It might have been a little chilly, but walking through the Grist Mill in Sudbury on a crisp Fall morning was nothing short of autumnal bliss. I am dreading the icy temps of winter and the mountains of snow that are inching their way near, but this time of year is truly my absolute favorite. David always says he wants to sleep outside in a hammock to savor the colors and climate. Between eating everything pumpkin and taking the boys out to play in the leaves, it just feels sweet and magical and I wish this all lasted a bit longer. Henry has been collecting leaves on every outing and wants to run with socked feet through our yard hollering with sticks and rocks and Owen watches on and laughs at his brother’s play. It took a while to get to this “sweet” spot of tackling two babies. But, we made it and it is awesome. And as I type that I am sure things will inevitably change yet again!  Until then, I will soak up this sweetness and love on these photos we captured this week with our friend Lyndsay.


Owen Edward: Six Months

Happy half a year, little buddy!  I truly cannot believe that our littlest family member is already six months old. That was both the fastest and slowest period of time. When you are still waking up a bunch at night the minutes tick by slowly, but no matter how tired I might feel I am trying to savor every snuggle and midnight rocking session because before I know it this season of our lives will be over! Owen is literally moving and shaking everyday. He cannot get enough of his growing independence and is starting to protest with little squawks if you hold him for too long. Then once placed on his tummy he drags himself off to his next adventure.

This month was dedicated to new routines. Henry started at nursery school which means that Owen joins Mema for drop-off and pick-up of his big brother. I was really worried about this transition (and although my mom didn’t say it out loud, I am sure she was worried too). Owen’s naps are a little all over the map and so it was worrisome to know that Owen would have to adjust to a more regular schedule in order to do the driving around needed to get his brother. Thankfully, my mom figured it out better than I could. And he seems to be enjoying his time home alone with Mema eating, playing, and sleeping and his time in the afternoon playing with his brother.

Making Owen laugh is my daily mission. I love the sound of his hearty, belly laugh. But nothing makes Owen laugh harder than the dogs! Owen loves to grab Buster and Bella and pet their fur and just get close to the two of them and laugh and laugh and laugh. Even when they just walk into the room, he bursts into hysterical laughing. He loves it when Bella sits next to him and the two look eye-to-eye. He just screams with delight at Bella’s face and most of the time Bella will rest there while he does.

After the dogs, Henry is the next source of endless enjoyment for Owen.  He loves to watch Henry play and squeals with delight when Henry enters the room. Most of all, he loves to have dance parties with the family and to chase Henry during a crazy afternoon zippity session. Racing around the center pillar of the house, the two boys laugh and laugh while I chase Henry with Owen, Henry “falls,” and then lets Owen stand on him and they two collapse in giggles. It is these moments that my heart explodes and I just imagine the many days and nights ahead that will look like this, two brothers together.

Owen can now drag himself from one end of the house to the other in pursuit of his favorite toys or really to get at Henry’s toys in less and less time. Unfortunately, this probably means little fights for toys are coming our way sooner than later! His proto-crawling is fast and he truly cannot be left alone for a second on the floor without getting into something and seems to gravitate to dog toys of course! He isn’t a big fan of sitting though. He can do it for a short period of time but then either folds forward to get to his belly dragging crawl or arches his back to lay down. He can jump and bounce in his various toy centers but gets frustrated if you leave him alone in the room. When he is not being active then he is enjoying a good book. Some of his favorites are The Going to Bed Book, In The Tall Tall Grass, and Guess How Much I Love You.  He grabs for the pages and tries so hard to touch the protagonist. And while we are snuggled up reading together, Owen needs to rest a hand on Henry.

This month also saw a number of back to back colds for the family. Both Owen and Henry and even David were down and out with a series of nasty colds. It is that time of the year for sure but the problem then was also the distracted nursing that coincided with these colds. He was too busy to eat so in order to really get a good nursing session, Owen and I needed to sneak off to a quiet spot in the house which is a nice way to connect in the middle of the day. And in those moments we just have smiles for days. This loving little boo loves his family. He gives the sloppiest open mouth kisses and just leeches to your face and sucks your nose, chin, or cheek while groaning out a “mmmmmmmm” sound. You can just feel his love and the slobber!

Apples, Chickpeas, Avocado, Kale, Carrots, Peas, Spinach, Potato, Oatmeal, Banana, Prunes, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Peaches are just some of the yummy foods Owen has been chowing down on. He partakes of three meals a day now and has fully taken over the family high chair. When he eats well, he is tending to sleep well. On big food days, he only wakes up once at night usually around 1:30AM/2:00AM. If he doesn’t eat well (nurse well) then we sometimes still see nights where he is up every 2 hours and then there is not enough coffee in the world for this mama! And there was a week when he was just waking up for the day at 4AM, then napping from 6:30-7:45 but by that first nap Henry was up for the day, so those were some long days of family bonding.

