and we're walkin', yes indeed

Oh, Ethan, you are fourteen months old today and I can hardly believe it. It feels like just yesterday I was keeping myself awake at night, trying to figure out how on Earth it was possible that you were dancing on the edge of one and now here you are at 14 months. I'm constantly remarking on how quickly the time flies by but I can't help it -- it's the truth. One moment you were just born and then I blinked and now you're a handsome toddler with curiosity for miles.

These days, you're all about walking. You've finally crossed the threshold into the walker category and you wear this title proudly. You've taken to running up and down the halls, chasing your Aunt Megan -- your favorite game -- until you're laughing so hard you can't stand up. At home or in places where you feel comfortable, you are solely walking. In new environments or crowded public spaces, you will hold onto my pinky for support and encouragement while you cautiously toddle along beside me. I am so proud of you. I've really started to notice the way you're coming out of your shell and gaining more self-confidence. You are capable of anything you set your mind to and I will always be here to encourage you.

These days, you're wearing clothing in 24M and 2T. You're still holding strong in your size five diapers. We see the doctors tomorrow for a respiratory issue recheck and I'm eager to see how much you've grown and how much you've gained. You are still bigger and taller than most of the children we play with on a daily basis and I still chuckle at passerby who ask how old you are -- are you two or three years old? You are proudly wearing your first pair of shoes, size 5 1/2, and absolutely love putting your shoes and socks on in the morning.

You are still eating like a champ. Your favorite foods still include greens, especially kale and spinach, and you're really starting to love fruit. Right now your favorite fruits are plums, watermelon and blueberries. You still love your water but are finally starting to get a taste for milk, which you have a cup of in the mornings with your breakfast.

Your favorite activities would be brushing your teeth (which you've almost mastered doing on your own now!), visiting grandma & grandpa (and ringing their doorbell to make the dog bark!), and loving on your kitty-cats. This afternoon you began imitating the cats and now answer a very loud "MOWWWWWW!" when asked what sound a kitty-cat makes. Your vocabulary has been expanding by leaps and bounds this month. Today you added ganba (grandma) to your vocabulary when we stepped into grandma and grandpa's house. You've started picking up telephones (or remote controls, whatever is nearer), holding them to your ear and yelling "HI!" This is also one of your favorite things to do. You also love looking at family photographs and can point to everyone when I ask where they are by name. (This includes pictures of Elmo which is quite a feat considering you've never watched an episode of Sesame Street other than YouTube clips while doing your breathing treatments!) You love the vacuum cleaner more than any toy that you have, second only to the cat's water fountain. Your favorite bedtime story is Sleep Tight, Little One -- especially the sleeping mouse on the very final page. You always give this mouse a goodnight kiss. Giving kisses, by the way, is also one of your favorite things to do these days and those big, slobbery "OOOHWAAAHHH" kisses you plant on me on the regular? They're my favorite.

Oh, my lovebug, I can't believe how quickly the time is passing by. I am having the time of my life with you, watching you learn, watching you grow.

Fourteen months. I can't even begin to believe we're already here.


  1. Well, hey there big guy! No looking back now mama!

  2. Visiting you from Follow Me Wednesday link up. Looking forward to following you and your cute little blog. Following you via GFC. I blog over at http://www.dalaynadillon.blogspot.com See ya around!

  3. What a cute boy and lovely photos! GFC follower via the hop and would love a follow back!

  4. so cute. and what a great way to remember him at this particular age. i wish i did more when my kids were little. every month is something new at that age...


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