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.
Recently I took at trip to Melbourne with the kids—without Johnny! I survived the 2-hour flight unscathed. Both Owen and Eva were perfect little travellers, which is a good sign since we’ll be making the long flight to America towards the end of the year.
While Johnny was on a business trip in Japan, we spent 9 days staying with my dad and step-mother. Free from cooking and cleaning, it was a nice break from the everyday routine. More importantly, it was lovely to spend time with the family. Living so far away from family, you forget how nice it is to have family dinners or just sitting around chatting over a cup of coffee.
Eva had a blast playing with her cousins and meeting her newest cousin, Lily, for the first time—Owen is almost exactly one month older than Lily. And thankfully we’re planning another trip to Melbourne in November so it won’t be too long between visits.
Stripes and mustard coloured cords! Could Owen get any cuter? — that’s a rhetorical question! Admittedly, buying clothes for a little girl is a lot more fun — there is just so much more variety — but I have to say I am enjoying the challenge of shopping for this little boy.
Loving — Boys’ Clothes
1. Munster Kids — original, unique, ‘street art’ style clothing. There sizing runs a little big, but there t-shirt designs are perfect to combine with a pair of jeans.
2. Country Road — classic, great quality and styling. Country Road is where I stock up on stripes! I only wish there boys’ selection had as many options as the girls’.
I love this stage—the toe grabbing, foot holding stage. It’s bitter sweet to watch Owen grow up and change so quickly, but rather than reflecting on the fact that he is no longer a squishy newborn who curls up on my chest to nap, I will focus on how alert, social, smiley and so so sweet he is.
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