It was also an exciting month for getting out. We went apple picking, went to the Ashland Day fair, went on our first ever whale watch (jeez was the water rough that day), and to so many crisp, cool playground dates. Despite the inconsistent sleep, this was a good month and Owen is just becoming the sweetest little bug. We could not imagine life without our baby and all we want is this little baby in our arms always!

Owen Edward: Five Months

This was THE month. Not only did Owen show us more of his sweetness BUT he also totally hit his stride. He is sleeping more, eating more, RARELY fussy and constantly laughing and smiling!  This was a good month with our little man and I am just so happy with how he is becoming more and more vocal and mobile. He is the chunkiest squish wearing 9 month clothes and we cannot cuddle this mush enough. Since he loves splashing around in his bath every night, he smells so yummy all the time that it is hard not to eat up all those soft baby rolls. If you do raspberries on his tummy his squeals so loudly in delight that it is truly hard not to match his pitch with your own laughter.

Mobility was the name of this month. Owen first started to roll front to back and this was problematic! You see, he only would sleep for periods longer than 30 minutes if he was snuggled asleep on his tummy. So when he learned to roll to his back, he would wail out because poor little turtle could not get himself back to his tummy. And so he needed to be flipped like a pancake multiple times a night and I was just about ready to throw in the towel when….he learned to flip from back to front, whew! And now he sleeps more regularly and we are all so happy including him! Bedtime is from 6:30PM-11:30PM and then he nursed and goes back to sleep from 11:30PM-3:45AM and then wakes for the day between 5 and 5:30AM. And this is sustainable and such a good improvement and so much more predictable and delightful for mommy and baby. We get in our nighttime cuddles and rocks but also get some good sleep stretches. When he falls asleep while nursing he likes to run his fingers through his hair and coos lightly. After he is transferred to his crib, he lays on his tummy and scratches the bed sheet which is his best attempt at trying to keep himself awake but a few “shhhhh” sounds and a little bum tapping and Owen is fast asleep.

This month he also started baby school. We feel very luck to have found such a wonderful, caring daycare for our little guys. Since I cannot be with them during the day full-time, I know that Michelle, Jamie, and Alex take the very best care of Henry and now Owen. But, it doesn’t mean that I don’t cry my eyes out as I drive away after drop-off. He is just so tiny and I just wish I could stay home with him everyday and savor his little charming personality. So far, three days in, he is doing well with baby school. He did come home with this first cold, but that is understandable since this is really his first time hanging out with others and other little kiddos. But a few sniffles won’t keep this kiddo from being happy. He cannot contain his giggles…seriously.

If you lay Owen down on his back, he immediately holds “boat pose” and sticks out his little tongue. Clearly this pose is tough to achieve but when you are working toward those six-pack abs, you have to hold it often! He curls himself so high that I think he is gearing up to sit-up soon. He cannot be contained! And if he is on his belly he grabs a hold of his play mat and drags himself toward his toys. Toys, toys, toys, Owen is ready to play. He cannot get enough of the toys we put out in front of him and he loves to watch Henry most of all. He laughs as Henry sings and runs and plays and he laughs when the dogs come by and he reaches out his little hands to pet them. When you hold him facing you, Owen wants nothing more than to stroke your face, grab your nose, or touch your lips. And he mimics your sounds particularly your raspberries!

This month Owen also started to LOVE eating. He has tried oatmeal, pears, carrots, peas, mango, prunes, apples, and banana. He might love each more than the other! He sits in the highchair and smacks his lips at you and says “Feed me!” He started off slowly with only a bit here or there but now he regularly sits for two meals a day and polishes off his entire helping. He grabs for his spoon if you are not feeding him fast enough to take over.


Owen turned the corner on his carseat screaming! Before, every time we clicked him into his carseat, he immediately screamed for the entire journey. It was painful to go anywhere knowing it would make him so upset. When I shared this with my friend Keyanna, she said that her son was the same and that she placed a muslin blanket on his face and he stopped crying as he would snuggle the blanket. It was worth a shot,right? I was a little nervous but it would be great to get Owen something that comforted him. As we backed out of the driveway, the muslin was drapped lightly over his face and he snuggled it in and started to coo and fell asleep! Every time he would sleep and snuggle his blanket like Linus. Now when we drive he is so much calmer as long as his blanket is near him or on his lap. Hooray for a great month Mr. Owen. We love you so darn much.

With one day left to his five month birthday…Owen started to pull himself along the floor toward toys and to us. Such a mobility show-off😉 and he slept until 6:15AM. Five months later Owen has decided to become an easy-going baby.