Sunday, December 27, 2009

Two and a Half

Happy Half Birthday Owen!!! I can't believe you are two and a half already!!! You are growing up so fast! It seems like just yesterday we were bringing you home from the hospital. Now you are a big brother and Mommy's big helper and you do both roles very well..... when you want to! You like to help with the laundry (folding towels, putting clothes in the dryer, and filling up the laundry basket with dirty clothes) and dishes (loading and unloading the dishwasher). You also like to go shopping with mommy, especially when Addyson stays home with daddy!!! Those mornings we usually go get lunch and have some good one-on-one time. Daddy and Addyson are never far from your mind because you'll always ask (several times) where they are.You are very kind hearted and always concerned when someone is crying or it looks like someone might have an "owie". You ask "what happened?" and are quick to give one of your kisses to make it all better! When someone sneezes you say, "Bless you". When Addyson wakes up in the morning you ask her, "Addyson, did you have a good sleep?" just like mommy asks you! You love to snuggle especially after waking up from a nap!! Mommy really loves it when you come and sit in her lap as you wake up!

You are a good sleeper. We have a great bedtime and naptime routine which consists for reading a book, talking about your day, and saying a prayer. After that we turn on your music, leave you with a book, and you read yourself to sleep! Some nights you sleep through the night but most nights you come and sleep on a mattress at the foot of our bed (Once you are in our room you sleep through the night). You are a good eater some days, you'll eat anything and everything we put in front of you, and other days you don't want to eat anything but crackers and cereal. Your favorites are black bean quesadillas ("tacos") with guacamole and sour cream dippy, pizza and salad (you often eat more salad than pizza!!!!), and mommy's homemade chicken noodle soup! You love almost all fruits, even mangos and kiwi, and most veggies, spinach is probably a favorite. And you love to drink your milk!!!!!!!!!! All in all you eat a pretty balanced diet with occasional sweets! : )
You are a little entertainer. You help make Addyson smile when she is sad or make her laugh when she wants to be entertained. You are very musical and like to play the drums and piano! You can often be heard singing your ABCs, Baa Baa Black Sheep, or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and sometimes a mixture of all 3!!! You are also our little composer and make up your own songs (most of which, only you know what you are singing) that you like to sing at the top of your lungs!!! : )
You are very creative and love to play pretend. One of your favorite things to play right now is "going shopping". You take your shopping cart out "shopping" and come back with yummy things for us to eat (usually what mommy doesn't have in the house and you remind me that we need to go shopping for) like grapes, cheese, tacos, hamburgers, and fries. Addyson plays this game best with you because as you had it to her she opens her mouth and then she chews because she thinks you really put something in there. It is a perfect "team" game for the 2 of you! You also love to draw and paint. You will tell us what you are drawing (which we are very thankful for because we would have guess wrong ; ).
You love to read books!!! You often fall asleep with a book in hand and sleep with it all through the night! If we take it away, you wake up looking for it!! We can often find you "reading" to yourself a book you know saying many of the words!! You can pick out the letter "O" and know that Owen starts with "O". You can tell people that you are two and a half when they ask how old you are. You know a lot of shapes; circle, triangle, heart, star and are working on your colors; you know blue, green, black, brown, orange, yellow, and red (most of the time). You know A LOT of animals (probably more than the average 2 year old), too many for me to list. Nammie took you to the zoo a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed when you told her there were flamingos in the exhibit you were looking at, told her the monkeys in the monkey house were lemurs, and knew the camel was the big animal with a hump on its back. You make your mommy proud with all the animals you know and the sounds they make!!!
Happy Half Birthday Little Man!!! You make your mommy and daddy so proud!!! We love you so much!

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