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.
We already miss him.
Johnny left this morning on a nine day business trip to Japan. It’s going to be hard. And of course, I’m excited about these new career opportunities for him, but more than anything, he deserves a little down time. A break from the routine.
Johnny is an unbelievable dad — hands on, involved, selfless, caring, loving and fun. I’m going to miss him and I know the kids will miss him just as much, or maybe a little more.
I couldn’t be more proud of Eva. Despite a few moments, Eva has adjusted incredibly well to being a big sister. She’s patient and understanding when she needs to wait for me to feed or put Owen down for a nap, well, as much as any three year-old. But more than anything, I love how much she loves him.
Whether it be an overly perky: “Did you have a good nap, Owen?” or announcing “It’s tummy time”. I love that she is concerned for him: “You’re ok. I’m right here” when he is fussing and I can’t get to him straight away. Just today I was pretending to eat Owen’s cheeks when Eva yelled at me: “Don’t eat Owen! I’d be really upset!”.
We still have to remind her to use gentle hands, but as much as we caution her, Owen seems to (mostly) love his big sister’s heavy-handed attention.
The day started with a homemade card littered in glitter and a typical “dad gift” — Country Road socks. We spent the majority of the day having a picnic in the park by the river. We broke in a new soccer ball, blew bubbles, played ring toss and grazed on food — namely quinoa salad and pomegranate and turkish apple iced tea. The weather was beautiful. Owen napped and Eva left exhausted from all the running about. And a perfect day got a little better when we stopped on our way home for gelato.
Happy (belated) Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there!
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