Tuesday, December 27, 2011

To my dearest Owen, on your very first birthday

To my Dearest Owen, on your very first birthday,

You amaze me. I am so in love with you, I don't know how to describe it. I love to watch you learn, grow, laugh, explore, and love. I am just as enthralled with the new tricks you are learning as you are with learning them. I, of course, think you are the most handsome baby boy I have ever seen, and your giggles melt my heart. I've thoroughly enjoyed the last year with you, and I think most of all, parenting you has allowed me to understand how God loves us. Some days He must be at his wits end, using all of the patience He has, but He still loves us fiercely. Some days, He may not know why we make certain decisions, and we don't understand as He gently repeats 'No' over and over. It just takes repeated grace and constant love. When we are hurting or sick, He must be so upset that it brings Him to tears. I now better understand what 'unconditional' love means. I hope that He will provide me with grace daily, so that I can continue to parent you the way He parents us. I pray that some day you will get to know Him too.

Here's to many more adventures (and better naps) in your second year.

With my deep, and unconditional love, Mom

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Squeaky Clean

One of the (many) benefits of having a private blog is that we can post naked baby bath time pictures without guilt. Our little chunker loves his baths. By the way.. I can not wait to weigh him @ his 12 month appointment. I feel like he is finally gaining some weight. (We'll probably wait until we get home from the holidays to have this appointment.)

Playing with toys

He loves to stand in the tub (much to our fright). He's so slippery, and we just sit him down over and over and over again.

Classic Owen.

Drinking the water.

Waving at Daddy. Also classic Owen. Check out that belly (our exclamation point is broken.. otherwise I would have entered 5 or 6).

Our little love...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Spoons not necessary

We are really not a big fan of being fed these days.
"I'll do it myself, thank you!"

Sunday, November 27, 2011

11 months: Giving Thanks

Yes, it's that time again. I'm not sure how yet another month has passed us by, but here we are at 11 months!
Here are the stats:
Height: Long! Tall enough to pull up to our kitchen table on his tip toes and try to hang and/or reach anything on the table.
Weight: Getting heavier .... we are guessing around 20lbs. I tried to weigh him at the doctor last week, but the scale wasn't zeroed. We'll find out for sure at 12 months.
Teeth: Uno. Yes, we lost one..somehow it reared it's little head at 10 months and sunk back down below. So now we get to wait to experience the pain of popping back through (again). Poor little guy!
Days Sick: At least 10. That's 10 too many!

He discovered the toilet paper. I've been diligent about keeping that door shut so that I don't have any more pictures like this!

For as much of the first few months he spent with his brow furrowed, he now has his eyebrows raised ALL of the time. "Oh, what can I discover now?"
This eyebrow raise accompanies many of his new tricks: banging blocks together, playing 'catch' with daddy, and clapping. He understands now that 'YAY' and clapping go together. So we say 'YAY', he claps and giggles! It's wonderful fun. It's Gaga Wade's favorite game to play with him.

We are expanding the repertoire of his foods. He ate spaghetti and home made pizza (and then got a terrible diaper rash, so we've laid off the tomato!). He also breaks out in a weird rash on his face when I give him fresh, cooked spinach or veggie baby Mum-Mums. Weird, right?

Additional foods we've added this month: Beef, Pasta, Toast, Beets, Lentils, Millet, Quinoa, Turkey, Ham, and Cranberries.

Owen, and his friend Will trying to get out! We were at Will's house on 11/3 when Owen stood without holding on for the first time. He's still capable of this trick, but it occurs only very rarely.

Owen ate eight.

Owen and Lucy playing cordially.

Owen and Lucy, not playing cordially. Honestly, these two had an entire floor full of toys, and they chose to fight over the dog bowl! Poor Oskee.

We were so so blessed to have Gaga and Papa Wade come visit for Thanksgiving. Here Owen is showing off one of his newest skills: stacking 3 blocks! The blocks are his favorite toy, for sure. He goes for the blocks first every morning, carries them around when he is crawling, takes them in and out of drawers, stacks them, gives them to the dog, etc!

He loves to play under this table, but I also liked this shot of the little turkey onesie I made him. I think it turned out well!

More fun games with Gaga Wade. When reading books, he loves to just open and shut them. When you say, "Open, Shut" he things it's hilarious.. and so we do it over, and over again! He actually loves the repetition of any sound. Come to find out, the word 'shoe' when repeated 15 times does actually sound funny (even to me!)
Thanksgiving dinner was prepared with produce from our new produce delivery service, Full Circle. The produce comes from a local farm and arrives on Tuesday mornings. We LOVE getting our produce this way.

We felt like it was Christmas morning with our first delivery. This one included lettuce, apples, squash, pears, persimmons, potatoes, carrots, kale, and beets.

I spent most of Thanksgiving day in the kitchen....

with my VERY handy helper, Gaga Wade. Thanks for all of your help, Becky! (She makes a mean pumpkin pie!)

The turkey turned out well, again (thank God!). Owen approved, too.

Daddy carving the turkey.

Owen enjoying his first Thanksgiving dinner!

The table setting...

Owen was sad when the Wades had to go back to STL. It's OK, Owen, we'll be home in 3 short weeks!

Owen was clapping because we told him it's officially Christmas season! He loves dressing up like a candy cane too!

Demonstrating one of his favorite games: Take everything out of the drawer and then put it back in. He likes to do this with clothes, books, etc.

He's also getting better at 'sharing'. He likes to hand us whatever he is playing with. I am so excited because by 12 months, they should be able to follow simple commands like 'Hand mommy the shoe, please'.

Mike and I cut Owen's bangs last night. The rest of his hair isn't long, but those bangs were sure hanging in his eyes! I wasn't ready for the full blown 'first haircut' yet, so we did a DIY haircut.

He's not great at walking with assistance (hands) yet, but he sure can push anything across the floor! We'll work on this the next month.

Here's a preview of our Christmas card.....
He hates the hat, by the way!

Additional fun 11 month tidbits:
  • He mimics sounds: baba, dada, mama. We also think we might have a first 'word'. Aahhttttttt! (Mike and I had some discussion about how to spell this). It means, let me down, pick me up, give me food... anything. But it definitely has meaning!
  • He also loves to make other sounds with his mouth.. like opening his mouth, saying Ahh, and moving his hand back and forth across his mouth.
  • He always sleeps in the corner of his bed.
  • He has finally conquered the pincer grasp, but only with the left hand! In fact, he only eats with the left hand. Maybe he'll be a south paw after all?
  • He loves to throw things off the couch, off the coffee table, over your shoulder. The best part of the game, apparently, is discovering where the object went after he threw it. He most of all loves to play ball.
  • He loves to crawl around the chair and 'escape' from Daddy who actually has to go pretty fast to keep up with Owen!
  • He helps put his socks on (ie: he holds his foot up for you). He tilts his head down to help you get the bib on. So I guess routine does really stimulate learning!
  • He loves to feed the dog, who also loves to be fed by Owen! He'll hold his hand down to let her lick his hand and then giggle!
Happy 11 months Owen! We can't believe you're getting so old, strong, daring, and fun! We love you and we're so thankful you are a part of our lives.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Early Christmas

Well, I bought Owen this little push toy for Christmas... but Santa brought it early because we noticed him pushing his other toys around. We thought he was ready for it, and sure enough he was!

If you listen closely, you can hear him laugh at the dog at the end of the video.

Somehow no matter where he starts, he ends up at this pole.

Sorry about my problems rotating videos.

In other news, we are on day 7 of a sick baby. It started with a fever x5 days (max 102) last week, moved into a viral xanthem (rash), and is now a nasty cough. We took him in to the ped and she thinks it might be hand, foot, and mouth 'disease' though it's not classic. He hasn't had a nap longer than 18 minutes in 7 days....

However, GaGa and Papa Wade are coming tomorrow, and we are SOO excited. I think a nap on GaGa's shoulder in the rocking chair might be in order.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Seattle's November weather has not disappointed, thus far.... and the best part is, we've had time to enjoy it! (It hasn't been beautiful, but it also hasn't been overly rainy). Last week, our neighbor, Darin, took Owen and I on this great 6(ish) mile walk, and I really wanted to share i with Mike and Oskee. So, last Sunday we bundled up and got some exercise!

We waited for O to wake up from his afternoon nap, and we trialed this new hat. I personally think it's adorable. He does not personally think this. He couldn't even muster up a smile for me.

No smiles once we got in the stroller either. He was mad that he couldn't get it off his head (that dang chin strap!)

But how cute is that face?

The trail took us over the river and through the woods... but unfortunately 6 miles didn't quite get us to Grandmother's house.

This is a bridge at the west entrance of our neighborhood (Woodridge). I think it's beautiful!

Our subdivision is quite hilly, and as you crest one of the tallest hills, you get this view.

The Wades in action.. nice that Mike can walk the dog and take pictures at the same time!

Oskee LOVED the walk. She sure had her smeller going. She's lost at least 7 pounds in the 15/16 months that we've had her. Now that she is my high-chair-dropping-licker-upper... we are wanting to walk her even more to keep that weight off!

I hope that the weather remains crisp and cloudy and that the precipitation stays away until December at least!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Round of Applause

We are clapping! My favorite part
 is that the clapping often entertains him during diaper changes...
 makes them so much easier!

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Spooky How Cute These Kiddos Are...

Owen had a great 1st Halloween. Yesterday we had a few of his friends come over to play dress up. We know SO SO many babies in Seattle (probably at least 20.... under the age of 2), but we had to just invite a few  because we don't have tons of space!

Truman the Tiger


If we had known the Cards were going to win the WS, I probably would have dressed him up as Yadi or something (complete with the neck tattoos). On that note, we are EXTREMELY thrilled with the results of last weeks' super special world series. We had an absolute blast watching the back and forth, back and forth, back and forth of Game 6 (and the entire series for that matter!)

Amity is becoming super interested in Owen. Her little face just lights up, and she kept trying to 'pull up' on him. He seemed to prefer the independent play.

Miss Peacock in the library

Shaking her tail feather

Isn't she gorgeous?

GaGa Wade, this picture of baby legs was taken for you!

O & A. Relaxing with Daddy Culbertson after a long party.

Our super cool neighbors Darin & Andy came over with their very peaceful penguin, 10 week old Dylan. He only weighs a few pounds less than Owen, but he is so still when you hold him. I already miss that stage!

Darin & Dylan. I love these little feet.

Love Halloween, I do. mmmmm, yes

It's OK, Zander (7mo), we won't let Owen take any more of your toys.

Amity and Vivian are just 19 days apart, and they had too much fun playing together. Unlike Owen who couldn't be bothered with other babies, these chicas put their heads together to conquer these wooden blocks!

"Here's how we figure them out... put it in your mouth"

Owen loves shoes. Good thing Vivian doesn't actually walk in her shoes.

Play time. Again, Owen is elsewhere. He was anywhere but the blanket. Everyone else stayed put!

Today we got dressed up in our super SPOOKY outfit.

Happy Halloween!