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2T August 27, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Recollections — Amy Scott @ 9:56 pm
Kissing his reflection in the shoe department of the Columbia Outlet

Kissing his reflection in the shoe department of the Columbia Outlet

A week ago we took Owen shopping at the Lincoln City Outlets. It could have been a disaster since he hadn’t napped in hours and had already spent the morning running around the Oregon Coast Aquarium. I was very concerned about his energy storehouse. Plus, shopping with Owen is always a gamble. He seems to be on his best behavior when shopping with just Jeremy, but add me to the mix and we have a crazy child on our hands. I wish I knew why. Oh the mind of a toddler. I’m happy to report that our shopping experience with Owen was delightful. Minus a tragic fall in the Old Navy Outlet that caused his mouth to bleed and Owen to wail loudly for some time… That was the low point, but it happened early on in the outing and Owen moved on from the whole ordeal fairly well.

It was hard to get a good picture, but here is Owen walking around with his very own shopping bag. He really got into the shopping experience!

It was hard to get a good picture, but here is Owen walking around with his very own shopping bag. He really got into the shopping experience!

I decided that Owen’s next wardrobe would be made up of clothes sized 2T. I compared and contrasted 24 months to 2T and decided that we would make the plunge into 2T. This meant shopping in a whole new section of most stores. My little boy’s clothes are now defined by years, not months. It really feels like he is no longer a baby even though he has been very a much a toddler for sometime. Transitions always have a way of reminding me how quickly time is flying by and how fast this little human is growing. Shopping with an almost 2 year old could have been a nightmare. Instead, Owen was quite helpful and carried items around the store for us. We would pick something like a jacket, pair of jeans, or pajamas and he would proudly walk around the items in hand. Just another reminder that he is big boy. Cashiers gave Owen small little bags that he could carry out of the store himself and he was as pleased as punch. It was the cutest sight.

Now I fully I expected all these 2T clothes to be HUGE on Owen, but for fun we tried a few on this week. They fit fairly normally which breaks my heart in a strange way. He is bigger than I expected. Owen also loves his new clothes (many of them have bulldozers and dump trucks on them). He begs to wear them and cries when we try to take them off. Since when did this kid ever care about fashion? He has suddenly developed an opinion on what he wears. I knew this was coming, but it’s a small thing like 2T clothes that make me realize we have a big boy on our hands.

This last week I’ve read a couple of sappy parenting articles on Facebook. Lord, help me. I am pregnant and hormonal and I should not be reading these. The water works have been insane. One article was about how older siblings might never remember a time without their younger sibling, especially if they are born close enough together. My sister and I are just a few weeks shy of two years apart and I don’t remember life before April. My memories have always included in her. I suspect that Owen will be the same way. He is will always remember his little brother. He won’t remember these days as a family of three. He won’t remember my transition to being a stay at home mom. He won’t remember the long days spent in our pajamas or the diaper time struggles. He won’t remember my joy over watching him learn words, shapes, sounds, colors and animals. In a lot of ways, I have begun to mourn the fact that it won’t always just be Owen and Mommy at home. I’m sure little brother will bring a whole new dynamic of fun and love, but things will never be the same. It was a good reminder for me to cherish in my heart the time that I have had with just Owen. I have grown and changed so much in the last two years. I guess I’m trying to keep up with Owen in more than one way. He is changing me as he changes and grows and develops. What a sweet period of time. I will remember it even though he won’t.

The other article was about how someday you will realize that your kid has passed a series of “lasts” and you might have missed it – last time building a fort with blankets, last time needing your help washing their hair. While Owen is still very much young and dependent on me, I am reminded that he won’t always be. He will continue to grow and mature through the different stages of childhood and into adulthood. I want to make the most of these moments and not let them slip by. I’m so amazed at how it’s the small things that seem to make the most impact in the long run. I am blessed that I can be present in these moments and enjoy them for their simple pleasure. I certainly have my days when this parenting gig seems like no fun and I wonder what I signed up for. It’s no walk in the park and my kid is hitting the terrible twos. But it won’t be this way forever. Someday I will have a quiet house and it will probably be clean and I will be an empty-nester. The family years will go fast. As the quote goes, the days are long but the years are short.

