February 10, 2012


Dear Owen,

Happy Birthday. It's impossible to believe that you're four. It sounds cliche but it seems like just yesterday we were bringing you home from the hospital, putting your naked self in the sunlit window hoping that the jaundice would go away and realizing that you might not be quite as mellow as we'd been led to believe.

You've grown up. All of a sudden, you're this little boy with little boy thoughts and little boy fears. You have giant feet, hate shoes, and are generally up to no good. But you're the sweetest, nicest and kindest little boy I've ever known. You love superheroes, ninjas, and Star Wars. You love to play - Legos, Star Wars, wacky games that you've spontaneously made up - but you're a terrible hider when we play hide-and-seek. I suspect you'll get better. As laid back as you are, you need everything to be a certain way. Doors and drawers have to be completely closed. The ghost you cut out at preschool that's hanging in the kitchen has to be facing outward; you check it every time. And your blankets must be in the right order on your bed.

When you were born, I had no idea what to do with a boy. I'd only ever been a dad to a girl. I'll admit that I was a little afraid. But you made it easy by being a cool kid. You're an amazing little boy with killer facial expressions and bright blue eyes. And I love you very much, O-Man. Very, very much.


Posted by Chris at February 10, 2012 5:54 AM

Awww... I (can and) can't wait until I can write a letter similar to yours to my son. He just turned 6 months old, and I feel the same way -- didn't we just bring him home from the hospital? What the heck are we supposed to do with a baby? I hope that my Christopher grows up to be just as neat as your Owen is! Happy Birthday to your Little Man!

Posted by: ironic1 at February 10, 2012 6:47 AM

Happy birthday Owen!

Posted by: Katherine at February 10, 2012 7:42 AM

I was thinking about Owen the other day. I've cyber-known you and Beth since before Mia was born. I cannot believe that Owen is now four! Their childhood's are flying by!

Posted by: Maribeth at February 10, 2012 7:55 AM

Happy birthday Owen!!

Posted by: Kim at February 10, 2012 8:55 AM

Happy Birthday Owen!

Posted by: Heather at February 10, 2012 9:07 AM

Four is so much fun! Happy birthday Owen!

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 10, 2012 9:17 AM

Happy birthday Owen!

Posted by: Claire at February 10, 2012 9:25 AM

Happy B-day Owen!! :) I started reading your blog and Beth's blog when she was pregnant and you guys were thinking to name him Wally. I can't believe its been 4 years, he's a great kiddo. You guys are great parents too.

Posted by: Niki at February 10, 2012 10:41 AM

Happy birthday, Owen!!

My son will be 4 in April 5, so I know where you're at: Aaaaahhhh! Wha' happen'?

Posted by: Brooke at February 10, 2012 12:17 PM

happy birthday, owen! that means i've been reading for exactly four years now :) :)

Posted by: kati at February 10, 2012 1:43 PM

Happy Birthday, Owen!

(he's not four already. I think you need to check your dates again, Chris.)

Posted by: Procrastamom at February 10, 2012 1:54 PM

A very Happy Birthday to Owen!!!!

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at February 10, 2012 7:08 PM

You rock.

Posted by: Amanda L. at February 10, 2012 10:36 PM

Un.Real. Time is one crazy, crazy thing! Happy birthday, Owen!

Posted by: Heather at February 12, 2012 1:22 AM

Holy hell, how did this happen? I remember Beth's belly photo progression. Anyway, happy belated birthday to Owen!

Posted by: Dianna at February 20, 2012 12:13 AM