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Today is Owen’s first birthday!! It’s so crazy to think that he’s already a year old! We had a busy day and had a joint nautical themed bday party for him and the baby I nanny for who turned one on the 4th! More pics and stuff relating to that later, but I just wanted to wish my baby boy a very happy bday! 😀 I love you Bub!!

Yep, we had the local news announce his bday! We didn’t let him get too messy…maybe later we will 😉

And I have to post a pic of him eating a cupcake lol 🙂

I love these two guys!


Merry Christmas everyone!! We just ate, opened all of our presents, and now everyone has gone home. We are now putting Owen down for bed, and to tell you the truth, today was really great. Dan and I were able to go to coffee this morning (even if we had to cut it short cus of Owen’s impatience lol), then we went home and cooked, got ready for family to come over, and we watched some Christmas movies. We all got some really great gifts, at least I know that Owen and I did! But the most important thing is knowing that everyone had a great time! We had a really yummy feast and watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon version). Owen got a couple of hoodies, some toys, books, movies, a maraca and shaker egg (Santa’s stocking stuffer to Owen), a rocking horse from Grandma, and a gift basket from Santa full of clothes, Disney Sing-a-long tapes, socks, and a toy ring of keys (Owen LOVES to play with our actual keys, so we Santa figured it’d be better for Owen to have his own).

Dan opened up a CD for Owen at his credit union and I made a blanket for him. Owen really really loved his blanket 😀 as soon as he saw it and felt it, he started to lay down and curl up close to it. 🙂 That was the best part of Christmas for me! 🙂 I bought the fabric for the blanket at Jo-Ann Fabric and used my new sewing machine to assemble it. It is SUPER soft and I might put a satin trim around it (I have the binding, but can’t decide if I’d/Owen would like it).

I got Dan a Magic Bullet (for work), a homemade coupon book, a Starbucks giftcard, and some nice soap from Lush. Dan got me giftcards to Forever 21, H&M, lots of kitchen stuff, a Paula Deen calendar and a Paula Deen notepad (I love Paula Deen LOL!!).

We also made our own Christmas cards too! I took an idea I saw on Pinterest and Dan, Owen and I made them! They turned out real good!


We had such a great day and I’m really really pleased with how Owen’s first Christmas turned out! 😀


Doesn’t it seem like Thanksgiving was ages ago?! Here’s what I’m thankful for that happened last week:

• Thanksgiving went well!

• Got some Christmas shopping done! Still have a lot to do, but getting a head start feels good!

• I’m so thankful that I’m able to take care of Owen at home while he’s getting over being sick.

• Dan had a long weekend and we were able to spend it together and just chill and relax! 🙂

• Yesterday Owen and I were able to spend some quality time with Grandma and Aunt Jazz 🙂

• Today, Owen said “mama”!! He has sorta babbled it before but wouldn’t say it again when we asked him to. Today he said it about a dozen times! (I was so in shock that he repeated it for me that I kept asking and asking him haha!)

Thanksgiving was yummy! And fun, but most of all really yummy lol! 😉 We hosted Thanksgiving at our home and everyone pitched in and made a dish. We had my mom, dad, Tony, James, Charlotte, and Jasmine over. My brother Ben is currently in NYC and was able to spend it with friends (he also got to see the Macy’s parade in person!).

Dan and I woke up early to go to coffee and Owen was in a pretty good mood. Sometimes during coffee he’ll be completely fidgety and we have to cut our special coffee time short, but other times he’ll sorta zone out and sleep and Dan and I can sip and chat for longer. Most days, like Thanksgiving, he’s somewhere in the middle.

We then finished last minute shopping and started cookin’ and cleanin’! My family came over around 5pm and we all got to talk about what’s new in our lives while we ate. My sister Charlotte made mashed potatoes and Owen ate a bunch of them! He really liked them lol! He didn’t care so much for the turkey, but that might be due to him shoveling a handful into his mouth and almost choking on it lol… :/

I made pumpkin pie and let Owen eat a few bites (just the pie itself, not the crust). He really liked it! It’s so funny because he seems to like really flavorful foods and even spicy foods. He’s definitely mine and Dan’s kid!

With everyone there and all of the commotion, Owen was naturally a bit shy. But he’s gonna hafta get used to it because my family is pretty big!

