Monday, March 29, 2010

Runny nose on the move

Poor Owen had his first cold this past week. At 8 1/2 months old, it's actually pretty impressive that he hasn't been sick at all before this! Together, we've endured the coughing, runny nose, sneezing (he thinks it's SO funny when Mommy says, "God bless you, Owen!"), and a generally cranky attitude for going on 10 days now. But, he seems to finally be on the mend, which is a GREAT thing!

Tooth number three (top front left) made its first appearance this morning and I'm certain his next door neighbor won't be far behind. Maybe that had a little something to do with the crankiness as well.

I'm not sure whether to mark this day in the baby book as his first crawl or not. He's been working so hard at it for some time now, but today he actually made some substantial distance by pushing himself forward, face and chest on the ground, by his back legs. It's like he's figured out the leg part of crawling, but his arms haven't fully caught on yet. Looks to me like a recipe for some pretty brutal carpet burns on his face, but at least he's trying!


Trying on his first (of many, if he's anything like his daddy) Hawkeye caps.

The obligatory photo with the Easter Bunny.


Owen's first time on the swing at the park. (Sorry for the bad cell phone video.)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Movin' on up

I've been waiting to make this post until I had some good news to share on the home buying front, so I'm pleased to finally announce that we have bought a house! It is in Muscatine (where Ryan works), which is about a 40-minute drive from Davenport where our families live. We officially closed on our house in Seattle a couple weeks ago, and we've been living with the Petersons since October, so we were R-E-A-D-Y for this day! (Actually, we're ready for April 30 when we're set to close and can actually move in, but we're still excited now, too.)

Owen continues to thrive and is soooooo close to crawling. (I can't wait to make that post!) He sits very well now and is eating lots of new finger foods. Some of his favorites are bananas, Cheerios, and cheese. I keep hearing that "stranger anxiety" will likely set in soon, but so far, he is a champ with everyone he spends time with. Mommy and Daddy really appreciate that both grandmas can help watch him so we can have a little time to ourselves every now and then.

The weather is finally getting nicer, so we've been able to get outside with Owen much more lately. He even got to swing at the park for the very first time just the other day with his buddy Will. The next few months promise to be very busy as we prepare for our move and participate in the various events leading up to Aunt Rachel and soon-to-be Uncle Todd's wedding. Life is SO good!


Poor, confused baby. With Mommy in his Iowa State University threads and with Daddy (and Herky the Hawk) sporting University of Iowa black and gold.

Hanging out at the mall with cool Aunt Jackie.

O loves his musical jungle toy from Aunt Janan and family at Christmas. He's finally old enough to play with it now!

Posing with Curious George for his 8-month birthday shot.

Supporting "Team Grandpa" at the 5th Annual Betts Family Chili Cook-Off. Sadly, Grandpa didn't place this year, but Daddy did take home 2nd place.