Owen’s Monthly Update, Month 2

Owen is actually creeping up on 3 months, but I haven’t had a chance to post his 2-month update until now! Here’s our little nugget on his second “month-day”:

Fist bump! ;)

And now for the update…

  • Vital stats: 12 lb, 13 oz; 24.1″ long (these measurements are actually from his 2-month checkup at 2 months, 1 week old). Most of his 0-3 month clothes are getting too short! Our tall baby is wearing some 3-6 month outfits already.
  • Likes: Baths, eating, smiling and “talking,” playing with the hanging toys on his activity mat, going for walks in the stroller
  • Dislikes: Tummy time, wet diapers, being hungry, shots (poor baby had 3 of them at his checkup)
  • Accomplishments: Responsive smiling, screeching and gurgling, blowing bubbles, doing “push-ups,” batting at toys, sleeping through the night (but only one time around 7 weeks old, and he hasn’t done it again since!)
  • Challenges: Owen’s acid reflux is much better, but he now has a minor case of eczema, which we are treating with tons of oatmeal lotion.

We are in love with our happy, healthy, and sweet little guy!

Owen’s Baby Shower

Because I had a lot of fear that our adoption would fall through (unfounded, as it turns out!), I decided that I wanted to wait until after Owen was born to have a baby shower. This meant that Owen actually got to attend his own party! :)

My sisters hosted the fun outer-space-themed shower, and our sweet friend Amy graciously offered us to let us use her adorable house and big backyard. The party took place on a warm Saturday afternoon in May, 6 weeks after Owen was born. Owen was showered with tons of gifts, particularly books and clothes (and our first set of cloth diapers, yay!). It was a lovely, fun party, and I was really humbled by the generosity of my friends and family!

Here are some photos from the shower:

 

Owen’s Monthly Update, Month 1

One of my favorite baby gifts was from Robby’s sister Ashley. She gave us a set of 12 onesies decorated with numbered decals to use for monthly photo shoots. We’re well past Owen’s first “month-day,” but I did take pictures that day and figured I’d share one. Better late then never!

Is this not the most adorable baby ever?!

And here’s a quick recap of Owen at 1 month…I’m planning to share these updates each month to document his first year. :)

  • Vital stats: 10 lb, 14 oz; 22.1″ long (these measurements are actually from 1 month and 1 week old). Wearing 0-3 month clothes!
  • Likes: Baths, eating, naps in the Moby wrap, staring at his nursery decorations, “talking” with Robby when he gets home from work
  • Dislikes: Tummy time, wet diapers, being hungry
  • Accomplishments: Smiling, cooing, holding his head up, rolling over belly to back (seriously! he did it 5 times at 4 weeks old, but hasn’t done it again since then…)
  • Challenges: Diagnosed with acid reflux after some gagging/choking/projectile-vomiting incidents :(

Introducing the Newest Member of the Family

So, it’s been quite a while since I posted anything, but I think I have a good excuse: Robby and I adopted a newborn baby! Our son Owen was born on Easter Sunday (11 days early!) and we brought him home from the hospital two days later. We’ve had our hands and hearts full ever since. :)

Our son's birth announcement, designed by Robby's talented sister, Ashley.

We first found out that we might be able to adopt Owen last Thanksgiving, but since adoptions so often fall through, we decided to share that news only with immediate family and close friends. But God was truly gracious to us, and we now have a beautiful son through the miracle of adoption–and, apparently, one of the smoothest adoptions that our lawyer and social workers have ever seen. Praise the Lord!

We’ve decided to keep many of the details of Owen’s adoption private, since we believe Owen should be the one to decide how that information is shared (although I don’t like the aggressive title, this article has a good explanation of our reasons for being circumspect). But I can share a few things:

  • We were not actively pursuing adoption when we found out about the situation through our pastor. After meeting the birthparents and getting to know them, we all decided to move forward with an open, attorney-facilitated independent adoption (i.e., not through an agency).
  • This meant that we had to complete a full home study and background check in 3 months. We finished our home study just a week before Owen was born (whew!).
  • I have resigned from my job to become a full-time stay-at-home mom, and I am loving it so far!
  • Our family and friends have been so excited for us, and so amazingly generous. Our house is full of baby gear and books, which has given me lots of opportunities for decorating and organizing projects…expect more posts on that soon. :)

Owen is beautiful, sweet, funny, and the light of our lives. We love watching him grow and change every day, and are so thankful that God has brought him into our family. Nap time is almost over, so I’ll wrap this up with a few of the hundreds of photos that we’ve taken over the past two months:

Our first family photo, in the hospital.

Family photo at 4 weeks old.

Recent photo of our beautiful son, taken by Robby's sister, Ashley.

 

Slipcover Success! (And Coffee Table Makeover)

Just a quick post, since we’re off to multiple parties today (a friend’s daughter’s first birthday party, and a combined party for 3 of my sisters’ birthdays and my sister’s boyfriend, who got into medical school!).

When you last saw my sofa slipcover, it was a sad mess of light blue and grey splotches:

Sigh.

I did some Googling on the dye I used (Rit Pearl Grey), and found that many people had similarly disappointing results. I also found numerous people recommending a different brand and color for grey dye: Jacquard iDye in Silver Grey.

The biggest selling point for me on that particular dye is that it comes in easily dissolvable packets, and each packet dyes 2-3 pounds of fabric–so I would only need to order 7 to do my whole slipcover. Score! I searched around for the best price, and ordered 7 packets on sale from JoAnn Fabric.

After waiting 8 whole days for the dye to arrive (seriously, Amazon Prime has ruined me for other retailers!), I again started the process of dyeing my slipcover. I went much slower this time, dyeing smaller amounts in each load and doing calculations to make sure the dye concentration was consistent each time. And it worked like a charm–my slipcover is now a deep, even grey!!

Silver Grey for the win! Lucy approves, too. :)

The second part of my project was distressing, staining, and sealing a pine board and attaching it to the top of my coffee table. This was another success, and I think it makes the table look more casual and coordinated with the other furniture in the room.

Antique-stained pine top for the coffee table. Lucy's not as excited about that, ha.

Hooray for successful DIY decorating! The other fun thing is that Robby and I got a fancy new DSLR camera. I have a LOT to learn about how it works, but for now I love the “auto” setting. Here’s one more gratuitous shot of our living room using the new camera:

I love how much more in-focus my photos are with the new camera.

Last but not least, Happy Easter! We are looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with our church family tomorrow.