Family, friends, and a baby shower!

We had another great weekend. I tried again to limit my desire to “capture the moment” via camera and just enjoying it. I think I did pretty good!

FRIDAY
Low-key evening spent with my family. The perfect way to end the week.

SATURDAY
I started my morning with a challenging Sweat Circuit class and then met Joe at my parent’s house with the boys. Brynn and Judah had a sleepover there so the kids were all playing when I got there.

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After visiting we went home to put Owen to bed and I told Liam we were going to take his “3 year” pictures since he didn’t cooperate for our professional ones. Seriously they turned out so cute! I didn’t even have to bribe him!

Then I took Owen outside later when Liam was napping and tried to get some pictures of him….he didn’t like the leaves much.

We had a fun evening hanging out at home and once Owen was in bed for the night I went to my bestie Annie’s house to help her get ready for Molly’a baby shower Sunday morning. She made me some hot apple cider and I watched her and her dad hang some floating shelves while I assembled a cupcake holder. It was fun to just relax and hang out at her place.

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SUNDAY
We had a fun morning hanging out. Owen got some cute clothes for his birthday so he got dressed in his “lazy days’ outfit.

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Then I was off to help Annie set up for the baby shower. It was donut themed and super cute!

The mama-to-be was glowing and the party was super fun. Also, so many babies at the party.

It started snowing during the party. It’s too early for snow!

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We spent the rest of the day playing, having dance parties, going outside for a little bit, and just hanging out as a family.

We had a great weekend! Hope you have a great week!

 

Family time

This weekend was all about time with my family. I spend a lot of time taking pictures and focusing on “capturing the moment” that this weekend I decided not to take many pictures at all and just soak up the time at home.

FRIDAY
It was a pretty uneventful Friday night. We had dinner at home, played some games, and relaxed. Annie stopped by to pick up a few things and show Liam her awesome headstand. He was impressed (and so were me and Joe).

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning. My mom stopped by to see the kids around lunch time. We spent a little time outside and a lot of time snuggling.

Joe went out with a friend to watch the UFC fight after the boys went to bed so I decided to watch a movie. I landed on P.S. I love you (which I thought was Definitely, Maybe) and ended up crying all night! That movie is so sad and I never want to watch it again.

SUNDAY
Joe and I were both so tired from staying up later than normal but that didn’t impact Liam. He decided to get up even earlier than normal.

We went outside for a little bit but it was quite chilly. Then we watched the Packer game while the boys napped. I also ended up sleeping a little bit.

Owen had a really off day. He spent a lot of time walking around and crying. He wanted to be held all day but also didn’t want to be held. He was in a mood and probably has some teeth coming soon.

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We had a lot of fun playing hide and seek before dinner. Liam can’t stay quiet and it’s hilarious.

It was a great and mellow weekend. Have a great week!

 

Owen’s 1st birthday, meeting baby Veda, and Owen’s birthday party

I was able to have a nice 4-day weekend at home with my family. It was so nice to have the time with them and to just relax.

FRIDAY
Happy birthday to Owen! We let Owen open his gifts when Liam and him both woke up. Liam might have been more excited than Owen was but it was so cute.

There were many photo shoots throughout the day starting with Owen in his birthday bear shirt and “one” banner. Brother bear Liam wanted a picture too.

We spent the morning playing and relaxing. I had a chiropractor appt in the morning and so did Joe shortly after me so we swapped kid duty during that time.

Then it was lunch time and then nap time for the boys. After nap we went to Brogan’s tennis match (she is the boys’ daycare provider’s daughter and also my bestie Molly’s sister). Molly coaches tennis too so we were able to see her in action. We met Annie at the tennis courts. It was chilly and windy. We stayed as long as we could but Owen started getting fussy so we left before the match was over.

When we got home photo shoot number 2 happened with Owen in his final monthly tie.

Liam found his old Halloween costume (which will be Owen’s costume this year…I think). He had to put the monster hat on and he thought it was so funny.

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We had dinner and then hung out as a family the remainder of the evening. It was the perfect day celebrating Owen.

