Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beeth Vocabulary

Every day we get three or four new words.  In a week, Ethan can go from a phrase to a compound sentence on a given topic.  Watching and listening to all of this is pretty incredible.  It reminds me just how powerful a learning device the brain of a toddler is.  Our most powerful computer pales in comparison.  Here are some of his most popular new phrases:

"Look at me!": this one is perfectly clear with no "kid speak" at all.  Even someone that doesn't know the Beeth will understand what he is saying.  And this is an increasingly common phrase, whether it is uttered after he sneaks up on to the top of the dining room table or is splashing in the pool.

"Coo Me": This is a new one too and something Beeth uses, thus far, differently than Isaac at two.  Isaac at two would use "excuse me" basically to tell you that he is about to bowl you over.  Ethan on the other hand uses it correctly.  But, unlike Isaac, if you don't immediately move out the way, Beeth goes bananas.

"iPaad" There is a bit of a drawn out "AH" in the middle, but it is clear what the Beeth wants--he wants the iPad.  This is mostly uttered when Isaac is using the iPad or he sees it at a time he cannot have it.  

"ABCD Mouse" Isaac's addiction to ABC Mouse has caused a bit of Monkey See Monkey Do with Ethan and he has the name just a bit wrong, adding a "D" that is not normally there. 

In addition to these new phrases we get a lot of "deep voice" Ethan when he is trying to emphasize something.  "ABCD!" In a deep bellow often rings out as does a request for "TINY CHOCOLATES!"

Beeth talking is amazing.  Charting his grow is even more amazing. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy 2nd Birthday, the Beeth!


Yes, it is the fate of the second child to have a belated birthday post.  No, it is not because we love him any less.  Its because we are probably at the very least twice as busy.  So as between posting and watching the Beeth get his Play Do on, I choose the latter, even if it involves him yelling "No, Daddy!" a lot as I get him the wrong Play Do implement over and over again.

But it is time to say: Happy Birthday Ethan Joseph!

I would have never guessed or imagined that two children from the same two people could be as different as Isaac and Ethan are.  Isaac is a thinker, something of a quiet kid.  Ethan will just tell you like it is.  If Isaac's off on his own it is because he needs to sort things out.  If Beethan is, its because, well, he could give shit what everyone else is doing.  Bianca and I have a saying and it is simple: "Beethie don't give a F***."  It is a clear shift in demeanor and it is uniquely Ethan.  Their faces are different.  Their eyes are different.  Their hair is different.  Their walks, even at the same age, are different.  They are just two totally unique people.

And what a wonderful person Ethan has turned into.  Even in his most "I could care less moments" Ethan is still incredibly polite.  He loves sharing, and especially gets a kick out of people appreciating what it is that he is sharing.  He always says "thank you," which comes out as "can coo."  He always wants to give something to his big brother, which comes out as "ear ooo go brudder." 

Ethan has also forced us all, myself, Bianca and Isaac, to go out of our comfort zones.  We had Play Do before, but for Ethan it is a huge deal.  We also liked the basement before, but Ethan could live down there.  And Isaac likes the sandbox, while Ethan, I think would happily join a Berber tribe and wander the Sahara.

Isaac was a gift to us.  Ethan is a gift to all three of us.  And seeing the two boys make each other laugh and smile is a gift to anyone that experiences it. 

Happy Birthday The Beeth.  We love you. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cute Nurse

So last weekend Isaac had Strep.  It was a Friday night dash to urgent care that told us.  And my buddy was a sluggish little guy, clearly sick and clearly tired.  We waited in the lobby for a few minutes and then a young, cute nurse asked us to come and check in.  Isaac did his shy kid thing that he always does around cute girls and the nurse, taken by Isaac's blue eyes and missing front teeth thought he was adorable.  

When she checked his blood pressure, she used a cuff, the first time Isaac had the cuff put on.  And as it tightened he got a little anxious.  She noticed and they chatted a little.  Isaac finally told her that it might be getting too tight because he had big muscles for a kid his age, which I confirmed as true.  The nurse giggled and gave Isaac a huge smile.  

After that, she showed us to the patient room and asked Isaac a few more questions.  He had, by this time, dropped the shy kid thing and was going straight for "impressing the older lady" schtick.  It was so funny and the nurse was eating up.  As she turned and left she winked at Isaac and Isaac gave her the cool dude head nod and said good bye.  

