Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Favorite Things. As Answered by Ethan.

As Ethan is almost three, I wanted to ask him some questions to capture this moment in time.  Disclaimer:  This questionnaire took place during lunch and therefore many of his answers are tortellini based.  =P

Q.  What is your favorite color?
A.  Green! 

Q.  What is your favorite toy?
A.  My look like this tractor.  (For those not fluent in Ethanese, this was his first Lego tractor.  The kit could make three different models and when we asked which tractor he wanted to make he would point to his favorite version and say 'I want it to 'look like this tractor'.  Which is how it is always referred to now.)

Q.  Where do you live?
A.  California.  (pause)  No!  We live at home.  An orange California house.

Q.  Who is your best friend?
A.  Mommy.  And tortellini.  And Ya Ya.  And Daddy.  And tortellini in a bowl.   With mushroom soup. (The kid obviously thinks with his stomach.)

Q.  What is your favorite book?
A.  The panda book!  (This being 'Panda bear, Panda bear, what do you see? by Eric Carle.  Which has been his favorite.  Since yesterday.  When we borrowed it from the library).

Q.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
A.  A small seed.  That grows up to be a big big tree.  With lots of apples.  (Already he can speak metaphorically!)

Q.  Of all the places that we have visited, what has been your favorite?
A.  Nai Nai!  We went to see Nai Nai in Taiwan.

Q.  What is your favorite thing to do when we go outside?
A.  When we pick lemons in the backyard and making lemon water.  And then we will eat tortellini.

Q.  And your favorite thing to do with Mommy and Daddy?
A.  Riding Daddy's blue car.  (We have a big car fanatic on our hands. He can entertain himself in there for hours at a time)

Q.  What do you want for your birthday?
A.  A red birthday tractor!  (Lego advertisements are very cunning - they place different kits on the instruction manual!).

Q.  If you were an animal what animal do you want to be?
A.  No animals.  Just a red fire engine.  Neeaaarh!  (The last bit being the fire engine sound).

And with that he raced off to play.  Interview finished.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Diaper Free!

We did it!  We are officially diaper free (well, okay we still use diapers at night seeing as how Ethan still loves his crib and I for sure am not gonna clue him into the fact that he gets to roam around free if he wanted to switch to a, in his words, 'big fancy bed').

Even back when Ethan was still just a little nugget in my tummy, the only unpleasant part of raising a boy that I could think of was the potty training part.  And every time we decided to start potty training I would put it off because one of us was sick, or we were traveling, or we were moving, etc.  But once we moved back to CA and got over our jet-lag I decided enough was enough and we were going to tackle this potty training business once and for all.  After all, Ethan was ready.  He knew when he had to pee/poop and had expressed interest in going on the toilet several times.  So potty training commenced -just in time for him to christian our brand new carpet!

Ethan had some contingencies...He had to have underwear just like his Daddy.  No cute blue undies or ones with pictures of characters or cars (which was okay by me since I don't like character clothing, but good luck trying to find any toddler clothing that was plain and white!  After trying several stores I found you can buy Fruit of the Loom underwear at Walmart).  He also wanted to use the toilet like a big boy - not a small potty or even a training seat thankyouverymuch.

All in all it went very well.  We had a few accidents when he was so focused on playing he forgot (or was too lazy) to run to the toilet.  In the begining we would ask him if he wanted to go every half an hour or so as gentle reminder to use the bathroom.  Then he started to just zoom off the bathroom himself after announcing 'Who needs to pee pee?!'.  After three weeks of being fully potty trained in the house I was still afraid to take him outside sans diaper.  We started out slow, testing the waters by playing in our driveway or nearby at our local playground before I finally picked up the courage this week to venture out to eat at a restaurant and go shopping.  I'm happy to report, no accidents and he is okay using public toilets.  Woot!

It was a relatively painless process - aside from one tragic incident last week where he fell INTO a toilet.  He ran off to go to the bathroom and next thing I know I heard a loud crash followed by silence and then finally a loud wail.  When I got inside I found a soaking wet toddler amidst a soaking wet bathroom.  I don't even know where all the water came from.  When he calmed down he told me that the step stool slipped and he fell into the toilet arm first.  Lol.  Poor baby! 

Whew, another milestone crossed and more more step into becoming a big boy.  I'm a bit sad how quickly he is growing up!

Monday, July 4, 2011


I have been having an obsession with Pinterest lately.  I can browse through the different boards forever.  I used to try to keep tabs of interesting things found on the web by adding it to my favorites tab, or saving pictures to my desktop, but this makes things so much easier!  And much more user friendly because it links back to the orginal website where you found the image so you don't have to copy any links.  Everything is just one click away!

Here is my board - I am inspired by so much that I have found through Pinterest that I'm going to be busy in the next few months trying to implement everything.