Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"T-R-U-C-K spells Truck!!!"

Owen asked me to take a picture of him with the "Big Christmas Tree and Train..." This was the result...Dang Cuteness!

I know its late and I should be sleeping (Almost 1 AM!). But I am definitely at the point in pregnancy where I just cannot sleep! I'm getting uncomfortable and starting to have anxiety about having TWO kids!! So... What better time to blog! I will have to blog about our wonderful Thanksgiving later... but tonight I just wanted to blog about the love of my life... OWEN. He amazes me everyday. I cannot believe how much I love him and how fast he growing. I have been bad about blogging lately, because he keeps me so busy and I love just hanging out with him! Here are a few things that Owen is into, just things that Shad and I don't want to forget about our little boy at 21 months:

Christmas Tree and Christmas Lights! He is in love with the Christmas tree and the lights outside. One of the first things he says in the morning is "Big Christmas Tree!" and races outside his room to see it. He also LOVES the train around the bottom! :) He can watch it go around and around for hours.

When I asked Owen to show me his smile, this is what I got!

He is still obsessed with letters and numbers! His favorite activity is to "Make BIG X's" on the computer with grandpa (or anyone else). He loves to type HUGE font letters on the computer and spell his name and other words. He loves to make letters out of playdoh, on the magna doodle, on paper, on the fridge with magnets, on TV when he sees letters... Anywhere! He knows all his letters, can spell his name, he can also spell TRUCK, CAR, and BUS. And he can count to 30. I'm not sure what is fueling this obsession, but I LOVE it!

He is 100% BOY. He loves trains, cars, trucks, and buses. He loves Lightening McQueen and all the 'Cars' characters. He loves to say "Kachow!" Christmas shopping will be SO easy for him! When we are driving in "Mommy's and Daddy's red car" he loves to point all the "big white trucks," "school bus," and "choo choo trains!"

Playing with his Cars:

He talks, talks, talks. He speaks in full sentences now and is very articulate. He is a parrot! He copies EVERYTHING we say! I'm shocked by what comes out of his mouth somedays! Like today he pulled his Elmo Potty Time DVD off the shelf and said "Watch Elmo Pee!!" He is a constant crack up! Also when he learns a new word or sentence he repeats it OVER and OVER again.

Helping Mommy "Sweep!"

He likes to sing! He loves it when mommy and daddy sing to him. His current favorites are "Bring back my Bonnie(or any other word he wants to insert here!) to Me!" "All Aboard the Choo Choo Train," The Little Einsteins theme song, "Twinkle Twinkle," "Jingle Bells," and of course... "ABCDEFG!!"

Whenever I ask him what he wants to do today he always answers "Punchin' Patch!" I guess the Pumpkin Patch made a vary positive impression on him, because he is always asking to go back! Sometimes he will say that he wants to "Go to Harrison and Mason's house," some of our dear friends from law school that moved over here... he LOVES going to play their house.

He can be outside ALL day everyday if we'd let him! He is happiest when he is outside playing. He runs all over the place... no matter rain, cold, sun, cloudy....etc. He doesn't care, he just wants to be outside!

He loves grandma and grandpa! As soon as they walk in the door from work he is at their side. He follows them around ALL day long. When my dad works at home, it is pure torture for Owen to stay downstairs or in his room when grandpa is working! He just wants to play with them all day long!

He also LOVES his daddy! Here he is helping Shad build his table and chairs, but he kept calling the pieces "BIG train tracks!"

Like any little boy, he also likes being read too. However, his favorite books are the "Mighty Machines" collection, which are real picture books that teach all about trucks and machines. His current favorite one is Tow Trucks. (Before it was Tractors!) He also is really into Thomas the Train books and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Because of the letters!).

He LOVES his little "Froggy" he takes him everywhere, Froggy is his little snuggle buddy.

Instead of saying "yes" to something... he says "Okay." But most of the time if you ask him a question he will say "Nooooo," even if he doesn't mean it! And if he doesn't want to go somewhere he always answers with "No, stay with ____ (Whatever he is playing with or whoever he is playing with!)" The other day we asked if wanted to take a bath and he said, "No stay with green train, yellow train, and red caboose!" (He was playing with the Christmas train).

He puts a lot of emphasis on the word "BIG." Like "BIIIIIIIIG Christmas Tree" or "Make a really really really really BIIIIIIIIIG X" on the computer. Or when we are driving on the freeway and he sees a "BIIIIIIIG white truck!"

We. Love. This. Boy.
He may be a tiny squirt, but he has got a BIIIIIIIIIG personality!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Belly

Yes... so here is the BELLY in all its glory. I am almost 29 weeks and in complete SHOCK that I only have 11 WEEKS left!!! This pregnancy has completely flown by! There are some days where I feel more than ready to hold, snuggle, and love on my sweet little boy, but most days I am not quite ready to give up our little family of three yet. Owen keeps me on my toes and so busy most days that I am just enjoying all the Owen-Mommy time I get with him. He is seriously so much fun right now, learning news sentences, words, and things everyday... getting into everything... and just being hilarious!

I've been feeling good, for the most part. Entering into my 3rd and final trimester always comes with uncomfortable things, like constant bathroom trips at night, not sleeping well, back pain, and swift, hard kicks to the bladder and ribs! I am starting to really feel LARGE; these last few weeks I have really blossomed!

Work has proven to be much more physically taxing than I had expected, and I come home completely EXHAUSTED and barely able to walk! I had sciatica in the last two months of my pregnancy with Owen, and this one has been no exception! It showed up even earlier this time around (around 20 weeks!), so being on my feet all day really aggravates my back pain! I worked my entire pregnancy with Owen, mostly on my feet, so I thought this wouldn't be any different... but I am finding it much harder on my body. Luckily its only been around 18 hours a week, and I am hoping to stay below 20 hours... I just don't think I can handle much more!

Shad has been great. He knows how tired I am when I get home from work and is always there to help with Owen or whatever I need. :) He has been great with Owen all day, and they are just best buds! He is very excited to welcome our second little boy!

And no, we don't have a name picked out yet. But we do have a top 5 list! And I think its pretty consistant. My favorite name changes weekly... but it always seems to stay within the same 5 or so names. We may just have to wait until we meet our little guy to figure out what his name will be! :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fall Festivities

We've been throughly enjoying this wonderful Fall we've been having. The trees and colors are amazing right now. I'm just going to lump all of our fall activities, including Halloween, into one big blog. So beware: Lots of pictures! Here is what we've been up too!

Playing in the Fall leaves:

And yes, I realize that ALL our outside pictures of Owen feature THIS same hoodie... oh well! :) He does have more clothes/jackets... I promise!

Taking pretty Fall pictures:

Baking yummy pumpkin cookies!

Owen's first time really helping me bake. I think he enjoyed it.

Owen, did you eat the chocolate chips??? Guilty...?

Trunk or treating at our friends ward. "Where's the candy!?"

And trick or treating in our neighborhood. 'I'm ready to go!!!'
First stop: Grandma!

He was very good at saying "Trick or Treat" as well as monkey noises!!

We found this GIANT pumpkin while we out and Owen loved it!

Our cute little Monkey with his good buddy, Harrison! Harrison was a GREAT trick or treating buddy! They loved it!

Back to Grandma's to play and indulge in the M&Ms... Owen's favorite.
Chocolate face!
And we also carved our pumpkins!! We decided to do a video again this year. :) They are fun to make!

Hope you all are enjoying your fall too!