Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving in sunny Florida

This year was a very special Thanksgiving. Our family has so much to be thankful for. Everyone is healthy and happy which means so much in my book. We celebrated at Uncle Mikey & Auntie Lindsey's new house. We had lots of animals running around: Tucker, Mr. Kitty, The Mook, and Anna ~ Mike & Lindey's newest addition in honor of their 1st anniversary.



Lindsey's mom Sandy and her boyfriend Jerry came in to join the Thanksgiving feast. Lindsey cooked an amazing turkey with her mom's assistance. Mike did a special Thanksgiving prayer which cracked us all up. (He's so good at this, he's a natural.) We ate until we were stuffed and then played some cornhole with the set Jerry brought along just for the occasion. The parents even got into a heated competition at one point! :) It was so much fun and was definitely a Thanksgiving we will all remember for a long time. Here are some pics:
















Friday, November 21, 2008

This son of ours ~ what a stud

Today Owen was rockin' the long sleeved Ralph Lauren onesie that Uncle Marty and Uncle Ralph sent him. I snapped this shot when he woke up from a morning nap in the swing:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Relaxing and cooing in the bouncy seat

After our afternoon walk today, Owen took it easy in the bouncy seat and I took this video for the grandparents:

video

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pre-Thanksgiving ~ we love the Gribbles!

Our good friends Andy & Maureen Gribble host an amazing Thanksgiving feast for friends before Thanksgiving that they named Pre-Thanksgiving. This festive tradition they started dates back to 2004. They cook an incredible Thanksgiving meal, serve outstanding wines and everyone has so much fun eating, drinking, and just enjoying each other's company. Here are some pics from last night:








Daddy's little Wingman

video

8-week teddybear pic

Owen is growing so fast!! Here he is at 8 weeks next to the big blue teddybear:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

2-month checkup

Owen went in to see the pediatrician this morning for his 2-month checkup. We found out that he is in the:

50th percentile for Weight at 11#4oz
70th percentile for Height at 23.25 inches
40th percentile for Head size at 15.5 inches

He's a BIG BOY! :)

Then he got his first round of shots. 4 all together. He screamed during the shots, but was okay afterwards since we had half a bottle left to finish. We were given instructions to rub the bandaid during each diaper change. Let me just tell you that it breaks my heart every time, and I don't think I'll be doing much more of it because he sobs and tears stream down his face!

Here is a picture that summed up this afternoon well:


I'm praying tomorrow will be better.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Owen meets Eric & Tim for the first time

This past weekend Eric stopped by, and then last night Godmomma Molly brought her fiance Tim to meet Owen for the first time. I was able to catch some cute moments on camera (with the memory card in the camera vs. the night Jonathan came by to visit and I snapped pics with no memory card in the camera ~ I blame mommy-brain!). So Jonathan is just going to have to visit again soon so I can get some blog pics. :)







Saturday, November 8, 2008

Blue teddy bear pics

At my Aunt Mary's wedding this summer, my cousin Brian and his wife Dana gave us a gift of this awesome super-sized baby blue Teddy Bear. Today I said to Ben how it would be cool to take pictures of Owen and the bear so we can see how much he grows every week. We're going to aim to do them every Saturday morning.

Here's the first one ~ Owen @ 7weeks1day:






I couldn't decide on which one to post, so I posted 4. We're so in love with our baby boy!!! :-)

We bring back "date night"!

Yesterday Owen turned 7 weeks old! I cannot believe how fast the time is passing. I thought we should celebrate by bringing back our old tradition of having date nights on Friday since we hadn't been on a date (just the two of us) since before he was born. We are so lucky to have family and friends close who don't mind babysitting for a few hours for us. Last night Aunt Hillary, Ta-ta & Pa-pa came over to spend some quality time with Owen while Ben and I had a night out.

We're going to try to do this weekly, as those with children know that it is good to take a few hours off every once in awhile. :)

Here's our picture that Hillary took before we left the house:



Here we are the restaurant ~ we picked Clyde's in Ashburn ~ our new favorite restaurant. I was cheesy and asked our sweet waitress to take our picture after I told her we were out on our first date since Owen was born:



After dinner, Ben treated me to ice cream at Maggie Moo's! We shared an ice cream with 2 mix-in's ~ I chose snow caps and Ben chose one of his favorites: Reese's pieces. It was yummy and such a sweet way to end the date.

When we got home, Owen was asleep in Pa-Pa's arms. Priceless. :)



I'm looking forward to the next time we get to do "date night"!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Family pics from the first few weeks of Owen's life...

Ben and I were so sleep deprived in those first few weeks, I didn't have a chance to post these until now (when Owen is napping soundly in his crib!).



Owen's playdate with Sarah Catherine!

Yesterday we had such a fun day! Steph brought 11-week-old Sarah Catherine over for a playdate. She arrived around 12:15, and we fed the babies and chatted, then we were off in the strollers to a cute little Italian restaurant that we had all to ourselves! (Well, we did arrive at 2pm, so that probably had something to do with it!) It was good exercise to walk to and from the restaurant and Steph and I had a great time. Then the babies had some tummy time when we got back to the house.

Here are some of the pictures Steph and I took:











Owen had his best (imo) tummy time session ever! Look how strong his neck is:



We had a wonderful time and we're already planning our next playdate for next week. This may become a weekly ritual! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween fun

Our good friend Cindy sent us an adorable costume for Owen. He went as a pumpkin to Erica & Greg's Halloween party last night. We had sooo much fun! And ended up staying until 12am! (Thank goodness for daylight savings, huh?) :) Here are a few pics: