Baby Owen is a year old! And I guess that makes him no longer a baby.😦 It’s so very bittersweet. He’s growing up to be such a healthy little guy and I love watching him grow and discover all sorts of things. At his one-year-old check-up, he weighed 21 pounds 10 ounces and was 30 1/4 inches long!
This kid sure does have a personality. He makes the funniest faces and keeps Greg and me laughing CONSTANTLY! He has 6 teeth total – two on top and four on bottom! The two on top have definitely broken through his gums, but haven’t grown in entirely yet. The bottom four are just about all the way through! I’m trying to stretch out the use of his 9 month clothing because they still just barely fit. You can tell they are getting too short and the 12 month clothing definitely fits well, but I want to get my money’s worth.
Owen has had a cold for the past week and it’s been terrible. Awful. No good. Not fun. His nose has been runny and stuffy at the same time (somehow), his cough is filled with gross-ness, and he’s had a fever on and off. The unfortunate thing is that there’s not a whole lot we can do to help him except give him some pain reliever, incline his mattress, run a humidifier, and use the baby nasal spray on his nose. He’s finally getting his appetite back now. In fact, we were surprised he hadn’t lost more weight when we went to the doctor on Friday because of how little he was eating! He slept nearly all day and just wanted to cuddle when he was awake. I would never turn down sweet cuddles from baby boy, but I hate the reason for them. If that wasn’t enough, when we went to the doctor for his check-up, the doctor discovered that Owen had an ear infection in his left ear! Ugh! Poor baby boy has had a rough birthday week, but he’s been doing much better recently so hopefully we’re at the end of this mess!
Finally after months of planning, Owen’s first birthday party had arrived! The pavilion at the church was transformed into the Island of Sodor from the Thomas and Friends series and I think everyone had fun! My incredibly talented friend made his birthday cake, smash cake, cupcakes, and cookies as party favors and they were a huge hit! If there had been a swing in the middle of the pavilion, Owen would have been in heaven. He could live in a baby swing! Instead, he rotated from the swings to the pavilion to inside the church to cool off…and repeat. There was a full house for the party, which may seem overkill for a first birthday party, but to me, it is representative of the village that is raising Owen. Greg and I could not do this on our own so it is only appropriate for those who help us and support us to be there to celebrate Owen.
We’ve completely stopped buying baby food for Owen because after giving him table food in addition to his baby food, he realized that he didn’t want the mess we had been giving him and that he only wants the real thing. Ha! Besides the past week and a half of him being sick, he is a fantastic eater and isn’t too terribly picky. He eats just about anything so far! Two of his favorites are chicken nuggets (mostly from Chick-fil-A and Zaxby’s) and yogurt (specifically GoGurt because it’s easier for him to eat). Owen gets SO excited when he sees us pull a tube of GoGurt out of the fridge and he downs it! Greg and I are pretty sure that the yogurt is the only way he didn’t lose weight while being sick.
Mobility is still not really a thing yet. Still refuses to crawl, but he really likes to walk while holding our hands! I really think it will just be a matter of time before he’s walking without us. His balance needs some work and I think he’s a little afraid of doing it without our hands, but I think he’ll get there soon. The hinderance is that he thinks falling into us is hilarious. If he’s trying to take some steps toward us, he’ll then dive into us and laugh. So…that could end up being a problem. Ha!
As far as words, Owen doesn’t have any recognizable words yet. He is still very intentional when he talks to us – just not actual words. He will tilt his head and look straight at you when he says “Ah,” but we’re still trying to figure out what that is…
Owen might not be moving around completely on his own, but this kid loves to be in or on anything that can move! We’ve visited the pool next door to Greg’s parents and he loved being in the kiddie float and kicking around! Another thing he loved was riding around the golf cart. He could sit in your lap while you drive around alllll day long. He would occasionally hold his arm up as if playing with the wind. He got a Thomas car thing for his birthday from Greg and me and he loves it. The main idea is for him to sit on it and push himself with his feet, but his legs aren’t long enough for that yet so he reaches for the car to be put on it and we’ll push him around the house! The kid has pretty incredible balance to sit steady on it with his feet hanging! My parents got him this 4-stage tricycle kind of thing for his birthday that’s a tricycle with extra attachments to make it a stroller for now and as he gets older you remove attachments until it eventually becomes a fully functioning tricycle! He reaches for it every time he sees it and wants to be pushed around. He’s started grabbing the handlebars of the tricycle which makes pushing him pretty difficult. Ha!
Greg has become absorbed in the Pokemon Go craze and Owen’s not opposed to it. It’s bright and colorful and plays music so every now and then we’ll let Owen hold the phone to play around with it. We got him this Thomas the Train tent for his birthday and he thinks it’s hilarious to get inside. What’s especially funny is when he’s inside, we’ll say “Where’s Owen??” and he’ll pull back the flap, look around the corner, and smile. Little goober.
Earlier this month, we went to visit my sisters at the camp they’re working at so Owen got to visit the beach for the first time and he was definitely a fan! We were at the beach just to take family pictures so he wasn’t dressed in his swimsuit/swim diaper to sit and play with the sand or the water, but he really liked standing in the water especially when a wave would come and get his legs wet. We would hold his hands and lift him up over the waves and he would have a huge grin on his face!
I contacted a local photographer to do a photoshoot for Owen turning one and we got some family shots as well! She did a fantastic job and I can’t wait to get them printed and hang them around the house! On that note, we are all moved in to the new house! Not all unpacked…but moved in. All the rooms that we use on a regular basis are unpacked – now to just finish the entire house. I told Greg this morning that I’m making it my goal to be completely settled in with little to no boxes by the end of the month. Unfortunately, that’s only two weeks away…BUT we’ll be home the entire two weeks so hopefully it can happen! One push to get it done by August is the fact that Wesley will be getting up and running before we realize it! We’re just a little over a month away from school starting which means we’ll be hitting the ground running. The fall semester is insanely crazy and busy so we have to get settled and rest when we can before it starts!
I guess this is the end of my monthly updates of baby Owen! He has another check-up at the 15-month mark so I’ll probably write one then with how he’s doing and his stats! His legs are so strong that we’re pretty sure he’ll be kicking around his baby soccer ball in no time.