Owen 12 months-18 months

I tried to update each month for the past 6 months but let’s be honest….life with two little boys is busy! What I have below is a summary of each month and Owen’s growth/development.

Month 12 (Sept 28-Oct 27)
Owen learned so much during this period of time. He is a master of walking and cruises around the house.

We tried out some dairy because the doctor said we could try introducing it again to see Owen’s response. It didn’t go well so we are staying dairy-free for now and may try again down the road.

We are giving Owen a mixture of Ripple milk and Almond milk. We try to give him higher fat foods as much as we can to make up for what he is missing from whole milk.

Owen is a blanket sucker just like Liam. He loves sucking on his swaddle blankets for comfort.

Month 13 (Oct 28 -Nov 27)
Watch out we have a climber! Owen loves climbing on chairs, tables, couches, everything! He has also grown as he can reach more things than I thought he could.

Owen is always hungry. He basically runs to the kitchen if he knows someone is in there. He also is very aware when someone is eating something that he is not (and this can be really challenging when the rest of us are eating something with dairy in it).

He also got two molars that surprised both Joe and I as we were waiting for more front teeth to come in.

Owen has learned how to throw a tantrum and he makes sure everyone around knows it. This kid wants what he wants when he wants it…..hoping to break this mentality soon (advice welcome!).

Owen is learning how to imitate sounds and moves. He has a lot of fun copying all of us at home. He definitely knows when he is being silly too. He is quite the character.

Month 14 (Nov 28-Dec 27)
Owen is becoming quite the dare-devil. He loves testing us to see how we react when he does things that may seem “dangerous.”

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Owen got his next two front teeth (one on each side of his front middle teeth) and a new lower molar.

Owen got his first little trim from mom and then a few days a buzz cut from dad as we realized it would be easier to just buzz it off. He instantly looks older!

Owen got his first time out and it actually proved to be effective. He was hitting his brother. We placed him in a 20 second time out and he didn’t hit Liam after.

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Owen is still a really great eater. He loves eating food and eats most things.

Christmas was fun with both boys this year. 🙂

Month 15 (Dec 28 -Jan 27)
Owen continues to have no fear. He loves the attention as well. He continues to be a really good eater and has gotten good at feeding himself with a spoon.

His 4th molar is still working it’s way up. We are lucky he is pretty good at teething and doesn’t put up too much of a fuss.

Owen is definitely noticing when he is getting different food than Liam. He also has a strong preference for peanut butter and jelly.

We were even able to spend some time outside in the snow this month which was fun. Owen had fun figuring out the snow

 

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Owen is starting to communicate much more with words but also knows how to get his point across by pointing, nodding, and grunting/crying.

Month 16 (Jan 28 -Feb 27)
This boy is HUNGRY! All the time. We are still keeping his diet dairy free as the doctor has said it would be hard to tell the difference between a reaction to dairy and teething. We will try dairy in small doses eventually to see if he truly has a dairy allergy (something he may grow out of). As of now we are still using almond milk and ripple milk and keeping all meals dairy free.

He has learned to run from his brother when he has a toy he doesn’t want to give up. He has also learned to scream and cry when Liam takes a toy from him. He has mastered the temper tantrum with a slow dramatic fall to the ground and down to his back (by the time he gets all the way down he basically forgets why he is upset in the first place).

He is very silly. He knows when he does something funny and will repeat that and expect a reaction every single time.

He is a copy cat. He LOVES copying his brother.

Owen was diagnosed with chilblains disease which is a swelling of the blood vessels from the cold. This is seen in Owen’s fingers, specifically his index fingers. There is no cure or treatment but we have made some changes to try to keep his hands warm at all times. This is something he can grow out of and we are praying he does.

We are working on words more with Owen. Sometimes he will repeat us but for the most part he isn’t all that interested in talking. He says his version of mom, dad, liam, grandpa, grandma, no, whoa, wow, uh-oh, and I’m sure a few more words regularly.

Month 17 (Feb 28 -Mar 27)
Owen is beginning to communicate much more. He isn’t the clearest communicator but it is getting way easier to tell what he is saying or what he wants. He is really good at shaking his head yes and no which is extremely helpful.

He continues to suck on his blanket and has begun rubbing his ear with it as well.

He is becoming a mini-Liam. He wants to do everything Liam does and will copy Liam all day every day.

