Welcome Back Me! An Update

I haven’t posted anything in over a week! It has been so stinkin’ hectic over here, and we’ve had lots going on. So, I’ve decided to do a recap of this month, as well as a bit of what’s to come!

November:

-Owen Is growing like a weed! He turned seven months old on Monday, and I can’t help but feel like things are moving way too fast! Wasn’t he just born?! And he’s hit a ton of milestones this month, which only adds to the feeling that things are moving too fast.

-We started Owen on solid foods this month, and it seems to be going really well! He really likes bananas and sweet potatoes! And he’s very eager to grab the spoon to feed himself, but I’m just not ready to clean food out of his hair, ears, and rolls!

-We’ve also got two teeth! After all the torture of dealing with a teething baby, we have teeth. They’re small, but at least they’ve cut through the gums! Owen loves biting our hands and arms!

-Owen is not quite crawling on his hands and knees, but he is army-crawling! He’s been moving for a while, now, but he only seemed to know how to move backwards. Now, however, he can definitely go forward if he sees something he wants! We’ve been cleaning the floors more often this month…

-Owen outgrew his baby bath tub and his infant car seat! So, we’ve started bathing him the big bath, with a non-slip bath mat, and we hit the stores in search of a new car seat. We ended up getting a car seat that will allow Owen to be rear-facing until he’s 40 lbs. and front-facing until he’s 65 lbs. I can’t believe he’s so huge! When I nurse him, he takes up half my body!

-After having Owen sleep in our room for the last seven months (in his pack & play), he’s finally moved into his crib in the nursery. This is huge for me. I was so nervous the first night! It’s really strange not being able to hear every little noise he makes, but the baby monitor is a sanity-saver! It’s also really strange having to walk all the way into the nursery to grab him! I’m used to just leaning over to soothe him, barely having to wake up to do so…but those days have passed!

-Owen met Santa! Our mall’s Santa arrived last weekend, so I decided to take Owen to meet him and get pictures. I’ve never sent out Christmas cards before, but I’d really like to this year, and I’d like to show off my cute one! I actually bought him a “Baby’s 1st Christmas” outfit for the photo. It turned out flippin’ adorable!

-We had a very busy first Thanksgiving with Owen! In the early afternoon, we went to Marshall’s grandma’s house for a late lunch. It was great spending time with family that we really don’t get to see too often. We stayed for a few hours, before heading to my sister’s house to see my family. We had a less traditional dinner, consisting of lasagna and garlic bread. Tasty! After dinner and dessert, we gathered in the living room for some pretty intense games of Catchphrase and 5 Names in a Hat! My family is pretty competitive, so it got kinda loud! Most of the family said goodbye around 8:30, so I put Owen to sleep. The men stayed home with him so us girls could do some Black Friday shopping!

-We got our Christmas tree and decorated the house! Black Friday was actually spent decorating the house, then On Saturday we went with my dad and step-mom to get our tree! We live right down the road from an awesome u-cut tree farm, so we went there! It was cold, rainy, and muddy, but we had a great time and found an awesome tree! It’s definitely a tradition I want to do every year with Owen.

Looking Forward:

-Next week, my aunt will be staying with us for a few days. My aunt is mentally handicapped, and has the most beautiful heart. She has been looking forward to staying with me for months! She can’t wait to help me with Owen. I’m going to take her to Portland while she’s here, to go to the Children’s Museum. She doesn’t know it, but they have a Wizard of Oz exhibit going on right now! She’s a Wizard of Oz NUT! She’s going to be so excited, and I can’t wait to surprise her! The zoo is right next to the museum, so I’m considering taking her to Zoo Lights, as well!

-Christmas time is my favorite time of year. I love the music, the lights, the smells. Everything about this season makes me feel all merry and bright! And I am so excited that we get to share Christmas with Owen this year. I know that it won’t mean much to him at this age, but I’m sure that the memories we make this month will stay with me forever. I planned on not buying him much, because he won’t know the difference, and I’m sure his grand-parents will spoil him. But, I just couldn’t resist. Amazon was having a BOGO thing going on for Black Friday, so I ordered him some new toys!

-New years is always bittersweet for me. I am looking forward to the new year, but it’s always kinda sad to look back and see that certain things never got crossed off of that never-ending to-do list. It was a busy year, and I’m not too down on myself for not doing what I had hoped (I mean, I had a kid! Things are supposed to slow down a bit!), but I’m really looking forward to 2015!

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Starting Solid Foods

Last week, I finally took the plunge and started Owen on solid foods. I have a book with easy baby food recipes, so I started small and made some rice cereal, applesauce, and butternut squash, and froze them all in the freezer. On Monday, we started with the rice cereal.

And he hated it.

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I know it’s all new and different, maybe a little weird, but I kept at it, despite his aversion. He finally gave in and let me feed him. He even seemed to enjoy it for a bit, before remembering that he hated it.

We tried rice cereal again on Tuesday, but then switched to the squash on Wednesday and Thursday. And we will probably have to mask the squash with other tastes if we ever want him to eat it again… it was awful! He was actually gagging at the taste! He may have developed my picky eating habits, because trying sweet potatoes didn’t go that great either.

I mean, I know that milk is preferable, but I guess I just thought he would be totally into trying solid foods! It’s just so exciting and nerve-wracking for me, it seems weird that it’s so awful for him!

