Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sweet Boy

How sweet is this picture? he has the most beautiful smile. It was really difficult to get him to stay still long enough to get his picture taken. Every time they would try to snap his picture, he would crawl away.

Owen has been ours for almost three months now. It really seems like he has lived with us forever. We can't remember what life was like before him.

What we've been doing:
Owen is still co-sleeping with us. For us, it works. He sleeps through the night from about 8:30 pm. to 7am. Occasionally he wakes to make sure we are there, but settles back to sleep easily. He continues to have 2 naps a day, but they've gotten longer. He now naps between 1 & 2 hours each time. We are very strict when it comes to bedtime routine. We aim for getting him to bed the same time every night. The routine is basically, bath, books, bottle, brush teeth (he has 6 now, & he really likes to brush his teeth.) then to bed. We always listen to the same music when we are putting him to sleep as well. We let him sleep in a play pen in the living room & then carry him to bed when we are ready. I really feel that if he were in his own room, we would be in there many times a night. We take our cues from him, & don't rush him. We can tell he isn't ready to sleep alone & that is OK with us. At the orphanage the caregivers would sleep with the babies, he is very use to co-sleeping.

His favourite game is to be chased. He squeals with delight when he thinks you are chasing after him. It really makes your heart melt to hear him giggle & be so happy. You just have to say " Here I come. I'm going to get you!" & he gets the biggest grin.

He is not walking yet, but he can stand alone. He is comfortable walking with assistance, but is still too weary to take a step . I don't imagine it will be much longer though.

He can say a few words. He says momma, dada, babba (bottle), ugh oh, & ball. His new thing is to stand at the edge of the bathtub, throw each of his bath toys in the tub one at a time and say "ugh oh".

We are so thankful that the weather is finally getting nicer. We have made it to the park a few times now, & it is so fun to watch Owen try new things. He loves the swings & watching the other children run around & play.