Ethan is 1!

Ethan on his original birthday

Ethan on his original birthday

Ethan at 1 Month Old
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3 Months Old

3 Months Old

4 month old ethan

5 month photo

Ethan at 6 Months

7 months old

7 months old

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8 Months Old sleeping in PICU
9 Months Old in Infant Toddler Unit

9 Months Old in Infant Toddler Unit

10 Ducks for 10 Months :)

10 Ducks for 10 Months 🙂

11 Months

11 Months

ethan with 1st b day cake

Ethan had a blast with the tissue paper!

Ethan had a blast with the tissue paper!

Digging into some icing! (HIs swallowing isn't quite ready for actual cake, so we adjusted so he could still get messy and taste some sugar!)

Digging into some icing! (HIs swallowing isn’t quite ready for actual cake, so we adjusted so he could still get messy and taste some sugar!)

Diggin in!

Diggin in!

I am a nostalgic person in general, but being able to say “Ethan is 1” is such a joy because of all that Ethan has had to survive this year with God’s provision. So many emotions come when I think about him being 1. He has shown such strength, and I am pretty proud of myself and Ryan for keeping our sanity and keeping any child alive for a year, much less one with all of Ethan’s needs this year! In honor of the journey of raising a child in the first year, I am going to list the first 12 memories that come to mind!

Memories
1) Driving down our street when we took Ethan home from NICU at 3 weeks old.
2) Having a coming home cookout with our families.
3) Pumping and holding Ethan in the crook of my arm at the same time..weird, but we didn’t want to have him relearn everything at the hospital and stay longer. Also, pumping and feeding Ethan at the same time with a bottle. Very odd and also takes some coordination!
4) Ryan coming home after surviving his car getting totaled and holding Ethan
5) Going on walks with Ethan in a little baby carrier. He was so tiny I had to watch to make sure he was still in there.
6) Carrying ethan around on our forearms.
7) Ethan projectile pooping on me and Ryan hearing about it on the phone on the way to work..laughing his head off. Knew it would brighten his day.
8) The craziness of our kitchen when I was still pumping..thawing all that milk from the hospital, dating them, mixing them with a little formula..then cleaning all those Dr. Brown bottle parts. It looked like a lab in there!
9) Ethan’s first Buddy Walk and a LOT of “buddies” came out to support him!
10) Ethan doing his raspberries constantly, especially after his ventilator came out at his last hospitalization.
11) Ethan’s “wahwahwah” sound that his Memaw taught him. Now he does it to himself, so funny.
12) The look on Ethan’s face when he first had fruit, then icing. Wide eyed and wired!

Its been great! Can’t wait to make more memories! If anyone wants to share memories they have of Ethan, share away in the comment section!

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One thought on “Ethan is 1!

  1. Ethan’s grin just lights up a room! I love the way he cuddles when held close!

    Some of my memories include seeing the love, care, and concern you and Ryan have shown. It’s tough just being a parent, but you both have demonstrated such grace in the midst of a difficult first year.

    Enough mushy stuff! Memories include, Ethan doing raspberries with food in his mouth, carrying on a conversation with Ryan, and the way he touches your face when he looks at you while being held! Can’t wait to share next years memories!

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