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bye-bye baba: play-by-play

part 2- the farewell:
following tuesday'snap, the whole family joined owen in celebrating
as he threw his baba in the rubbish (that's what we hawaiians call
trash). we waved to it and owen said "bye-bye blue baba, yellow
truck (ours are yellow) come take baba away now". we rushed inside
and opened a big-boy toy and sang songs about the accomplishment.

part 3- first bedtime without:
owen was beside himself, so upset at the prospect of going to sleep
without his longtime comfort. after 45 minutes of crying, i brought
him to the rocker and rocked him to sleep just as i did when he was
only a few days old. 3:30 am rolled around and a huge thunderstorm
began. thunder, lightning, and crazy winds had us all awake
for the next two hours. fortunately, once owen fell back asleep -
he slept until nearly 9 am!

part 4 - naptime, wednesday:
after a fun-filled morning with friends, owen was truly tired but struggled
again to settle in. after reading and attempting to get him to lay down for
about 20 minutes, i kissed him goodnight and told him it was okay to play
with his toys quietly, but mommy had work to do. sure enough, after
about 30 minutes of solitary play, he put himself to bed! woohoo!

part 5 - bedtime, wednesday:
2 requests for baba and >3 minutes of crying and he was fast asleep.

right now it feels too good to be true. don't get me wrong, last night
was torture, but if he's really figured this out so quickly, i don't
know why we waited so long!


Amy Van Hook said…
yay Owen! Such a big boy.
mama mia said…
I know it is as hard on you two parents as it is for Owen. Changes seem so challenging when you are wrapped up in the moment, and then once passed/accomplished seem like such small things. Aaah, parenthood. Kudos on the bravery of both the big boy and mommy and daddy, too. Love you guys.
If this play-by-play stuff going to continue with major changes, expect this entry in about 12 years:
Jim - And it's 2nd down and puberty to go for Owen Johnson. He's been sidelined at practice this week with a bad case of acne.

Steve - That's right Jim. Johnson hasn't looked this bad since his rookie season. It's almost like he's overthinking everything out there and not letting the game come to him.

Jim - You said it Steve. That overthinking problem becomes a real issue when you've got three or four hairs growing on your upper lip and you can't keep your hand out of your own jock-strap for five minutes. Owe!!! Looks like he just started journaling... Well, that about wraps up our broadcast. Tune in next week to see Owen Johnson square off against Not-thinking-he's-good-enough-to-ask-that-hot-girl-with-the-skateboard-out. Should be a real struggle.

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