Saturday, December 23, 2006

a wet day

I can't believe it's the 23rd of December already! We've already had our Christmas celebration with my parents, and we received presents from Ry's family and we OPENED them already! haha, we just couldn't wait. Tomorrow night we go the Rouleau's for a Christmas Eve supper with them. On Christmas Day we're going to the Best's. Their daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter will the there as well. Eden, the baby girl, is only a couple days older than Owen! It will be fun to have him around and interacting with another little one.

Our day today has been enjoyable! After relaxing contently for while this morning, Owen had a bath. Afterward, I massaged him with this nice 'calming' baby oil and he loved it! I did it after his last bath, too, and it really puts him in a great, dare it be true, calm mood. All day, he's been excellently chilled out. Ry was singing to him for about 10 minutes, and the entire time, Owen was just smiling at him.

The past week we've put Owen into his crib for his naps. But I think that has confused his daytime / nighttime distinction. While my parents were here, Owen put in some of his best nights ever. But since they've left, he's been up 3-4 times a night, being quite awake! He hasn't done that since his first few weeks. So anyway, we're going to go back to Owen napping in the rooms we're in during the daytime, and when we want him to sleep through the night, he'll be in the bedroom. Hopefully that will make our nights easier.

In other positive, step-forward developments, Owen has been interacting with things lately, such as the hanging toys on his floor mat. He's also become a great self-soother and he can be layed down and he'll put himself to sleep. He can amuse himself when he's sitting alone in one of his little chairs/recliners. It's very helpful, and fun to see.

Ry has gone to the grocery store to get the items necessary for making Christmas treats. The festivities will start again! I'm excited.

I took these photos yesterday; i tried capturing his great smile, but he kept throwing his head back or to the side when he'd smile.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

talking babe

Owen has really been enjoying talking while we talk, now. When he's happy he coos and sings along to our voices. It's really fun! He's already becoming such a fun little boy. He's growing so much! I've been having these realizations lately that seem so ordinary but to me they're epiphanies! For instance, Ry and I were talking about Owen is never going to stop growing and changing. In his 20s he'll basically be done 'growing' but he is going to be constantly changing, always. We'll never experience this stage again! I know, it's elementary knowledge, but it feels huge and revelatory to me. I've decided I need to become a sponge and soak everything in. Little Owen is becoming minutely bigger by the day. It's really exciting all the changes he is making and I'm so glad to be playing such a big role in this little guys life. I don't want to go back to when he was a newborn; I want to love every moment of his life and be ultra aware of every part of it.

Here's another video. Yes, we're loving that we can take short videos and show them to family and friends far away. We hope you enjoy them! While taking the video, I'm moving his legs around, which is why he's shifting like that.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Christmas is coming!

We put up our Christmas tree this past weekend! It's a lovely tree, and it looks great in our living room. I'd like to keep it forever. This is our tree, in all its glory.

It was especially fun fr me to be creating our own little family's Christmas traditions and memories. Currently, when I think about Christmas, what comes to mind are: the scent of that Christmas tree tin candle; the book that opens into a three-scene, 3-D nativity story; and the Boney M Christmas record, playing while we decorate the tree. These things are dear to me, and they come to my mind every time I think about Christmas. I like the idea that Ry and I are doing something totally new, that we'll be starting memories.

There's snow outside (only like 3 inches) and it's gotten bitter! It's a little warmer this afternoon, though, so we'll see if the snow remains much longer. Winter has arrived!

Owen and I have been fighting this weird cold. It comes and goes, it's more of a linger itch than anything else. But needless to say, it's thrown Owen off quite a bit. He isn't content for too long now, and he doesn't always want to eat even though he's hungry. But other than this, he's been growing and doing well.

Owen's tongue trick

Here's Owen's tongue trick - what I tried posting before that never worked.

He actually hasn't done this trick lately. I guess it was only fun a week ago. At least we caught it on camera!