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning and then hustled home to be with the boys and Joe. I had A LOT of cleaning to do before Owen’s birthday party on Sunday. I started with some of my laundry and then started working on other areas of the house.

We had lunch and then at nap time I did some more cleaning. After nap me and the boys packed up and headed out to my friend Laura’s house to meet her new baby girl Veda. Joe went out hunting.

When we got to Laura’s Liam was really quiet and shy but he and her oldest daughter Aria went to her room to play and he seemed to have fun. I was able to hold sweet baby Veda who is tiny and adorable and just so sweet!

Liam was pretty quiet most of the visit but when we left he said he had so much fun so that is good. He is just too funny.

When we got home I made dinner for the boys quick, we watched some of a movie and then I put them to bed.

Joe got home shortly after I put Liam to bed. I had to bake Owen’s smash cake and cupcakes before calling it a night.

SUNDAY
Birthday party day which meant getting up to clean and frost the smash cake and cupcakes. I think I did a pretty good job on his cake!

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Joe and I did some power cleaning throughout most of the day.  We got the house all cleaned up and decorated for the party. We watch the Packer game while both boys napped and we continued to get ready.

I got some quick pictures of Owen’s birthday shirt before the party started.

He wasn’t so sure he wanted a birthday party. He wanted me or Joe the whole time. We did his smash cake and he was not showing off for anyone. He did end up eating some of it but Liam helped him a little.

We are thankful for all those that came and celebrated with us. It was really great to have ALL of our family there (just missing my two oldest nieces).

My brother gave Owen a birthday blessing and then everyone was on their way. We had the remainder of the evening to relax and do post-party clean up.

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Owen got matching jammies with Liam and the two of them together are adorable!

After the boys went to bed I was exhausted and Joe and I just lounged and watched Netflix.

MONDAY
So thankful for another day off to do nothing! I finished party clean up and enjoyed the day with my kiddos and Joe. Annie stopped by to say hi and drop off Owen’s birthday gift.

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Later after nap we had Owen’s 1 year appt which went well and he is a healthy growing little boy.

Have a great week everyone and happy October!

Owen is 1 year old!

It is so hard to believe that our baby is 1 already. This past year has gone by faster than ever. We are so blessed to have had Owen as part of our family for a year now and can’t wait to continue watching him grow and learn.

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GROWTH
Owen just seems to continue to grow so much. At his last appointment he was 18 lbs 12 oz and 30 inches long. He is still so long!

EAT
Owen has now transitioned to milk, however since he needs to be dairy-free we are having to try alternatives. He is drinking almond milk throughout the day. In the morning I am mixing almond milk with Ripple milk which has a higher fat content and more nutrition than almond milk. We are also giving him foods higher in fat to make up for what he is missing from whole milk.

Owen is regularly having 3 meals a day and loves real food. We try to give him what we are eating unless it has dairy. He is a really good eater and demands his food when he is hungry.

Owen loves using his sippy cup and uses this during the day. He does still use a bottle for his milk in the morning but that is all.

SLEEP
Owen has been sleeping through the night. We are also at 2 naps per day. We have a general nap pattern now that consists of a morning nap around 9 for about an hour and an afternoon nap usually around 12-1 ish for about 2 hours.

TEETH
Owen has the four teeth.

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DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen has started walking! He started with a few steps here and there but just last week he decided he wants to walk more. He has taken up to 10 steps in a row and will bring himself back to standing after falling and start walking again. He is getting better and better every day.

He is still crawling when he is in a hurry and can’t walk fast enough. He cruises when he crawls!

He babbles a lot and enjoys yelling and growling. He says mama and dada but other than that hasn’t really said any recognizable words.

Owen has learned so much and will imitate most things you do. He waves “hi,” gives kisses, lays his head on your shoulder to be “so nice,” does “so big,” claps his hands, fake laughs, cries, and coughs, and new to this month is blowing kisses.

Owen and Liam are interacting more and more as Owen grows. Owen wants everything to do with Liam and will follow him around the house.

Owen is definitely a mama’s boy.

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Crawling and walking
  • Being “scared”
  • Being chased
  • Making loud noises
  • Being naked -used to hate it now he loves it
  • Bath time

Dislikes:

  • Being cold
  • Waiting for food
  • Getting dressed/undressed

Celebrating Judah and enjoying the sunshine!

We had a fun weekend celebrating our nephew Judah’s birthday and spending lots of time outside enjoying the warm weather.

FRIDAY
After work we went to my brother’s house for a Batman themed 4th birthday party for Judah. He was surprised when he showed up and we were all there.

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We had fun batman masks to wear. Owen even kept one on!

We had dinner, played, and had cake. It was a great party!

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We went home, put the boys to bed, relaxed, and went to bed early too.

SATURDAY
Morning sweat circuit was killer and fun! When I got home Liam and Joe ran some errands and Owen went down for nap. I was able to shower and then relax while having some coffee.

We then went outside because it was so nice out. Both boys rode their bikes and enjoyed the sun.

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We had lunch and then it was nap time. After nap Judah got dropped off and so we packed up our things and headed to Como Zoo. The boys were so funny talking, teasing, and arguing the whole ride. It was hilarious.

The boys had a lot of fun looking at all the animals. They said their favorite was the polar bear and the monkeys.

We decided to have a picnic near the parking lot. The boys loved it! They thought it was so great to eat outside on a blanket.

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We had some extra time before bed time so we decided to stop at Teddy Bear Park. All of the boys had so much fun! Judah and Liam took off in different directions to explore and Owen had fun on the slides.

When we got home I put Owen to bed and then we all snuggled on the couch to watch a little bit of a movie. Judah snuggled right into Joe.

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Then we put the boys to bed. Liam was so excited to have Judah in his room that he could not stop talking. I went in several times to tell him to lay down. Judah was actually sleeping while Liam was talking to him.

SUNDAY
All of the kids were up bright and early. Judah and Liam snuggled in the chair and watched more of the movie. When Owen was up they all were playing in Liam’s room so I made them sit together for a picture.

Liam and Judah played all morning and went between getting along and teasing one another the entire time. My mom came and picked Judah up to bring to church with her to meet my brother and sister-in-law.

After Judah left we went outside to play. Then Joe ran some errands with Liam while I ran some errands with Owen.

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We got home for lunch and then the boys took a nap. After nap we spent some more time outside. At first we went out front and found a grasshopper.

Then we went out back to the swing set to play.

Joe began making my grandma’s hot dish and while it was baking we all went for a walk.

Everyone loved dinner but Owen especially loved it. He had about 4 servings before I cut him off.

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We put both kids in the bath, watched a movie, and sent them both to bed.

It was a really fun and beautiful weekend! Thankful for nice weather!

Soaking up the last of summer

It was an eventful yet uneventful weekend. We tried to spend as much time as possible outside (bugs willing) and soak up the last of summer.

FRIDAY
We spent a little bit of time outside. Joe found a grasshopper. Liam was not a fan but Owen had no fear and was very curious about it.

We then spent the rest of the evening inside relaxing.

SATURDAY
Liam had woke up in the middle of the night with a wet bed. So I got up with him, changed his clothes, changed his sheets, and put them in the wash. When Owen woke up for the morning and I went into his room his bed was covered in poop! This never happened with Liam and never before with Owen. It was awful. His sheets went straight into the wash and Owen went straight into the bath. Poor kid!

After things settled down at home I was off to the gym to teach Sweat Circuit class. I then hustled home to get ready for family pictures.

We had Signe come over to do our family pictures again. She does great work. This time we were doing Owen’s 1 year pictures and smash cake, family pictures, and Liam’s 3 year pictures. Well, Owen did great but Liam was stubborn and unwilling to participate. We tried everything without success. Oh well! Owen loved his frosting on his cake.

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After pictures it was lunch time and nap time for the boys. After nap we took the boys to my parents house for a sleepover so Joe and I could go on a date to celebrate our anniversary (a little early).

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We took a quick picture before we left and then left our phones in the vehicle for our entire date. We went to Pier 500 in Hudson and then walked the pier. It was quiet and super relaxing. Then we went home to no kids and binged on some Netflix before calling it a night. Seriously, perfect.

