Friday, February 26, 2010


We spent Thanksgiving Day in Richmond with my side of the family which means 3 little ones. My sister and cousin Crystal both have little boys. It's kind of funny because growing up we were all girls and now we've all had little boys who will get to grow up together the way we did.

Rowan loved playing outside with his Meme

Then, we traveled up to Northern VA to visit Ryan's side of the family. We even got to spend some time with "Uncle Brent" watching the VT vs. UVA football game.

Poppa was showing Rowan how to play the 88's

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mom Ramblings...

In typical fashion, I am a month late on updating our family blog...YIKES!! The story of my life these incredibly busy. Where does the time go?

Our sweet little Rowan Brown turned 1 year old on October 1st. It's hard to believe that a year has flown by since he came into our lives. I can honestly say that it has been the best and at times, the most challenging, year of my life. I love being a Mom. I love being Rowan's Mom. I'm also one of those parents who doesn't sugar-coat the tough times or boast about how gloriously perfect my child is or how he never cries or has a bad day. I'm as real as they come. So, when I say it's been challenging I mean that in the kindest, most loving way possible because I adore my son. It's not like I've done this before - you know, the whole Mom thing. I have reached out to my bevy of beautiful friends who are parents, and some who are not, for advice, counsel and to see who wants to meet me out for a drink!! I do have to say that the most challenging days of my new job as Mom trying to balance working full-time, focusing on my family and squeezing in some "me time" were never outweighed by the days of complete joy and love that I have for my son. I have learned so much about patience, being truly present and how incredibly blessed I am. I have a husband who is learning with me and who I admire so much. He is all I could have ever hoped for in a father for my child and seeing him with Rowan makes my heart melt. Our love has grown because of that little boy of ours and while I've always known that Ryan and I were a "forever couple" it's solidified now. Thank you, Ryan, for being an amazing father and husband...this journey wouldn't have been nearly as fun or exhausting without you! I love you!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The past few months...

Clearly I'm a little behind on updating our family blog. Between family travels, our work schedules and spending time with Rowan we have been a bit busy. So sorry!!!

Anyway, the last few months have been pretty amazing in terms of Rowan's development. About a week after he started crawling, he was cruising around the house and getting into everything. His vocabulary continues to grow and he knows where his ball, cup, car, train, book, bottle, juice, truck, Elmo, remote, straw, top, football, yes, there is a difference between ball and football, all are and will go get them for you when you ask him. And, he says Mama and Dada regularly. I've been teaching him sign language and he knows "no more" and "more" when we are eating. They've actually been really helpful for us because Rowan really loves to eat. :-)

At 10 months, Rowan started transitioning off of baby food and eating people food regularly. He loves fresh fruit, yogurt, waffles, goldfish, green beans, sweet potato, bread and cheese. He's still not a fan of peas and carrots though. He loves apple juice though. During this time we also transitioned from 4 bottles to 3 bottles throughout the day.

He enjoyed his first visit to the pool, watching Daddy's first EFL fantasy football draft (the first of many, I'm sure), trip to Knoxville to see his Aunt Ashley at UT, and photo session on the Vanderbilt campus. And, Mom and Dad got to even travel to Atlanta to watch the Hokies first football game against Alabama. Rowan's Grammy and Papa Lowry drove up from VA stopping in Knoxville to pick up Aunt Ashley to watch him that weekend. We really appreciated it and I know Rowan loved spending time with his grandparents and aunt.

Each day we marvel at what an extraordinary little boy we have in our lives, even on the days when we are tired and the 'to do' list looks like it will never end. We continue to count our blessings because life is so good.

And, I promise to update more regularly.

Monday, September 7, 2009