The momen the door closed Isaac turned to me and gave me a knowing look, as if to say "She was a babe, right?"  I nodded and then burst out laughing.  

Isaac Anthony, toothless lady's man. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Isaac and his two front teeth

Its hard to imagine how much little kids play with loose teeth.  If they weren't all doing it, it would be some kind of pathology.  Isaac plays with his loose teeth almost as much as he breathes.  And like a lot of kids he is worryfascinated by them.  We get a constant update: its loose, no really loose.  And then there are displays of looseness--he wiggles the tooth around with his tongue and his fingers.  And finally there are the reports--its bleeding, its twisted, I think it is falling out.  The only thing that ends all of this is when the tooth does, in fact, actually fall out. 

This most recent time was the first I was with Isaac when it happened. I picked him up from after school and he told me, of course, the tooth was loose.  I looked and it was very loose.  In fact, the tooth was no longer attached on the right side, just the left side.  It was really quite gross.  But it wasn't bleeding and he didn't want to yank it (and really, I can't blame him, I had a loose tooth yanked once and it was not fun).

We were in store when all of a sudden Isaac got very quiet.  Eerily quiet.  I sat Beethan down and looked across the store and I saw him holding something in his hand.  And then he looked up, and just like that Isaac was missing his tooth.  The two front teeth are now gone.  He beamed with pride and I was shocked at just how cute he looked.  He is growing up and it is wonderful to get to watch it happen. 

And now he has moved on to yet another loose tooth.  But this one seems like it is a month or two away.  Daily reports have already started to come in. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Tiny Chocolates, Part II

After the tremendous success of the original, a sequel was inevitable.  Ethan loves telling people about his tiny chocolates.  But now, everything has come to fit into the "my tiny...." formula.  First there was Ethan's tiny chocolates, then his tiny spoon, his tiny cups, his tiny shoes, his tiny belly, and one on occasion, his tiny poop (which was distinctly not tiny).  

Its become so pervasive that even his friends at school know that things are "Ethan's tiny X."  One of his friends, George, went home and told his mom that his shoes were Ethan's shoes.  They didn't understand until, at some point, George told his mother "Ethan's tiny shoes."  When she approached Bianca, Bianca explained it all and its clear--the entire world is Ethan's tiny something.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Teacher Isaac

As we start the second year of karate with Isaac, he has progressed at a rapid pace.  He was pretty uncoordinated when we started and now he is performing complex moves with ease.  As he has gotten more focused, he has also noticed that he has new abilities, like additional strength and flexibility.  His favorite parlor trick is to perform an almost perfect splits in blue jeans.  The kid is a flexible little gumbi.  But the thing that he was most excited about getting a chance to try out was being a helper/teacher for the little kids (there are kids as young as 3 at Isaac's karate studio).  

And this past Saturday he finally got his wish.  We arrived early, 15 minutes before the little kids class started and he got to go out to the teacher huddle where they talked about what they would be doing that class.  

Then after that he got to stand at the front of the class and helped other kids with their forms and techniques.  He walked around and spread encouragement, which was absolutely adorable.  He also did a lot of clapping and cheering as the little kids rolled, tumbled, and bumbled through their kicks and punches.  

Overall, I was very impressed.  He was, of course, super serious and very, very kind.  It was a big step and one I think Isaac really enjoyed.  Its the first time he has ever been teaching other people and I think he realizes just how awesome a responsibility and opportunity that is.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

My Tiny Chocolates

Ethan loves chocolate.  It was probably one of the first twenty words he could say.  And he really really loves those tiny peanut butter cups from Trader Joes.  And so do I.  So when we had them last I would tease him (to both our delights) telling him they were "My Tiny Chocolates."  Well, he return the favor and would regularly grab them, whip away from me, and say in a loud and scary voice (or as loud and scary as a nearly two year old gets): MY TINY CHOCOLATES.

I would say this to him even after we had eaten all of the peanut butter cups.  My fear was that he didn't like it, but just gave me a reaction to give me reaction.  Then, two weeks after the chocolate cups were gone for no reason at all, he yelled at me at dinner: MY TINY CHOCOLATES!  And then he let out a huge giggle.  It was clear that he understood how to tease me and thus it is really his first joke.  Bianca, Isaac, and I howled with laughter which only made Ethan do it more and more.

Since then I was see him or he will catch my eye and we both let out a loud, rumbly "MY TINY CHOCOLATES!"  Here is a cute little video of the Beeth and I with our routine: