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!