Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry Christmas! Happy Snow Days!

Owen and Mommy have been spending a lot of time together lately.  There were 2 snow days the week before Winter Break.  Winter Break is 2 weeks long, so we have about 5 more days left!  How awesome is it to be a teacher right now?!?  Owen has not yet been able to play in the snow, but he does love to look at it and dream of the fun times he has ahead.
Owen had his first Christmas and is now exhausted!  He got to see everyone!  He ended up sleeping through most of the present opening, so mom and dad got to open his gifts.  Next year he'll be ready.  His cousins JD, Ellie, Stephan, Alex, Jane and Evan showed him how it is done.  Owen got a high chair and exer-saucer thing from Santa.  His family gave him plenty of crinkly, noise making, shiny toys to keep him entertained.  Nothing too annoying though :)  Thanks everyone!

Loving the Shiny Red Ribbon
Owen & Mommy Opening Gifts

Owen's Crazy Cousins on his PlayMat

I need to grow into my Exer-Saucer!

We wish you all a Happy New Year!  We are looking forward to the exciting moments in 2011!

6 Months! A half a year has gone by?!?

A lot has happened since the last posting.  Owen had his 6 month appointment.  He weighs 12 pounds 10.6 ounces and is 25 inches long.  He is still below the 3rd percentile, but has been eating very well lately.  He has been on break from day care since December 15th, when he came down with a case of pink eye.  He has been using the break to get over all of his sicknesses.  I am sure he will begin getting sick again when he returns on Jan 3rd.

We began solid foods last week- rice cereal.  He is not a fan quite yet.  He just lets it all run out of his mouth and gets fussy.  If I sing to him, he will calm down and eat a little.  His favorite song? "Jingle Bells".  We tried sweet potatoes last night and he likes them.  I am going to try to make his food... we will see how long I can do this without being overly stressed- I can't even make dinner for Andy and I on some nights!  I am using Annabel Karmel's book Top 100 Baby Purees for some of the meals.

Some of the things Owen is doing at 6 months:
- just about to sit up by himself (can hold onto his toy to sit up)
- still resistant to tummy time and will roll to his back as soon as he is put on his tummy
- making the cutest sounds ever and giggling like crazy
- sleeping a ton! and eating a lot
- interacting with toys, hits them to make the noises
- not as distracted when nursing as he was last month
- happy as can be, unless he is tired- then he goes down for a nap and falls asleep fairly quickly

I cannot believe it has already been 6 months. Owen has been a ton of fun!  We look forward to all of the great moments we have ahead of us :)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Owen had an excellent first Thanksgiving. We went to the Dursches', Strayers', Leuzingers' and Chicago Dursches' houses. We were very busy! Owen kept up quite well and loved being passed around by family. Here he is with Cousin JD during our visit to Chicago. He isn't eating any table food yet, so he wasn't able to enjoy any of the tasty feast... next year. He will be starting solids later this month (cereal) when he turns 6 months December 21st! Wow, how time has sped by.

Owen slept pretty much the entire 5 and a half hour drive to Chicago. We stopped to eat and for a diaper change. Mommy and Daddy were so proud of his contentment during the trip. He met his new cousin Audrey- born October 28th- and enjoyed watching big cousins JD and Ellie play with their toys. JD even let Owen play with his animals and Batman figure. What a nice guy! (Of course, he had to trade his rattle, links, and caterpillar to earn the right.)



A few new things Owen is doing:
- sitting up with assistance
- moving things from hand to hand, but then dropping it
- being very distracted while nursing
- giggling a lot, especially when daddy tickles him
- yelling at random times
- about to roll over from his back to tummy
- pulling his feet up towards his face
- loves looking in the mirror
- chewing and sucking on both thumbs at the same time, such talent!

We went to Owen's 5 month cardiologist appointment and all went well. They did an EKG, checked blood pressures, oxygen saturation, heart rate, and listened to his heart and lungs. They said he was doing great! He weighed 12 pounds 10 ounces and is 24.5 inches.  This is below the 3rd percentile for his height to weight comparison for his age, so they would like us to try to pack on some more pounds.  We go back in May for his sedated echo-cardiogram to look at the heart and make sure everything is still healed correctly.

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Owen saw his first snow this weekend.  This weekend he has also been amazed at the progress of the kitchen remodel.  It will be done soon, we hope!  We posted more pictures in the album.
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