February 10, 2010

Owen, Age Two

Dear Owen,

Today you are two. How did this happen? I know that minutes flowed into hours which were carried by a swift tide into days and, in turn, years but these two years seem to have flown much too quickly.


You were born in an operating room after ten hours of labor. You came into the world to the pseudo-Mowtown strains of Phil Collins singing You Can't Hurry Love which was a true enough statement but really pissed your mother off because Phil Collins happens to be one of her least favorite performers in the history of the known universe. I like Phil Collins so I just took it as some sort of sign from the universe. After you were born, I got to hug you and kiss you first. You and I took our first trip together to the waiting room to meet your grandparents who were eagerly awaiting your arrival, desperate to learn your name (they loved it) and see if you had the same shock of black hair your sister was born with (you didn't). Your bright blue eyes were an extra-added bonus for everyone. We all wondered if they'd stay so blue (they did).

You spent the first few nights of your life in the hospital. You were quiet, so quiet that I moved you as close to me as possible so I could wake up in the middle of the night and watch you breathe. I visited your sister during the day, went home and made peanut butter sandwiches and told her all about you. When she came to visit, I'm pretty sure that was the moment at which you made up your mind to worship her.

Now you are no longer a baby. You are, instead, a little boy who walks and runs and talks and repeats everything and pulls his sister's hair. You love your sister with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. That doesn't stop you from abusing her but when push comes to shove (there's a lot of both pushing and shoving), you adore her. You want nothing more than to be with her, even if that means invading her room like a miniature viking. You want to kiss her when she cries, pat her head, play with her dolls and wear her headbands.

You are the kindest child I've ever seen. You grow concerned when someone cries. You hug random people. You pat my head when I don't look happy and say poor dada. I know without doubt that your heart is huge.

Sleeping through the night, though, that isn't really your thing. But I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy waking up with your arms wrapped around my neck, nuzzling your head against my shoulder, being awakened with a shower of kisses. I'd appreciate it if you'd sleep a little later than 6:00 and, maybe, not turn on my bedside lamp when you think it's time for me to wake up (that's rude). But you're cute so you can get away with it.

Owen, I was terrified to be your father. Despite the fact that I'd already done it once, I was scared. Two years later I know that was silly. You are adorable, special, smart and funny and I am proud to be your father. I love you Monkey Boy.


Posted by Chris at February 10, 2010 7:27 AM

How is it possible that today, he is two... It's such a joy watching him grow up, Chris! He's such a fun little boy. :o)

Happy Birthday, Master Owen!

Posted by: Emily at February 10, 2010 8:36 AM

What a beautiful birthday wish! Made me tear up. I hope Owen has a great birthday!

Posted by: Lisa at February 10, 2010 8:44 AM

Aw, that's so sweet! Happy birthday Owen!

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 10, 2010 8:50 AM

Oh my goodness what a touching way to start the morning! I was beating myself up for skipping out on yoga, but this was MUCH better. :) Happy birthday to Owen!

Posted by: mandy at February 10, 2010 9:23 AM

Happy Birthday, Owen!

Posted by: Brad at February 10, 2010 9:23 AM

Aw, happy birthday little man! I really can't believe how fast the time has passed either. Wow.

Posted by: Heather at February 10, 2010 9:24 AM

Happy Happy birthday Owen!

Posted by: Kim at February 10, 2010 9:34 AM

Happy Birthday Owen!

Posted by: molly at February 10, 2010 9:35 AM

Happy B-day Owen!

Posted by: jodifur at February 10, 2010 10:03 AM

No! NO! No! No making me cry on a Wednesday. Hrmph. Happy Birthday big boy! I can't wait to see what you do next!

Posted by: k8 at February 10, 2010 10:14 AM

Happy Birthday, dearest Owen! I cannot believe you are a whole two years old! I'm looking forward to the next 12 months of your life!
Auntie Dackel Princess

Posted by: Maribeth at February 10, 2010 10:37 AM

Happy Birthday Owen. I can't believe two years have gone by so fast.

Posted by: ann adams at February 10, 2010 10:50 AM

2 years already?
2 years old???

I still remember when Mia was just a bean.
Time flies.

Happy Birthday Owen!

