Archive for November, 2009

Tribute to the Talent!

Friday, November 20th, 2009

I’ve previously mentioned that Owen has had some lovely presents from friends and family but I think a special mention should be made of all the gorgeous, carefully made, hand made items he has received.  I blogged about the first thing he got in this category, a beautiful blanket with wild animals on it.  Since then he has had several other things as well though and although I have put photos on Flickr I haven’t mentioned them here.

Funnily enough two of my university friends have sent him home made presents, one a blanket made by Vicky and the other a cardigan sent by Graham and knitted by his wife.
Vicky made Owen a gorgeous blanketHandmade cardigan from the wife of grahad

Graham and I keep in touch through the power of Twitter and another friend on their sent some lovely wee shoes.  Funnily enough both Twitter pals choose green, but this coincidence could just be because they sent them before Owen was born so he may have been a girl!

Tiny baby shoes from @barbaragordon

Various of my Aunts have also knitted lovely wee cardigans for him which could be very useful as the weather turns colder.
Knitting from Owen's Great-Aunties: Dorothy, Kathleen and Sandra

There are some from Aunt Sandra (sent via her grandson Ellis who grew out of them).  There are also some from Aunt Kathleen and Aunt Dorothy – my Dad’s sisters, who can both knit apparently!  Hope knitting isn’t an essential for aunties though – my nieces and nephews have been deprived if so!

Another cardigan, with matching wee booties, was brought round for Owen by one of the solicitors I work with and his wife and are a gorgeous wee matching set.
Cardigan and matching booties from Sandra ToughSpecial booties from Sandra Tough

And lastly is a little cushion made by the lovely lady who made my wedding dress – all those years ago!!
Gorgeous hand made cushion from lady who made my wedding dress

So as you can see I have some wonderfully talented friends and family and Owen is a spoilt little boy – for which we say Thank You!!!

Finally out of the closet..

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Many years ago, for reasons I cannot quite remember, I was teasing my Mum that she was pregnant.  To add to my taunts and jeers I also purchased an adorable wee babygrow and presented it to her all wrapped up as a special gift.

This year, 1 month ago today in fact, I finally had a baby myself.  The next day my parents came to visit – and with them came the babygrow – after years of sitting dormant in Mum’s wardrobe. 

Finally its being used for the purpose it was meant for and is fulfilling its destiny!  (Although its a bit big so might not be worn again for a few weeks!)

The bear babygrow

Owen is growing up…!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Yesterday was Owen’s 4 week birthday, celebrated by a walk at the beach with Hugh and Linda.  We then went back to theirs for a lovely roast beef dinner with Yorkshire puddings and followed by Strudel and custard – yum!! 

Today we moved Owen into Size 2 nappies and he is no longer in “Newborn” clothes but is onto 0-3 months clothes!  He was getting soaked through and my cousin Lynne politely asked if he maybe needed bigger nappies – not sure why I didn’t think about that, think I expected someone to tell me it was time to change size or something!!  After she said that I realised his wee toes were right to the end of his babygrows so that maybe his clothes were getting too tight as well.  So that’s all sorted now.  Big boy!!
Owen is growing up...

My friend Jo sent him this just before Halloween but it was too big for him then, think its most appropriate most days anyway!!  Although he was an angel this morning – Bryan is off work this week so we were looking forward to no alarm clock and Owen let us lie in all morning which was bliss!  I was up at 3am and 7am feeding him but then he slept till 11.30!  Bless him!

4 weeks tomorrow! Already!

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Bryan and Owen are watching the football together so I have a moment to update you all!  Actually Owen is just sleeping on Bryan’s chest but I’m sure Daddy likes to pretend he’s watching too.

Tomorrow Owen will be 4 weeks old – already!  Time really does fly.  We are still not breast feeding “properly” but we’ve got a system going that suits us and he’s finally back up past his birth weight so that’s all that matters.  He was weighed yesterday by the health visitor and is now 9 lbs 7, or 4300 grams.  I did a little dance of happiness when she left, it really has been stressful the past few weeks.  I just want to do what’s best for the wee chap, would have been nice if someone had warned me just how hard it could be to breastfeed before I started though.  Lots of people are now telling me they had problems, and maybe I should have guessed it might be hard considering how many support groups and councillors I had heard about being available.  Anyway, we’re doing fine now so that’s cool.

My first week alone after Bryan returned to work was nicely broken up by various visitors so I managed fine, then last week my parents came to visit so I had 2 slaves to help me out – and Owen was doted over somewhat!  Bryan is now on annual leave for a week so we get to play at Happy Families again.  Not that we’re playing, we really are a happy family, its lovely, I now understand why people thought it was sad I didn’t want children.  Scary how much love you can feel for someone so small!  Looking at him with his Daddy almost makes my heart burst out of my chest, I really am a lucky girl to have both of them to myself.  And our lovely cats of course, although they are in a mood with me as I don’t have as much time for them now – and Bryan has taken over feeding them too so I’m not even loved for that!  They are very good with Owen though, they come and sniff him occassionally, or sit and look at him but they never touch him, or his swing and other seats which are in the lounge.  They seem to understand that baby stuff is out of bounds.

Benson checks Owen is okay

Owen has now met each of his grandparents, and only remaining great-grandparent – Bryan’s Nana.  He’s met various other family and friends too and had lots of cuddles which is fab.  He’s been for a walk at the beach in his pram, been shopping (Aberdeen now has a Mamas and Papas store!) in his sling, been out for lunch in a cafe (although he was fed in the car outside in a far corner of the carpark!), been registered and most importantly been to a library!

Owen's first trip to the seasideOwen goes shopping in his slingOwen in my library, with Margaret

Meanwhile Daddy and I are learning how to do lots of things with just one hand as we hold him in the other!  We’re also learning to live around him and his needs – I have to be available when he’s hungry and Bryan takes him at other times so I can nap/bath/do laundry etc!  Life certainly has changed forever – but Bryan is still managing to play video games on occassion and I even went to a concert last Wednesday!  Well Kasabian were playing the AECC which is not far from our house; I missed the support band and so was only out for 3 hours between feeds and really enjoyed Kasabian (for the 7th time!).  Was my first concert since last December, before I got pregnant, so that was a long time for me.  Not as long as I’ve been sober of course – gave that up in June 2008 when we started trying for a baby, and probably won’t start again until Owen is 6 months old and we wean him off breast milk!  Have had a few sips of champagne at the two weddings we went to recently so not totally deprived..

So that’s us!  We continue to post pictures on my, and Bryan‘s Flickr pages from time to time so you can see the wee guy’s progress if you want to – or just come visit!