Finally.

Owen said “mama” today.

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Happy day.

(he also says, “ba”, “da”, “dada”, and “ya” – he has gotten chatty the last few weeks)

Hudson {2 years old}

Happiest birthday to my big boy who made me a Mama 2 years ago today.

I will do a big long post soon! But for now, I just have to say, I could not be more thankful for you sweet boy!

We love you Hudson Mark!

Owen {8 months}

Owen was 8 months on 8/12/12.

Owen Paul – I cannot convey what a sweet baby you are! You are so relaxed & go-with-the flow as long as you are with us (especially Hudson!). Oh my goodness you LOVE your brother! And he adores you too. It is so fun to watch the two of you {sort of} begin to play together. Hudson brings you toys {& often tried to take them back pretty quickly} and you just light up to be included in whatever he is doing.

Stats: Unknown…we’ll go to the pedi next month and weigh/measure you then.

Developmental: The big news recently is that you started crawling! You were doing lots of rolling around the floor {sometimes purposefully} and a little bit of lunging around right as you turned 7 months. Then at 7.5 months on August 1 we left you two at Grammie’s while we went on a date night & you did a couple of little shuffle crawls and the rest is history. By the time the weekend was over (August 5) you had crawling ALL figured out and moved on to PULLING UP – you can only pull up onto your knees but you are working hard to figure out how to get your feet under you! You will climb over things just for the sake of climbing, even if it is a more roundabout way to get to your destination.

Mind you…a few months prior Mama was a little concerned you had motor issues because you were not sitting at 6 months (silly Mama!)

The crawling has initiated training time – the only things we’ve really had to work on right now are staying still during diaper changes (because you want to roll all around) and not touching the fan in the living room (floor fan, because it is HOT here!).

Sleeping: You have a tendency to wake up at 6am…which is about an hour earlier than Mama would like as it means I have to get up even earlier to have some alone time with the Word. But usually I can sneak into your room when you start chatting & get you and Hudson will stay asleep. And it is SO sweet to have some special alone time with YOU little one…because otherwise we don’t get much of that…so I suppose the earlier wake-up time is worth it πŸ™‚

You take 2 naps most days from 9-11 and 1-3 (sometimes you still need a 3rd little short nap before dinner around 4:30). You go to bed at 7.

You’ve finally gotten used to sleeping in your crib. It was a hard adjustment for a week or two, moving from your pack’n’play to the crib but you love it now. Your crib is just across from Hudson’s bed and you will crawl over to the side of the crib & push your bumper pad down, and sit with your face pressed up against the rails so you can see him! He loves to make you laugh–he does all sorts of crazy things in his bed and you just laugh & laugh!

Eating: You are really enjoying solid food! You get really excited when it is time to eat & start grunting & growling. You’ve eaten all sorts of veggies and fruits and loved them all. You just started to like bananas this past weekend, that was the only thing you had turned down besides avocado and I haven’t tried that again yet. You are starting to want to feed yourself more & more so we are doing mostly purees still and some small bites of soft soft food on your tray for you to pick up (you are just starting to do a pincer grasp). I think you would LOVE baby led weaning type feeding…but I am not really into the MESS…so for now we are sticking with mostly purees until & a few bites as you get more coordinated.

You still nurse 4 times a day (sometimes 5). My milk supply is still on the lower end it seems, but you seem to be getting plenty. We’ve only had to supplement every once in a while so I am thankful for that. I would really like to nurse until you are 11 months and then will probably switch you straight over to raw milk.

I introduced a sippy with water when we started solids and you like to chew on it but haven’t figured out drinking yet.

Other things: You love music & reading. You “pat” everything – the surface in front of you – toys – book pages. You like to read (and chew) books. You enjoy being outside. Your legs and belly are super tickle-ish. You stick out your tongue all the time & blow zerberts or just grin. You are the easiest guy to make smile!Β  You can sit in the shopping cart steadily and love sitting up there next to Hudson (if we can find on with two seats). You try to chew on my toes when at my feet (eew!). When you want to be held you crawl over to me and head butt my legs (or gnaw on them). You are pretty much in full time cloth diapers during the day (more on that transition later) and a disposable at night for now & at church (or w/ grandparents/sitters).

