Owen is 10 months old! We’re getting so close to his first birthday! Ahh! He’s 21 pounds and still at least 28″ long. He’s getting quite heavy to carry around and it definitely doesn’t help that he never stops moving – especially while he’s being held in any way.
It’s pretty insane how quickly kids grow up. I never really understand that nostalgia until Owen. I also never understood the songs about kids growing up and songs written to the singer’s kid until now. Now I find myself choking up in my car because the song makes me fast forward in time and I want time to slow down!
This kid has gotten so cuddly over the past month. While I’m holding him, he will lay his head on my shoulder. It seriously makes me melt! It’s so sweet! Separation anxiety is definitely still there but I’m trying to fight against it. If he’s being held by someone else, I will purposely avoid eye contact with him to try to help. It sounds cruel, but I think it’s helping! Besides, he definitely still knows who his Mama is.
He has such a big personality and makes so many different facial expressions. Everywhere we go, people stop to talk to him and say how handsome he is. Similar to his mom, he doesn’t know how to react to strangers. Ha! I suppose I should be thankful that he is already wary about strangers. A few weeks ago he started smiling in a different way that shows his teeth and crinkles his eyes that is ADORABLE and has started making the Blue Steel look from Zoolander all the time which is HILARIOUS!
Physically, he still only has the two bottom teeth. Teething is absolutely killing all of us. He’s been in pain for months and months and still only two teeth to account for. Still refuses to crawl, but instead is rolling from back to front (still) and now sometimes from back to front. He’s really loving the walking motion and will walk from one place to another with us holding both his hands. He still has the balance to work on, but his legs are super strong.
Owen doesn’t say any words specifically, but he says “Ah!” and “Oh!” very intentionally. For example, if one of us is in the kitchen and he’s in his high chair, he will look at us and say “Ah!” until we turn around and look at him. Then he’ll smile. It’s so interesting! To him, he is clearly communicating with us. I’m excited for the day when those Ahs and Ohs turn into Mama and Dada!
Owen had three birthday parties this month which was really exciting! He had a great time as he devoured cupcakes, burgers, and hash brown casserole. He loved celebrating his friends Zoey (his girlfriend), Hank, and Arden!
This month, Owen got to watch his Daddy play soccer with Wesley intramurals! It was bright so he had to wear his baby sunglasses, of course. Greg will start playing in an adult soccer league this summer and I’m really excited about taking Owen with us! Greg has played in this league for two summers and I really enjoy watching. I think Owen will too! I think we’ll have to get him his own soccer ball to kick around!
One of our friends gave us two free tickets to Disney Frozen on Ice so we braved that, but it went much better than I expected! He liked all the movement, lights, and music! Our seats were really close to the ice so after intermission, we actually sat in the back in the midst of empty seats so Owen could talk and move all he wanted without us bothering anyone around us. We made it the whole time!
I’m in the planning for Owen’s first birthday, which is super crazy! It will be Thomas the Train themed. I’m pretty sure I’m way too excited about the decorations for the party considering Owen will never remember it. I don’t want to explain any of the decorations here so they’ll be a surprise for the guests on the day of the party. Let’s just say I know WAY too much about Thomas and I forget that this is not common knowledge to the general public.
We celebrated my first Mother’s Day this year! Greg’s family joined us for church that morning and then we all went to Cracker Barrel together! Let me just tell you – Owen LOVES to eat. He ate two containers of food (8 oz. total), a biscuit, hash brown casserole, and probably some more that I’m forgetting. Then later that afternoon, we all went to the park to have a family walk, which is my favorite activity! In fact, it’s what I told Greg I wanted to do for Mother’s Day.
I’m so thankful for this family, including our “first-born” fur baby. Greg and I are super excited to continue working for Wesley Foundation and I’ll take a new role (still quarter-time) as Minister to Women, which more accurately reflects my role in the ministry. We’re excited to say that we will be moving houses this summer! Still staying in Macon and still with Wesley – just a different house! It’s a much newer house with a bigger back yard and (Greg’s favorite) a view of the lake from our back yard! I’m pretty sure I can confidently say that we’ll be spending some leisurely time on the water. Greg is already in the search of a boat. Ha! Long story short…everything is really good right now. Teething is dumb. But if that’s the worst of our issues right now, we’re doing pretty well.