Owen Henry — 8 Months Old

Owen is developing such a sweet temperament. He is full of cuddles and slobbery kisses. He waves and is constantly smiling! Owen is now crawling faster, navigating slight inclines, pulling up on furniture. With every day he seems to have more balance and control enabling him to move with greater agility. In fact, this morning he managed to climb up the first step of the staircase! 

Loves:

Books — especially lift the flap or pop-up ones. Dear Zoo and Peek-a-Who? are his favourites. 

Water — bath time, the shower, running water, the hose, buckets, cups. He loves it all, although he is not so keen on the waves of the ocean…

Food — surprisingly Owen is still not a fan of banana, but loves pretty much anything and everything he tries. Although he seems particularly excited about eating watermelon and blueberries.

Toys — Eva’s toys and figurines! He also loves these Kid O stacking and nesting cups.

Eva — Owen is fascinated by his sister. He will try to chase her down while she runs circles around him. If she is crying, he will go looking for her. And he wants to be doing whatever she is doing. For her part, Eva is a loving sister (within reason—after all, know right-minded person would be willing to share their favourite toys with anyone). But every morning, they both have big smiles and cuddles for each other.

Hates:

Sleeping alone — although he naps in his cot during the day, at night we have resorted to co-sleeping just so we can all get a little more sleep! 

Here is a little peak at our month long vacation in America — Disneyland, Christmas and many milestones along the way! 

Song: Errol Flynn by Jinja Safari

Byron Bay.

Back to the familiar. Back home. I don’t go back often enough and it’s only now that I’m older and it has been so many years since I lived there, that I realise just how beautiful it is. 

We spent the day exploring the lighthouse, escaping the heat by eating gelato, building sandcastles, Owen ate the sand and Eva squealed while being chased by the incoming waves. It was short and sweet, but a perfect day spent at the beach. 

Post-nap bed hair.

Rugged Up  

Although we are now back in the heat and height of Summer in Australia, I have to admit, I miss seeing the kids all rugged up, but I’m definitely not missing the cold! 

Three years ago I posted a picture of Eva at the same age in the same cradle. The cradle is almost 100 years’ old and has been through five generation.
I wonder if it will still be there for Eva or Owen to put their children in.

Three years ago I posted a picture of Eva at the same age in the same cradle. The cradle is almost 100 years’ old and has been through five generation.

I wonder if it will still be there for Eva or Owen to put their children in.

I’m a little behind in make these videos, but here is one from last year — March to November, 2013. No longer are these videos just about Eva, but they document both Eva and Owen growing up together — it’s crazy, beautiful and mostly filled with giggles.

This brings up another point, should I change the name of this blog? 

By far, the most amazing and intriguing exhibition I have been to in a while. Cai Guo-Qiang is a genius. 

Eva was nervous but curious, and eventually her anxiety got the better of her in the wolf room.

Owen very nearly leapt out of Johnny’s arms at the Water Hole, and was not the least bit concerned by the wolves. 

A little bit of art at GoMA on a Sunday morning.

It’s little moments and days like these that I love living in the city. I love that my kids will grow up with access to such an amazing cultural precinct. 

Back home and into the heat. 

There is nothing like being away for a month to make you realise how much your child has grown. When we left, Owen had just learnt to sit and although he had mastered the skill, he was still a little wobbly at times. Now, he is so much more agile. He crawls, moves into the seated position, catches himself, grabs and pulls with greater skill. All of this, of course, has made us realise that we desperately need to “Owen-proof” the house! 

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