We love you SO very much Owen. I cannot imagine our family without you. You bring such joy into our home!

The One With All The Pictures

Here is a little glimpse at what life has looked like for us lately while I’ve been not blogging.

I’d say I’ll do better…but I think we all {theΒ 3 of you who still read this blog & i} know that is most likely a big fat lie!

So here is a mammoth photographical update!

Way back in January while the weather was cold and yucky and we dreamed of the great outdoors we made cinnamon rolls (a yummy special breakfast treat instead of our usual soaked steel-cut oatmeal and applesauce)

“Making cinnamon rolls” quickly turned into: Lick finger. Dip into cinnamon sugar. Lick cinnamon-sugared finger. Dip again.

Hud can wear his backpack for reals. This is a little sad because he looks SO BIG, but very helpful as I just do not have enough hands these days!

Hud learned to climb on the very tall dining chairs. Juuuuust super.

We went to the Dallas Zoo with Nana. They had $5 admission in February (kids 2 and under = free). Too bad it is April now. There is always next year!

The animals are better at the Fort Worth Zoo, but there is an AWESOME kids play area at the DZ.

Hud rode a fat little pony. He was nervous at first, but then did great!

Owen lost all his hair.

The weather got nice and we walk to the park a lot.

We got our tan on and spent 2 days pulling bazillions of weeds from the back yard.

Hud learned to take off his own pants. Not sure why he is making such a terrible face, he was super excited about his new skills…

This punkin was dedicated at Church. The pictures of that are still in my email…I forgot to download them. But this was his outfit.

Hudson is obsessed with “driving”.

Owen grew an extra extra chin.

And has become an expert bubble blower

Baby feet. I can’t get enough of them.

Little man can sort of sit in the Bumbo for brief periods of time

I took his 3 month pictures at 3.5 months…and have yet to add them to the post

Cutie. I don’t think he could be any happier! He is THE sweetest little baby.

We went on an Easter egg hunt with some friends. Hud did so well. I didn’t think he would care or get the idea of it but he totally loved it and had so much fun running around & putting eggs in his basket. He loved it even more when he discovered the eggs held yummy treats!

Our grass turned green and is growing like crazy. Hudson LOVES to mow with Daddy. He is enthralled with all things yard work!

Owen 2 months; Hudson 18 months

Oh dear. I am late late late in posting this, but better late than NEVER, right?!

Owen turned 2 months on February 12. Here is the run down:

– Sleeping 7 (occasionally 8) hours at night every 2 or 3 nights, then he’ll be back to every 4-5 hours.

– Eats every 3 hours during the day

– Is awake for 1 hour after he eats then goes back to sleep. He is pretty much like clockwork.

– Poops every 2-3 days

– Has a double ear infection (BOO!!! This is my first experience with a child having an ear infection because Hudson has still never had one. Owen didn’t have any of the classic signs and wasn’t fussy at all, we found it at his well-baby check-up. It wasn’t a very bad one according to our pediatrician, and probably just because he has had so much congestion for so long & his little ears couldn’t drain. It broke my heart all the same.)

– Is such a social baby. He smiles and laughs and coos ALL the time. I love it.

– Adores his brother. Watches him all the time. Will smile GIANT smiles at him.

– Is a super snuggler. He loves to be on your shoulder with his head tucked into your neck. {Bliss}

– Is still sleeping in the pack N play in our room. We’ll kick him out to share with Hudson once he is sleeping a long stretch consistently.

– Weighed 11 lbs 12 oz and I don’t remember how many inches…I’ll update it later. Let’s be honest, if I go find his “report card” I may never finish this post!

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Hudson turned 18 months on February 19:

– Sleeps from 6:45-7pm to 7:30-8pm

– Takes one nap from 1-3 (I’ve discovered he really has to go down at 1. If I keep him up later then he won’t sleep his full nap and will be CRANKY) He can stay up until about 2 every once in a while and be ok but not for consecutive days and he has to go to bed on the early side.

