Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas in Virgina!

Ethan loves his rocking zebra at gram and gramp's house.

This photo was taken within the first 10 minutes at my parents home in southern Virginia. We spent nearly 5 hours driving and Ethan couldn't have been better behaved, or happier to arrive anywhere. He headed straight for the room with the toys and doled out kisses for his grandmother upon each and every request.

Our boy wowed his grandparents (and great grandpa) with his love of learning and practicing the alphabet. He spends more time studying his ASL flashcards and place mat than playing with toys. He loves the signing time ABC's dvd and is able to sign most of the letters in the alphabet. He also plays with letters in the bathtub and will sign each letter as we hand them to him. It's so motivating for him that it has actually spurred long awaited language development. He attempts to say most of the letters and is starting to really hit a few on the mark.

I'm actually looking forward to our next speech therapy visit on the 7th to show his therapist his new bag of tricks. We've enjoyed a much needed therapy break since Ethan's ear tube procedure on the 18th. The procedure took all of 10 minutes and was successful, but his recovery was the roughest we've seen of the the 5 times he's come out of anesthesia. It takes a heavy toll on their bodies to be put under for such a short period of time, only to be yanked back to reality moments later.

The nurses always comment on his curly hair and this time was no exception. One nurse said "Why do all the boys get the curls and long eye lashes?" My reply was simply "Because girls get all the good clothes!"

Then Ethan got this sweater for Christmas. I may have to reconsider the girls vs. boys clothing issue because this is pretty sweet. And the curly haired boy isn't bad either.




18 comments:

Sarah said...

That boys face just melts my heart! He is beautiful! I'm glad you all had a nice Chritmas!

flutter said...

Ohhhhh little boy. He just slays me.

Kyla said...

E-boy is just too cute. 100% adorable.

I'm glad he had a great Christmas! And hooray on the progress! KayTar was the SAME way. Letters were her gateway drug to speech. LOL. It started with signing and identifying them, and pretty soon she started saying a few (B,D,E, I think were the firsts).

jen said...

he's such a babe, H. and you all sound like you had such a good holiday.

Kellan said...

No he's not and he looks just precious in the cool sweater!! I'm glad you all had a good Christmas and so glad to hear that he's doing so well - it's nice to have some joy every now and then, isn't it? I hope you are having lots of joy! See you soon. Kellan

KC said...

ADORABLE.

Eileen said...

Heather,
I am glad you all had such a nice during the holidays. I was especially glad to hear that you got to have some much needed ME time.
How exciting it must be to see Ethan making such amazing progress! It seems like every week, he hits another milestone. It must have been so wonderful for this grandparents to see this.
I LOVE the pictures!! He is growing up so fast! Such a beautiful boy. I love the sweater too! He looks so happy in the the pictures, it is just wonderful to see those adorable picutures.
Good luck with the Speech Therapist!
XOXOX

Tot's Mom said...

First time here and I get to see your adorable little boy. Happy to read that he is progressing very well. And here's hoping you'll have a great new year too!

Jeff said...

Great pics! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! You all deserve it. And I'm very glad to read that the tubes are in and working, though sorry he had a tough time after the procedure.

Jennifer said...

Heather, the sweater's cute, but it's the little guy wearing it that makes it! He is SO cute...those curls are gorgeous, but his smile is the real winner! He's just the cutest little kid!
I'm SO glad he's doing as well as he is with his signing and that it's encouraging his language...that's awesome! :)

Drew's Mom said...

He is such a handsome little boy!

I'm glad you all had a Merry Christmas!

slouching mom said...

he is just gorgeous. and looks so loving. and loved.

Anonymous said...

It still amazes me to see notes from your doctors on your blog space. . . computers are so cool. Ethan looks gorgeous as usual, love you three, Misha

truth said...

Found your blog today and began reading about your Ethan. His curly hair and glasses reminds me so much of my Ethan. (My grandson.)

Beck said...

There is NOTHING cuter than a little boy in a sweater, unless it's a little boy in a sweater with curly hair and glasses.

La La said...

He is A D O R A B L E! Too cute for words. What a doll!

Karen said...

He is such a cutie! Happy New Year!

TulipGirl said...

He is SO cute!

(Btw, found your blog via diber and ellis. . .)