Little Man Turns 2!

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Happy birthday little O-wee.  We had no idea how much you would change our lives.  You are an amazing little man and we love your stubborn personality, your pouting lip and your infectious smile.  You light up the room with your personality.

You have such a nonchalant manner.  I love that you just go with the flow.  Well, until you stand up for yourself anyway.  And then watch out world because Owen has something to express.

It amazes me that your teachers at Woodchase Academy tell me on a regular basis how reserved you are and that you are one of the best kids in class never hitting or biting and that you are so quiet and follow all directions and rules.

You are definitely not the same child at home.  You express yourself; you hit and bite; you rarely follow the rules and you are very vocal.  But all in a great way!  Well, except for the hitting and biting part.  That never is great and definitely never feels good.  Especially because mommy is usually the one being bitten or hit.

You have changed our lives for the best.  You are amazing my little O-wee.  It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since we were finally introduced to that squirmy little boy in my belly.

And in case you have ever wondered where Owen Henry got his name, let me tell you.  We had a really difficult time naming this little man.  Mommy had a few names she loved and wanted to use, but for one reason or another the names weren’t the right ones.  It was approximately two weeks prior to Owen being born when I was doing yet another internet search for baby names and freaking out because I didn’t want him to be born without a definite name. I didn’t want to feel like I was settling on a name because I was under pressure in the hospital to put something on the birth certificate.

In my searching on this particular day, I came across the name Owen.  It was the Greek form of Eugene.  Perfect.  This was my dad’s name:  Eugene.  And Henry was Jim’s grandfather’s name even though they always called him Pete or Peter.  Done and done.  I absolutely fell in love with the name immediately.  I IM’d Jim this suggestion and his response was “I really like it”.  Final.

While it may not be obvious to everyone else that he is named after my father and Jim’s grandfather, we know our little Owen is honoring them both.  These two people are very important to each of our past and we think about and miss them both daily.  We know they would both be proud of our little Owen Henry.

Every day when I say “Owen Henry” I smile to myself remembering the amazing men they were.  And the amazing man this little guy is growing up to be.

We love you so much.  And can’t believe how fast the last two years have gone.  Remember our Happy 1st Birthday post and our 1st birthday party post?  It seems like just yesterday…..

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  1. Congrats to little O-wee on his BIG 2! This reminded of a “tradiditon” I started with my kids. Each year on their birthday, I write a recap of their life, milestones and personality as I remember it for that year. Now that they have each reached the “decade” milestone, it is really fun to look back and remember things I totally forgot. My memory is so bad now.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing his big day with us.


    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      I am so glad I started blogging when my kids were young. I started my first blog when Owen was about 6 weeks old and Ryan was about 21 months. I wish I had some of the early moments captured with Ryan, but I do love the fact that I can look back over the last 2 years and see how much has changed and how the boys have grown. I plan on printing my blog into a book each year and having it as a story of their lives so they can read about it when they are older. And if they don’t care about reading it then I will read it as I sit in my rocker on my front porch when I’m an old great grandma 🙂

  2. It’s hard to believe how quickly those two years flew by! While I’m not happy to hear about the hitting and biting, at least I can commiserate with you…as Ava is the same way! Oh, those terrible twos… 🙂

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      I keep remembering that while these tantrums are frustrating the good days far outweigh the bad days and the bad days do get better. I tell myself this several times a day when Owen is in one of his independent moods. Wine helps too 🙂

  3. Our Owee is definitely one of a kind, and is definitely a tribute to his namesakes! Dad would have loved Owen Henry a great deal, and so would your father. Thank god for little boys!! Grandma and Grandpa Paul love you all!!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Thanks for the comment Ellie! Yes, I know both his grandpa and great grandpa would be so proud of him. He really is a one of a kind kid. I only wish I would have been able to get to know your dad better. Jim has such great stories of him growing up. He really thought the world of him.

  4. Oh, he is so adorable! I didn’t know that Owen was a form of Eugene, which is my Dad’s middle name! Enjoy you little one…who’s not so little anymore.

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      I didn’t realize that Owen was a form of Eugene either until this random name search that day. I really wanted to somehow incorporate my dads name and this was the perfect way to do it.

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