Sunday, July 30, 2006
We were reunited with Papa Rog and were a family again! We took the dogs for a walk, but the heat was almost too much. Roger blessed me with another morning to sleep a bit later--he fed Owen breakfast from a bottle and put him back down to sleep. We were all just that much more rested for a whole day-Sunday, together!
I have said, I cannot say in words how dear some friends are to me. Once again, no matter the distance or time, Mr. Rebz has always been one of those friends and a light in my day who never fails to encourage me. You will never meet a man who can meet, greet, and encourage so easily with just a handshake and a smile, and I am glad Owen has the opportunity to meet people like Greg who have touched my life so deeply. I know Greg's light comes from his savior, Jesus Christ, but it takes a man of character to let that light shine so bright. He lives his life like a man who knows all blessings come from above.
We finally got our chance to go for a dip. Is that a smile I see on Owen's face? It sure was exciting to share one of my favorite things with Owen: swimming! He never cried or wanted out-he was as comfortable as can be! As soon as we decided it was time to get out, the temperature dropped and a storm blew in. There even was a tornado warning and we had to head to the basement! Soon it was all over, but we never got to get back in. These days I wish we had a pool!
Special moments...I overheard someone ask the question..."What does it take to make a grown man cry?" Owen seemed to smile or giggle whenever Grampa Phil talked to him...was it true "baby" talk? Early morning breakfasts and lunchtime "conversations" were baby Owen's and Grampa's special times. I got to sleep in and eat a peaceful meal during these times too. Precious. Moments to hold forever...when Owen is grown, I hope he can experience this with his own children and grandchildren...
Thursday, July 27, 2006
After our wonderful time with Gr-Auntie Paula, we spent a bit of time, and only a few dollars, at Carter's and The Children's Place Outlet stores...dreaming about what Owen will fit in this fall...winter...spring...and next summer! It sure is fun but very hard to tell what size he'll be.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday evening was fun time with Grampa Phil once he returned from a hard day at work. Swimming, sunning, sleeping, enjoying being loved... many of our favorite activities! Owen even has his own swimmy trunks, but he wasn't quite ready to jump in yet. Soon enough we'll have him splashing & jumping & diving in the pool.
There is something peaceful about being able to hear the wind blow and the birds chirp. Owen is experiencing a brand new place and is handling it well. He seems to take time to "smell the flowers" and take in the nature all around us here at "Cherith Oaks" (a.k.a. "Camp Larsen"). On Monday he got to take a walk, or two, with Gramma Mama and take a nap, or two, on the porch. At six weeks he is quite steady and strong...today he did one and a half pushups while resting with mom! :-)
Before we left for Camp Larsen, we had to call Granny Nanny and Grampa Steve to come and say Good-bye because neither has gone a week without seeing little "O". After they left, Owen got to try a few slurps of his first cereal. Very diluted, but he seemed to like it!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Either Owen is really not feeling well or he is sure getting used to all that spoiling! I couldn't get anything done around the house and he sure was getting fussy, so I called in the troops! Actually...super Granny Nanny came to the rescue! Always looking for the opportunity to sing and play patticake and rock and bounce her favorite grandson, Nancy came over and I was able to fold about six loads of laundry, put it all away, go get adjusted by MB, and finally clean that gross crud that was accumulating around the drain. By that time...Owen was happy, mom was happy, and granny nanny had got her fill...for now. :-) We are so blessed...all of us!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I have been reading that you cannot spoil a newborn by loving and holding him too much. That makes me feel better because Owen is then loved very much. He is ccuddled and rocked and kissed and hugged by all the family that can't seem to take their hands off of him. Auntie Emmy is guilty of hugging and kissing and squeezing him...'til he barfs...here she is caught in the act! Owen does not seem to mind-he coos and cahs and smiles at the sound of her voice, so I suppose he'll let her babysit again!
Monday, July 17, 2006
Yesterday we pulled out an outfit that is oh-so-close to fitting! The hat is a wee bit big, but the shoes are lookin' good! He's our little Rookie!
Our first Saturday night "date!" Auntie Emmy babysat little Owen while "mom" and "dad" hit the town--actually, just the reception for a bit of buffet and good dancing! It was nice to get away, but Little One was missed. The night went well for everyone...we so believe. :-)
Thanks Mary Beth!
Friday, July 14, 2006
Asleep...Awake...Asleep...Awake... We spend our days just enjoying what we have...time. Owen truly is growing fast and seems to be a happy baby. Today we had a chiropractic appointment, and then we went bra shopping. Very exciting.
To the left we have Owen's new pillow...ok, so mom uses it too! To the right we have sleepy Owen on the verge of waking up. He had his itty bitty chin resting on his itty bitty hand-of course we had to capture it on film!
I know a mother's love is not conditional on how cute her child is. However, I have found that it does not matter if Owen is crying, screaming, gazing, throwing his wobbly head around, sleeping, coohing or cahing, he truly is beautiful to me. It sure makes those late night/ early morning awake hours seem oh-not-so-bad. His many expressions don't give me a hint as to what might be going through his little head, and I don't know if he really knows what a smile is...even though he does do that quite a bit. But, my love looks forward to growing with him as he becomes what God has planned in the days, months, and years ahead.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
We tried to take another shot, but someone got crabby. I wanted y'all to see his name so carefully painted on the chair. But, it just so happened we were trying to do this at the end of a very long day of shopping, sleeping, getting stranded because "mom" lost the car key in a store and we had to search for it for over an hour...etc! Anyway, after we got fed, changed, and put into our jammies, that special little "someone" was a sleepy little angel...mom looks happy too!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Little Owen James was born one whole month ago! He was sung "happy birthday" (or a version of it) three times today! He is "sitting" in his rocker that was so lovingly painted & stenciled by his kissing and hugging Auntie Emmy. It reads "Owen James" & his birthdate too!
"Auntie" Jenn came over and spent the afternoon with us. She believes she got the "whole baby experience"--she held, rocked, changed, kissed, and hugged our little one. Who wouldn't love babies after a day like that??? :-)
It sure was nice just to spend some quality time with a wonderful and beautiful friend!
Monday, July 10, 2006
Many hours have been spent sitting, rocking, sleeping, feeding, burping, and yes...crying...in this chair in Owen's room. And yes, I was talking about Me hanging out doing those things with Owen. Most of those hours are in the middle of the night, so when rog woke up at 5 or 6...he thought it was so "cute"...he took this picture.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Spending time outside was a good time had by all over the Holiday weekend! When Owen was not in his pack-n-play, he was wearing his daddy's hat. The sun was hot, the food was good, and the company...spledid! Owen was not a big fan of the fireworks so we turned in early, but this did not cut short father-son time at all...here Owen sleeps with his arms "wrapped" around Roger. Can this feeling ever be replicated???
Owen managed to spit up on, throw up on, poop and/or pee on (and at), almost all the members of the Larsen clan that visited over the holiday. Auntie Julie took clean-up seriously and did a fantastic job! It even looks like both are having fun here!
All the Larsen sisters/Aunts are wonderful with Owen and I don't doubt that those three will be wonderful mothers themselves...someday. Imagine that: Owen having cousins as fun as their mothers! Hmmmmmmmmmm... won't that be a time to share!
While the girls were working out, great gramma mimi and Owen hung out a bit. She sure loves holding this little wiggly worm. Living so close to great gramma, we should make it over there more often. Sorry g-g-ma!