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SUNDAY
I slept in and Joe got up early (why? lol). We were both able to get a lot done without the kids there. I cleaned up both boys rooms and put their clothes away and cleaned up the living room.

Then we went to get an oil change in my vehicle before heading to my parents to see the boys and stay for the Packer/Viking game.

We had lunch and went swimming before nap time. My parent’s had the game set up to watch out by the pool and it was amazing and so much fun. The boys went to nap shortly after the game started which was perfect for me to relax and watch the game.

Joe left during halftime to get ready to go hunting. It was Bow Opener on Saturday.

Liam woke up just before the game ended and was clearly still tired. He didn’t want to talk to anyone or do anything.

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The game ended in a tie (ugh) and we stayed for a little while after but both my boys were having major meltdowns so we packed up and headed for home.

On the way home Joe called and said his dad was almost home from his elk hunt and was wondering if we wanted to meet over there to see the elk. So, we headed to his parents. Liam had so many questions but overall was happy to see the elk.

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Then it was home for dinner. Both boys were still a little moody. I gave them both a bath and the put Owen to bed. Liam and I snuggled and watched a movie. Then he had his meltdown until Joe came home to help put him to bed.

Joe ended up shooting a doe which is great because we love the meat and needed more.

It was a super hot weekend and I’m glad we got to enjoy it outside! Have a great week!

Liam turns 3 so we partied all weekend long!

Since Liam’s birthday was on a Saturday we spent the whole weekend celebrating him and we all had a blast!

FRIDAY
After work we had a quick dinner and went to the fire hall to cash in the free fire truck ride Joe’s dad won at a raffle. Erin, Joel, Kameryn and Luke came along with “fire fighter Frank” and “teacher Pam” or as Liam calls her “school Pam.”

It was a fun, long, ride and Liam did not stop smiling the whole time.

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After the ride it was home for wind-down time and bed.

SATURDAY
Happy Birthday Liam! We put balloons in his room while he was sleeping and he woke up in the morning saying “I have to pee. There’s something in here! What are those?” When I went in he discovered they were balloons and when I told him it was his birthday he said “Right now???” It was so cute.

We let him open his birthday presents in the morning and he loved them all.

Joe’s dad stopped over to tell Liam happy birthday before he took off for a hunt in Utah.

Then we were off to the Minnesota Zoo which is the activity Liam chose to do for his birthday.

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The weather was perfect. We walked a total of 4 miles and saw all kinds of different animals. We all had a great time.

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Then we took the kids on the Carousel. Liam chose the bear as the animal he wanted to ride.

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We had lunch at the zoo (definitely packing a lunch next time) and then went to look at some of the indoor exhibits.

For a nice day weekend day it wasn’t all that busy so it was just the perfect way to spend Liam’s birthday.

When we got home it was nap time and I quick threw together a birthday cake for Liam.

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After he woke up from nap we decided to do cake. He was so happy when we were singing to him.

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We spent some time outside and inside for the rest of the day. Liam and Owen both took a short nap so they both just wanted to lounge.

My parent’s stop by for a quick visit to tell Liam happy birthday. He showed them all his new toys.

Liam chose macaroni and cheese and hot dogs for his birthday dinner. After dinner we had movie time and then bed time. We put the boys in the matching pajamas that Marley (our dog) got for their birthdays (early gift to Owen).

SUNDAY
WE slept in a little bit and then had a relaxing morning. Joe and Liam ran a few errands and I tried to clean up the house a little bit.

Liam got an awesome gift from our friends in Oregon Tyler, Chelby, DJ, and Alena. Our little cowboy! So cute!

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The morning was quiet. At nap time I got cupcakes ready and supplies packed up for the birthday party.

Then after nap my bestie Annie stopped by to wish Liam a happy birthday and give him a fun gift! He was practicing his independence and wouldn’t take a picture with her.

We played outside for a little bit and then we were off to the Paw Patrol birthday party! For the second year in a row we had Liam’s party at Sawmill Pizza and Brew shed. It is the perfect spot for kids to run free and eat pizza!

I got some Paw Patrol masks for the party. Liam was so excited to wear them. So funny!

We started the party with some pizza and then had cupcakes.