Owen is still a really good eater and is still dairy-free. We are hoping to talk at his 18 month appt about re-introducing dairy and see how it goes. Hoping he grows out of it or has already grown out of it. We shall see.

Owen got another haircut this month. I can’t believe how much a haircut makes him look so much older!

Owen has started to prefer Joe lately. Anytime we are relaxing on the couch he may start by sitting with me but then will want to go sit with Joe.

Owen loves attention and continues to be fearless. He loves jumping of the couch and standing on things he shouldn’t.

Owen also loves being outside. Now that spring is here he has been amazed by the outdoors and loves walking around. It’s hard to get him to go back inside.

March 28th, 2019 —Happy 18 months Owen!!

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A longer weekend with a trip to the zoo and some cousin time

We had a fun and long weekend! I took the day off Friday because I start a new job on Monday! Joe was off too!

THURSDAY
After work I got home and played with the boys. It was a relaxing evening as a family before going into our 3-day weekend.

FRIDAY
We got up in the morning, picked up Uncle Blake, and headed to the zoo. We had so much fun showing Blake all the cool animals.

We even went outside for the first time since getting our zoo pass for Christmas. It is baby farm animal month so we went to see the babies. So cute! We can’t wait for it to get a little warmer so we can spend more time outside.

We got the boys home for nap. Liam was tired after he woke up and snuggled into some blankets. Owen ended up napping past 4pm! The zoo is exhausting!

Then our niece Brynn came over for a sleepover while my brother was out of town and my sister-in-law had my other nieces gymnastics meet. The boys adore Brynn.

We had a fun evening together and then put all the kiddos to bed without issues (others than a few tears from Brynn and Owen).

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning. Then we basically just had a play day with Brynn.

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Brynn still takes 2 naps a day so our routine was a little crazy with Brynn napping in the morning and then the boys in the afternoon and then her again after that. Joe’s sister Erin and our niece Kameryn stopped by while Brynn was taking her morning nap.

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After the boys nap, Brynn took a nap. We played and the boys made a massage train.

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We had a fun evening with more play time and then it was bed time for Owen. Then Brynn got picked up and then Liam went to bed.

SUNDAY
I barely took any pictures! We went to church in the morning. We had lunch and nap time after that. I went for a run (which is the only picture I took all day). Liam woke up from his nap but Owen ended up sleeping until 4:30 when I finally decided to wake him up.

We had a relaxing evening, played, did bath time, and then put the kiddos to bed. Then Joe and I prepared for our first day of work (we both got new jobs —yay!).

Hope you all have a great week!! 

Warm weather makes us all happier! (First weekend of Spring!)

We were busy again this weekend with friends and family and spending time outside!

FRIDAY
Joe picked up a watermelon so after work I came home and the boys were  snacking on that.

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We spent the rest of the evening hanging out and playing.

SATURDAY
I went to sweat circuit in the morning. Then hustled home to pick up the boys and go out to breakfast at the cafe with some friends. It was crazy with 5 kids and only 4 adults but it was great to catch up and hang out.

When we got home Joe was still gone at an appointment so we played dress up.

After nap time Owen, Marley and I went for a walk while Joe and Liam did some work outside.

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It was so nice out! We played outside a lot and brought out some of the outside toys we put away for the winter.

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Liam got to ride his bike and Owen got to drive his car. It was so much fun!

Then it was time to celebrate Miss Ayla’s 11th birthday. She is such a sweet, kind, and loving little girl!

Judah and Liam had a blast playing too. They were in a band and kept marching through the party playing “music.”

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When we got home it was bedtime for the boys and Joe and I watched a movie.

SUNDAY
We were off to church in the morning. Judah and Liam wore their matching shirts. Judah found a lady bug and Uncle Sean gave Liam a rain stick. These two are so funny together!

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Owen wanted to stand right up front during worship. So cute! He would look at the worship team and then back out at all the people and then back again.

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Liam was overjoyed to have Ayla holding him at church. He adores her.

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It was a family lunch day at church so we stayed for lunch and then went home to put the boys down for a nap.

I took Marley for a two mile run. It was super tough but I got it done!

Joe’s mom came to visit after nap. The boys were excited to see grandma and she brought some fun gifts from Hawaii. We tried to go outside for a little bit with grandma but it was a little too chilly.

We spent the rest of the evening hanging out and playing. Liam played the drums a lot and we even had a post dinner “rock out!”