20121126-145248.jpgGrandma and Aunt Charlotte

20121126-145513.jpgOwen with Grandma

20121126-151711.jpgWith Grandpa

20121126-145543.jpgWith Aunt Jasmine

Our menu looked like this:
Mashed potatoes
Yams with marshmallows
Stuffing (two different kinds)
Hash brown casserole (Dan’s recipe)
Broccoli salad
Apple sausage pie (I’ll post the recipe tomorrow 🙂
Green bean casserole
Cranberry sauce
Apple pie with vanilla ice cream 🙂
Pumpkin pie

We had a really yummy feast!
Overall Thanksgiving went really well. We didn’t buy Owen a special outfit for his first Thanksgiving, but we did get something special for Christmas. 😀

By the way, Dan surprised me on Wednesday with a dozen roses! How sweet is he?! I used to always slyly suggest that he get me flowers and he never would hahaha except for my birthday. So I gave up and figured it was a losing battle, and after totally forgetting about it he came home and surprised me with roses! I was so surprised and I think I kinda paused when he gave them to me to see if this was for real or not haha!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
This is Owen’s first Thanksgiving and Dan and I are super excited to be sharing it with him. 🙂



The last pic was taken by Dan 🙂

Liittle Rascals
Last Monday I babysat Hallie so Dan could take his kids to see Skyfall. I was a little nervous since I’ve never taken care of two babies at once, but I figured if Emily could take care of twins and be home with them 24/7 for the first several months of their lives, then I could survive a few hours with two kiddos. 😉

Hallie is a little over a year old and boy is she a smart little cookie! She is so quick to understand things. I showed her how to operate all of Owen’s toys (that are meant for older kids), and she instantly understood how to work them.

The three of us had a lot of fun playing around. Owen and her really got along well and actually shared toys. 🙂

I think he was a bit surprised by her tho, cus she was climbing onto everything! The chair, the rocking chair, the couch, Owen’s toy table, the coffee table, she basically tried to climb onto anything she could.

One thing that really surprised me was how she gave me all of the toys and books. Over and over again. She kept putting them in my lap, so I got her back and gave her all of the toys 😉

And with that I finally got her to laugh!! Talk about a tough critic! Owen is so different cus he will laugh at anything. You just look at him and he laughs. Hallie on the other hand was tough for me to make laugh. She’d smile but I finally got her to laugh when I piled all of the stuffed animals on her! 😀
All in all we had a great few hours, and most importantly I’m so happy that Owen and her were able to spend some quality time together. After all, he is her uncle! 😉



9 Month Checkup
Yesterday morning Owen had his 9 month checkup. We had a questionnaire packet to fill out about how he’s developing socially, verbally, and physically, and he is right on track (if not a lil advanced) for his age!! The doctor was really surprised at how social he was/is and said that most babies get anxious when others hold them at this age, but Owen was totally fine. He gets to interact with other babies and adults at the gym and church, and was introduced into that environment at an early age, so I think that plays a big part in him being so comfortable around others.

The doctor also made a comment about how happy he is. It’s so true, he is a happy little guy! As long as he can roam around, has a clean diaper, a full tummy and isn’t tired, then he has a smile on his face.

We then talked about what he eats, if we brush his teeth yet, and his lingering diaper rash.

Ok, we don’t brush his teeth. I know, I know. He only has two teeth plus 3 tips sprouting out, but I still feel bad that we don’t clean them. She highly recommended that we start brushing twice a day. So after the appointment we went over to Safeway and bought him his very first toothbrush!! It’s blue and has Winnie the Pooh on it. 🙂

As far as the diaper rash…ever since Owen started teething he has had a lingering diaper rash. That thing is so stubborn and will not go away!! 😡 We have tried various creams and ointments, going diaper less, giving him warm baths, just about everything. Some days it’s almost gone and some days it’s pretty bad. Pretty bad = a little bleeding. Luckily he hasn’t gotten blisters or anything like that. But still, I HATE seeing him in pain and seeing him bleed. 😦 So I asked the doctor for advice because I knew something must’ve been wrong. I mean, Owen never had diaper rashes before he started teething. Not one, and now he can’t get rid of one?? Doesn’t that seem odd?? The doctor took one look and said it looked like a fungal infection, a yeast infection. She said they’re common with babies, and proceeded to prescribe a cream that should make it go away in about a week’s time. We’ll try it out and hopefully it’ll finally go away for good!