I made some banana purée last night, and we tried that today. I was hoping that the sweetness would make this whole thing a bit more appealing to him. He did actually seem to like the banana, which was awesome! I hope it’s a sign that eating solid foods will go a little smoother from now on!

Anybody got any advice as to how to ease this transition? How did your kids do when they started solids?

Glaucoma Update

On Friday, Owen had an appointment with the eye doctor at OHSU. This was not his surgeon that we saw a little over a month ago, but this was the eye doctor who first diagnosed Owen’s glaucoma, and sent us straight to the surgeon.

She originally told us that Owen would most likely need glasses at this point in his life, so that was my big question for her: Will he still need glasses???

After checking the pressure in both of his eyes, and watching how he focuses under different lenses, she informed me that she doesn’t see glasses in his near future! His eye pressures were excellent. As long as his eye pressures remain excellent, and he seems to be seeing fine, glasses won’t be necessary for a very long time!

When we first found out Owen had glaucoma, I felt like I was caught in a whirlwind! One day he’s fine, the next he’s getting surgery! And we just began to pray. We had our family praying, our church praying, and even random strangers praying. And God has been so faithful. He’s answered our prayers and has taken such good care of my sweet boy. I am so grateful that God has helped us through all of this, and that we are surrounded by such awesome prayer-warriors!

Teething: Are We Done Yet?!

After what has felt like forever, Owen has finally cut teeth! He’s been exceptionally fussy the past several nights, so Friday morning I took a chance and felt his gums. And, what do you know? I felt teeth!

He was still pretty fussy Friday night, so I checked his teeth again on Saturday morning. Phantom teeth. I keep hearing about this happening to babies…teeth popping up and down and up again. And I guess it’s a real thing, because his teeth had disappeared! By the end of the day, they reappeared, but geez! No wonder he’s been so fussy lately!

As of Sunday, his teeth seemed a bit more permanent. There’s not much to them yet, but I am just thrilled that they’ve broken through his gums.

Now, I’m curious…Will we go through this crazy nonsense for every new tooth? Or will the fussiness and discomfort go away over time, as he gets used to the sensation of new teeth? Because, I have lost so much sleep over the last few days, and I’m so dreading any new teeth he gets!

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Throwback Thursday: 18 Weeks

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I seriously can’t believe Owen is almost seven months old. Where has the time gone? Before I know it, I’ll be planning his first birthday party!

This photo was taken just over a year ago, when I was about 18 weeks pregnant. I look at this photo, and I just can’t believe I was ever that tiny. And I can’t believe Owen was that tiny!! Now, he’s 19 lbs. and my arms hurt when I carry him for too long!

I miss pregnancy. I felt so gorgeous! And growing a life is just the coolest experience! I really can’t wait to experience it all over again.

Pediatrician Appointment

Owen had his 6-month appointment with his pediatrician yesterday. We were there to get his next set of vaccinations, as well as his flu shot. I have to say, he actually did pretty great!

Owen is a pretty social kid, so he spends the majority of our appointments talking and smiling with our nurses and doctor. He did cry when the shots were given, but I was able to nurse him right after, and he calmed pretty quickly.

While there, he was weighed and measured. To me, this kid seems enormous! But I guess he’s kinda short! He’s in the 75th percentile for weight, and only the 17th for length! Short like momma 😉 I’m just so grateful that he’s so healthy!

He has an EUA in January for his eyes, so we go back to the pediatrician in a month for his pre-op, as well as the second dose of his flu shot.

As winter approaches, I’m really hoping I can keep Owen healthy. It breaks my heart when he’s not feeling good! I plan to be hyper-vigilant with hand-washing, hand-sanitizing, and keeping people from touching Owen’s hands and face (which is difficult, because people love to touch babies).

Have your kids been sick yet this year? Got any tips on how to soothe a sick baby?

DIY Cinnamon Stick Candles

Last week, I made a trip to IKEA (AKA heaven) with my sister. While there, we spotted a four-pack of white candles for just $2. As soon as I saw them, I thought back to a craft I had seen on Pinterest…cinnamon stick candles! I scooped them up, and my weekend DIY project was born!

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Here’s what you need:

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– Candles from IKEA ($2 for a pack of 4)
– Plate from IKEA ($4)
– Cinnamon sticks from Walmart ($5)
– Ribbon of choice ($1)
– Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks (free! I already had these on hand)

Total cost: $12!

Here’s what to do (candles):

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– Place strips of glue directly onto the candle (I placed the glue onto the cinnamon stick, and it just didn’t work well).
– Press cinnamon stick into glue firmly! You may want to add a few drops of glue in the spaces afterwards, just in case.
– Continue to glue sticks all the way around the candle, filling in gaps with glue.

Here’s what to do (ribbons):

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– Cut four strips of ribbon, one for each candle, and wrap around the candle. Glue in place.

Here’s what to do (bows):

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– Weave one ribbon through the prongs of a fork five times.
– Use a second piece of ribbon to tie at the center. Double knot.
– Cut ends of ribbon to desired length.
– Slip ribbon off of fork and arrange the ends to the desired position.
– Place a dot of glue on each bow and place where desired.

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Voilà! This project took no time at all, and I really didn’t spend more than I would have, had I bought these at the store! Thank you Pinterest!

Have you attempted any Pinterest crafts? Did they turn out adorable?

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