Posted by: crookedeyebrow at February 10, 2010 11:19 AM

Happy Birthday to Owen!

Wow, I just realized I've been reading both your site and Beth's since before you had Mia. Time sure flies.

Posted by: donna at February 10, 2010 11:27 AM

i started reading your blog just days after owen was born (two years already?) and there's a good chance how you wrote about his birth was what got me hooked. he's a lucky little guy to have a dad like you.

Posted by: kati at February 10, 2010 11:43 AM


Posted by: NG at February 10, 2010 11:44 AM

It seems like only yesterday we saw the blog with Mia's shirt announcing the pregnancy...Happy Birthday Owen!

Posted by: fauve at February 10, 2010 11:44 AM

Long time reader. Second time posting in one week. Must be all the time I've had on my hand, what with all the snow we've had since last weekend.

Happy Birthday Owen! You're a cutie pie.

By the way Mr. Cactus, what program do you use to create that black and white photo with the yellow lego?


Posted by: adora at February 10, 2010 12:04 PM

This is such a beautiful letter. I hope when Owen is older he appreciates that you let the world glimpse into the mind of a dad.

You and Beth are such wonderful parents and Mia is just the best big sister in the world.

Owen is a very lucky little dude.

Happy Birthday, Owen.

Posted by: debb at February 10, 2010 12:21 PM

two years?!? already!??! yowza, Chris, you're getting OLD. :-P

happy birthday, cute little owen!

Posted by: bri at February 10, 2010 12:24 PM

I don't know why I never realized that Owen and my son are almost the same age. Dash will be two in fewer than two months. Weird.

Happy b-day to Owen! Happy Father of Two day to you!

Posted by: Brooke at February 10, 2010 12:26 PM

Holy crap, that went fast.

PS: That Lego picture is officially my favorite picture you've ever taken.

Posted by: Mr Lady at February 10, 2010 1:44 PM

Enjoy it blows by.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at February 10, 2010 2:56 PM

Ok, I've been reading for awhile (a long while!), and I have to say it.

Owen is so damn cute I want to eat him up! Seriously, he reminds me of a fuzzy little baby chick. He's going to be one heck of a heart breaker at 16...as long as he doesn't follow his Dad & the mullet fiasco :-)

Happy birthday Owen!

Posted by: Melissa at February 10, 2010 3:06 PM

Happy Birthday Owen!

(And WHY do they turn on the light right away? I mean C'MON!)

Posted by: samantha jo campen at February 10, 2010 3:12 PM

This is so sweet! Happy birthday, Owen!

Posted by: Lemon Gloria at February 10, 2010 3:32 PM

Happy Birthday Owen!!

You have wonderful parents who love to tell the world how wonderful you are...you are such a lucky boy!!

Posted by: Krush at February 10, 2010 3:36 PM

Happy birthday Owen!

Posted by: Katherine at February 10, 2010 3:38 PM

I have been, and always will be, a sucker for letters to children written from their parents. I still have the torn pieces of paper that my mother wrote on the year I was born. They always make me cry. I think it's the sweetest thing, and I cannot BELIEVE he's two already. Where in the world does the time go?

Posted by: Jessa at February 10, 2010 3:53 PM

That was one of the sweetest things I've read in a long time! Owen is lucky to have you for his Daddy!
Happy Birthday Owen!!

Posted by: Rose at February 10, 2010 5:11 PM

I can't believe he's TWO! He's super handsome and definitely sounds like a major sweetie. I am a fan of his lovely blue eyes. Love that he turns on your lamp...Thomas helpfully offers me my glasses when he thinks I've slept long enough! BOYS! They are completely awesome. Happy birthday, Owen!

Posted by: Sam at February 10, 2010 5:32 PM

Awww... so sweet! Happy birthday, Owen. :)

Posted by: Hope at February 10, 2010 6:22 PM

Happy Birthday, Owen! I can't believe it's been two years, either.

Posted by: Fraulein N at February 10, 2010 10:30 PM

Best birthday letter ever!

Thanks for sharing him with us. So cool to have been there from the beginning.

Posted by: Nila at February 11, 2010 4:14 AM

Happy birthday Owen!!!!

Posted by: Nadine at February 11, 2010 6:22 AM