7 Months

Our little man turned 7 months this past Wednesday. These past 7 months have gone by really fast but also really slow. Being a parent for the first time is crazy, exhausting, and new everyday. Parents never get a break, and everyday I am so glad that I am not in this thing by myself.

Back to Owen. He is still drooling a whole bunch (still no teeth), babbling, sitting up on his own, and he is reaching for everything. I have a feeling we will be baby-proofing soon. I have been looking around the house lately and trying to count how many baby gates we will need. We have 2 sets of stairs so I guess we’ll need at least 2. Then we’ll need a bunch of outlet and cabinet covers/locks. One day at a time.


Sitting up so well









This past week has been a little crazy, weather-wise, and it makes me want to move south. On Monday we had about 4 inches of snow, and today the snow has melted and it is 60 degrees outside. We were even able to take a few walks this weekend. I think I might have bundled up Owen a little too much for our walk yesterday, but he didn’t seem to mind and now I know that the outfit fits.


“Mom I can’t put my arms down.”














Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and I can’t wait to celebrate Owen’s first Thanksgiving (he has a very appropriate bib that he will be wearing), spend time with family, bake some cookies, and be one of the crazies out on black Friday shopping. Happy Thanksgiving!


New Do

Don’t you love how you look and feel when you walk out of the salon after you get a color and style? I know I do. I think it is really important to get a little pampering for both parents. I recently got my hair colored and styled for our family Holiday Photo Shoot. Our family photographer (aka Laura) took some great pictures at Goodale Park on Sunday. We were able to take advantage of the leaves that were still on the trees and the warmer weather that is going to disappear soon. Here is a sneak preview…


















Now that Halloween is history, Christmas has blown up in all the stores and on TV. I don’t know about you, but I am still taking my Halloween decorations down. That is one of the many things on my to do list. Anyway, now that we are a family I want to start some traditions with Owen. Of course he won’t remember anything from this year, but I want to have everything documented to show him when he is old enough. What are some traditions that you have done or are planning to do?

Of course we will need to get his picture with Santa. I am sure this will turn out great (insert sarcasm). I also think that he should get a present to open on Christmas eve that might include new pair of PJ’s and maybe a book. In the years to come we can modify this to be age appropriate. Thank you, Pinterest, for the idea. Speaking of PJ’s I might have gotten us matching ones from Target the other day. They are fantastic, and I can’t wait to wear them!

Oh the presents. What to do? I am sure he will get plenty of things from his grandparents so I’m not really sure what to get him. He is growing so fast that I am buying him clothes all the time. Maybe we can get him a COSI (Columbus Science Center) or Zoo membership? Though he may be too young to do that. Any thoughts on learning toys, or what he  might need in the months to come?

Owen, Owen, Owen. He has been getting so good at eating his baby food that I think I might try and give him some actual bananas and maybe an avocado soon. He still doesn’t have any teeth so I don’t want to get really crazy. He is still drooling like crazy and sitting up so well. For parents out there, when did you start using s sippy cup? I think maybe using one might help him want to hold his bottle. I know he can do it. I just think that he knows that we will do it for him.


Yay! For sitting up!


Owen rocking his adorable hat


This week has been super busy so I haven’t had a chance to post anything in a while. Owen has seemed to enjoy the fall festivities that have been going on. I think it’s because he loves being outside.

Last weekend we visited Lynd’s Fruit Farm with some friends. The weather was perfect. We picked some apples in the orchard, and we were able to get some family pictures as well. I made some baked apples and applesauce this week. Owen seemed to enjoy the applesauce. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day. You can tell that Owen’s gums were hurting him. No teeth have popped out yet 😦


Sitting in the apple orchard

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This past week we were also able to carve out the pumpkins we got a few weeks ago. Owen seemed to enjoy the feeling of the pumpkin guts. Although we had to keep a close eye on him because of course he wanted to stick them in his mouth.

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Not so fast


Our masterpieces. Note: the one in the middle was a gift from our neighbor last year.

Halloween week continues…

Columbus had trick or treating on Thursday. We have now lived in Columbus for almost 7 years and I am still not sure why they don’t do it on Halloween. Nonetheless, I love seeing all the kids dressed up all excited to get some candy. We combined houses with our neighbors and hung out in our driveway talking and drinking cider. I enjoyed it, and I hope we can do it again next year.


Jack and Owen waiting for the trick or treaters


Owen with his pumpkin he made a daycare


Finally Halloween. Two parties in one night. Well we only made it to one. We went to a Halloween / birthday party at our friend’s house. It was pretty low key (because of all the little ones), which was fine with us. It is amazing how much can change in a year. Last year we only had one baby in the group now we have four. Fun times ahead!


The best family picture we could get. Owen was a trooper. His costume was hot and he was popping out of it.