Monthly Archives: December 2011

December update

It’s been a while.  So, here is the update on what we’ve been up to.

  • Ella is obsessed with Sampson’s water and food bowls.  Owen loved them as well, but they weren’t elevated at that time, so it was less of an issue.  Tommy built this awesome dog food/water table, but I am afraid she’s going to pull it over on herself and that the ceramic bowls are going to break on her.  Also, she wants to put the dog food in her mouth – I must dig it out at least 10 times a day.  Owen was just there for the water to play in.
  • Owen and I have been working on writing the letters of the alphabet.  He’s not interested, but I am forcing the issue a bit – he’s interested in writing his name, but could care less about being able to write anything else.  So, I am taking the approach of learning how to write other people’s names – therefore, we learn more letters.  We are currently working on Allison’s name – hoping he can show her this weekend how well he can write her name.  The teacher in me wants to push him a little.  Because he isn’t in preschool this year, I feel like I need to be working on these things.  Not sure homeschooling would ever be for me – I have to really try hard to get him excited about some aspects of “school”.  If it’s math or science, he’s all over it.  Boys are very different learners than girls – I am thankful I have witnessed it first hand with hundreds of kids throughout the years.
  • Owen got in a stranger’s car the other day.  We were at the store and had parked on the front row.  When we were leaving, he asked if he could walk in front of cars on the sidewalk to our car.  I said sure.  I had to walk behind cars because I had the cart, but I could see him, so I wasn’t concerned.  I unlocked the car and looked up and didn’t see Owen.  I call his name, look around and see him sitting in the passenger seat of the car next to us.  The car next to us was the exact same and they had left it unlocked, so Owen climbed on in.  The whole incident lasted about 10 seconds and I thought it was funny.  I woudl have died had they come out and seen my child in their car.  He was embarrassed about the whole thing.
  • Took the kids to see Santa.  Thought Owen would love it this year – not so much.  He wouldn’t smile, talk to him and the tears started welling up in his eyes.  Ella was about 2 seconds away from losing it.  There is always next year, right?

  • Ella said her first word two days ago – da da.  It’s so cute to hear her say it and she says it a lot when Tommy gets home from work.  Owen’s first word was mama, so it seems fitting for hers to be da da.  My baby is growing up.  We also have dropped the swaddle.  I babysat some kids the other day and had taken the swaddle with me for naptime and then accidentally left it there.  I didn’t realize until bedtime that night, so we were without that night.  I had planned on picking it up the next day, but it didn’t happen.  After two nights without a swaddle, I decided we better just be done with it.  So, we are.  It’s strange how things just come to an end – especially when you weren’t planning on it.
  • The Elf on the Shelf has come to live at our house.  It’s been fun to see what he has done.  Major props to Tommy for being such a great dad and willing to create anything.  He made a zipline through our house for Felipe (the elf) to ride on.  Owen LOVED it and was so impressed!  He is always creating something cool for he and Owen to play with.  My brain doesn’t work that way – I hope Owen gets that from Tommy.

Ella,

Today, you are 8 months old.  How can you already be 8 months old?  It makes me kind of sad that you are becoming less of a baby each day.  Right now, you are sitting on the floor playing with Owen and wearing his Christmas pajamas from 3 years ago – this makes me smile.  Here are some things that you are doing at 8 months:

  • crawling all over the place – you started crawling about 3 weeks ago, but have really taken off in the last week.
  • pulling up and trying to cruise ( will we have an early walker like Owen? – time will tell)
  • loves trying new foods – some favorites are mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, avacado, apple sauce and dressing (she ate tons of dressing at Thanksgiving)
  • has 4 teeth (top 2 and bottom 2)
  • playing with Owen’s toys – superheroes are good chew toys
  • just learned to clap and does it all the time – she’s quite proud of herself
  • loves to talk – no real words yet – she has said the mama sound, but doesn’t realize what she’s saying
  • loves her mama – she doesn’t want me to be too far away from her.

Happy Half Birthday Owen!

I thought I had set this to post on the 18th – clearly, I am still figuring all of this blogging out.  So, better late than never.

 

Today, Owen is 3 1/2!  I love half birthdays.  I think my love of half birthdays goes back to maybe elementary school or junior high.  I have a summer birthday, so my school would call out your birthday on your half birthday and give you a half of a birthday sticker.  For some reason, this made my day and from there the love of half birthdays was born.  In college, Sherry, Melissa and I all had August birthdays, so we would always celebrate our 1/2 birthdays together in February.  We would go as far as getting out the birthday sign (inserting a 1/2), buying a 1/2 of a cake, etc.  Ridiculous, I know.  Then, I became a teacher.  I then had the opportunity to introduce 10 years worth of children  to half birthdays.  They all got their desk decorated with butcher paper that said Happy 1/2 Birthday!  They loved it!

Back to my boy though.  Here are some things that Owen LOVES at 3 1/2

  • Ella – I could have never dreamed how much this boy would love his sister.  He can make her laugh when no one else can, is always wanting to play with her, hates her taking naps, loves to feed her, give hugs, kisses and talk to her.
  • Superheroes – we play superheroes and bad guys on a daily basis.  It’s so fun to be a mom to a boy!
  • Sampson – Owen is always very disappointed when Sampson can’t go with us.  He goes lots of places, but he can’t go everywhere.
  • Friends – He loves his friends and is always excited when the older ones get home from school.
  • Books – Praying he will continue to love books and reading for the rest of his life.  This would make my heart happy!

So thankful for the gift of Owen.  He’s such a blessing to our family and I am blessed to be his mom.  We love you O!

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