July 19th, 2009
Your language skills are really improving this month. You're really good at parroting what Mom and Dad say to you. This has led to some interesting times--for instance at IHOP when you dropped something and said, "Oh crap!" (except that you pronounced it, "Oh clap!") "Shoot!" and especially "Dang it!" are frequent utterances lately too.
Where last month you learned all the letters in the alphabet (we're very impressed by the way) this month you've turned letters into an obsession. You love putting together your letters puzzle and reading your Dr. Seuss alphabet book. You find letters everywhere and recite them, spelling things out (sometimes forward, sometimes backward).
(video: Ethan playing with letters -- Warning: 6 minutes long)
You also seem to have an amazing memory. When we read to you, we leave out words for you to fill in. You do an amazing job with this and you seem to enjoy it alot.
You're also as active as ever. You love to go to playgrounds and climb on the structures there. You've also invented a fun game to play on the bed with dad (see video below).
(video: Playing on the bed)
We've been trying to find new toys for you so that you can expand your mind. We found this bath toy for you and you love how the water makes the wheels spin.
(video: Bath toys)
You were really sick at one point this month. We went to visit Uncle Nathan and you threw up pretty bad when you were there. We came home and you spent the next few days sleeping and laying on the couch.
It's too bad that you were sick, because you're still having a bit of a weight-gain problem. You have us all worried because you're even losing a little bit of weight. We try to feed you all the time, but you just don't seem interested in eating more than a few bites of something. The only way we've found to get you do eat is through reverse psychology. "Don't you eat that cookie!" we'll say. Then you grin and shove it in your mouth. "Oh! Dang it!" we say in mock frustration. You love this game and are willing to play for a few extra bites.
Speaking of games you love, you're still into the Mother Goose computer games. We're impressed at how good you're getting. You seem to have an understanding of the game map and how to get from point A to point B. Also, you're understanding the objectives of the game and you're able to do most of it on your own.
Grandma and Grandpa Rock came over to visit for Alex's blessing and you got to play with them, which you loved. Because it was also the weekend of the 4th of July, you had your first experience with sparklers. At first you were a little nervous, but you wanted more "Fire" (or as you pronounced it, "Firo"). Soon we had you hold the sparkler yourself and waving it around.
(video: Playing with sparklers)
You're relationship with your new brother is interesting. You've started to acknowledge him more, pointing to him and saying "Alex" (or "Ag-gex"). But you're also aware of how much attention we pay to him and you don't really like it. Whenever you're tired of being ignored you say, "Baby to bed."
We love you so much Ethan. You're so fun to be around lately. You're always making us smile.
Love, Mom and Dad.