Our baby boy has turned 2!! It’s insane to even try to comprehend. Here’s a little bit about our smart, handsome, 2-year-old!
Owen LOVES animals so his birthday party was jungle safari themed! One of my good friends and one of my sisters helped me decorate the house for the party which was a HUGE help and I think everything went well! We just had it at our new house because that seemed to be an easy solution and it was! Owen had a great time and it seemed like everyone else enjoyed too! When we started singing to Owen before blowing out the cake candles, he got really confused and furrowed his eyebrows. Ha!
For Owen’s actual birthday a few days later, we continued some family traditions and possibly started some new ones! In my family growing up, the birthday person gets woken up on their birthday with everyone coming in singing Happy Birthday and bringing in their cake and presents. My parents came up that morning and we continued that tradition! Then for lunch we all went to Chuck E Cheese, which I think it going to be a new tradition! Owen LOVED it and got so excited when he saw Chuck E Cheese in person. He even danced with him when he came out! When we got home, his train table from us had arrived in the mail so I put it together while he napped for him to find when he woke up and he was so excited! He plays with it all day long! For dinner, we met up with Greg’s parents at Chick-fil-A. Owen had a rather full and loved day 🙂
He had his two-year-old check up the next day and did really well overall! He had to get his finger pricked 😦 and we went through two band-aids because he kept pulling them off so we gave up. This was his first time getting measured and weighed like a big kid and he did really well! He is 29.5 pounds and 34 inches tall! He did have to get a shot so that was no fun, but he recovered well.
Greg’s dad’s birthday was earlier this month and for his birthday, he wanted to take Owen to Wild Adventures to see all the animals and Owen had a BLAST! He LOVED walking around and seeing all the animals. When we were doing the walking tour, he wanted to walk himself instead of being carried and was pointing at everything. He was passed out asleep in the car on the way home before we even got on the interstate!
I’ve said this before in Addison’s updates, but it’s worth repeating for Owen’s: Owen LOVES Addison. He’ll walk up to her and get right in her face (lovingly) and say “hey!” He wants to wipe her mouth with her rag and put her paci back in her mouth when it falls out. He really likes to take pictures with her now and wants to sit next to her. If he’s awake while she’s sleeping, he wants to have the monitor hanging on his shorts pocket to listen out for her and when he hears her, he says “Addison!” The feeling is mutual too. Addison laughs and smiles at Owen anytime he comes near and even when he’s (lovingly) all in her face.
Owen amazes me constantly and I am so proud of who he is. He is so kind and has a huge heart. He is sensitive to other’s feelings and gets upset if someone else is upset – especially Addison or Lucy. He is a determined child and can be stubborn – he certainly knows what he wants! Owen is very particular about certain things. He likes to clean up and if something is out of place, he says “uh oh!” and fixes it. For example, we’ve been using coasters at this new house to make sure to protect the parsonage furniture. Owen has picked up on this and insists that his cups go on coasters. He’s REALLLLLY into Barney these days so the Clean Up song has come in handy if I need him to clean up something. It doesn’t take much coaxing (in fact, if he sees something messy, he says “mess!”), but it sure makes it more fun and he sings along!
Speaking of singing along, this kid has quite the vocabulary now! There are still some things that more so have a sound effect than an actual word and it’s not necessarily full sentences, but we usually know what he’s trying to say most of the time which is fantastic!! He repeats everything. Everything.
He still does his crazy fake laugh/chuckle thing and it kills me every time! This kid is just hilarious! I finally put away all of his clothes that are under size 2T which was hard, but needed to happen. He looks like such a little boy!
Owen has become a HUGE Mama’s boy lately. I’m not sure exactly what it is or why, but it’s intense. To the point where even his beloved grandparents aren’t allowed to put him down for a nap or bedtime. Only I can. On one hand it’s sweet and cute. But sometimes it’s just exhausting because even when I have help at home with getting both kids to bed, if he’s just going to scream if it’s not me, then I might as well do both. I do love the Mama-Owen cuddles though.
I am so thankful to have friends who have kids the same ages as our kids! It’s already been fun watching them grow together and I can’t wait to watch it continue! It used to be that Grayson and Owen played peacefully together – but separately, if that makes sense. They would basically coexist in the same room playing but not really interact with or play with one another. Now they actually do! They are six months apart in age, but they sure do enjoy each other! I’m excited for when Emerson and Addison get to that stage!
Here’s another hilarious Owen-ism. When people come over to our house, one of those people will become The Chosen One by Owen. This means that only this person can play with Owen, get his juice, or really anything. Owen becomes glued to this person for the entirety of their time at our house. There’s not normally a rhyme or reason, although if there are guys present, it will most likely be a guy over a girl.
Two years has gone by OH SO FAST! Man. We’ve loved watching this kid grow and I’m excited to see the person he continues to become! My prayer is that I am able to be a patient and loving figure in his life, who points him to Jesus with every action. I am so far from perfect and I fail constantly. But I pray that Jesus picks up my slack and that Owen grows to know Jesus despite of my shortcomings and because of the love of Jesus through me!