Duckling Day

Last Friday now I made a Duckling Costume out of a paper bag and construction paper. You must be so jealous of how crazy my Friday nights are ;). There was a reason for the costume – our neighborhood library has a Duckling Day every year for Owen-sized kids and older. I was planning to bail after checking the weather, but then a neighbor said she was still planning on going with her son so we decided to brave the weather and see some ducks. Since the whole costume was made out of paper it wasn’t very durable and ripped easily. I had figured that we would put it over Owen’s head and he would just tear out of it, but Tony was able to carefully put it on and get both of his arms out of the arm holes without it ripping. Owen was such a good sport and we were able to check out the ducks, get a goodie bag, and see a very crowded puppet show. I have a feeling this will be a new tradition for us.

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The First Year

Yes, I know it’s cliche to say the first year goes by quickly, but it really is true – at least to a certain extent. The first few months went by slowly because we were just soooo tired. I mean zombie tired. All the parents out there know what I am talking about. Then, after about 6 months, we started getting a schedule down and things got more comfortable. I’m not sure about other parents, but at that point so many new things were happening. He started to become a bit more active, and before we knew it he was crawling up the stairs (he started this past weekend). This new talent of his makes me so nervous. I would like to wrap him in bubble wrap, but I just need to let him explore a bit and learn on his own.


“Look what I can do!”

We had his 1 year well visit yesterday, and he is healthy :). He is now weighing in at 25 lbs 5 oz, and he is 30 1/4” long. Hard to believe that he was born at 8 lbs 8 oz and 20″ long 52 weeks ago. He can now officially eat anything that is not a choking hazard – even foods that he wasn’t able to eat before like honey and milk. No more formula! I will finish the one we have, and then it’s whole milk from now on until he is 2. I am delighted that we don’t have to rely on having formula and will be able to buy all of his food wherever we are. Happy dance :).


Last of the sticker pictures

Parenthood can get crazy at times, but it is always interesting, and every once in a while it is nice to spend time with other parents to you realize that you are not alone on this ride. We spent last weekend in Deep Creek, Maryland with some friends. Of course there was lots of crying and screaming from the kids (there were 6 of them), but there were also a few moments of relaxation. Most of our friends had kids there so we were all up early, but it was nice to be able to take our time and not have an agenda. I was even able to fit a few work outs in. The weather cooperated with us on Saturday, and we were able to explore a small park near by. Owen loved being able to take in the new sights and pick up some sticks.


Waiting to go on a walk.


Looking out at the waterfall


The kids

First Birthday Party Success

They fit! The balloons that is. I might have went crazy with ordering balloons. I ordered 15 latex and 2 foil balloons for the party. After ordering them I was a little worried that they wouldn’t all fit – fortunately they did. I couldn’t see out of the back window driving home, but who needs to do that? Owen loves balloons, and I am pretty that we will be adding “balloon” to his vocabulary very soon. So it was all worth it, and we will have the foil balloons for a while for him to enjoy.


My view on the way home with the balloons







A picture while Owen was still napping











The weather was prefect the day of the party, which was great because we didn’t really have a backup plan. We setup everything outside, except for the food. The kids were able to use the slide, play with toys, and blow bubbles. “Bubbles”, by the way, is Owen’s new word for anything that he likes these days. It is quite adorable 🙂

Of course the smash cake is a big part of the first birthday party tradition, and Owen’s was no different. His cake turned out great! It looked exactly like the picture that I sent to them. At first Owen was a little hesitant on putting his hands on the cake, but once Tony gave him a little taste he was all about it. I think he might have eaten the whole thing if we didn’t take it away from him. I think he actually gets messier from eating a normal meal than he did from eating the cake. After we took the cake away we only needed to wipe his hands and mouth.


Owen’s smash cake









Owen enjoying his cake 🙂












I don’t know what I would have done without the help of our family. The morning of the party I was running around like crazy. They put up decorations, set up the tables, made food, and even got me flowers. What a great crew!


The family








I’m not sure why I stressed so much over a one year old birthday party – Owen won’t remember any of it. At least he will get to look back at some great pictures. I think the first few child’s birthday parties are more for the parents than the child. Anyhow, I think we did great on Saturday. The decorations looked good, we had plenty of food, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Here are some of the decorations from the party…

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Easter Fun

Let me start off by saying how awesome it is that Owen was able to squeeze two Easters into his first year of life. You have to be born at just the right time to pull that off. Last year he was only hours before Easter Day, and this year being 11 months old he was able to enjoy it much more. He enjoyed visiting with his cousins, an Easter egg hunt, and a delicious Easter brunch. He even got to try some smoked salmon and mussels for the first time.

I have been going crazy planning and trying to clean to get things ready for the big birthday bash this weekend. I just checked the weather and it is supposed to be 60 and sunny :). Thank goodness because 30 guests plus kids are not going to fit very comfortably in the house. I hope everyone remembers to bring a jacket. I will be sure to post pictures after the craziness.




Found one 🙂

Full Schedule

This past weekend has been a very full one. We took Owen to see the scary Easter Bunny on Saturday with some friends. He was fine with Santa Claus so I figured that the Easter Bunny would be easy, but while we were waiting in line the boy in front of us began screaming and crying so when it was our turn Owen was not excited. As soon as I set him down he started to cry :(. I think that will be the last time we take him to see the Easter Bunny. At least we have a fantastic picture to show him when he is older.

Owen Easter Bunny

Scary Easter Bunny










After the Easter Bunny torture we took him to Stride Rite to get measured for his first shoes (size 4W if you are curious). At daycare they asked us to begin putting shoes on him because he’s close to walking and they go outside when it is nice. We got him a pair of grey shoes with red laces that are adorable (all shoes that small are). I wanted to get a pair of Sperry’s (an exact replica of mine), but Tony wouldn’t let me get them. Maybe closer to the summer we can go back and grab them.

With his birthday party is right around the corner I have been trying to get some decorations up and buy some odds and ends to support his woodland/animal theme. The dining room is starting to look better. I just need to move some things around. We also need to get a final count of who is coming so we can plan the menu. I am crossing my fingers and toes in hopes that the weather is nice enough so guests have the option to be outside.


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This past Sunday our good friend took Owen’s first birthday pictures, and they turned out great! I already have some at Walgreens waiting to go into frames. One thing that I learned is that we should wait to dress him until the absolute last minute before taking the pictures. I gave him a sippy cup just before the pictures to tide him over, and it leaked all over his shirt. We had to quickly rinse and dry his shirt before she arrived.

This weekend will actually be Owen’s second Easter. He was born the day before Easter last year. It will be nice to enjoy it outside of a hospital this year.