Growth Spurt

Other than a few hiccups on Friday night, Owen has been sleeping very well. He even slept in today until 8am. Happy dance! Tony tried to get him to sleep at 8:30 last night, and of course Owne wasn’t having it, but I will take sleeping through the night. He has also been eating a ton for dinner when he comes home from daycare. We are talking 2 whole jars of baby food and a mum mum cracker. For anyone that has used the mum mum crackers, why do they have to be so messy? I guess it really doesn’t matter as long as he likes them. Maybe he is going through a growth spurt? Hopefully he will get some new clothes for Christmas if that is the case.

Happy winter solstice! I am hoping if I act enthusiastic the weather won’t actually be icy and snowy for a while. We actually had a pretty bad ice storm in November – boo ice and snow. Every winter Tony and I throw around the idea of moving south. Maybe one year we will actually do it – who knows? The forecast is supposed to be pretty mild for the next few days, which is fine with me.

I had planned to do a craft with Owen this weekend, but I couldn’t find the time. It all worked out though because the craft that I planned to do with him he brought home from daycare. It was similar to the mistletoe craft that I saw on Pinterest (of course). I think he did a great job.


Owen’s masterpiece 🙂










I do have the supplies to do something else. So after the holiday I am thinking of doing one of the below.

daddy mommy me hand printFootprint and Handprint Holiday Art Projects from Making It From Page to Table

Speaking of Owen growing up, he turned 8 months on Friday. He isn’t crawling yet, which is fine with mommy and daddy who haven’t baby proofed yet. He is able to get on all fours, sway, and push himself backwards. He is also a champ at holding his own bottle, saying “baba” and “dada” (but he isn’t too sure what “dada” is), and every once in a while he will let out a very loud high pitched wail. No teeth yet but that hasn’t seem to bother him, and he is wearing 12-18 months clothes. Our little man is very happy and healthy :).


Rocking the santa hat (and nothing else)


How did all these lights get here?


If you look close enough you can see the drool line.






Happy 8 months!



Ugly Sweaters and Urgent Care

I have to say we have been mostly enjoying the holiday season so far. There have been a few bumps in the road, but all in all we are taking it all in and trying not to stress too much. A week ago, Owen woke up with both eyes gunky, and he wasn’t able to open them. We knew right away that he had pink eye, and because it was a Sunday we had our first trip to Urgent Care. Ugh. Of course we had to wait a while to see a doctor, but once we did we had an eye drop prescription and we were out the door quickly. He was feeling better the next day and after a week of eye drops he is in the clear.

Thank goodness for babysitters :). Last weekend we went to a beer and cupcake tasting party where the the was ugly Christmas sweaters. I know the combination of cupcakes and beer sounds weird, but it worked out really well and was quite tasty. The hosts had tasting cards and put all the beer in bins with the cupcakes labeled sitting in from of them. Most importantly we got to spend time with friends while wearing our awesome ugly sweaters. Side note; remember when you had to go search for ugly holiday sweaters at the local thrift store? Well they now sell them at retail stores all over the place. I found my beauty at Target, and Tony’s was actually from Kroger. We’ll be able to rock these for years to come :).


Rocking our fancy sweater

I know Owen has been growing really fast, and he will be crawling before we know it. It really sunk in when Tony came home after picking Owen up from daycare and showed me his transfer papers. Owen will be moving to the older infant room at the end of next month. He will first have a transition week to spend a little time in the new room before he makes the official shift. It makes me a little sad, but I know it will be great for him and he will really start moving. For now we will take full advantage of Owen still sort of not hating sitting up and being stationary.


Visiting Santa at my office party


We have been knocking out most of our Christmas shopping, but we still have a few people to buy for this weekend. I think we are past the ordering online deadline :/. But we are getting there. Hopefully this week will go by smoothly and we’ll be able to finish the list and start wrapping some gifts.


Owen figured out how to rock the rocking chair



Owen hasn’t been sleeping so well this week, and it has definitely taken a toll on both of us. This morning, after getting Owen dressed for the day, I took him downstairs to show him a new snow globe that I bought yesterday. The snow globe has a deer inside of it and plays Silent Night when you wind it up. Nothing special but I was curious to see how Owen would react to seeing his first snow globe. I sat him down, wound it up, and shook it. He got the biggest smile on his face, and he reached out to try to touch the snow. It was adorable, and really got me excited for Christmas. Tonight we plan on decorating the tree. I can’t wait to see Owen’s reaction to the lights!




Last Wednesday night we packed up and headed to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving. I think we are still trying to recover from the trip. Owen did not sleep well while we were in town. Not sure if it was because of he was sleeping in a pack-n-play, it was too cold, or if it was just a different place. Of course we tried to jam as much as possible into the time we had with family. On Thanksgiving, family came over my parents’ house, and we ate a bunch of the traditional holiday food. We got off pretty easy by only needing to bring the pies. Owen was able to meet some of his cousins for the first time, which was adorable yet frightening to see them play with him. I am happy to report that he came home without any bruises.


The holidays and baking come hand-in-hand. I didn’t think I would have any time to bake this year having Owen around but I was able to bake cookies on Friday and Saturday with family while Owen was entertained by his grandparents, aunt, and dad. On Friday we made some delicious snickerdoodles and mint chocolate chip cookies. On Saturday I learned how to make my grandma’s famous orange cookies.  I now feel a bit more comfortable with trying the orange cookies out on my own.

Owen had another first this past weekend. In addition to celebrating his first Thanksgiving, Owen saw Santa for the first time. He actually seemed alright with it. This could be because he was outside, and he loves being outside, or because so many people were staring at him. Either way he did really well. I think if we have time we might try and go to the mall and get a better picture with Santa without freezing our toes off.

Time is going by so fast this holiday season it’s hard to keep up. I still need to decorate, send out Christmas cards, and buy gifts. Somehow it will all get done.