As Moms of most – or ALL – sixteen-month-olds know, life is anything but boring at this stage… Especially life with little boys! They run, climb, jump, throw stuff, and are just NON-STOP from the time they wake in the morning until they go to sleep at night.
Ethan even tosses and turns covering every square inch of his crib while sleeping, for goodness sake!
Life around here is anything but boring or quiet.
Peter and I swear the ‘factor’ makes Ethan crazy. He is seriously just the silliest, goofiest, most high-energy little boy I have EVER met… And I am not even exaggerating.
Not even a LITTLE BIT!
I mean, of course he is… He has hemophilia!
I feel like those two things go hand in hand. It seems like most Moms of hemophiliacs agree – their boys are crazy, fearless, little daredevils.
And Ethan certainly fits the bill!
I recently stumbled upon a post in a Hemophilia Mothers group, where a Mom of a one-year-old was wondering if anyone else had experience with their boys getting into everything… And then the comments, stories, and photos began to pour in. I guess it’s nice to know we are not alone, ha ha.
I feel like in time I will be THAT Mom – the one with all the stories and photos of Ethan doing ‘daredevil’ things.
From the time he’s been able to stand he’s been climbing onto laundry baskets, trucks, his rocking horse, the bed, the couch, etc. I even found him teetering over the top of the couch one morning when I went into his room to grab a clean diaper for him. If I were a second longer I am sure he would have jumped.
When I came around the corner and seen him, I tried not to let him know I had panicked. I was trying to scurry toward him without giving him a fright. Thankfully he just stayed there laughing at me (he’s so evil… but in a cute way, of course) until I could grab him and take him down.
He makes my heart race… And occasionally I am sure it even skips a beat or two!
But, I wouldn’t change a thing for the world.
As goofy and fearless as he is (he laughs at everything while he’s doing it… It’s like he knows he’s up to no good), it is who he is. It’s his personality.
And while we’ve been fortunate with minimal bumps, bruises, and bleeds… I am sure there will be times where we will not be as fortunate. But, it is all a part of the learning process.
With time Ethan will learn what he can and cannot do.
He will learn what is safe versus what is unsafe.
He will learn what is worth the risk and what is not.
He will learn what may hurt him and cause him pain.
And, he will learn to make these decisions on his own.
But for now he is still exploring… And that’s where WE come into play. Over the last few months, we have learned that we cannot take our eyes off Ethan for a second. What may be a bad tumble or fall for a ‘normal’ child can potentially mean so much more than that for Ethan. It can mean extra factor, a trip to the emergency room, a stay at the hospital, or even a serious injury or bleed.
Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. But, we also need to let him explore. We try not to hold his hand while he is exploring around the house or playing outside. We try to let him do as much on his own as we can. It’s good for him! That’s why we take precautions now and try to do what we can to protect Ethan and ‘toddler-proof’ our house.
Our living room floor is still completely covered in foam mats (and pool noodles). While he explores the rest of the house on a regular basis now, this is where he plays and spends most of his time. We have a gate on our patio so he can safely play with his water table, outside toys, and play house under the supervision of myself or Peter.
We are also in the process of building a giant play area for Ethan outside. We just roped off a 28×40 area on our lawn that we will fence in for safe play. The ground inside Ethan’s play area will also be completely covered with rubber to help absorb the shock if Ethan – or anyone else for that matter – were to fall off one of the play sets, slides, swings, etc.
Ethan LOVES to be outside!
We are really excited to get this finished so Ethan can have a play area to call his own. A place where he can be safe and play outside with his toys just like any of his little friends… And be his crazy, silly, little daredevil self – Well to a certain extent, ha ha!
And when the play yard is complete, all are welcome to stop by and enjoy it with Ethan!
We will keep you up to date with some progress pictures.