S: Ethan Liam Book
BC: "Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." ~Anthony Brandt
FC: Ethan Liam Baby to Boy Book
1: August 29, 2009 Overlook Hospital Summit, NJ Daddy, Safta, Doula Carolyn and Dr. Alam were all helping momma and waiting for Ethan to come and play. Everyone else was anxiously following the news over phone calls and text messages
2: Hooray! You are finally here! You were born at 2:15pm. You were 7lb 2oz and 20.5" long. You had lots of hair! The doctor said that you were really cute and he sure was right. Daddy went with you to be cleaned and measured while the doctor finished helping momma. The nurse told daddy how exceptionally alert you were. Daddy sang you songs and told you stories until we were all united.
3: LOVE at first sight First Family Phots
4: You were so expressive with your hands - like an orchestra conductor. | Month 1 We were busy getting to know each other. Daddy stayed home with us for a couple of weeks. He loved holding you and watching football. Momma and you took many walks in the crisp fall air. You were snuggled up in her wrap that she wore you in. You were a special guest at momma and daddy's backyard secret wedding. Grandpa Spotted Horse came to meet you.
5: You smiled your first smile at 2 weeks old after a 5am feeding. It was so sweet!
6: 1 Month Old
7: You just started to laugh your giggly laugh. You loved your elephant mobile | 1 Month Old
8: The Naslunds come to NJ!
9: Momma & Ethan photo shoot followed by yoga. Bliss!
10: Momma was adjusting to her return to the office and Daddy was enjoying having you at the day care at his work. He'd often sneak away to see you. You were now smiling and laughing at many things - like the ceiling fan! You were growing SO big! | 2 Months Old
11: "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine" | 2 Months Old
12: Grandma came all the way from Germany just to meet you! She rocked you to sleep, played with you and loved you so much right away! You two had a fantastic time together! | You were lucky to be born to a wonderful extended family. SO MUCH LOVE!
13: Thanksgiving 2009 So much to be thankful for!
15: 3 Months Old You are growing bigger every day! No more chicken legs!
16: December 2009 First Snow First Holidays So busy!
17: Happy Hanukah!
18: On Christmas Eve we waited for Santa Clause to come around East Hanover as he does every year on the back of a fire truck! | You didn't care for him that much... He can be a little scary for a little bear like you.
19: Christmas Eve Party with family
20: Christmas Morning! | Wow! Someone got on the nice list! You got lots of presents. Your best ones included a Radio Flyer sled and Cart.
21: Family Tradition Puzzle Project
22: By now you are turning all by yourself and you LOVE splashing every night in rub-a-dub. You continue to delight us each and every day. You are such a happy baby!
24: It was a cold winter but we kept each other cozy and warm. We got creative in our games and when we got stir-crazy we bundled you up and went to play outside.
25: Winter 2009 - 2010
26: You are consistently within 95 percentile for length. That means that you are SO BIG! You are off the charts for cuteness! | 4 Months Old
27: 4 Months Old
31: Hooray! You found your feet and your mouth
33: 5 Month Old Very active and happy little boy!
34: You are my sunshine My only sunshine
38: FIRST FOODS | On one particularly snowy day, when no one could leave the house, we decided to give you your very first food. It was rice cereal. You didn't care for it much but as we found out later, you were a great eater! | FEBRUARY 2010
39: Some of your favorite things to eat: egg yolk, sweet potatoes, green beans, banana, pears, apples and avocados
40: YUM | _____________________________________________________________
42: We have lots of fun, inside or outside!
45: Teething and drooling
46: You're 6 months now and SO BIG!
49: Your first word was DADDY! You wore the right shirt for the occasion!
50: Sitting Up by Yourself
51: What a view! What big feet!
55: Here Comes the Sun...
58: 7 months old! You figured out that you can move by rolling around. You are now mobile!
60: 7 months Old
61: Spring is here which means that we are outside all the time! You are so happy to explore everything, you babble all the time, you make great dolphin noises and you are always so busy exploring your big new world!
62: Doda Noemi and cousin Tutti came to meet you! Doda fell in love with you right away. Tutti was hesitant at first to share her safta but soon enough you were playing together.
63: "A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost..."
64: Favorite toys: Radio Flyer Cart and a 30-year old borrowed Radio Flyer Fire Truck
65: Favorite song: The Wheels on the Bus. We sing it all the time to you and it always makes you smile
66: Me & Momma
69: Photo shoot with our photographer friend Joanie on a beautiful spring morning
72: Your first Plane Ride - a trip to see Grandma and Grandpa in Heidelberg, Germany
73: Big, happy reunion of the Yoesting Clan! Cousins and grandparents in a new country - how fun is that?
74: You were having so much fun in Germany that the travel gods extended your stay there. Due to a volcano spewing ash in Iceland, you got to hang there for another 10 days!
78: 8 Months Old You are now really getting around. At first you crawled in the style we liked to call "the wounded soldier" but you perfected your style. You are lifting yourself up, holding on to furniture. We are outside all the time. Often times, the only way you would go to sleep is if momma walked with you snuggled in the Ergo baby carrier that was strapped on her. You babble and try to talk. One of your first words was moon. You learned that on one of our many nightly walks.
79: First Time at a Playground Weeeeee!
82: Father's Day at Split Rock Reservoir
84: 9 Months Old You finally sprouted your first tooth! You can easily climb up the stairs now. You will be walking very soon!
89: 10 Months Old This month you learned how to walk! It happened quite quickly once you realized how to do it. We are constantly amazed at how determined and quick you are learning new skills. This month you also had to have a small surgery. You did remarkably well! It is summer and we are having a blast playing outside!
91: 11 Months Old and you are a quick moving, free spirited boy! This month, momma and you travelled to Buffalo to visit with some friends. It was so much fun! We also had visitors at home - grandma and grandpa came to see you and so did uncle Pash. At the height of the tomato season, you had to have one deliciously ripened tomato from safta's garden with every meal! Yum!
93: Photo Session with our friend Roni the photographer in the backyard
96: Happy 1st Birthday
97: We celebrated your birthday on a beautiful day at the park with some close friends and family. You had plenty of room to show your running skills. We snacked on sandwiches and ate the monkey cake that Momma made for you. We rode around the park in a big bicycle parade in your honor. We all had a good time.