I think being pregnant around Owen’s 2nd birthday (about a month away from that milestone) has made me even more sentimental and emotional (aka hormonal). Maybe I would feel the same way about things if I wasn’t pregnant. All I know is that I want to remember this time. I want to remember shopping for 2T clothes at the outlets with my proud, big boy. I want to remember the family of three days with fondness. They have been so good and so hard and so worth it. I know that being a family of four will be awesome in a new way and I am excited to discover that. I am also excited to see the little person that Owen is becoming. He is funny, smart and creative. While I mourn the fact that he is no longer a baby, I wouldn’t want him to stay a baby forever. He just keeps getting more amazing with time. I love watching him become more and more himself as he discovers the world. It’s been an incredible journey and I am blessed that we get to start the process all over again with kiddo #2. However, I am not excited about the newborn sleep schedule that is right around the corner. I guess Owen has been a good guinea pig kid, because now I can remind myself that this to shall pass. I have survived life with Owen thus far and I am sure I’ll make through all the ups and downs with #2 as well. Plus, hopefully, I’ll have a little helper and Owen can show his little brother the ropes. I’m sure he’ll have some good brotherly insight into surviving life with their crazy parents!

Telling his buddies all about

Telling his buddies all about “trucks”

Helping water the fruit trees

Helping water the fruit trees

Playing with a new assortment of construction vehicles

Playing with a new assortment of construction vehicles

A chocolate milk reward for tagging along to my doctor's appointment

A chocolate milk reward for tagging along to my doctor’s appointment

 

Life at the Beach August 25, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Travels — Amy Scott @ 9:10 pm

We got back on Saturday from a beach vacation. It was the longest I’ve ever stayed at the beach. It was nice to have a slow pace. We had time to do everything we wanted and then some… sometimes multiple times! We ate way too much food and enjoyed some of our favorite things. There are so many highlights from our trip. It’s hard to figure out what to share without making this blog massive in length! The highlights for me included in eating at some of my favorite places like the Cannon Beach Bakery, Pig’N’Pancake and Mo’s. I enjoyed reading before bed every night and started/finished a book. We took multiple trips to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Owen got so familiar with the cheese factory that he actually directed us around to what he wanted to do while there because he knew where everything was. He developed a deep and passionate love for their Baby Loaf bus. If only we could install one in our backyard. We visited some historical sites like Fort Stevens and Fort Clatsop. We went to the beach multiple times. We did a drive out to Cape Meares Lighthouse and spent a lot of time throwing rocks in the water at Cape Lookout. Jeremy flew his kite and made a great fire on the beach for s’mores. Jeremy also got his shellfish license and went crabbing for the first time. Owen loved having Grandma & Grandma and Auntie & Uncle around to play with at all hours. Owen’s vocabulary expanded and he said many words over the course of the trip that I had never heard before. It was fun to see his mind keep up with his expanding circumstances. There was lots of talk about “wa-wa” and “ba boats”. It was a fantastic trip. Owen loved it and so did we. It’s been quite the adventure keeping up with Owen and seeing the world through his eyes. I’m sure vacations will only get more exciting as he explores the world and experiences things for the first time. I love being along for the ride!

First walk on the beach

First walk on the beach

Flying a kite

Flying a kite

Building a sand castle

Building a sand castle

Enjoying a windy night on the beach while making s'mores

Enjoying a windy night on the beach while making s’mores

Fort Stevens

Fort Stevens

Attempting to take a nap at Fort Clatsop

Attempting to take a nap at Fort Clatsop

Owen and Lamby at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

Owen and Lamby at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

Early morning beach walk with Daddy

Early morning beach walk with Daddy

Enjoying the view at Cape Meares

Enjoying the view at Cape Meares

Spending a day down south at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and shopping at the Lincoln City Outlets

Spending a day down south at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and shopping at the Lincoln City Outlets

Tide pools at Haystack Rock

Tide pools at Haystack Rock

Date Night

Date Night

Carousal ride in Seaside

Carousal ride in Seaside

Every trip to Tillamook wouldn't be complete with a ride in Owen's favorite "ba bus". He loves this bus deeply and with his whole heart.

Every trip to Tillamook wouldn’t be complete with a ride in Owen’s favorite “ba bus”. He loves this bus deeply and with his whole heart.

Crabbing with Daddy sure is exciting

Crabbing with Daddy sure is exciting

 

Hello August August 7, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 8:31 pm

Here we are one week into August. July went by in a blink. I’ve had a hard time wrapping my mind around August. It’s here. It’s happening. It’s a 1/4 of the way done. What? How did that happen? Seems to be the theme of my life. Time is flying by. In a good way. We started off the month with family visits. We got to hang out with our Ellensburg family on Saturday and then we got the whole crew together on Sunday. We haven’t had Jeremy’s immediate family all together since Christmas and this was the first time for Bennett to be apart of the cousin crowd. It was fun to see all the kids together. I love watching cousins play. It makes my heart happy in a special way.