Liam again was thrilled when everyone sang him Happy Birthday.

We did presents shortly after that. Liam giggle at every card and every presents. He told everyone thank you and gave big hugs. He loved all of it.

Then it was play time! The kids all ran around outside and had a blast.

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We got a group picture with all Liam’s cousins (who are also his best friends).

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Liam wanted his friend Keaton to come too but he was a little shy so we took a pictures of the boys and their dads.

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We also took some family pictures and Liam smiled in every picture with no questions asked. So sweet.

We got home and he wanted to wear his new pajamas and play with all his new toys. We let him play for a little bit before it was time for him to go to bed.

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We watched the Packer game (me some, Joe all) and then went to bed.

We had the best weekend celebrating Liam! He has blessed our lives more than he will ever know! 

 

Liam is 3 years old!

Seems like just yesterday we were announcing “It’s a boy!” to our family and now we have an independent 3 year old who has stolen our hearts, makes us proud, and makes us laugh daily.

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GROWTH
Liam is 31.5 pounds and 36.5 inches tall.

EAT
Liam has always been a good eater. For the most part he still eats really well except when he is practicing his independence. Meal times can be quite challenging on those days.

SLEEP
Liam still takes a good 2+ hour nap most days around 12 and he sleeps through the night in his toddler bed. In the past year he has gone through periods of waking up and crying in the middle of the night but I am hoping we are past that.

Liam is fully potty trained other than naps and bedtime. He wakes up dry from nap maybe 25% of the time. We will get there!

TEETH
Liam has 20 teeth! He had his first dentist visit this past year that went very well. He is in the no cavity club and does really well brushing his teeth.

DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Liam has began engaging in pretend play. It is so fun watching him use different voices and pretending certain things are happening or that an item is something else.

Liam is beginning to really practice his independence. He likes to do things his way and is very stubborn.

Liam has good days and bad days but overall he is really well behaved. We tell him to turn his listening ears on when he is struggling to listen and he turns a pretend dial on his ears (so funny!). We use time outs and “breaks” to help him adjust his behaviors/reactions when he is not listening/misbehaving.

Liam can count to 10, tell stories, recognize writing, knows his colors, somersault, jump on one foot, ride a bike with training wheels, and really a whole lot more. He likes to play hockey, baseball, and go swimming. He likes shooting his bow.

Liam likes to make up words that rhyme with the real word.

Liam is pretty shy around new people or even people he doesn’t see often. He warms up after a while but his initial reaction is to be shy.

Liam is still a very curious and observant little boy. He does not miss a thing and even when you think he isn’t listening….he is.

Liam is now interested in gender and names. He often asks “is that a boy? is that a girl? what’s his name? what’s her name?”

Liam loves being a big brother and making Owen laugh. There are times he will take Owen’s toys, wrestle him, or push him down and then there are other times where he will share with Owen, make him laugh, and give him kisses. It’s all about balance right?

Favorites:

  • Swaddle blankets (sucks on it for comfort)
  • Dad
  • Being outside
  • Watching movies on netflix
  • Watching hunting
  • Swimming
  • Riding his bike
  • Doing anything dad does

Dislikes:

  • Being told “no”
  • Wind or rain
  • Water in his eyes during bath time (swimming he is fine)
  • Loud noises

Labor day weekend 2018

We made our way towards the cabin after work on Friday.

FRIDAY
We stopped on the way to the cabin to meet my bestie’s new baby girl Hayden. She is ADORABLE! So glad we could meet her before heading to the cabin.

We made it up to the cabin in time to get the kiddos ready for bed and settle in a little bit. We let Liam stay up to see the start of the Badger football game and then put him to bed.

We watched the game for a little while and then went to bed.

SATURDAY
We all woke up bright and early and ready to play! Then we were off to the 5K race to watch Kameryn, Joel, and Reece run. They all finished and had a great race.

We went back to the cabin after for brunch. We also went to the municipal airport next door to check out the airplanes.

Then it was time for the fastest kid in town race. Since Liam is almost 3 we decided to let him give it a try. He did great and had so much fun! Luke and Kameryn both took first in their age groups!

