since he is so over laying on his back like a baby. haha. The tag on this pillow says that babies 4mo+ can lay like this...oh well!




I'm so excited because my friend Irene is coming to visit tomorrow!! She is out here to visit her sister and is coming to see us first. I can't wait!! Woohhooo!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Outings with Ethan & Random News

Isn't this picture so sweet? Evie loves licking Ethan now. She wants to lick his feet, hands, face, head....I have to reign her in. She wants to get under his little jungle play mat with him which is a no -no. 

Last week, Ethan and I took a trip to SF. We met my coworker/friend Kara out for lunch at Tacolicious. She has a baby that is two weeks younger than Ethan. In true form, EGL slept through half the lunch and then woke up happy!

Over the weekend, our friends LIsa, Justin, and Oliver came to Berkeley. We went to the Westbrae Beer Garden which is super kid friendly. They even have a playground! Good to see them. Ethan slept sort of through the beers but woke up. I was holding him because he was tired and cold so I wrapped him up and he passed out. 

We also went to our friends Sarah & Steve's new house for a BBQ. Ethan was the favorite guest - we just passed him around and everyone held him. Sarah fed him - it was great! Everyone said how cute he was which just warms our heart. And no one could believe how he was standing up already. We know - neither can we!

Can you see the butt on these jammers? Its a butt flap that snaps close - so cute!

Still holding himself up on the playmat! Check our You Tube page for more videos of him tipping over on his side. 

One day, I fed Ethan and then he went back to sleep. I should've woken him so he didn't mess up his nap schedule but I didn't. I just held him and watched him sleep. He is so sweet. 

In other news, I picked a huge booger out of his nose the other day. He was like snorting while he breathed so I grabbed it with my pinky nail and out it came. Haha so gross!

I also started cutting his nails with the cuticile cutters aka The Pickers. So easy to just grab the baby nail and clip. The filing wasn't cutting it and he scratched his head!

Ethan is currently breaking out of his swaddles regularly. It's too early not to be swaddled b/c his arms are still flailing about! I'm trying the Miracle blanket (he broke out last night) and the super swaddle(this one seeeeems to work the best if you don't use those big, gauzy Aden & Anais blankets). Can you believe we did not swaddle EGL for about the first 5 weeks of his life. haha. We had no clue!

Only about 4 weeks left of maternity leave. I'm sad it will be over but happy that Erik and Ethan will be together. I'm excited to go back to work and see my pals, move into the next phase of our lives together, but know I will be sad/anxious to go back to work . My friend Lisa told us that it's hard but it gets easier. She said she also thinks about how she is providing for a future not just right now, which is a good way of thinking about it. 

Ok that's all we have time for today. See ya later.