On Sunday, I officially entered the third trimester. I’m now up to doctor’s appointments every two weeks. It doesn’t feel like I should be at this point but I am. I remarked earlier this week that my appointments have been dull because I’ve had no issues and for that I am grateful. The thought of doubling my visits sounded doubly dull. Then on Wednesday, I had my blood pressure drop considerably low for me (I usually run high), so I had a bad dizzy spell on Wednesday night and a whopper of a headache on Thursday. At Jeremy’s request, I called my doctor’s office and talked to the nurse. While, she wasn’t too concerned, it will probably be a topic of conversation at our next appointment on Monday. Oh goody. So much for no issues. It’s strange to me that with my last pregnancy I developed gestational hypertension and now for this pregnancy, I seem to be doing the opposite. The human body is a strange and unpredictable thing. I’m hoping this is a minor hiccup and nothing major.

Owen will be 22 months as of tomorrow. That means in just two months, I will have a two year old! The terrible twos seem to be upon us already in some ways. In the last month or so, we’ve started doing time outs. It’s quite the ordeal and deeply upsets Owen, but he seems to get the concept. Owen is obsessed with trucks and trains. Every day he pulls out the same bin of trucks and trains. They seem to endless entertain him. Owen loves to tell you what animals say. Many animals have a deep, scary sounding roar.  Also, his barking sound for a dog is intense. In contrast, if you ask Owen what a train says, he’ll say “choo-choo” in the sweetest little boy voice ever. I’m tempted to ask him what a train says over and over again just to hear that cute little voice.

Jeremy survived his busy July like champ. My man is a hard worker and I am so proud of him. We’ve loved having him home more now and we are looking forward to lots of family time in the coming weeks. We have a trip to the beach planned. I am excited to see what Owen thinks of the beach since this is his first year to run and play on it. Jeremy is looking forward to letting him explore and see what he fancies. Is he a water kid or a sand kid? We’ll find out! We have a trip to the aquarium planned as well. I hope to do some fall shopping for Owen and start purchasing his 2T wardrobe. His size 18 month clothes are starting to get a bit short on him. Owen is taller than he is wider, so I have a feeling his pants will forever be falling off of him. The struggles of no waist! I’m excited to move him up to the next size and start dreaming of dressing for fall.

That’s the beginning of August thus far! Can’t wait to share the rest of the month’s adventures with you soon.

Everyone wants to be king/queen of the castle!

Everyone wants to be king/queen of the castle!

All the cousins together!

All the cousins together!

Owen requested that I stop cleaning up from breakfast and snuggle with him and his stuffed animals. I didn't mind pausing for moments like this. Excuse my bed head!

Owen requested that I stop cleaning up from breakfast and snuggle with him and his stuffed animals. I didn’t mind pausing for moments like this. Excuse my bed head!

Enjoying lunch with my forever friend, Maggie, and pregnancy buddy!

Enjoying lunch with my forever friend, Maggie, and pregnancy buddy!

Eating an apple from Daddy's garden

Eating an apple from Daddy’s garden

 

Owen’s First Camping Trip August 1, 2015

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Travels — Amy Scott @ 6:05 pm
Loaded and ready to go! We packed the car to the brim, but Owen didn't seem to mind.

Loaded and ready to go! We packed the car to the brim, but Owen didn’t seem to mind.

Early Wednesday morning, we set off an adventure. Our destination was Crater Lake National Park. Jeremy and I had been planning a camping trip for this summer and up until a few days before we left, we assumed that we would go to our “usual” spots. Jeremy started to do a little research and got all excited about the possibility of going to Crater Lake. He had never been there and I remember it being a fun stop in my childhood. I was game to change the plan and explore a new campground. On the way down, we realized that was the farthest away from home both Owen and Toby have ever been. They handled the car time like champs and I was grateful.

Exploring our campsite

Exploring our campsite

There are so many details about this trip that I would love to share with you! I don’t want this to be a lengthy blog, so I will do my best to pare down the moments. First off, Owen loved looking at the lake. He kept calling it “ba boat”. There were a few boats in the water, but it didn’t matter if a boat was in sight or not, the lake was called “ba boat”. Owen loved the camping experience. He was a dirt ball the whole time and it was quite humorous. I knew he was going to be a mess, so I didn’t even let it phase me. Setting up the tent was a hot experience and not one that I enjoyed. Owen loved it when I inflated the air mattresses. He loved hanging in the tent. This was our first time using this tent even though we bought it last summer. It had plenty of space for the twin and queen air mattresses we brought and it had plenty of room for another family member in the future. We made a smart move when we got this tent.