The boys took baths and then it was time for bed. Joe and I were exhausted and went to bed early too.

We had a great weekend and can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive and stay! Have a great week!

Haircuts, pictures, friends, and St. Patrick’s day 2019

We had a busy weekend compared to our last few!

FRIDAY
After work we were all hanging out and Liam decided he wanted a haircut (which also means Owen would get one too). I took some before and after pictures. I promise Owen isn’t crying about his hair, he just wanted me to hold him.

We had dinner and then a relaxing evening. We had Joe’s parent’s dog for the weekend so Owen was getting used to having two dogs at the house. I got some nice snuggles from Liam to end the evening.

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SATURDAY
I got up and did my morning yoga followed by heading to sweat circuit. We had a killer St. Patrick’s day themed work out.

The dogs were competing for pets in the morning. So funny!

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When I got home we got the boys dressed up so I could take some 3.5 year old and 1.5 year old pictures. Normally we hire someone to do it but not this time. I think I got some cute pictures!

After pictures Joe went to go cut wood with a few friends. Liam decided he needed to do some work at home too. Then Liam decided to play by Macy so she wasn’t sad about being at our house.

We had lunch and then the boys went down for nap. I cleaned the house during nap time. After nap the boys shared a snack on the couch.

Then I got brave and decided to take the boys and the two dogs on a walk. It started off with both dogs forcing me to basically job until they got the hang of it. Then it wasn’t so bad but not something I would do again I don’t think.

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When we got home we went into the back yard to swing and play. Both boys had fun and so did the dogs.

We had some friends over for dinner to meet their new baby Charlie. Joe and Colin were best friends and high school so it was so good to finally meet Colin and Emily’s baby boy and he is soooo cute! I held him pretty much the entire time.

It was so great to spend time with them. When they left we let the dogs get up on the couch for another sleepover.

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SUNDAY
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! I did my morning yoga and then got ready for the day. When the boys woke up we all got dressed in greed and then went to church.

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I was on nursery duty this week and Owen was the only one in there so we took some pictures together.

Then we went to Joe’s parent’s house, which is on the parade route, and put the boy’s down for a short nap. While they were napping I quick went to say hi to Molly and Ruthie.

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Then it was back to get the boys up from nap so they didn’t miss the parade.My mom and dad met us there and brought Liam a doughnut.

We had fun watching the parade.

Then it was home. We tried to have both boys rest a little bit because they both had short naps, but they weren’t having it. So we did our best to play and keep them entertained to avoid any tired meltdowns.

We put them both to bed a little earlier than normal. I also went to bed early after a rough night of sleep.

Hope you had a great weekend and St. Patrick’s day! Have a great week ahead!

 

Rest and recovery weekend

We had another fairly uneventful weekend.

FRIDAY
I went to work, Owen went to daycare, and Liam and Joe stayed home to give Liam one more day of recovery from a nasty stomach bug he got mid-week.

We had a relaxing evening before everyone went to bed early to catch up on rest.

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit but had to take it easy because I was also recovering from a cold/asthma flare up.

When I got home both boys were low energy so we watched a movie while Joe went to cut wood with some friends.

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When Joe got home we packed up the boys and headed to my parents. Joe wanted to go look at a house so we had them watch the boys during nap time.

When we returned they were both up from nap. Liam didn’t want me to take a picture of him but I had to capture his amazing outfit he picked out.

We stayed for dinner and then went home to put the boys down for bed a little “early” to accommodate losing an hour of sleep.

SUNDAY
I got up early and did morning yoga for the first time in a week due to being sick. It felt great!

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Both boys “slept in” due to the time change and allowed me time to do my morning routine without interruption (never happens!).

Both boys were sleepy all morning. Church was cancelled due to bad roads so we were able to just lounge and relax all morning.

After nap Liam and Joe went to pick up our groceries. Then Owen woke up and he seemed like he might have pink eye so I brought him to the minute clinic. Of course, they couldn’t take him since he is under 18 months so we scheduled an appt for Monday.

When we got home we all went outside to get some fresh air  while the weather was decent.

We had a pretty routine rest of the day. We had tacos for dinner and then both boys took baths.

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Overall it was a good weekend to recovery and now just hoping Owen isn’t sick and gets better fast! Have a great week!

Dinner time and kitchen clean up

Parenting is super challenging so I am always open to learning ways to make parenting a little bit easier. Following simplyonpurpose on Instagram has given me many ways to view common parenting issues as well as ways to handle those situations (if you don’t follow her on instagram you should!).

