Thursday, November 30, 2006

sound, smiling sleeper

Here's Owen, asleep, as happy as can be!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

leaps and bounds

so much has happened since i last posted!

ben and jen arrived a number of days ago. right after they arrived we hopped into the car and drove to the eastern shore. it was an excellent weekend! it was the first time we had owen away for a weekend. we stayed with john and judith; they and their house was warm and welcoming, as usual. our time was so relaxing and great. And owen ate like never before and he grew a lot physically and mentally! he's smiling a lot now and loves keeping his own head up as long as he can, and he loves stretching his legs and 'standing'. He and his dad have a tongue trick that they play; owen doesn't play it with anyone else, and he's so excited when ry starts sticking his tongue out. owen then sticks his tongue out to mimick his dad! so very cute.

ben and jen are here until sunday; i'll post more when they're gone.

Here are some pictures of the growing boy, and of our time in nova scotia.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

rain falling again

It's been rainy the past couple of days, but the air is so fresh and warm as result! It's been lovely walking under the umbrella, with owen snuggled on my front in the front-pack.

Ry and i are finally picking ourselves up after the whirlwind of new Owen has settled, and we've grown accustomed to life as it is now. Ry's been having a hard time working at home because he didn't really have a space to do his work. We had a desk, but no where for his 'work-essentials' to be. Rather, his books, and Greek and Hebrew flashcards had taken over our living room. BUT. On Monday we got up early, went to the store, and built shelves around the desk so everything Ry needs can be easily accessed when he's working at the desk. It feels really good to have that space defined now, and for Ry to have a study corner. It makes the rest of the room feel better, too.

Owen's night schedule has been the same for over a week now, so i think it's safe to call it consistent. After his 11 or 12 o'clock feeding, he sleeps for two 4hr stetches (feedings inbetween) before he's up and awake. So, we've been up between 8 and 9 lately, and this has been feeling really good. He's been awake nearly all morning, and thus I can't get much done besides hang out with him (and getting laundry done), but that's alright with me. When he naps, I busy myself with dishes, cleaning, baking, or whatever. He sometimes is been content enough and I can set him down and he's fine for a while, but I feel bad for just leaving him alone when he's so awake, and trying so hard to interact with the world. He loves holding his head up on his own, for as long as he is able, and he stretches out his legs to "stand" for a little while, too. This morning I didn't plan on doing anything but laundry, so Owen and hung out while Ry worked on one of the many book reviews he has to do. This afternoon we'll go grocery shopping, and we'll return the dishes of those who so kindly brought us meal in the first two weeks of Owen's life (yes, I know - way overdue on returning these!!).

Speaking of those things, I shall be off.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

clean again

We were spoiled this past week; marnie arrived last wednesday and we brought her back to the airport last night. It was a wonderful time of bonding for Owen and Nonny; our freezer has more goodies in it; conversations shared, our lives re-united; rooms were given attention and home created. It was an excellent time together and saying goodbye was hard.

This evening Owen has his first full emersion bath. I'd been sponge-bathing this whole time as I was afraid of the potential situation: a crying, very upset and squirming WET and SLIPPERY baby. Anyway, the idea was not at all appealing to me. But I guess I was feeling brave tonight. It went well! Owen is such a sweet, quiet boy, he only got mildly upset once, and then he was fine. I don't think he enjoyed it, but he was a patient boy through it. He and I snuggled for a while after and he got all dry and warm again and now he's a squeaky clean sleepy beauty on my lap. He's such a wonderful little boy; i am so blessed. This truth finds me multiple times a day and as a result, I'm all smiles and giggles.

This is now how I spend my days.

Owen: wide-eyed and alive after his first emersion bath at home.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

halloween babe

i was not at all prepared for october 31 to roll into town . . . we had no candy, we had no jack-o-lantern. luckily our apartment neighbour took care of the candy 'problem' by setting himself and a big bowl of candy, outside our house, so none of the trick or treaters came to our door. and luckily, heidi sent a little costum for owen so at least he could participate in the season.

here's our little horse-y! he was content in the costum for a little while, but then he began making uncomfortable faces and noises and getting impatient, so we put the pacifier in his mouth for the sake of getting some more picture. dear boy - what a good sport he is. and, of course, how cute is he?!

here's owen without a costume. he's getting big and looking older every day!