Baby, It's Your Birthday Week!

Ethan's birthday is THIS Wednesday!  I honestly cannot believe it...and I know I sound like every other mom out there, but time really did fly by.  I was just changing Ethan's diaper yesterday and he started clapping his hands and grinning {which is a rare sight these days during a change} and his two front teeth were out in their full glory.  I'm starting to see a different boy, with teeth and personality.  I just stared at him in sheer amazement.  He's not a newborn or infant, heck, he's becoming less of a baby and more of a toddler by the day.  How did that happen?

So in honor of his birthday week...I'm taking a walk down memory lane and recapping his biggest milestones and memories.  I'm sure this will remind me of where the time has gone.

On the day you were born...

You were the sweetest little thing I ever laid my eyes on.  You were perfect and you were all ours.  My heart literally grew 10 times bigger that day.  We loved you from the very start.

Month 0

You had a lot of "firsts in your first four weeks, but mostly "firsts" for us.  Like first holiday {Fourth of July}, first photo shoot, first trips and books read...dinners out, the list goes on. 

By one month, you starting losing all your hair and breaking out, but we still thought you were the cutest thing ever.

Month 1

Once you turned a month old, you went to the beach for the first time, you smiled at us for the first time {6 weeks}, and got your first real bath {6 weeks}.  

Month 2

At ten weeks, you laughed for the first time, and it was at me!  It was the best sound I've ever heard.  
You also went on your first airplane ride to Minneapolis at 11 weeks...and you went to your first wedding for my cousin Sarah.

By 12 weeks, you were sleeping in your own crib...cue the tears!

Month 3

At 14 weeks, you got to dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time and went to your first baseball game down in San Diego.  

At 15 weeks, you started to roll!

Last, you started having bath time in the big tub and you love it, though you're usually still in your whale tub!

Month 4

You celebrated your first Halloween at 18 weeks.

And Thanksgiving at 22 weeks!

Month 5

You are officially sitting at 24 weeks!

And you had your first Christmas!

You also had your first overnight stay with Grandma and Grandpa while Mom and Dad escaped to the city for one night.

Last, but not least, you had your first bite of baby oatmeal and you loved it!

This was a big month!

Month 6

You're becoming more and more independent about arch your back when we try and put you in the carseat {you still do that at 1 year!} and your personality is developing by the second.

You know who were are now and will make eye contact and light up when we enter the room {any by "we" I mean me mostly!  ;)}.

We also introduced you to fruits and veggies this month.

Month 7

At 31 weeks, you go to Arizona for the first time and get to swim in the pool with Dad.

You loved swimming, which wasn't surprising considering that you love bath time!

At 33 weeks, you are starting to cut your first tooth and you blow raspberries like no one's business!

You also celebrate your first Valentine's Day!

By 34 weeks, your lower left tooth has fully sprouted!  And you're officially starting to wave!

Month 8

At 37 weeks, you can go from laying down to sitting and you're eating more and more.  Those little teeth must help!

And you're SO close to scoot and wiggle and roll a ton.  

We've also got you "officially" in the big boy tub now.

Month 9

At 40 weeks, you celebrate your first Easter and you're finally crawling...yay!

At 41 weeks, you say your first word: "Mama"

You're pulling up at 42 weeks and starting to take steps with your walker.  You can also play peek-a-boo and make fish kisses.

It's around this time that you start to get a bit dramatic and throw mini temper tantrums.  It's pretty hard to take you seriously though!

Month 10

At 44 weeks, you've learned to clap, let the Pat-a-Cake games commence.

You're also getting outside much more now that the weather is warming up!

At 47 weeks, you have your first head bump on the coffee table...poor baby!

Month 11

We celebrate Dad's 30th Birthday on your 11 month birthday!

At this stage, you are babbling more and more. You love farm animals and pointing.  And you can drink from a sippy cup!

You also love opening and closing drawers and doors, rolling trucks, and cruising.  Oh and of course, your mini pool and water table.  You're such a little mama's boy right now, which of course I love.

I can't believe we're at the 12 month mark amaze me every single say and I could not be more proud to be your mom!  Let the birthday celebrations begin {because you know we have to make it a week-long celebration, right?!}!!!

xo natasha


  1. aww so cute watching him grow! What a big year it's been... It really does keep getting better!

  2. Can't believe he is a year old already!! He just keeps getting cuter every day.

  3. Ethan is adorable and I loved reading about all of his milestones! We just found out we are expected a boy in November :)

  4. Can't believe it's already been a year! He has grown into the cutest one year old, you guys must be so proud.

  5. This is such a cute post! What an eventful year!

  6. Happy Birthday week sweet Ethan! Can't believe it's already been a year! Congrats to you Natasha...and happy Birth Week! ;)

  7. Awwww love this post! Happy birthday Ethan!

  8. I love this little timeline! I know exactly what you mean, time really flies. Beautiful little boy, happy 1st birthday!

  9. Awwwww have lots of fun this birthday week. We are in crazy mode getting ready for Sean's party. It does go by fast. sniff sniff.

  10. Ahhhh! I loved this, Natasha. E is so precious and it's so hard to believe it's been one year. How the heck? He is a blessed little boy for sure.

  11. He's just too cute! Where did you get his little step stool from with his name on it. I have been looking for one for my little girl!

  12. Crazy to see how much he has changed - but also stayed the same little Ethan growing into his body! Happy birth week to Ethan and Mama!!

  13. I know I said it yesterday, but I just can't get over how fast this year has gone! It has been so amazing to get to spend time with Ethan and see him grow this past year...seriously, I'm so happy about that :) Great seeing you both yesterday! Also, Cam let the cat out of the bag on FB today, and I'll be putting up a post about the move on the blog later this still does not feel real yet!! xoxo

  14. What a cute post! You're right, it goes by way too fast!!

  15. What a handsome little fella you got there!!

  16. Wasn't he *just* born??? (c; Time sure flies and what a handsome little devil you have on your hands! Happy Birthday, Master Ethan! Here's to many more years of being the light of mommy and daddy's lives (c:

  17. Awwww. This is making me all teary-eyed and nostalgic. I can't believe our babies are this old. But doesn't it just keep getting better? As long as I can still hold him in my arms and rock him to sleep, I'm ok with this. :) Happy birthday week Ethan!!

  18. wow, what an amazing year for your little guy! I'm also impressed how well you kept track of it- do share your tips on that!! Happy Happy Birthday Ethan!

  19. The time REALLY does fly by! Enjoy your week of celebrations!! Loved the recap :)

  20. I can't believe how tiny he was! The fact that it's his birthday is beyond me because I remember when you announced that you were pregnant! Happy early bday to him :)

  21. This was a fun post! I enjoyed seeing all of his milestones and firsts-gives me much to look forward to with my 5 week old :)

  22. Happy b-day to your little man ! Great one year wrap up :)

  23. What a great timeline! Happy Birthday Ethan :)