DINNER
Dinner time with a toddler can be extremely challenging. Owen is at the age where he will eat most anything that is put in front of him. Liam used to be like that but now that he is 3 years old he has become more selective on what he will eat.

We often were getting into the “one more bite” battle and it wasn’t working.

What I have learned is that children are learning to self-regulate and if we tell them they need to take one more bite when they say they are full, they are not given the opportunity to learn. The same goes for being hungry, if they say they are full after not eating much it allows them to learn that they need to eat more.

Now during dinner, we as the parents make it our job to offer healthy dinner options for Liam (and Owen). He then chooses what he eats and how much of that item he eats. If he doesn’t want to eat something that is okay as he has other options he can eat.

Liam eats most of what is offered at dinner time now and it has made dinner time less stressful not having the battle and knowing that no matter what he will be eating something healthy for dinner.

KITCHEN CLEAN UP
I wasn’t sure it would work but it did and honestly had me thinking why didn’t I think of this sooner (again thanks simplyonpurpose)!

After everyone is done eating we turn on the kitchen clean up song (September by Earth, Wind, and Fire) and get to work.

Owen’s responsibility is to bring his milk to the fridge and to my surprise 6 out of 7 days a week he actually does it. It’s a small task but he is only 1 and it is still helpful. It gives him a “job” and makes Liam feel like both of them have responsibilities.

Liam’s responsibility is to bring his plate and milk to the kitchen. He cleans off his plate into the garbage and puts his milk in the fridge. Then his next responsibility is to spray the table and wipe it clean.

While Liam is cleaning the table, Joe and I do our best to tackle the remaining post-dinner clean up. Owen usually is following one of us around or playing but with Liam cleaning the table it eliminates sibling conflict during this time making it easier for Joe and myself to get things done.

This has made after dinner clean up the responsibility of the entire family rather than just one person.

Dinner time should be family time and these tips have made it so much more enjoyable for our family. 

A weekend of rest and snow

This weekend we laid-low for the most part.

FRIDAY
I left work early to go to the chiropractor and get a 90-minute massage which both were amazing and much needed!

When I got home, Joe had to leave for a work call so the boys and I snuggled up on the couch and watched a movie.

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Joe got home after the boys were done with dinner and baths. Then it was their bed time and shortly after mine as well as I was beginning to not feel well.

SATURDAY
Saturday morning was beautiful outside with the fresh snow. So pretty and everything was sparkling in the sun.

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I headed to sweat circuit but didn’t participate as I was still not feeling well. The ladies who came did great work! And my friend Amanda joined us which was super awesome!

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When I got home, Joe took Liam to go get new cell phones for him and I. Owen was acting tired and sick so he went down for an early nap. I took an epsom salt bath to try to help me feel better as well.

After hours at the phone store, Joe and Liam came home with lunch. Liam just loves Owen so much.

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Then it was nap time for Liam and then second nap time for Owen who was still tired and clearly not feeling well.

I had a girls dinner night so I was feeling well enough to still go to that. I got ready and we took some fun family photos before I left.

We went to Pier 500 which is always delicious. Then Molly and I went home while the others stayed out a little longer.

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I was home before Liam went to bed (my kind of night haha). I went to bed early again to try to get some rest.

SUNDAY
Owen and I were still not feeling well in the morning. We decided it would be best to skip church.

We literally spent the entire day just lounging and resting.

Hopefully you had a great weekend and have a great week ahead! Send healing vibes our way!

Essential oils…why I use them

Essential oils are all the rage lately but I wanted to share why I use essential oils and how they have benefited me.

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I want to start with why I chose Young Living. If I’m honest I started using Young Living because it was the first essential oil company I was introduced to. However the better questions is why did I stay with Young Living and that is an easy question to answer…guaranteed quality. Young Living has a seed to seal guarantee and promise. They abide by very strict guidelines to fulfill their promise to send pure products to your home.

  • Their farms and partner farms abide by strict standards.
  • They hand-weed and use their own oils on plants for pest control to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.
  • They distill on site without chemicals.
  • They test every batch. If it doesn’t meet their standards because of weather conditions or for any other reason, they do not bottle it up.

Now… Why do I use essential oils and how have they helped me and my family.

