Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Owen is TWO!

My blue eyed baby boy is TWO


Owen was steady hovering around 30 lbs, but it seems with his appetite picking up, he is gainining weight.  I'd put him somewhere near 32 lbs.  When Owen stands up correctly, we can measure him on the growth chart, and he appears to be near 36".  He does go to the doctor for a well vist check up in a few weeks, so they can confirm (or deny) my measurements. 

Owen is wearing 2T, and has been wearing 2T for quite some time.  In fact, clothes that Aidan wore for a month (if that!), Owen has worn all summer.  He has a skinny butt so shorts have lasted him a lot longer.  I need to go through the winter clothes to see if anything will fit him or if it will be too big.  For a kid that started out chunkier than his brother, Owen sure has slowed down!

I believe Owen is wearing a 7 wide or 7.5 wide shoe.  I know he moved up a size about two months ago, and I meant to measure his foot to make sure he's okay.  He has recently become obsessed with boots, but he can't wear his brother's boots from two years ago - too big!  So he walks around in my boots or tries to put on rain boots.


We recently had to change Owen's crib into the toddler bed because he climbed out of the crib with
Aidan to go wake AJ.  So far, the transition has gone well, but Owen has learned that Aidan climbs out of bed repeatedly at night in protest of bedtime, so Owen has to join him.  To remedy this, we lock the door, and Owen goes to sleep, then we unlock the door.  He doesn't react the same way as Aidan does to a locked door, thank goodness!

Owen says he wants his blanket and a pillow to sleep with, but if I check on him after he goes to sleep, the pillow is pushed out of the bed, and he threw the blanket over the side.  Maybe he'll want a blanket in the winter.

Owen has to have both of his loveys to go to bed, not just one.  He still has his pacifier, and as long as he goes to sleep easily, I don't think I'll take it away.  Struggling with sleep is not worth the battle!  I figure he'll give up when he wants.  In the mornings, when he wakes up, he hands over the pacifier, so he knows it's only for sleep.

Owen loves bed time stories just like Aidan.  Although he doesn't pay attention to the longer, wordier books, but he gets excited about certain books.  He also likes the That's Not My... (Usborne touch and feel books).  He also likes Clifford books.

Since Owen is in the toddler bed and Aidan gets up early, Owen joins him.  Owen use to sleep later than his brother, but Aidan will often wake him up, too.

Owen naps well at daycare, and it's usually 2 hours.  However, since converting to the toddler bed, Owen has not napped in it willingly.  On the day of his birthday party, he fell asleep in my mom's lap (he was suppose to be eating), and I transferred him to his bed..  Most of his naps are in the car.


Owen has conquered every slide at the bounce house, he can even climb to the top by himself.  Owen also jumped off the diving board by himself with his puddle jumper on.  He will also jump to and slide down a pole at the park, and climb everything.  I can't take my eyes off of him for a second, or he's climbing up something he shouldn't.

For the past month or more, Owen has started saying "love you," and he says it to me at bed time.  While out of town for work, unpromprted he said "love you."  Aidan didn't tell me he loved me until I was in the hospital with Owen, so he was just past 2, so Owen started about a month earlier, which of course, makes me smile to hear him.

Speaking of talking, he has had a word explosion.  He will repeat a lot of words that you say, and he definitely strings together words to form full sentences.  He still seems to favor "NO momma".


Owen, like Aidan, loves to be outside playing.  Whether it's in the pool, at the splash park, the regular park, or running around at home, he wants to be outside.  He'll eat breakfast, grab his shoes, then come grab our hands to go outside.  If we don't get up, he will open the door to go outside.

If we're at the park, Owen loves the slide and climbing everything.  He also searches for dogs, and we usually pet two or three before we leave the park.  He also loves to spot birds and squirrels.

Owen wants to ride his tricycle or big wheel, but still has trouble pedaling it, but he continues to try and keep up with Aidan.

Like Aidan, Owen loves water fights, whether it's water balloons, water guns or a hose, Owen loves soaking Aidan and me.  I have also recently introduced shaving cream to them, so the boys love have a shaving cream fight in the shower or the front of the house.

Owen loves Frozen.  If he's having a fit, I put on "Let it Go" and it seems to calm him down (or eat when he's refusing to do so).

Speaking of food, his favorite things seem to be yogurt, pretzels, french toast, and suckers.


Like Aidan, Owen loves to go to the Zoo or Edventures.  He also loves trips to go visit his cousin.

If Owen sees Aidan do something, he's going to try it, too.  He will feed all of the animals at the zoo, and I don't remember Owen ever being hesitant.  In fact, we have to hold him back sometimes, especially with feeding the birds nectar.

Of course, we visit all of the local parks.  We have three favorites - one we nicknamed "the regular" park, the library park, and the Greeneway.  There's also a local splash park, but as summer winds down, we won't be visiting it again until April!  Aidan usually chooses the park, but Owen doesn't seem to care, he plays hard at all of them.  Though the Greeneway is saved for the weekends because it's farther away, it's the opposite direction of home, and during the week, I need the close park.

The Greeneway has an awesome playground, a walk/bike path that travels along the river, and a very cool pond area where we can spot turtles, alligators, and a variety of birds.

Watching a gator sun and swim
Owen likes to put together puzzles, color (eat markers and crayons), and play with blocks.  On rainy or cold days, we're inside building things that Owen loves to knock down, or playing in tunnels and forts.  Owen has started paying attention to television, and as mentioned before, loves the movie Frozen.


Owen has been a difficult eater, at least compared to Aidan.  He refuses most foods, and we have had to feed him baby food pouches.  Though recently, we have had luck with him eating turkey and ham - sometimes it requries watching the song "Let it Go," but we have to pick our battles.

Owen will eat yogurt, oatmeal, cheese, tangerines, crackers, and french toast.  He loves popcorn and suckers.  Eating a sucker is the only way I can get Owen to sit still for a haircut.  For the most part, Owen will also eat grapes, but he's hit or miss.  If I buy a lot of grapes, he won't eat them.  If I ran out of grapes at home, he wants them.  The games he plays...

Owen loves cake.  He knows birthday party means cake.  Like me, Owen loves to eat the icing...he
also seems to think the candle should be eaten, too.

Unlike Aidan, Owen LOVES juice.  He doesn't get it often, but I do keep Honest Apple Juice in the fridge and take it when we're going to the pool or the park.  He also likes drinking grape propel water.  He will fuss and try to open the fridge to find propel water.


Owen is fortunate to see family often, although, you can't mention a grandparent's name without Owen getting upset if they're not there or going to be there soon.  He doesn't understand talking about them or visiting in the future.  He runs and gives his grandparents big hugs and knows the (grandparent) names.

When he sees my brother and his wife, he always goes for my brother's wife for a hug, and I cant blame him.

He loves his cousin, Rosalind.  They're a crazy kind of fun together.  They feed off each other and probably cause more trouble, but with trouble comes laughter.  You would think they would tire out, but they won't stop playing until we make them.  I love watching Owen and Rozzie together since they're so close in age.  Aidan plays well with both of them, too, but there's something about the toddler craziness that is fun to watch.

Owen has seen some of his daycare buddies at the park or local events, and he goes crazy.  In fact, one day, I thought he wasn't going to play at the splash park.  Then a friend showed up, and an hour and a half later, I'm fighting to get the boys to go home.

Like Aidan, Owen seems to be sweet on Aidan's friend, Charley.  We have visited her family and she has come to our house...Owen is always wanting to give her a hug.  He tries for a kiss, but Charley wants none of it.  He puckers his lips pretty big, so I can't blame her.

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