Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Break and Kambria Visits!

Our little Owen:

So I am a bad blogger these days with the wee babe around now, I find it hard to get a minute to sit down at the computer. I have new respect for moms who keep up a blog! :)

This last month has been great! Shad had spring break earlier this month and we headed over to Auburn for 10 blissful days. It was wonderful, because Shad was totally able to check out of school and work and just hang out and be a dad. The month after Owen was born, Shad schooling couldn't get any busier, he was hardly home!! It was nuts, so a nice break from Spokane, work, and school was the perfect getaway for Shad and I to "play house" and just be parents together. Of course Owen was spoiled rotten by my parents, as were we. I got to go out with one of my girlfriends from high school one night, we had a fun girls night just catching up. And my parents gave us a date night out, where Shad and I went out to eat at Famous Daves, delicious! And of course we went to my home ward to show of our adorable baby boy!

Owen bonding with Grandpa, while mom and dad are out!!
Also another advantage of heading over to Auburn is we get to hang out with Shad's oldest sister, Heidi and her family. We had dinner with them at their house one night, and then had them over again on Sunday before we left. The girls just adored Owen and it was fun to show him off to family.

Our cute nieces with Owen:
Just too cute:
Heidi with her girls and us:
Then this past weekend my best friend, Kambria, flew in from New York to meet Owen! She was here for about 4 days... and oh man it FLEW by! We had a fun/quiet weekend where she just bonded with Owen. Our friend Rachel also came from Pullman to visit with her and see Owen as well. Shad took over babysitting duty on Saturday night and us three girls had a fun girls dinner out together! Also, while she was here she helped me run errands, played with Owen while I showered, and took me out shopping! We also had a night-in together where we made some delicious homemade pizza and played some sweet Wii! (Where Shad actually bowled 11 strikes IN A ROW in 100 pin bowling!!!! Yeah, he kicked our trash!) Before taking her to the airport, we took her over to Gonzaga campus, where Shad gave us the tour of the law school. Kambria also spoiled Owen with some fun presents and toys... and is an official adopted aunt to him. :) He loves her! Overall, a fun weekend together that went by WAY too fast. But I'm grateful to have such a good friend who loves Owen (and me!) so much to fly all the way out to Spokane to visit. LOVE HER!

Bonding time with his "adopted" auntie:

Kam and I at Gonzaga Law School, with downtown Spokane behind us:
Owen is one special boy. He is so loved by so many people, and is constantly showered with gifts. I am so grateful to so many friends and family that are so willing to give and help out. We are SO blessed!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Owen: Month 1

Our Family Photo

Wow, I cannot believe that my sweet, adorable baby boy is already a month old! What a wonderful blessing he has been in our lives. This has been the most challenging and rewarding experience ever. I'd like to think that I was not naive and I knew that this was going to be hard, but how can you ever really know what it is going to be like unlike you experience it?!? But every day gets a little bit easier, and I think I am finally hitting my "mom mode." Plus, Shad is such a wonderful dad, and is so willing to help out and just loves to hang out with him.
Currently Shad and I are in Auburn enjoying every second of being spoiled by my parents. They LOVE every second of being grandparents and are so willing to help out with Owen and take him so Shad and I can get a break. Owen did great on the 4 hour trip over here!! He was a champ in the car, he slept the entire way, and we had a brief stop to feed him, and then back to sleep he went!
We are so lucky to have such a great baby boy. He is so chill. He only cries when he is hungry, or has some bad gas. And occasionally he will get fussy, but no real big cries. He is happy to have others hold him and when he's awake he just quiet and SO CUTE! He loves to snuggle with his momma and loves to be held. He is a GREAT eater, and nurses quite well, plus hasn't had any problems taking a bottle or pacifier. He is slowly getting the sleeping thing down, last night he had a 5-6 hour stretch... and every night it gets a little longer!! So we are down to about 2 really late night/early morning feedings a night.
Most of all we love him more than anything. He is pretty much the cutest little guy on the planet... at least in my own little non-biased opinion!! ;)

Shad styled his hair after himself, like father like son!

Owen with his grandparents, I just love his cute little face here!

I LOVE those smiles... so cute!