I’ve realized that I’m not so great at keeping up with a blog if I’m not super intentional about it. The last time I wrote an entry was for Owen’s first birthday, which was 6 months ago – and A LOT has happened since then! So here goes!
Owen is now 18 months old which blows my mind. How on earth is he getting so big and how is this going by so quickly?! He had his 15 month check-up in October and was 31″ in height and was 25 pounds 4 ounces. Last week, we went for his 18 month check up and he was 33″ in height and 27 pounds 13 ounces, just shy of 28 pounds! This kid is getting to be a monster.
He still loves to eat basically anything and isn’t too terribly picky in general – only in the sense that sometimes he’s not consistent with what he wants. He could devour a bowl full of strawberries one day and then not want to touch them the next day. We have started Cinnamon Roll Saturday at our house where we, obviously, have cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Saturdays! Owen is DEFINITELY a fan and will inhale some cinnamon rolls. He’s gotten to where he likes to hold his own food so this is ideal breakfast of champs for this kid. At the same time, he will chow down on an entire bowl of salad! I guess he’s got the whole “balanced diet” thing down more than we do. Ha!
Last time I wrote in here at his one year update, Owen wasn’t walking completely on his own yet. That ended up happening around the 13/14-month-old mark and now he’s off running as soon as you put him down. It’s like he went from nothing to running all at once. In fact, he STILL never crawled until after he walked. No kidding. So he crawls really oddly because it’s like a crawl/walk zombie thing.
Owen is full of personality in his own way. He’s pretty reserved and likes to observe a room or situation before interacting with it. He’s a pretty cautious kid and he loves to “help” me do things around the house like load the washer/dryer, throw things away, or wipe off the table or high chair. It’s pretty funny, actually. He legitimately gets mad at me if he sees me put clothes in the washer without his help!
Owen can say a few “words” and some are somewhat discernible: “uh oh” (that’s a big one), “trucks,” “shoes,” “socks,” “whoa,” and “ball” are some of those words. He babbles constantly – we just struggle to figure out what he’s saying most of the time, but he’s definitely communicating with us! He has also started saying “no” which is not so wonderful, but the hilarious part is the way he says it: almost like “naaaahhh.” It’s pretty sweet and polite! Ha!
He still loves being outside and loves animals! One of our most popular activities is to go on walks around the park or outdoor mall with him in the stroller. He also got an outdoor climbing/slide structure and he loves doing that! He has incredible hearing and attention to detail too – anytime he hears or sees a bird, he gets excited and he’ll point to the stars or moon at night!
Owen has had lots of new adventures these past few months! For Halloween, he was Captain America and went to his first trunk or treat! He didn’t really get the concept, but he seemed to have fun and he looked adorable in his costume! He’s also been to Six Flags several times because my parents got Greg and me 2017 season passes, which at that point in the year included the rest of the 2016 season as well! So we took several day/afternoon trips to Six Flags. There were actually quite a few rides that don’t have a height requirement as long as an adult is accompanying so Owen got to ride different things! He absolute favorite is the Rockin’ Tugboat that is actually pretty close to a “roller coaster” for kids in that it moves all around! He LOVES it! During the ride, he’ll say “whoaaaa” and then smile and clap! Owen also got his first taste of Chuck E Cheese with my parents and according to the pictures, seemed to have a great time!
One major update since last blog post is that we’re expecting baby #2 in about 4 and a half weeks at this point! The due date is February 19 and we found out that we’re having a girl! Her name will be Addison Lain (but we’ll call her Addison) and we are so excited for her arrival! Overall this pregnancy has been almost identical to the one with Owen. The only differences have been cravings (Owen was cheeseburgers and Addison was apple pie) and the amount of movement. I first felt both Owen and Addison move at their 18 week mark, but it seems as though Addison went from nothing to fighting her way out, while Owen was much more gradual. This could just be because Addison is the second kid and I know more what to expect, but she’s been fighting me like crazy! I’m also in a lot more discomfort and pain this go around, but that could be because when I was pregnant with Owen, I didn’t already have a toddler to chase around and play with!
Unfortunately, my blood platelets have become an issue yet again and the debate of whether or not I get an epidural has resurfaced. With Owen, the doctor on call and the anesthesiologist on call both agreed that I could have an epidural. I’m seriously praying for whoever is on call that they would allow me to have one because I really don’t want to go without. I realize that it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it would not be my preferred method of delivery. Ha!
With this new addition, we’ve had to do some work over the past few months to prepare for Addison’s arrival! Greg and I decided that Owen would move into what was the guest room (and, let’s me honest, storage room from when we moved this past summer) and Addison would take Owen’s room. That would mean that Owen would go from a crib to a twin bed so Addison could have Owen’s crib. We knew that moving him at only 18 months old would be a risk and could possibly end badly, but we wanted to try it. My parents came and spent a couple days with us helping us move furniture around and clear out the guest bedroom for him then I spent a few days decorating and getting the room just right so that he would be excited for the room. I used his Thomas birthday party decorations for the room and he got a Mickey twin bed set for Christmas. We moved him into the new room the second week of January and now it’s been a week and a half with very few issues! Owen’s sleep has not changed whatsoever – both overnight and nap times – and we’ve only had two incidents where he was out of his bed (only one of these was actually falling out of the bed). So far so good! He actually seems to like this new set up better (and loves the amount of space a twin bed has versus a crib) and when we say we’re going to his room, he’ll walk to the new door!
I’ve finally finished putting Addison’s room together! We decided to go with a Powerpuff Girls theme and I think it turned out pretty well! I couldn’t really do much of anything until we got Owen out of his room so the past week and a half have been spent working on getting her decorations finished and hung, moving furniture in, and unloading clothes that she got from her baby shower this past Sunday! Overall, we’re ready for her arrival!
This past December, Greg and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! We really wanted to go on some sort of trip/adventure so we spent a few days in Savannah while my parents kept Owen! It was SO nice to get away just the two of us to explore and rest. We pretty much planned the entire vacation around eating at the local food joints and then saw a couple movies (IN A REAL MOVIE THEATER…GASP) and explored Savannah in between meals. I’m so thankful for Greg and for all the support and encouragement he is to me and how much he loves our little guy!
Final update: Greg and I have decided to put our (his) name into the UMC appointment process to move to a local church this June, meaning we will not be returning to Wesley Foundation in the fall. It was a really difficult decision because the Wesley students and the ministry mean SO much to us. We are products of this Wesley and have worked in the ministry in a variety of ways over the past 8-9 years, but we feel confident that it’s time for us to move on to our next adventure in ministry. The great thing about the timing is that our Board of Directors has plenty of time to find a really fantastic replacement for us so the job search will hopefully begin by the end of the month! We’re praying not only for our new appointment come June, but for the new Campus Minister at Wesley. Our students are really really fantastic and we have full confidence in the Wesley community – that it is exactly that: the WESLEY community; not the GREG & ALAINA community that relies on our presence. The Holy Spirit has really been active throughout Wesley over the past few years and we have seen that both in growth (numbers-wise) and community (depth- and relationship-wise). These students have a heart for God, for one another, and for Wesley and that’s what’s going to keep Wesley going after a big transition like this.
Here’s hoping I am better about updates after today so I don’t have to write a novel each time. Ha! I guess my next post should be in about 4.5 weeks when Addison arrives! 🙂