Time with children is such a paradox. Everything is so slow and takes so much time. Slow to get out of the house. Slow to arrive anywhere. Slow to get ready for bed. But is also seems to go so fast. Just yesterday, Owen was a newborn and just last week it was Eva’s first birthday. Or so it seems.
Owen Henry — Four Months Old (posted late)
At 7.2 kg and 67 cm, Owen is tracking Eva’s growth almost exactly. Being a second child, it’s hard not to compare the two. But it is funny how there is almost no comparison because they are pretty much exactly the same.
There are a few differences though. Owen seems so much stronger than Eva was at the same age. He sits and stands with minimal support. He loves to hold on to your fingers to be pulled into a sitting position, and he loves loves loves standing. We just help him balance slightly and he cackles madly while survey the room from his new-found height.
Another major difference between Eva and Owen is drooling. Living with Owen is like living with a St Bernard. This combined with his random spit-ups makes for a never ending laundry pile!
The last big difference was where Eva was a real mummy’s girl, Owen is definitely his daddy’s boy. When Johnny gets home from work, Owen is bright-eyed and all smiles for his daddy. Although, honestly he is such a happy boy, he has smiles for everyone.
Owen reaches, grabs, pulls and slobbers on any and all surrounding items — toys, hair, his toes. He already loves gnawing on his Sophie the Giraffe and has started falling asleep with a blankie.
Owen is no longer satisfied lying back in the stroller. He will do mini crunches until we raise the seat back so that he can sit up and see. He is no longer a newborn, satisfied to sit back and do nothing. He is a little boy wanting to see the world.
1. Glitter Point Shoes — Colourful, sparkly ballet shoes? Yes, please. Eva isn’t a super girly-girl, but every time we walked into the Seed Heritage store, she would always point out how much she wanted these shoes: “they’re so lovely!”.
2. Doctor’s Kit — Eva received this for her birthday and it has to be one of her most played-with toys. It has been fantastic for imaginary play.
3. Urbanears Headphones — These were perfect for our recent trip to Melbourne. Eva could watch videos or play with apps without disturbing the people around us. A few of her current favourite apps are: Little Red Ridding Hood, Endless Alphabet (hands down the best app), Play School - Play Time, Path Puzzler, Tangranimals.
5. The Day the Crayons Quit — a cute and quirky story, illustrated by our favourite author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.
Halloween is just around the corner, and for the past month I’ve been trying to get Eva to decide on a costume. She has made a careful, considered decision, only to change her mind the next day. A witch. A cat. Batman. Princess Leia. Little Red Riding Hood.
I’m slowly coming to the realisation that this is where our personalities clash. I’m a planner and Eva always has other plans. (And to make matters worse, we’re both stubborn, strong-willed and opinionated. Is this a trial run for the teenage years?) So rather than buying something new (and probably expensive) and then having her refuse to wear it, Eva is going to choose one of the many costumes she has in her dress-up box. What could go wrong? It will be an easy decision for her, won’t it? Won’t it!?
Owen is a different story. I know it’s a little early to say with any certainty, but he already seems so easy-going, just like his daddy. He’s social and curious. Willing to go to anyone, and has smiles for everyone. I think if he could pick out his own Halloween costume, he would go as a teddy bear wearing a t-shirt that read “Hug Me, I’m Cute!”
It’s hard to believe that four months has already gone by since Owen was born. In these short months, weeks and days, he has changed so much. Owen has gone from a snuggly newborn to a social and smiley baby. It has been amazing to watch and documenting his growth — Owen Henry 0-3 months old.
It’s already us vs them. Eva gets in trouble, and Owen is right there backing her up.
Eva can be so rough with him. Holding his hands and dancing violently. Beating Sophie the Giraffe mercilessly on his chest. Trying to throw his various stuffed toys at this head. We are constantly having to remind her to use ‘gentle hands’, but sometimes, we have to give her a much sterner talking to.
And as we set her down to explain that Owen is still a baby and still fragile. And how she needs to be careful with him or she might hurt him. There is Owen grinning madly, ready for another bout.
Favourite Things to do in Melbourne:
1. Hot Chocolate at Koko Black.
2. Lunch at Gekkazan in Melbourne’s GPO — I love there bento boxes.
3. Explore the lane ways filled with street art.
5. Ride the carousel at Luna Park in St Kilda, followed by coffee and cake at 95 Espresso Bar on Acland Street.
6. Visit the beach boxes at the end of Dendy Street in Brighton — it reminds me of my own childhood trips to Melbourne.
HAPPINESS IS EVA
3rd Birthday Party