As far as his measurements:
Weight: 19lbs 10 oz
Height: 27 3/4 inches

My favorite part of the appointment, besides knowing that Owen is a healthy lil bub, was at the very end when the doctor was leaving and I told her that he can high five sometimes. She asked for a high five and he gave her one!!

Owen’s favorite part? The toys in the lobby! 😉



First off, happy Veterans Day (yesterday)! I want to give a shout out to all of our troops and everyone who has served for our country. 🙂

Teeth 4 and 5
Owen has FIVE teeth poking through now!! He has three on top and two on bottom. Only the bottom two are almost fully in though, the others are just showing the tips. He looks so funny with his little teeth haha and boy are they sharp!

Dan and I have been working with Owen on standing and he is really getting the hang of it!

He will stand for like five seconds at a time and then fall or grab something to balance himself, and then he tries to stand again. Plus he’ll practice by himself whenever he’s at the couch, coffee table, his toy table, or anywhere!


9 Months
As of last Friday, Owen is nine months old now. Time is really flying by! I’m super excited to be sharing the holiday season with my two favorite guys! 🙂


Owens third tooth is popping through! Finally!

And, I don’t know what Dan fed him while I was gone at my class (more about that tomorrow!), but Owen sure looked different than normal 😉


Owen said his first word!!
I am officially saying it because he can repeat it!! Not over and over again like a monkey, but he has said it a few times today!

What was the word?


This morning at coffee Dan came back to the table after getting his cup of joe and Owen looked right at him and said “Da!” (Yes, with an exclamation point 😉 lol)

We tried over and over again to make him say “Dada” but he wasn’t doin much but smiling. After we moved everything and returned the U-Haul (oh btw, we moved everything today!!) I took a nap and when I woke up Dan showed me what Owen and him were practicing. He was holding Owen in his lap and said “say ‘Dada’!” and Owen said “Dada!” with a huge grin on his face 🙂

He doesn’t say it every time we try to get him to say it, and he definitely isn’t saying it on purpose, but I am marking this down in the books – Saturday, September 29, 2012, Owen said “Dada”! 🙂


A while ago I started calling Owen Bubba. I’m not exactly sure where it started or why, but somehow it has stuck. Yesterday during breakfast, I was feeding him oatmeal and I always sing this song to him, it goes “bubba bub bub bubba bubba bub bub” and it goes along to the tune of some 80’s or 90’s song, I think, where the guy sings that (I cannot think of the song title, the singer, or any other words other than that part LOL). Anyway! So I’m singing that part and feeding him, and between bites he says “bubba”!!!!!!

Ok, that was the first thing he’s ever “said” and I know for a fact it wasn’t “bah bah” it was “bubba”. I tried to get him to say it again but he sorta hummed the syllables back to me and then I tried to get him to say “mama” and…well we’re still working on that one haha 😉 I was so happy that I started clapping and said yay over and over again and he looked happy. Confused, but happy LOL. And then he started banging his tray for more food, and that was that.

Lately, we’ve been taking the carseat out less often. We leave it in the car and carry Owen instead of lugging around a clunky carseat. The exception to this is when we’re going to coffee or happy hour, and want to have a place for him to lay down, chill out, and hopefully go to sleep.

On Tuesday, Owen and I went grocery shopping and I finally decided to put him in the cart sans carseat. I’ve been thinking about doing this for awhile since he sits up well, but I just wasn’t sure if he was too small and/or too wobbly. So I set him in a cart in the parking lot, walked around a few feet to see how he was managing, and he actually did pretty well!

20120920-091135.jpgHe’s buckled in, don’t worry!

He’s a little wobbly when the cart moves, but he started to hold onto the cart and really stabilized himself! He is such a big boy! It’s making me a little sad 😦

The Clapping and Banging Game
Yesterday Owen really started to get the hang of mimicking me. I was impressed with him saying “bubba”, but then during playtime he was standing up at the coffee table and banged on it with one of his hands. I, in return, clapped my hands every time he banged on the table. He looked over, banged it once, so I clapped once. Then he banged it twice, so I clapped twice. He got the hang of our game and started banging to see if I’d copy him with my claps – once, twice, once, once, twice, twice. I haven’t had much luck with being able to interact with him much like that. Occasionally we’ll copy each others verbal noises, but nothing like the clapping and banging game! Now I just can’t wait for him to start clapping back!!

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