Saturday, June 30, 2007

8 Things You Didn't Know About Ethan

Here he is as a little guy, sitting in his Bumbo chair. Ethan was delayed in sitting up, so this chair gave he and I both some much needed independence. There are lots of pics of him as a baby that I've never posted here, since the blog was started after his surgery at 14 months of age. He is wearing a pilot cap (from Hannah Anderson) to help keep his hands from pulling off the hearing aids.
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1. Ethan has been walking unassisted for 2 weeks. He is getting really good at corners but still has the zombie gait. The only person happier than his dad and I is E-boy himself, you should see the pride on his face as he tools around the house.

2. Ethan was nursed for the first 22 months of his life. He has only been weened for 3 weeks! Can I get a "Whoop! Whoop!"

3. Ethan has a fascination with ceiling fans that borders on obsession. Yesterday I took him through the ceiling fan section of Lowes and he had a facial expression that can only be compared to something as divine as seeing the Virgin Mary in your tomato soup.

4. Similarly, Ethan has a thing for lights. The first thing he notices when entering a room is the light and corresponding switch. Turning lights on and off is part of our daily routine.

5. Ethan loves his books and can be found several times a day sitting quietly turning their pages. He does much better with books when left alone, there isn't much patience yet for the story line.

6. Ethan can throw a ball, but only over his shoulder. He cannot figure out how to throw it in a forward motion.

7. Ethan had a traumatic birth. He came via C-section after 12 hours of labor, his stats started to drop because the cord (wrapped 3 times around his neck) had him tethered in the womb and wouldn't allow him to descend into the birth canal. Later on the OB told me that she felt he had angels watching over him during the delivery.

8. Ethan loves to ride in the car. This is enormously helpful since we spend a minimum of 5 hours per week traveling to and from therapy appointments.

7 comments:

Eileen said...

Hi Heather,
I am so glad you posted these things. I feel like you probably could have posted another 50. Your little one has definately been through so much, and despite the traumas and setbacks he is making consistent progress. It must be frustrating for you at times, especially when you are sleep deprived (really, that is a HUGE issue) but there are so many milestones to celebrate. I want you to know that I am celebrating with you every step of the way! Sorry to hear about your hubby. So glad you have so much family support. Wish I could do more, as far as if you need to talk or e-mail or whatever. You need to take care of yourself to!! Big cyber hug for you my friend. Lots of love, Cheryl

P.S. Ethan really is the cutest baby and toddler I have ever seen. I love, love, love the pictures. I have told you before, but they are just way too cute!!! Never fair to make me smile.

OCDAC said...

Your blog is a valuable testament to the evolution of the deaf society. As the deaf society evolves, they shed some of their past so they can gain wonderful opportunities to participate in all aspects of our society.

Just keep the blog going, just keep the blog alive.

Richard Roehm
The Orange Deafie Blog

Heather said...

Eileen,

Thanks so much for the kind words and support. I think he's pretty cute too:-)

Richard,

I'm honored to see such a nice comment by someone who does so much for the deaf community in Orange County. Keep up the great work you are doing as an advocate!

jen said...

he is gorgeous. i love his keen little grin - letting us all know we are in for something good.

and thank you for commenting so that in turn i could come and find you. i have no doubt you'll be opening my eyes to some important things.

Eileen said...

Hi Heather,
Just want to say that I hope Ethan enjoys his 4th of July. You and the rest of the family too of course. Hope the weather is nice enough for lots of outdoor fun!

Jennifer said...

I found you here via Drew's Mom's blog. Ethan is adorable!! Do you mind if I link to you in my CI Blog list?

Heather said...

Jen-

I'm glad I left you a comment too. I've read your posts for weeks and have really loved everything you have to say. I also really really value the work you do with the homeless and the way you open eyes and hearts through your writing.

Eileen-
Our 4th was nothing short of SPECTACULAR! Ethan was with Gram and Gramps, but hubby and I had a great time with old friends on a family farm. The day was perfect.

Jennifer-
Glad we found one another, we'd love to have you link to us and we'll link to you as well. We haven't "met" many adult Ci users and look forward to reading about your experiences.