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Bowen boys a growin’

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Rainy fall days are here. Friends have moved away from my town and a new season is bringing in a new type of average day in the Bowen household. It’s time to get creative with more time spent indoors. Today wasn’t an example of the creative juices at work but the morning was spent enjoying a tasty turmeric scrambled eggs with kale breakfast followed by coffee and Butter horns while the rained poured outside.

The boys are both snotty messes and Oliver was more tired than usual it seemed.

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This sweet little fellow is four months old tomorrow. Every day, I fall a little bit more in love with him. He is quick to share a delightfully joyous and sometimes shy smile. He squeaks with joy if you so much as smile back at him not to mention produce any joy invoking noises such as reverberating your lips ( anyone know what I’m talking about there?). He watches his older brother with wide, awestruck eyes and merely blinks when Shae “pats” him on the head, most of the time. His latest and greatest achievement, developmentally of course, is raising his chest up a little off the ground during tummy time and playfully blowing bubbles through his lips.

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Oh that bib he’s wearing there reminds me of another impending developmental milestone – teeth! While we’re not feeling any crowning yet, this guy is soaking through about five bibs plus an outfit a day with his drool!

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See what I’m talking about with the smile…

And here’s Shae 🙂 Oh the personality is blossoming. 😉

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I have to brag a little – my kid has taken to enjoying salad and I have proof!

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As of 20 months old, Shae has 28 words recently including “heh-hen” (chicken) and a new favourite of mine – “peas” (please). He studies his picture books with increasing interest and practices naming the animals that he recognizes.

Along with his speech development, it seems his ability to understand cause and effect and reciprocate is too. As I brought out a brick of cheese to grate over his potatoes for lunch one day, he excited repeated “teese, teese.” As I served up seconds for him and began to grate the cheese, he stopped me in my tracks and uttered the words “day-do” (thank-you)! Oh happy day when all your effort starts to pay off.

It’s these kind of things that give each day a flavour whether it be tastefully salted to bring out the sometimes small but significant achievements of my boys, or maybe coated with honey when soaking in the sweet embraces or still maybe the strength of hot sauce that some situations bring about in a way that may cause tears but also a deeper appreciation for the overall flavour of lesson to be learned.


Author: whenwewereyoung...

A stay at home mom of two boys under two, love TED talks, swing dancing and of course, writing. When we were young is my sharing of motherhood, the beautiful, the ugly, the happy, the sad and the world my boys are growing up in.

One thought on “Bowen boys a growin’

  1. love it!

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