Monday, December 31, 2007

Maxwell Christmas Photos

Here are the pictures from our time with Scott's family. Kate does a great job of capturing everything, so she burned us a CD of a zillion photos. Just four posted here to give you an idea of our time.

Owen enjoyed his lunches in Grandma's High Chair. Carrots and Sweet Potatoes were both big hits.

A rare family photo after brunch with Scott's family. It was fun to see Cousin Chris, since we visited with her in San Diego when I was pregnant.

Opening presents on Christmas Day at the Lake. Shoes from Aunt Kate.

Favorite Toy #2 - the Cement mixer. Owen is still playing with it every day - it won't be long before he's pushing it across the floor.

Christmas Summary

I'm a little slow getting pictures posted, but we had a great visit to Seattle for Christmas. Thankfully, my two biggest worries were put to rest on the first day. He did great on the plane (only cried the last five minutes during landing) and went to bed without any problems at my parents house.

We felt so well cared for the whole visit. Scott's mom is stocking up on baby gear, since she's going to have a local grandaughter in April, so she provided us with a travel crib and high chair. My mom rearranged her art room to give Owen his own space and stocked it with diapers and food, so we didn't have to hit the store.

Our events included:
  • Scott had breakfast with the guys.
  • I took Owen to meet Amy and Sam and Colleen and Luke. Love my girls! We missed you Liz! Why didn't I take a picture??
  • Annual party with the Montessori families. Yes, the families that I was in preschool with. This was a year of wine, engagement celebrations (it's about time) and gift donations to the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Brunch with Scott's extended family.
  • Christmas Eve with my family. Aunts and Uncles got to meet Owen. Opening presents.
  • Christmas Day with Scott's family. Lots of food and relaxing at the lake
Owen was certainly spoiled with wonderful presents. I'm thrilled that he got so many books, so I can start reading something new. His two favorite toys were a soft book with rubber handles (for biting) from my parents and a toy truck (cement mixer) from Scott's uncle Conrad. Here's pictures from the time with my family. I'll post the pics from the Maxwell's separately.

Montessori Party - Despite predictions, Owen didn't spew on anyone all evening.

Can you believe we've been having a holiday party with these families for over 25 years?!

Nana teaching Owen to play the drums - he loved it and now is banging on our tables, counters, etc. Cool noises!

Christmas Eve walk in some rare Seattle sunshine.

Favorite new toy #1 - the soft book with chewing pieces. This one came back on the plane.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Design

I'm working on a new blog design. So far, just pilfering from other blogs, but I'm determined to get into that HTML book and figure some stuff out. I'm sure it will be a constant work in progress - but it's fun to learn something new...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Best Toys Ever

No matter what you get a baby, they will always decide what they consider a toy. Owen's current favorites are the Christmas oranges on our counter and his rings. Oh man, those things are amazing. You know the linking rings you use to attach toys to your crib, play bar, or car seat? Owen could care less about the toys, but a string of rings - pure heaven! They make rattle together, fit in his mouth, have lots of colors - what more could a baby want. Owen got a huge pack of new rings for Christmas and gets these huge, wide eyes ever time we hand them to him. So cool - so cheap!

Friday, December 21, 2007

He Provides

After my ranting post the other day, I heard a nice reminder on the radio. The DJ was saying, instead of laying in bed at night worrying (it won't change anything), think about your blessings instead. I leads to a better outlook and a much better night's sleep.

Well, yesterday evening, I got a call from my boss. Our company set aside some $$ to reward people who could work some extra hours in December to help us hit our year-end numbers. Since I'm just a part timer, I only put in a couple extra hours (like maybe 4 over the last three weeks). Anyway, Russ was calling to thank me for doing my part and let me know that my "thank you" check was in the mail. I figured it would be $50-$100, but no. It's basically the exact amount of the vet bill I had to pay the other day. I nearly fell on the floor. Hurray! A weight lifted and the reminder I needed - He provides.

Santa Came Early

Since we're headed to Seattle for Christmas, Santa paid us a visit on Sunday during Owen's nap. We felt kind of silly having an actual present opening with a 5 month old, but Owen totally surprised us by really paying attention and enjoying the experience. Mostly, he wanted to eat all the wrapping paper - shiny, crinkly, so fun!
Santa brought Owen the high chair I posted about earlier. Also, lots of supplies for eating - spoons, bowls, sippy cups. Scott got Owen his first Bible and some new toys. Despite his lack of income, Owen also managed to get presents under the tree for both Scott and I . Apparently he shops at Barnes and Noble because he got Scott the Dangerous Book for Boys (Check it out if you haven't heard about it). and he got me a book on HTML, so I can learn to do cooler stuff with this blog.

Of course, Scott and I also exchanged gifts, but our focus was certainly on the baby. I'm so excited that he's starting to really pay attention to the world around him.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Just because I have to vent...
- I have a cold that won't go away.
- Our car just went in for the 4th rediculously expensive repair service since we bought it in March.
- Pippin the cat got sick last week, spent 4 days at the vet, and still isn't better. I had to drop him back off this morning. The vet bill is climbing by the day. How much is a cat worth?
- Our hospital bill for Owen's birth finally came - thankfully our insurance is good, but that's one more thing for the credit card bill in the same month as Christmas and the items above. At least we have a milage card...
- I got all my Christmas cards stuffed and addressed last week, but I decided to go the "easy" route and order stamps online. They're still not here. Come on, I ordered from the POST OFFICE - just drop them off with the mail!

On the plus side:
- We found a baby-sitter and were able to attend two holiday parties last week. Tonight is Scott's work party, so we're getting out again. The blessing of having a baby that goes to bed at 7:00 and sleeps awesome.
- We had Christmas at our house on Sunday - great photos when I get around to it.
- We're headed to Seattle on Friday for nearly a week. We're looking forward to seeing friends and family, celebrating the holidays, and having a nice break from work.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Time to Eat

Today at daycare, we started a real effort to get Owen eating some solids. We think he's been fussy lately because he's not satisfied with just a bottle, so Miss Megan gave him a lunch of rice cereal. He ate it up! The result: a wonderful day at daycare, a happy, laughing kid this evening, and a pleasant bedtime routine. I guess we'll keep working on the feedings.

In some ways, I'm excited for Owen to start exploring new foods. On the other hand, it's a little sad to realize how fast he is growing up. We're prepared though. Santa already delivered Owen's Christmas gift - a high chair. Looks like he has a little growing to do before we'll use it. Thankfully we have a bumbo chair and his swing that should work for feedings for now.

Oh, and here's why we had everyone giggling and pointing at us when we walked around the Christmas Parade this weekend. Scott got lots of comments about his "two heads," but Owen was warm and happy the whole time we were out.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Five Months Already?

Can it really already be December 5? Owen is 5 months old today. When he was born, 5 months seemed so far away. For some reason, a 5 month old baby sounds ages away from a newborn. It's amazing to me that we're already there. Sure enough, Owen is changing before our eyes, and is so incredibly different than the baby we brought home from the hospital. I tell Scott that he's not a baby baby anymore - he's now a growing infant.

Just in the last week, he's really starting to work on rolling over and is getting close in both directions. We're also seeing more of Owen's personality. This picture really says it all. He gets so excited when he's wiggling around on the floor, trying to stand on our laps, or getting ready for a bath. I LOVE his squeals and giggles.

Finally, here's a picture of our whole family at Thanksgiving. Owen had all his grandparents, aunts, and uncles in one place. Scott's Dad made a great dinner, and we found enough chairs for everyone to get a spot at the table. It was fun to spend a weekend with our family and introduce Owen to his Uncle Todd (how crazy does that sound?!). We're thrilled that Ryan and Sara are expecting a baby in April, so Owen will have his first cousin. And, it's a girl - hooray!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Work More = Less Stress??

Is it possible that working more hours in the office could reduce my stress level? Two weeks ago, I switched my schedule from alternating days in the office and at home. Now, I’m working 3 days in the office and then just a couple hours at home on Thursdays. It's reduced my stress level quite a bit because:
- I know I'm getting my work done and not trying to lug my files and laptop back and forth every day.
- I’m leaving the office a half hour earlier on the days I do work, so I’m racing to get to daycare on time.

- We LOVE our daycare, so it doesn't worry me that Owen’s spending a bit more time there. In some ways, I feel the interaction with other kids may be good for him.

- When I’m home with Owen, he gets to be my focus. On Thursdays, I can get my work done during his naps.

It seems to work for us to settle into our work routine for 3 days at a time and then enjoy 4 days at home. I really feel for those moms that have to work full time or don’t have a flexible employer. How do they do it? No matter how you look at it, being a working mom is HARD.

First Snow!

I guess it's been a while since I've posted anything new. Both families were here for Thanksgiving, so we were busy prepping and recovering. I'll post some photos from the weekend soon. In the meantime, we had our first snow here in town yesterday. Owen and I only ventured out for a few minutes, but today we're going to bundle up and go walking with a couple of my mom friends.

Owen's also been trying rice cereal a couple times/week. He seems to love the IDEA of eating - everything else goes in his mouth these days anyway - but not much actually goes down the hatch. We're not in a hurry, but I am looking forward to making some of my own baby food once he figures it out.

Thanksgiving pictures coming soon!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Feeling Better

After last week's awful, awful days of vomiting, I wanted to post an update. Owen is doing MUCH BETTER this week. He started doing better on Sunday, and has had very little vomit since. Scott thinks it just took a few days for the new medication to build up in his system. He's still spitting up a fair amount, but as one of my mom's group friends said today, "That's the smallest amount I've ever seen come out of him after a feeding." It's a huge relief to me to know that he's feeling better. Plus, he's not coughing as much at night and the congestion he's had for the last month is subsiding. Both are signs that he's not refluxing as much or getting liquid into his air lungs. Hooray!

Friday, November 09, 2007

4 months - The Happy Spewer

Things Owen Loves at 4 months old:

Dad's guitar

His Ball - Yum.


And of course, HIS BATH! We have a great video I'll have to post.

Things Owen is not so sure about at 4 months old:

Cisco the Cat

Things Owen does not like at 4 months old:
Tummy Time

We're excited that Owen has reached the 4 month mark. His nickname is officially, "The Happy Spewer" because the Axid medication has really helped his comfort level amid the vomiting. However, he's showing increased respiratory distress (coughing, gagging, straining to clear his airway - yikes!) so we've switched him to a stronger medicine. It's been a rough couple days while we wait for the new meds to take effect. Owen is pretty unhappy and I was so soggy by noon yesterday that I decided NOT to change clothes - might as well catch all the vomit on one set of clothes each day instead of adding another pair of pants to the hamper...gross.

Sooo... After today's visit with the doctor (we were there yesterday, too), we decided to stick with the Prevacid a few more days, add Reglan to try and move the food out of his belly faster and re-evaluate next week. Let's hope we can get this under control. The vomiting is messy, but manageable. The gagging and choking is downright scary.

Good news, at 11 lb, 12 oz, Owen is charging along in the 3-5 percentile. At least he's still gaining weight and SLEEPING LIKE A CHAMP thanks to Scott's new swaddling technique.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Happy Halloween

Neither Scott or I are much into Halloween, but after seeing all the kiddos (and teachers!) dressed up at daycare, I can see why this holiday is much more fun with kids. We didn't invest in the baby Halloween costume (though they are darn cute!), but I did make sure Owen celebrated the holiday in style. We took Owen to a couple friends' houses, but then shut our lights off at 7:30, so the doorbell wouldn't wake the baby. Lame? Maybe, but we'll be more into it next year.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pumpkins and the Land of the Ducks

We went to the Pumpkin festival a few weeks ago. The Parks Dept owns a big empty property outside of town. Each year, they turn it into a big family day with food booths, kids games, face painting, pony rides, and of course, the pumpkin patch. Owen's not very into the games yet (maybe in 2-3 years!), but we feel like this is as good a time as any to start some family traditions. Plus, the view of the mountains is great out there and Owen always enjoys being outdoors.

We did think the "pumpkin patch" was a little strange... where are the vines? At least this makes it easy to find the one you want. And who can pass up pumpkins for $2.50? We probably won't get around to carving them before Wednesday, but at least our porch looks festive.

Now that we live in Oregon, we have to work a little harder to represent our purple and gold. We had Dan and Jill over with their baby, Joseph to watch the UofO game. Joseph had his Duck gear on, and Owen worked hard to show his Husky spirit. The game ended ugly for our dawgs, but we feel better knowing that UofO beat USC this weekend. Let's just hope that Jake Locker leads our team to some more wins over the next couple years - Owen needs a reason to learn the fight song...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Minuses and Pluses

Minus: Well, it doesn't seem that we've made much progress on correcting Owen's vomiting. The medication at least keeps him happy while he's spewing all over us and our floor. It seems that each time we try something new, it works for 2-3 days and then he returns to his old ways. I think the intensity of the vomiting has decreased, but it's hard to tell. I started taking a Vitamin B supplement at the suggestion of my friend, Phyllis. That actually produced the most promising results. THANK YOU PHYLLIS!

With all the foods I have cut out of my diet (citrus, dairy, chocolate), I'm back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. Scott thinks he'll probably shed a few pounds since we're not keeping ice cream in the fridge.

I am hungry and still craving cheese! I also think this restricted diet is making it harder to shake a cold I've contracted. I'm trying to find good substitutes and remembering my vitamins, but still... I've also had two people suggest I try cutting out eggs. I'm not sure if it's worth it, as SO MANY products contain eggs, but what if it would work??

Plus: OWEN SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT! This is legitimate. He went down around 7:30 and slept clear through until 7:00 AM. We are so thankful that he sleeps well, as it makes the other problems SO MUCH easier to work through.

Back to Work

I started back to work this week. It's been...interesting. My week was focused on preparing for two presentations - one on Wednesday and one on Thursday. In some ways, it was nice not to have to do any project work this week (I've put off checking in with my project managers until Monday - then the real work will begin). On the other hand, there's nothing like forcing you back into mindset like standing up in front of 60 people and trying to speak coherently about a technical report you wrote. Plus, I ended up working in the office an extra day because my laptop was getting repaired. Thankfully, both presentations went well.

My mom has been here this week helping out, which is a huge blessing. She picked Owen up early from daycare each day, helped walk the dog, and stocked our fridge. She also baby-sat this morning while I presented at the workshop. I think next week will be easier because I can work my normal schedule:
Monday and Wednesday will be full days in the Office
Tuesday and Thursday will be half days from Home

I have to say that being at work is no where NEAR as fun or fulfilling as spending my day watching Owen explore the world. It's a real bummer to only get to see him for 45 minutes in the morning and two hours at night. For now, we're committed to giving this work schedule a chance. We'll see how it goes...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Both sets of our parents were in town this weekend. My parents (Nana and Poppo) stopped by on Thursday and Friday to visit with Owen and rock him to sleep for his afternoon nap. Nana is teaching Owen the multiplication tables - puts him to sleep every time!

Scott's parents (Grandma Ethel and Grandpa Jeff) stayed with us Friday and Saturday night. Scott and I got to go out to a movie on Friday after Owen went to bed! Jeff and Ethel were thrilled to see how much Owen has grown and get some new pictures of his toothless grin.

On Saturday, we went to the Fall Festival in the cold and wet. Bend is full of babies, and it was fun (and educational) to see the different ways people are bundling them up and toting them around. Owen slept peacefully in the carrier, but woke up in time to enjoy this mirror in the t-shirt shop. The festival outing was also affirming for me - since moving to Bend, I've struggled to establish my own friendships, but I've been really trying to throw myself out there since Owen was born (a baby is a great way to meet people, right?). It's paying off - we ran into quite a few people we know perusing the food and craft booths.

P.S. We're trying a new experiment to deal with the messy problem I blogged about previously. It may be working, but I don't want to jinx it by blogging about it too soon. Hopefully I'll have some good results to post next week...

Three Months Big

Last week, Owen hit the three month mark. I cannot believe how fast he is changing. He seems to have grown out of the fussy baby stage that required near constant soothing into a fun baby stage. He is now smiling, laughing, and making all sorts of great noises. I love getting him out of bed in the morning because he is all smiles and so intrigued with looking around the room and out the window. He loves studying faces, watching his mobile, and looking in the mirror. Any day now, he will probably start reaching for toys and rolling over consistently.

Owen still loves his nightly bath. After the bath, Scott wraps him up in the hooded towel and we call him, "Oh Wise Sage - O P One Ka-baby." You know, like Obe One Kenobi in Star Wars? Okay, maybe we are lame, but it cracks us up. Parenting must change your sense of humor...

At 11.5 pounds, Owen is now dwarfing the stuffed dog we use for comparison. No matter how big he gets, I think these first photos will always be some of my favorites.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Sleeping Baby

Things that will put Owen to sleep:
- Riding in the car (usually)
- Riding in the front pack (every time)
- Sitting in my sling while I vaccuum the house (worked today)
- Rocking while I read a story or sing (normal nap method)
- His bedtime routine: take a bath, change clothes, nurse, calm music and rocking with Dad, swaddle and... SLEEP

Things that will wake Owen up:
- Hunger
- Wet diaper
- 7 AM
- Moving the carseat from the loud car to the quiet house - go figure!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Still Sleeping?

Another sign you are a parent: Your time clock and method of accomplishing tasks totally changes. It seems everything I do these days is crammed into the shortest interval possible: Eat lunch standing up; Sort and start the laundry in 30 seconds; Race through the shower; hair dryer? Forget it! Flyby checks of my email throughout the day. All this comes from not knowing how long Owen will be down for his nap. My brain says, "get it done NOW!" no matter what the "it" is. I'm thankful that Owen is relatively routine in his sleep/wake cycles, but I just never know if a nap will be 45 minutes or 2 hours. For the last week, he's been napping for an hour max, but now he's been down for nearly two unexpected hours! (Hence my chance to blog!)

I have really been enjoying my time at home with Owen lately. Now that I know his cues and rhythms, the stress of caring for him is greatly reduced. When he is happy, he is SO HAPPY - squirming, smiling, and kicking his legs all around. (Of course, when he is sad, he is SO SAD, but we're focusing on the positive today!) I love seeing his smile when he wakes up in the morning and watching the wonder in his eyes as he explores the world. Plus, every night we are so thankful for "our good sleeper" who goes down before 8 and only wakes up once for a quick feeding before sleeping until 7. Ahhh... What a kid!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Taking After Dad

We're doing some food experiments this weekend to see if we can get to the root of the "messy problem," but for now, I wanted to post some new photos of Owen. The other day, I noticed how much he is starting to look like Scott. His head and face are changing and even his hands are starting to look like Scott's. He's smiling a lot more lately, but it's just too hard to capture on camera.

Lately, we've been having some Family Music Time in the evenings. Scott figured out he can keep Owen calm with the guitar - Donovan Frankenreiter, Death Cab for Cutie, DMB, Jack Johnson, David Grey - it really doesn't matter - Owen loves it all. It's fun to watch the two of them together, and I'm sure it's better for all of us than having the TV on... Just wish I could sing better.

Last weekend, my parents were here and we took Owen out to Smith Rock to watch Scott rock climb. It was my first real hike with the baby (other than walking some flat trails along the river with the dog), and Owen did great. He loves being outside. Plus, we think Owen already has hands like a climber and he proved it the other day by holding one of Scott's quickdraws - those things are heavy!

And finally, here are my two favorite guys. We think Owen looks funny with his legs all folded up ("where's his other half?"), but he loves hanging out in both our slings. We read somewhere that carrying babies around puts them, " the center of the action, but not the center of attention." It's so true! He is really content to sit in there and watch me cook dinner or read the mail, but put him on his playmat and he's bored/frustrated within 10 minutes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sad day for Mom

Owen is at his first day of daycare. I don't have to go back to work for a few more weeks, but we're dropping him off for one "practice day" each week. The place is great, and Owen was totally mesmerized by environment, but I am SAD, SAD, SAD. I held it together dropping him off (and am refraining from calling them every hour today), but I get teary thinking that right now he should be napping peacefully at someone else's house. It's a strange feeling after having him with me nearly every minute of the last 12 weeks... =(

To update on the previous posts, the medication seems to be working (thank you Safeway pharmacy). We are down to about one spew and only a few minutes of fussing per feeding. A HUGE improvement over last week. Not sure if my diet is helping or if just cutting down the acid in Owen's tummy is helping to keep the food down. Either way, our laundry basket is filling much slower this week. =)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A messy problem - update

How are the meds working? Well, we would have no idea because Costco Pharmacy seems incapable of recording our prescription. Seriously, our Dr faxed it in on Monday night, the nurse called it in on both Tuesday AND Wednesday. Yet each time we call or visit Costco, they have no record. You have got to be kidding me! How hard is it to log the info in the computer? The kicker? When Scott stopped in on his way home from work, the girl at the counter said "yea, we've been watching for that prescription all day." Um, our nurse had called 3 hours prior. I guess they're not watching very closely.

How do you feel about that one Owen? That's right, we are transferring all our prescriptions to Safeway.

On my end, if giving up cheese seemed bad enough, we realized last night that the LITTLE piece of dark chocolate I eat after each dinner is MADE WITH MILK. Duh! The sad part is that the lactose free diet might be working. Much less spewage these last couple days. No Cheese or Chocolate? I must be crazy... or just a mom who loves her kid.

If you look close, you can see the baby vomit on the outside of my sling... Nice.

Monday, September 17, 2007

A messy problem

One sign you are mom:
I have spent most of my day (and weekend) pondering baby vomit. I'm sure there are better things to be doing with my brain, but this is the most glaring issue in our house these days. Some babies drool, some babies spit-up - Owen is neither of these babies. He has a reflux problem that produces high quality vomiting - often multiple times a day. For a while, this was just a messy reality of life in our household: we have burp clothes in every room and permanently attached to the baby, Owen's shirts are in a permanently "soggy" state, and our laundry basket is always full.