Loving the tent and air mattresses

Loving the tent and air mattresses

One of the best parts of camping is the food. Owen enjoyed watching Jeremy make Jiffy Pop on the camp stove. He also loved the special treats we packed like Doritos, chocolate pudding cups, veggie straws and mini-donuts. I had a chance to make my favorite campfire pizza pockets and s’mores.

I was a little concerned about how Owen and Toby would do out camping together. Toby can be a cranky dog and I try to keep distance between the two. Toby did great with Owen. Toby hates camping and turned into a pathetic pile of a dog while we were out in the woods. He didn’t seem to have any interest into doing anything but looking sad. While I felt for him, I was glad to see that it made him very docile.

Owen looking at ba boat aka Crater Lake

Owen looking at ba boat aka Crater Lake

The real adventure came at bedtime. When we first got into the tent, I noticed that queen air mattress had deflated quite a bit over the afternoon. We added more air to it and then started a game of musical sleeping bags. Ideally, Jeremy and I would have slept on the queen together and Owen would have slept on the twin. This will be a goal for future trips as Owen gets older. The final arrangement ended up being Owen, Toby and I all on the queen air mattress with Jeremy on the twin. Getting Owen to sleep took some time, but around 11:00pm the tent was finally down for the night. Or so I thought… I woke up around 1:00am and realized that I was laying on the ground. Our air mattress was leaking air somewhere. I told Jeremy, who was also awake. Owen was sleeping through it all so I thought I would hold out. However, I couldn’t fall back asleep. Being pregnant and all, I get up and use the restroom a couple times a night. I was really trying not to do that while out camping, but after a couple hours of being awake in the middle of the night, I decided I had to go. This meant it was a family outing since Owen woke up when I tried to get up. Toby and Jeremy went and used the men’s room and Owen and I went into the ladies room… at 3:00am. Good times. We added more air to the mattress and got Owen settled back down. I think I was asleep sometime after 4:00am and woke up on the ground again around 6:00am. That put me at a grand total of 4ish hours of sleep… with my toddler plastered to me all night, sleeping on the ground and 27 weeks pregnant. Not the best sleep I’ve ever had. I was sore and tired the next morning.

Happily munching on camp food

Happily munching on camp food

Since the air mattress turned into such a giant pickle, we decided to pack up camp on Thursday morning. I was bummed, but I didn’t want to do another repeat night of sleeping on the ground. Owen slept so much better than I expected out camping. He didn’t mind at all that the air mattress deflated. Probably because he was sleeping more on me than the mattress itself. Hopefully next time will go better and we’ll be able to give him two nights out in nature.

Our plan for the day already included in a drive around the lake to the various lookout spots. After we got packed up, we did our drive and then left the park. It was a HOT day and we were amazed at the temperatures our car thermometer were showing. Since it was a 6 hour drive home, we had to make a couple stops for Owen and Toby to stretch their legs. However, the heat made these stops quick. Also, we couldn’t do anything indoors since we had the dog to think about. There was no way we could leave him in the car. Once we got just outside of Portland, we decided to skip the rush hour traffic and find a park to relax in for a while. We got some dinner, ate outside in the shade and then played in the spray park. Owen enjoyed the time out of the car and splashed away while we waited for traffic to clear. It was a nice way to break up the time in the car. Also, I think the water at the spray park did a good job of getting the layer of dirt off of Owen that he had developed while camping.

Overall, it was a good trip full of fun family memories. Even though we left early, we packed two days with tons of activity. I slept so hard Thursday night once we got home. It felt so good to sleep in my own bed. Friday, we went to breakfast together as a family and then went and returned our faulty air mattress since it was a brand new and recent purchase. Despite being home a day early, we still enjoyed our family time together, so it really felt like Friday was still an extension of our camping adventures. And that my friends is Owen’s first camping trip in a nutshell.

Owen loves popcorn so Jiffy Pop was a fun treat!

Owen loves popcorn so Jiffy Pop was a fun treat!

Love this boy!

Love this boy!

Dirty feet

Dirty feet

Just chilling

Just chilling

Getting in some snuggles with Toby

Getting in some snuggles with Toby

What a unique night we survived!

What a unique night we survived!

Hanging in the tent while we pack things up

Hanging in the tent while we pack things up

Loving the view of Crater Lake

Loving the view of Crater Lake

A very hot ride home! So glad for AC in the car!

A very hot ride home! So glad for AC in the car!

Dinner in the park

Dinner in the park

What a fun to stretch our legs and break up the long ride home

What a fun way to stretch our legs and break up the long ride home