– Is still a really good eater for a toddler (I think), he will still LOVE something one day and HATE it the next, but not as often

– Can feed himself with a fork & spoon really well, but usually asks me to feed him about halfway into his meal

– Is talking like crazy. Every day he has new words. They are sounding more & more clear, but still very much toddler speak – not clearly enunciated. Words he says really well:: Mama, Dada, Up, Down, Out, Nana, Papa, Pop. (he says “Grammie” but it sounds like “BeBe”). Owen (“Ahdeen”). Drink. Eat. Airplane (“Ahpay”). Hi. Bye bye. Hudson (“Hutayn”).

He can do names/sounds for: Dog. Cat. Cow. Duck. Pig. Rooster. Snake. Horse. Lion. Squirrel (ha!). Bunny (wrinkles his nose). Monkey. Fish (face).

– Knows his first two catechism questions:: 1) Q: Who made you? A: GOD! (2) Q: What else did God make? A: ALL THINGS!

– Adores all things airplane. We read airplane books. Watch airplane videos on youtube. Sing airplane songs.

– Loves reading. All the sudden, he just can’t get enough. We read and read and read. Often the same 3-5 books…over and over and over and over…and over. (Right now were are especially loving these: Freight Train. That’s Not My Airplane. Planes at the Airport. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The Little Mouse, Red Ripe Strawberry, and Big Hungry Bear. From Head to Toe. Brown Bear, Brown Bear. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Choo Choo. Goodnight Moon.

– Loves to “drive” the car. He & Jordan will go sit in the car and pretend to drive for a long time.

– Loves to be outside (we’re super thankful for the nice weather lately!!)

– Loves to help. With everything. Work outside with Daddy in the garage or yard. He helps me clean and do laundry and cook. He loves to help vacuum and sweep. He helps with Owen (brings me a clean diaper and throws away the dirty ones), he helps bathe him when I put them in the tub together.

– Got 5 teeth in the last month or so (3 molars and 2 other bottom teeth – can’t remember their names). We’re making up for lost time I suppose!

– Is very interested in the potty. We are not doing anything official yet, but I’m starting to make a plan.

– Gives the sweetest hugs & kisses…without being asked. {Melts my heart}

– Is very good about holding our hands when we are out and about. Or when he wants to take us somewhere & show us something. {Love it. That started ~ 15 months when we were really working on coming to us and holding hands without pulling away}

– 23.5 lbs and 32 inches

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I am SO SO SO thankful for my precious boys! I just can’t get enough of them. The Lord has blessed us indeed.

I’ll post pics later. I am almost out of battery…but at least I got this done!!

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Here are the pics!

What a photo shoot USUALLY amounts to πŸ˜‰

This is Hudson’s “cheese” face

Bubbs loves playing the piano these days

And this last picture…oh my. I die.

40 weeks

Welp, today was our due date and unless something crazy happens in the next 3.5 hours it looks like I am going to be right and this little boy is going to be late.

I’ve been psyching myself up to go past my due date this whole pregnancy, so I am really not too disappointed.

Honestly, I physically feel wonderful & not at all like, “he must get out!”

However…

1. I am really really really ready to meet this little baby!!

2. I really really really want to avoid being induced.

(I am not judging if you were induced and had a great experience. I am happy for you! But personally, that is one of my worst fears…)

This is the verse that is taped on post-its all over our house right now…

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You. Isaiah 26:3

Some moments I am at perfect peace waiting on the Lord to bring our son into the world.

And some moments I am so anxious being so out of control and anticipating all the ways this delivery could NOT go the way I desire.

I have had to do a lot of confessing & repenting my sin of not trusting Him. Children are sure incredible tools to sanctify us!

Pray that my mind would be STAYED on the Lord so that I would be KEPT in perfect peace.

Pray that we will cherish the rest of our time as a family of only 3 as we anticipate Owen’s arrival.

Pray for labor to kick in soon. Pray for stamina as we wait and as I labor. Pray for a healthy, uncomplicated delivery of our sweet Owen Paul.

Pray that breastfeeding will go well from the get-go.

Hopefully my next post will be a picture of our little boy in person!

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The 80’s!

This is our 7 day forecast & I have never been so thankful to see numbers in the 80’s!! Not to mention the lows…amazing.

Thank you Lord for a respite from the heat!