Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Happy New Year!

What a crazy year this has started out to be!! We spent New Year's at home with Ethan. He went to bed around 8:30 and at midnight, we gave him a kiss in his crib and back to sleep he went!

Doing the Hokey Pokey

"Row row row your boat"

I didn't do it, I swear!

The surgery to put his tubes in went great!! The doctors and nurses were wonderful...we couldn't have asked for better. Gram spent the night with us the night before and Aunt Meme and Nana met us at the surgery center. They took us back into the waiting room and explained how everything was going to go. Then they put me in a gown and I walked Ethan back to the surgery room. He wasn't thrilled with having the mask on his face to help him drift off into la la land. But just like that, he was asleep.

At the ENT the week before surgery

I went back to the waiting room, and about 10 minutes later, the doctor came out. She said that everything went really well. There was a lot of fluid built up in both ears that she drained before putting the tubes in. About 10 minutes later, he was awake and we got to go see him. Honestly, you would have never known that they did anything. He was acting just like his usual self. Gram, Aunt Meme, Ethan, and I went home and Marc went to work. It was just like any other day!

After surgery in the recovery room

At home after surgery
Ethan's cool orange ear plugs

Hanging with Gram after surgery

We took a trip to see Doctor Heaven last week. Ethan's up to 33 1/4" tall and weighs in at 26.5 lbs. He's still in the 95% for his height! And you know what that means? We've had to buy a new wardrobe!! Ethan's stylin in his new duds from Aunt Megan!!

We go back to the ENT on Thursday for the 3 week followup appointment on his tubes. Everything looked great at the pediatrician, so hopefully they will say the same thing!

Ethan had a run-in with a toy box at school the other day...and the toy box won! I had just gotten to school to pick him up and was talking to the owner when it happened. He didn't act any worse for the wear, but that shiner looked painful! The next morning he woke up and looked like he was wearing purple eye shadow.
The bump (and red face from crying)

Another look at the shiner starting to come out

A little over 24 hours later. The swelling went down and the purple came out

Whoever said that the brain is a sponge wasn't kidding! This child picks up on just about everything. He can show you his belly button, his eyes, his nose, and his ears. He also knows that his shoes go on his feet. We've added a few words to the ever expanding vocabulary: "No more", "Sit down", "Mine", "Meow", "Dog", "EIEIO" (he'll say this when you start singing Old McDonald had a farm), "Belly Button", "Eye", and he can tell you what a monkey says. It's amazing!! Ethan has also learned how to brush his teeth and take his shirt off.

Brushing his teeth (and holding a tape measure)

At school playing with Olivia

One of Ethan's best buddies...Gabriel