Sleeping Habits

We have been very fortunate that Owen has slept in his own bed from very early on. Pretty much right after we took Owen home from the hospital he was a crib baby. We occasionally used the rock & play when the crib wasn’t working, but other than that he slept in his crib. Once the crib was converted into a toddler bed, and then swapped with a twin bed, he has started to get out of bed a few times a night. It isn’t late when he does it. He usually comes down the stairs a few minutes after we had just tucked him in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that he doesn’t wet the bed anymore, but he thinks that he has to announce that he has to go the bathroom and that we must tuck him back in after he is done. Like everything else I’m hoping that this is just s short phase.

Owen’s shield that daddy brought back from his trip.

Baby things everywhere. We have been digging out Owen’s old baby stuff, and it has already taken over the extra room we have in the house. We now have a bouncer, a swing, a momaRoo, a rock & play, and pack & play. If Miles doesn’t enjoy at least one of these things then we’re in serious trouble. Also, the hospital bag is pretty much packed. I just need to wash some onsies for Miles and add toiletries when the day arrives. I think he is running out of room because he has been moving around more than usual. Good news is that he is head down and things are progressing as they should.

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Trimming Nails & Other Fun Adventures

Owen really doesn’t have any fear when he is jumping off the couch or running around, but try and trim his nails and the crying begins. This fear has been going on for a while much like when he hated getting a bath. We even let him watch a video while we are trimming his nails, but he wasn’t having it this week. I was finally able to get him calm enough after few evenings to finally get all of his fingernails trimmed. I think this might be a job for daddy from now on.

We used to have the flailing tantrums when Owen was three and now he just screams out of nowhere when he is upset. Is that what almost 5-year-olds do? He also used to be really adventurous when it came to eating, but now he has turned into a picky eater when it comes to dinner time. I’m hoping that both of these things are just phases that he grows out of soon.

On a happier note, Owen is getting really excited for his little brother to arrive. The other day when I was leaving after giving me a hug he rubbed my belly and said, “bye Miles”. It was pretty cute. He keeps asking when is he going to come out of my belly. Also, he asked the other day if I “ate his bother” and “will my brother break your belly”. All valid questions that I had to keep a straight face and answer the best that I could.

Now that I am 35 weeks we need to put the finishing touches on the nursery, and I should probably start getting my hospital bag ready. Is there anything that I should make sure to pack?

This week was tough with Tony out of the country, and I think Owen got a little spoiled. We are both super thrilled to have him back.

Owen insisted on adding icing and sprinkles to his cookie.

Nesting

It’s funny how much more prepared we were for Owen’s arrival than we are for his brother’s. I’m pretty sure I washed just about all the new clothes and that my hospital bag was packed at this point with Owen. We have made some progress (thanks to Tony), and Owen is now in his newly painted and furnished big boy room. The nursery is also newly painted and the baby will use Owen’s old furniture. We still need to get some things on the walls in both rooms to make them fully complete.

At almost 34 weeks it’s such a struggle to sleep at night as well put my shoes on. I think at one point not too long ago I felt like I was in shape, but these days my workouts are a lot different. Pretty much every exercise needs to be modified and my bathroom breaks happen a lot more often. At least I can still get to the gym, and I hope to work out until around 37 weeks when my contract expires.

I’m not sure why they even make maternity pants. They fit horribly and are always falling down an hour after I put them on. I’ve pretty much been living in joggers and leggings when I can get away with it. Thank goodness I work from home.

Now I need to figure out what I actually used in my hospital bag last time.

That’s A Wrap

There is so much craziness that leads up to the holidays that I am actually happy to get back to the grind. I really do enjoy seeing the Christmas tree shining in the living room, all of the Christmas lights, and of course seeing Owen so excited about Santa’s arrival, but I’m not all about the added stress. So on New Year’s Day, we took down all of the decorations and cleaned the house up a bit. Now it looks a little bare, but soon we will have plenty of baby things scattered about.

Not sure about your kids, but Owen is better behaved when he has some structure, and being off school was not great for him. Luckily Tony was able to take some time off and entertain him for a few of the days. I think with all of the running around (plus the added sugar) Owen was having a really hard time listening, and there were many tantrums during the holiday break. So we were thrilled when we could send him back to school on Thursday. Also, Kindergarten registration is coming up soon :/. Not sure what we are going to do with him only being in school for a half day. But we still have a few months to figure that out.

Preparing to be a big brother

I imaging the transition for Owen is going to be very difficult being that he has been the only child for 4 1/2 years. Sharing our attention with his brother will probably be the hardest part. To help him feel special and start to prepare him for his baby brother (arriving in about 10 weeks) we signed him up for a Big Brother class. During the class the teacher had them share their baby picture and showed a video about babies and siblings. He also got the chance to change a diaper on a baby doll. After we showed him how to wipe the baby clean he proceeded to wipe down the whole baby doll with that same wipe. We’ll have to start small with having him help get the diaper and wipes for us. We also were able to take a hospital tour and he saw where I would be while I had the baby and saw some babies in the nursery. 

The past few weeks he has seemed very curious and excited about the baby. Asking me, “If you poop will the baby come out?” Also he wanted to talk to the baby by yelling into my mouth. 

I’m hoping with how active the baby has been Owen will be able to feel him kick. So far he is pretty impatient and hasn’t had the chance to feel the kicks. I think for my appointment next week I will bring him so he can hear the heartbeat. 

Start of the Christmas Season

Thanksgiving is over so it’s time to cram all of the traditions and gatherings in the next few weeks. Last weekend we decorated inside and outside of the house. Even though it took all weekend (now that I’m thinking about it we still have a few things left), and was very crazy with Owen “helping”, it looks so much cozier. 

Last weekend we went to a local light-up night where Owen scooped up all the candy from the parade, saw Santa and his reindeer, rode a trolley, and had some hot chocolate. He tends to get a little crazy from hot chocolate so I think we are done with that for now. 

Yesterday got a little crazy with a Christmas party and then an Ugly Sweater Party. At the Christmas party, Owen got to spend some time with his cousins and got to sit on Santa’s lap. The party started a little rough after Owen got a paper-cut and started to freak out like he cut his finger off. I’m glad he forgot about it the next day. 

After sitting with Santa Owen picked a shopping cart for his present

Last week Owen brought home some papers from school showing how to make gingerbread cookies and since then he has wanted to make some. So today (after walking over to Whole Foods for more molasses) we made a ton of gingerbread cookies. It was a long process, but Owen really enjoyed mixing and decorating the cookies. And because the weather was so nice (and we had a ton of cookies) Owen delivered some to neighbors in his Mercedes. 

Ice Skating

We have tried out soccer, swim lessons, and running club. The first season of soccer Owen enjoyed, but the second season he spent most of the time laying on the ground crying. Most weeks there were tears before, during, or after swim lessons. He enjoyed running club so I think we’ll try that out again.

Owen is currently enjoying tumbling class and ice skating lessons. Tumbling seems to be going well and lasts all through the school year. Unfortunately, there isn’t a recital at the end of the year, which would be pretty funny.  Ice skating is his newest adventure and 2 weeks in he seems to be really enjoying it. They started out the lessons on a practice ice (plastic) rink then moved onto the real ice and split them into small groups by age and level. On his second lesson Owen moved up to a more advanced class and seemed to do well with it. We’ll have to wait and see what the last 4 weeks bring, but I have a feeling that he will want to do it again.