However, the messy problem has now become a painful problem for Owen. All this vomiting is taking a toll on his throat. Now, every vomit is followed by discomfort and crying - which (of course) gets his tummy churning and causes more vomit. Nice cycle.

We are pondering putting him on some medication to reduce the acidity in his tummy. It won't stop the vomiting, but might make it less painful. It's a tough decision - I'm not a big fan of medicating a baby and baby zantac is kind of "trendy drug" to try for colicky kids. On the other hand, he's clearly uncomfortable and it hurts me to see him crying in pain. I think we'll give the meds a try for a few days and see if it helps.

In the meantime, we're trying to reduce the reflux problem by adjusting my diet. Dairy is the most likely culprit, so I'm on a lactose free diet. For Owen's sake, I hope this works. For my sake, I hope it doesn't - I haven't had any CHEESE for a WHOLE WEEK!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What's in the Bottle?

After a particularly good week last week, Scott and I were able to venture out for a more "normal" Friday evening. We went to dinner at the Bend Brewing Company and then walked around downtown Bend for the monthly Art Walk (businesses stay open late and display art from local artists). Owen did great at dinner and crashed asleep in the baby carrier as we wandered around downtown. We took this photo especially for Grandpa Jeff, who asked us to promise we'd never take our baby to a bar... Thankfully, we make a big distinction between the four breweries in town and a bar. You can't truly live in Bend without enjoying a good burger and a micro brew.

Getting Owen comfortable in the front pack is a great milestone. It lets us be more mobile and he sleeps better in the pack than in his stroller. This week I've used the front pack to grocery shop, attend a United Way fund raising kickoff, and this morning took our dog for a long walk. Those that have met Hudson can imagine the challenge of talking him for walks while pushing the stroller. I've been doing it for the last 6 weeks and I wish I had video...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Shout Out!

I just want to quickly say that I think it is a great blessing that Owen has GREAT GRANDPARENTS who read the blog. Here's a special hello to great-grandma/grandpa Schwarz in Ellensberg and great-grandma/grandpa Correia in Arizona. I don't know many kids with such tech-savy great-grandparents. I have memories of computers in both of your houses from an early age. Way to stick with it!

Two Months!

Owen reached his two month milestone yesterday. Though we've had our weeks where time seemed to stand still, as a whole these first two months have flown by. We are gaining a better understanding of the little guy each day. He wants to "face out" when carried, so he can see the world. He's having some good stretches (well if 5-10 minutes counts as a good stretch) of self amusement on his floor mat or in the swing. And he's figured out that night is for sleeping - mostly.

Owen's favorite thing to do is to be naked (I think we're in trouble when he gets old enough to undress himself). The bath, not surprisingly, is a huge hit.

With the two month mark came a trip to the doctor for a weight check and vaccines. I was truly impressed with the speed of the nurse to administer three shots in under 10 seconds. Owen did his best to vocalize his displeasure, but couldn't get fully worked up under such time constraints. He's now 9 lbs, 5 oz (10th percentile). He was below the 3rd percentile at birth, so he's really making up ground.

For those keeping score at home, here's the new photo to compare with the August 6th images :

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Always Learning

Things I learned this week:
1. Fussy babies will not cry forever. After a real low point last week, Owen had a whole week of relative happiness. More time spent smiling than crying - a breath of fresh air for mom and dad.
2. Cloth diapers are no good overnight. Owen sleeps much better in disposables. For now, we will sacrifice the environment for 5 hours of solid sleep.
3. Never reach into the crib to adjust the blanket around a precariously sleeping baby. Sure to result in an interrupted nap, no "shower time" for mom, and 12 more singings of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star before the nap will resume.
4. Owen's new record is 4 onesies in one morning. (And I only change him if the spewage covers a good portion of what he's wearing.)
Being a new parent makes you a "power sleeper." We had friends get into town late last night. They came in and got settled without Scott or I waking up - and we sleep with our door open facing the guest bathroom.
6. Hudson is not a good guard dog (see #5).
7. Owen can now make it through a (fast) meal at a sit down restaurant. It was fun to have Spencer and Beth for a short visit on their way to Crater Lake. We didn't realize until halfway through breakfast, that it was our first sit down meal out with the baby. Good milestone - the Bend Brewing Company is next! We miss our Friday night staple.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Though Owen is still challenging our patience with prolonged crying, we've been trying to capture his smiles on camera.

And finally...