Friday, September 5, 2014

I'm 29...and Owen update

So, I am much overdue for an update.  This little ole blog is really my virtual baby book for both boys, so I am WAY behind on updating on Owen's progress.  First I will start with, I turned 29 this week and I am excited for this last year of my twenties.  I am in no way upset to leave them behind and join the thirties next year.  I mean my twenties were fun, but I think I have always been an old lady at heart.  Given the opportunity to go out or stay home and get 8+ hours of sleep, I will choose my bed EVERY time.  This is not a new development either.  Mark asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday evening and I told him I wanted to rent a movie on amazon and snuggle in bed with my boys.  It was a PERFECT evening.  :-)

Ok, now for Owen's update.  Next week he will be 5 months.  They always tell you the second one goes by faster than the is so true.  Here is a small list of his accomplishments:

-Rolled over for the first time (belly to back) before her turned 4 months on July 30th.  I even happened to be sitting in the room to watch him do it. 

-Rolled from back to belly on August 3rd but couldn't get arm out from under his belly.

-Some time mid August figured out how to pull his other hand out from under his belly and has been a rolling fool ever since.  This past week he has really gotten the hang of it and as soon as I lay him on the ground he rolls.

-Went to his 4 month check up on August 21st (19 weeks old) and he weighed 13 lbs 2 oz and was 25 3/4 inches long.  He is staying on a good growth curve but on the lower end for weight and above the 50th for length.

-For the past several weeks he has decided that he wants to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night to eat.  I am attributing this to a 4 month growth spurt.

- He was cleared to start cereal and stage 1 baby foods at his doctor's appointment.  He tried his first cereal this past week and as soon as some fruit and veggies were introduced with the cereal he has gone to town eating.  He does very well with the spoon and was ready to start solids.  Starting the solids has not changed his nursing schedule one bit.  He is still on a steady nurse every 2.5 to 3 hours schedule. Video posted below shows his first trial of plain cereal on August 21, 2014.

-Smiles ALL the time and has started giggling when I tickle him.  He thinks his daddy is funny (see video below).

-Absolutely loves when Eli engages in him.  Eli has learned that when he talks to Owen by repeating his name in a high pitched voice that Owen will smile from ear to ear.  I LOVE watching them interact.  Eli is in love with "HIS BRUBER!"

-Started playing in his jumper play gym and has learned how to get some of the toys to move and is starting to figure out how to use his hands.

-Constantly has his hands in his mouth with drool everywhere.  He finds his thumb frequently but uses it as a chew toy instead of a sucker (so far). 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

12 week out takes

Owen turned 12 weeks today and his weekly photo shoot occurred as well.  Eli has become pretty affectionate towards his little brother.  He had to take part in some of the photo shoot fun.

Earlier in the week Mark and Eli had the following conversation:

Mark: Eli, should we get rid of Owen or do you want to keep him?
Eli: Get rid of Owen????
Mark: Yeah, should we get rid of him or do you want to keep him?
Eli:  NO! Don't get rid of Owen, I LOVE him!

And then, of course, my heart exploded.

The final product used for his project

This was close contenders to the final product.  Those bubbles...
Love me some baby profiles

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The 2 month and 3 year update

Eli is officially 3 years old and Owen is officially 2 months.  To say things are hectic in this household is an understatement, but we are starting to get comfortable with our family of four.  I go back to work this coming Wednesday but I am not going full force until after the 4th of July.  I won't work a complete full week until after our vacay to Missouri.  We will be packing up the kids in our minivan (yes we own a minivan and are not ashamed at all....BEST decision we ever made and will buy another one in a heartbeat- never thought I would ever say that) and taking the 12 hour drive to the condo my grandparents own on the Lake of the Ozarks.  It has been two years since Eli has been on the lake so we are really excited to see all the fun activities he will actually enjoy this time.

This past Friday was Friday the 13th and there was a full moon, and I decided to schedule both boys for their doctor checkups at the same time by myself.  I will never be doing that again.  The doctors appointments went well they were just completely and totally draining.  Eli now weighs 36 lbs and is 39 inches tall putting him just slightly over the 85th percentile in both.  Oddly enough he has only gained about a pound and a half since his last appointment which was 6 months ago, so he is starting to thin out.  Developmentally he is right on track.  The doctor asked him a series of questions and his answers were quite amusing:

Doctor: How old are you?
Eli: 4!!!
Me: No you are not!
Eli: Haha, I'm 3!
Doctor: Are you a boy or a girl?
Eli: I a BIG BOY!!!
Doctor: What is your name?
Eli: ELI!
Doctor: What is your favorite color?
Doctor: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Eli: I be BIG like Daddy!

The rest of the questions regarded physical activity such as jumping and running which he proudly showed the doctor the quarter of an inch up skills he has. LOL

Then we were on to Owen's appointment.   Owen now weighs 10 lbs 7 oz and is 23.5 inches long.  He has gained just over 4 lbs since birth putting him at the 10% for weight and 67% for height.  His weight gain has been great and he started well below the 10% for weight so he is making great progress.  Owen also got all of his vaccinations and was not a very happy camper about them.  He is smiling up a storm and actually giggled for the first and only time this past Wednesday when his Nana came to visit and obviously was extremely funny.  The doctor said that is more of a 4 month action but Mark, Nana and I all heard it plain as day.  I have tried relentlessly to get him to repeat it but clearly I am not near as funny as Nana.

Mark had surgery on Wednesday to fix his deviated septum.  The chronic sinus headaches finally reached a point where surgery was something he was willing to endure.  Other than having to wait at the hospital for 4 hours (emergency surgery put the surgeon way behind) without eating...everything went smoothly.  He has been home recouping since and each day he feels better.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that this does the trick.  

Here are some recent pictures of the boys (the last 5 weeks).  Eli had a Marvel themed birthday party in which he received every type of superhero gift imaginable including dress up clothes for iron man, batman, flash, and spider man.   He could not be happier...and I am doing a lot less laundry these days. :-)

He is wearing his captain america costume in bed...LOL
His new jeep
Eli watching music videos at daddy's serious
Eli says that this is his house and asked daddy to come inside....LOL
Eli and I picked this out for Owen and then Eli said he was the baby...
Sleeping at the pool
At Chase's baseball game

This was an attempt at a panoramic pic but Owen wasn't staying still long enough...this is what my mornings look like on the weekends.