Owen seemed a little bored the other day so I made some homemade fingerpaint and let him play for awhile. He didn’t really know what to think about it but he eventually got into it and made a cute painting that is hanging on our fridge!
Owen went for his 18 month checkup this past week (he was 18 months on Christmas Day). He now weighs 28 lbs 1 oz. and is 34 inches tall. He grew 4 inches in two months!! He is still smack dab in the middle of the average range for height on the developmental charts but it was a lot for him to grow in two short months.
He has definitely started to develop an opinion about things recently. This past week he started saying no (which was cute for about 0.5 sec!). So, now when we need to change his diaper, change his clothes, etc. he runs from us yelling “No, No No No NOOOOOOOO!!!” It’s insanity! I have read that the terrible two’s is a myth and that it’s more like the terrible 1 1/2’s. I’m definitely starting to believe in that. There has been an increase in temper tantrums and questionable behavior as of late.
Despite the opinionated screaming and tantrums he is turning into quite the ham. Chris just said yesterday that he thinks Owen will be a class clown in school. He loves to be the center of attention and make people laugh. Here are some recent pictures of our big boy:
he’s eating from a plate now using utensils…
several people who shall remain nameless **ahem…Connie and Papaw….** have gotten into a bad habit of bringing him a sack of donut holes on a regular basis. When he sees that white sack he goes crazy!
Owen’s absolute favorite thing to do is build. He would rather play with tools and blocks than cars and trucks any day. His Grammy and Papa got him a very cool tool bench for Christmas that came in right after the holidays. He loves playing with it and is getting really good at operating all of the different parts. It has a real working drill, a cell phone, wrenches, a hammer, nuts and bolts, screws, and on and on. Chris and I really like playing with it too. Here are a few pictures of our little builder. I realize that he looks a little like a homeless child. He still had on his pjs and had decided that he wanted to wear his hat when I took these. He’s definitely got a mind of his own these days!
We have had a lot of fun spending time together over the Christmas Break. Here are a few more miscellaneous pictures of our time together:
Owen loves his Elmo Live! He particularly likes to push him down to hear him ask for help getting back up. This may be teaching him a bad habit, but we’ll see.
What the living room looks like if Owen is left to his own devices while I’m in the kitchen cooking…….
Reece came over to play one afternoon and I found them jumping on the bed……
I tried to catch Owen wearing some of his new clothes before church last Sunday but this was the best I could do. He looked so handsome in his new clothes and shoes. He loves going to Sunday school to sing songs, learn about Jesus, and play with his friends.
Chris found this little sports set for Owen for Christmas. It came with two nets, 4 hockey sticks (2 for big kids, 2 for little kids), two balls for ball hockey, and a soccer ball. I was skeptical that it would be too big for Owen and that he wouldn’t play with it. I was totally wrong. The kid loves it!
The other day, Chris and Owen had their official first lesson. Here’s Chris giving a lesson on correct form (notice he had to put all his “gear” on for this).
Owen demonstrating his own technique
Owen actually scored a little goal…he looks stunned!
Santa left this really cute hat in Owen’s stocking and I tried and tried to get a picture of him wearing it….you can see that didn’t go very well! He’s giving me the same look that Chris gives me when I annoy him…..I recognize that look immediately!
making a deposit into his fun new piggy bank
Santa left foam bath letters and numbers as well as bath crayons in Owen’s stocking. He would stay in the tub for over an hour if we’d let him these days. Directly behind his head is an Owen original. The crayons came with a duck sponge eraser and Owen has designated me the official eraser. He won’t let me draw with the crayons but he yells at me (still in his Japanese speech) when he wants me to erase. Once, I made the mistake of leaning over to look at what he was drawing on the inside of the tub and he politely took his hand and moved my head out of the way. He’s so funny these days!
We had a busy Christmas as usual. We went to my Uncle Mike’s on Christmas Eve and ate lots of good food and opened presents.
Owen definitely enjoys opening presents since it’s the only time he gets to tear paper and destroy something without getting in trouble.
and a Sesame Street remote from Aunt Missy and Uncle Josh.
After a short nap, we headed to my parents house for another Christmas. Owen spent time working with tools with Grandpa (his great-grandfather). He really loves Grandpa and gets so excited to see him.