Milk, Snack, and TV

Owen’s new favorite words are “milk”, “snack”, and “tv”. Milk and TV are the first words out of his mouth in the morning. Then as the day goes on it’s “snack, mommy, snack” – like he is wasting away. So at all times the diaper bag is filled with squeezies, dried fruit, fruit leather, and cheerios. He now knows where they are stored in the bag, and usually helps himself.

Milk has always been a favorite of his. I think he could drink a gallon a day if we let him. But this TV thing is new since I’ve been home with him. The only way we can get him to stop watching is to get him out of the house. I’ve been scheduling play dates for around 10, and then coming home for lunch. If I’m lucky he’ll nap after he eats a small lunch.

I feel like an energizer bunny when he finally goes down for a nap. I run around trying to get a work out in, plan dinner, and throw a load of laundry in. What I really want to do is take a nap! Just another part of my new normal.

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Owen’s new ride.

Owen has been having a lot of fun exploring our new yard. Last weekend he got a new car and loves it. I just wish he would figure out how to do it himself. Our yard is not flat and it is a good workout pushing his 30+ lbs around. Let’s see if I can convince Owen to go down for a nap. Wish me luck.

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Stay at home moms

I’m no expert at this stay at home mom thing by any means, but I’m trying to reach out and meet new moms on the way. My biggest goal is to not have Owen watch TV all day. It was a lot easier to accomplish this when he was in daycare and there wasn’t a TV available. We try and do at least one thing a day where he is interacting with other kids.

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We’ve done playground meetups, story times, and a bunch of walks. I’ve recently joined a Moms group, which has really helped me get Owen out of the house – even though every parent knows that getting your child in the car is sometimes a battle.

My biggest challenge with Owen is patience. Where do you find it? When your kid is throwing a tantrum during story time or throws a car to the ground that just misses a kid’s head. Ugh. I’m sure the other parents understand. Also, wine helps.

The Moms club had a kid free night last night at Mad Mex. It was great to have a dinner without kids (even though we talked about them).  At least we got to relax a bit and enjoy a margarita or two.  I just met most of these moms last week so it is very much out of my comfort zone, but it is nice getting to know them.

 

Rainy Days

We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather so far, and we’ve been keeping busy doing things outside, but today we got hit with some rainy, stormy weather. After fighting with Owen to get sunblock on we were off to the park to meet some new friends. About 10 minutes after we arrived at the park the skies opened up and it start to pour. We waited a few minutes but the rain did not let up so left the park and ran some errands.

Any parent knows strapping a kid back into the car seat isn’t fun, but doing it while it’s pouring is an added bonus. So we got back in the car all muddy and wet and we were off to Trader Joe’s. I really enjoy having one so close by now, but a little disappointed that since we are in PA there is no 4 buck Chuck :/. I’ve been hearing rumors that those silly laws might be changing, which could possibly allow wine to be sold in grocery stores. Hopefully that day will happen soon. For now we’ll have to keep making special trips to state stores.

Thank you to whoever got Owen Play-Doh for his birthday.  The Play-Doh and coloring books have been lifesavers on these rainy days.

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New House

We did it! We fit everything we own into boxes,bags, and bins and moved to Pittsburgh. I really didn’t think we could do it in time for the move, but somehow we managed to do it. You get to a point while packing that you realize that you have too much crap and donate and sell some things to lighten the load. I’m glad we did, because I don’t think much more would have fit onto the moving truck.

Moving stinks any way you slice it. Once all of our stuff was packed into boxes we had a moving company walk through our house allllll day and load our stuff into their truck. I really don’t understand why it took over 8 hours to get our house packed up but it did. Needless to say that it was really hard to keep Owen occupied without having anything to play with. There were many walks through the neighborhood that day. Oh and Owen napped in the pack in play in the dining room. He was a trooper.

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Once the house was empty it finally hit me that we were leaving for good. We were leaving our first home. The home that we brought Owen back from the hospital in. The home that we had holiday parties in. The home that the power went out for days. The home that was our quiet oasis. We will miss you first home. Thanks for the good times.

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One last picture in our Columbus home.