Allergies -I had very bad seasonal allergies that really just started being a year round issue for me. My prescribed medications didn’t seem to be helping me all that much. I was lucky enough to be introduced to oils. I started using lavender, peppermint, and lemon in a vegetable capsule daily. Fast-forward to today and I only take that concoction if my allergies flare up.

Skin -What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body as well which is why young living products are my go-to skin care products. I use oils for all kinds of skin purposes for myself, my husband, and my kids. I use them on my face as well.

Immune boost -I have found that I recover quicker from an illness if I use my oils to support my immune system. I also love using it on my kids. Specifically using Thieves essential oil to help fight off and prevent illness.

Chemical free -I wasn’t sold on the chemical free house until my child started sucking on his blanket for comfort. All I could think about was all the extra chemicals he was ingesting and how much that scared me. So I made the switch to chemical free laundry soap, hand soap, and cleaning products. And I won’t go back. I also think this helped with my allergies too.

There are soooo many other ways I use my oils to benefit my health and my family but above are the main ways so far.

Please feel free to ask me for more information and any questions you might have. My goal with this post is only to spread awareness of how essential oils can benefit the entire house and how they have helped me however, if you are interested in trying the oils or even signing up for a starter kit (seriously an amazing deal) click here.

Hope this helps you move forward with your healthy journey!

Casual weekend with family

Another weekend in the books and it was a snowy one!

FRIDAY
After a crazy week at work I left a little early to get home to Joe and the boys (who were home for a half day). It was so good to be home and just relax with my family.

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SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit in the morning. When I got home Joe went out to shovel off the deck. There was so much snow! The boys enjoyed watching.

Liam dumped out all the coloring supplies and while we all cleaned them up, Owen got his hands on a marker, opened it, and colored his ear/face.

Then we were off to Joe’s parent’s house to have lunch before Joe’s brother Patrick moves out to San Diego. The boys played and had a good time. Owen was tired after and fell asleep on the way home.

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The boys went down for nap when we got home and Joe and I had a lazy afternoon.

After the boys woke up we went sledding at Joe’s sister’s house. Kameryn joined us and Patrick came over too. It was fun but the snow was so deep! It was exhausting coming back up the hill.

After sledding we went home for dinner and then hung out the rest of the evening.

SUNDAY
Church was cancelled due to the weather being so terrible. We had our own worship at home and then Liam played this bible app on my phone. It was pretty cool. I don’t think he fully understood the stories but that’s okay.

We went out to brunch with Joe’s parent’s and Patrick. It was delicious. Then we all went home and napped!

After nap the boys snuggled Joe on the couch watching hockey on his phone.

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We then went to my parent’s for dinner. Liam “played” video games with Uncle Blake. He thinks it’s so awesome to play.

We enjoyed dinner and Oreo ice cream shakes for dessert. The boys played and ran around. Then we went home, put the boys to bed, watched Parks and Recreation and then went to bed too.

It was a fun weekend filled with family! Have a great week and stay warm!

Birthday, Zoo, and lots of family time!

We were able to spend the weekend with family and cousins.

FRIDAY
After work we had dinner quick and then headed to my Grandma’s house for her birthday.

All the cousins had fun playing together and Grandma enjoyed time with everyone. We had cake and ice cream and then called it a night.

We brought the kids home for bed and the relaxed the rest of the evening.

SATURDAY
The boys started their morning with some hockey. I had morning sweat circuit. Then I hustled home to rinse off quick and get ready for the zoo.

We met my parent’s at the zoo. They had my niece and nephew for the weekend so we thought it would be fun to get out of the house.

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The kids had a blast. It’s always fun to go to the zoo and see all the awesome animals.

The fish tanks are one of my favorite things to see.

We even got to see the mama sloth with her baby. I’ve never seen her move when we go to the zoo so it was so cool to watch her slowly try to climb up with baby clinging on tight.

When we got home the boys went down for nap and Joe and I were both exhausted.

After nap we had dinner. Grandpa stopped by to take Marley for a walk and then visited with the boys for a little bit.

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Then it was bed time and relax time for mom and dad!

SUNDAY
We had a concert at home and then headed off to church. After church we hustled home for lunch and nap time.

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After nap I got some snuggles from Owen.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon playing and watching TV. Then we decided to go to Rusty’s for dinner. It was delicious and the bonus was no clean up at home!

We went home after for bath time and the movie time.

It was a great weekend! Have a wonderful week!