Thursday, November 15, 2007

My Baby is ONE!!

Today my little boy turned one year old. Technically as I'm writing this, he STILL wasn't here yet. Yeah, he took his sweet time to show up. Apparently my body doesn't seem to understand that the kids need to come out at sometime. I was a week overdue before they would induce me. I walked my butt off for two weeks hoping to get something going on my own, but no luck. I did get several nasty blisters though. However, with only one dose of prostaglandin, my body gets it done! So, to some of you, this may sound gross or too much, but I actually got to see Owen come out. How you may ask? Well, they asked me if I wanted a mirror to see it. My first reaction was no, but then I thought, "I've had an epidural, I'm not feeling any pain, why not?" I figured if it was too much, I'd close my eyes or look elsewhere. Well, I only pushed 7 times and Owen was out. For those not impressed with 7 pushes please remember he weighed NINE pounds when he was born. Seeing him come out was a seriously spiritual experience for me. Amazing.
My first thought after they laid him on my chest (which they immediately did after he was born--covered in blood and such) was "Whoa! This kid looks big to me." He was so perfect though. I couldn't believe I had another baby. I was really worried about having a little boy because I didn't grow up with any brothers and so I thought it would be trickier somehow. So far, he's been such an amazing little boy. He is the sweetest thing. There are so many things I love about Owen...

  • His smile--Dimples on each side (just like his sister and neither me nor my husband have dimples).

  • His hair--It's very light brownish/blonde and in the back it has little curls.

  • His belly--When he is walking around with just his diaper on and that belly is sticking out it is so cute (I'm still hoping this comes back in style for women my age).

  • His little bum--There is something so funny and endearing about a naked little bum that is running away from you as you try to catch it to throw it in the tub.

  • His chatter--He isn't saying a lot of words (ma-ma, da-da, na-na (for Ryanna)) but he is constantly saying something...I just don't know what it is...probably exactly what he's thinking everytime we all talk.

  • His kisses--They are open-mouthed and they are rare, but so sweetly given.

  • His honking--One time I made the honk noise when he grabbed my nose and it made him laugh, so we play that game several times a day now.

  • His unconditional love--shouldn't we all be more like children in their quick nature to forgive and to want to love everyone around them? Owen loves me so dearly and makes me feel so important when he reaches for me and finds comfort in my arms.

  • His backward eye-roll--when he's really wanting to nurse and he finally latches on, it's the eyes rolling back in ecstacy that just makes me giggle, must be a lot like I feel about food.

  • His chest--He has a pretty deep chest, check out the picture of him when he was first born...it's funny because his middle name is my grandparents' last name who raised me and my husband swears that our little boy is built just like my grandpa with his deep chest.
Our little family has been so greatly blessed to have this sweet addition. I feel so thrilled for Ryanna to have a sibling that will be close to her age that she can call and talk to. I always wished I'd had siblings close to my age when I got to college. I wanted her to have Owen in her life as much as I wanted him in my own life. I wanted my husband and I to have the experience of having a boy and a girl to raise. It'll be interesting to continue to see the differences. Right from the beginning it's noticeable and I can hardly wait to see how much more evident it will become.



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13 comments:

bloggingchristy said...

Cute pics! You are so lucky that both your kids have dimples. That is the main reason I married Greg is so that our kids would have dimples and only one has them!

I think Ryanna looks alot like Derek, what do you think?

kjirsti said...

Happy Birthday Owen! I loved loved loved your blog, it made me laugh and nearly cry! Audrey you are such a wonderful mother. Thanks! Congratulations to you!

brooke said...

Happy Birthday Owen! Funny, I kind of wanted to watch myself give birth but they wouldn't let me . . .

He is such a handsome little boy. I love all of the things you love about him, reminds me of many of the things I love about my own children!

You are a great example of a good mother, and you have two beautiful children to prove it!!

Kelli said...

What a cute post! Happy Birthday Owen!

I admire the same things in my kids. I especially like the little bum running away thing. It happens usually daily around here.

I know what was wrong with the cupcake. Seeing as how Owen is related to you, there needed to be some chocolate on that cupcake! I'm sure if there were he would have gobbled it right down :)

Lara said...

Happy 1st Birthday, Owen! He is so adorable.

They had the mirror for me when B and C were born, but by that point I had taken off my glasses and could see absolutely nothing. :) I would have liked to, though.

Lacey said...

Hope you got my message yesterday! You guys were probably out partying the day away for Owen! I can't believe he is one too! It's gone by so fast! He is such a cutie!

DONNA said...

Happy, Happy Bithday to Owen!!!! It hardly seems that it could be a year. What a CUTE boy he is!!!! And, he has an adorable sister too! You're so lucky that you got a girl and a boy right from the get go!!! Enjoy him because it will seem like tomorrow that instead of running from you as it's bath time...he'll turn and smile as he enters the "For Missionaries Only" door at the MTC. You have beautiful children :)

SHERI said...

He is so cute. Happy Birthday Owen! Just 6 more months till nursery!

JenW said...

happy birthday owen! how awesome! what a blessing these kids are to us! good job audrey!

Heather said...

Wow I can't believe he's a year. The next year will be just as awesome! Happy Birthday Owen :)

Brittany and Scott said...

happy belated birthday owen!!! you have the cutest little boy!!

Ruth Petersen said...

Owen is so adorable. Thanks for the blog. It makes me very home sick to see them. It brought back pleasant memories of his birth and the enjoyable time I had in AZ.

Jack and Annie said...

Cute cute cute...HAPPY BIRTHDAY OWEN! Even if it is belated...I hope we are able to have a boy someday too!