We spent the rest of the day outside enjoying the beautiful weather. During nap I was even able to get out on the paddle board and just enjoy the quietness of the lake. One of my favorite things to do.

We went on a pontoon ride in the afternoon. Owen was okay for a little while but really didn’t enjoy it all that much. We ended up dropping him and Joe back off at the cabin.

We stopped at the sand bar for some swimming. Liam got super scared because the sand was so squishy and slippery that he could catch his footing. He did not was to stand in the water at all after that.

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On the ride back to the cabin we got to check out the eagles. So cool!

When we got back I took Owen down to the lake since he had his swim gear on. He really enjoyed the water.

The kids had fun blowing bubbles and playing outside.

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Soon it was bedtime and then not to long after that we went to bed. Busy kids make for tired parents! haha!

SUNDAY
We got outside pretty early in the morning. With people trying to sleep it makes sense to get the kids outside early rather than trying to keep them quiet.

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Joe, his dad, Liam, Kameryn, Jon. Reece. and Bailey all went fishing. Owen and I went for a walk. We made it to the big fish and then turned around and came back. Owen fell asleep on the way back. So cute!

After fishing it was a little rainy out so Liam and Luke snuggled up to watch a movie.

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Patrick and Kat picked up a 500 piece puzzle so we got to working on that during nap time. Owen was struggling to sleep so I had to take a few breaks from the puzzle but we ended up getting it done in a couple hours.

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The afternoon ended up being beautiful so we spent more time outside playing.

Since Liam was good all day we let him have ice cream after dinner. He was thrilled!

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We went back outside after dinner for more fun in the bubbles.

Bedtime quickly approached for all of us.

MONDAY
We decided to head out early in the morning so we could spend the rest of the day at home. Marley was exhausted after a fun weekend.

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We were all happy to be home. The boys both took 4 hour naps and I also took a nap.

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Liam ended up wanting his nails painted so we did that too.

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We spent the rest of the day doing laundry and relaxing.

Hope the long weekend treated you well! Enjoy your week!

Owen is 11 months old!

GROWTH
Owen just seems to continue to grow so much. At his last appointment he was 18 lbs 12 oz and 30 inches long. He is still so long!

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EAT
Owen is still drinking breast milk. He is eating 4 times a day now. I have recently stopped with day time nursing and he will get a bottle mixed with breast milk and almond milk. We found out that his skin issues were related to dairy so Owen will be having almond milk instead of whole milk.

Owen is regularly having 3 meals a day and loves real food. We try to give him what we are eating unless it has dairy. He loves most foods but one thing we found he doesn’t like is raspberries. He spits them out.

Owen loves using his sippy cup. He actually prefers it over his bottle since we switched to no day time nursing so he gets his milk in a sippy cup.

SLEEP
Owen has been sleeping through the night. We are also at about 2-3 naps a day. We have a general nap pattern now that consists of a morning nap around 9 for about an hour and an afternoon nap usually around 12-1 ish for about 2 hours, and then if needed he takes a 3rd short nap in the evening.

TEETH
Owen has the four teeth now and it seems like he may be cutting a 5th any day now.

DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen is crawling everywhere! He is quick too. He is also pulling himself up to standing on everything possible. He scoots from side to side holding on to things. He can stand on his own for about 10 seconds and sometimes more but he gets too excited to move and either falls down or squats down. He loves using a walk and has made attempts to take a step on his own.

He babbles a lot and enjoys yelling and growling.

Owen has learned so much and will imitate most things you do. He waves “hi,” gives kisses, lays his head on your shoulder to be “so nice,” does “so big,” claps his hands, fake laughs, cries, and coughs, and I’m sure so much more that I am not thinking of.

Owen and Liam are interacting more and more as Owen grows. Owen wants everything to do with Liam and will follow him around the house.

Owen is definitely a mama’s boy.

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Mama milk
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Crawling
  • Being “scared”
  • Standing
  • Making loud noises
  • Being naked -used to hate it now he loves it
  • Bath time

Dislikes:

  • Being cold
  • Waiting for milk (especially in the morning)
  • Waiting for food
  • Getting dressed/undressed