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Finn at TWO + Thoughts on Parenthood

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Well I can’t believe it but Finn is now officially two (has been since March!) which means that we have officially been parents for two years. This time has really flown by and yet it’s almost stood still. We’ve now circled the sun together TWO times, but it is Finn who is the center of our universe. It is Finn who is our shining star. It is Finn who has given our lives more meaning and purpose than we could have ever thought imaginable. It is Finn who we get up for everyday and work hard for to make a better life for and want to make proud.

As I look back on the last two years and our lives with him, it’s not about the milestones he’s reached even though I’ve taken so much thought and care into documenting those. It’s about celebrating our lives together. I was really proud of every milestone he’s hit in the past two years, of course, but he’s supposed to his those milestones. And if he doesn’t, I’d imagine it would be more of a cause for worry. When he turned two, I was more proud of myself and Dan. We did it. With the help of lots of hands and hearts, we have survived this parenting thing for two whole years and managed to end up with this really great kid. I would say lucky us, but I don’t think it’s really luck. It was so much hard work and like I said, a lot of help – mostly from my mom who is pretty much Finn’s third parent. Where our luck comes in is that we’re lucky to have her. Not just that she’s there, but that’s she’s the best grandma any kid could have ended up with. Finn won the lottery in that department. But anyways, on to Finn!

Everyone says parenting is hard. I’ve definitely told quite a few people this, and I’m definitely speaking from my perspective, not Dan’s, as I don’t know if he feels exactly the same way. But it truly is. And as my mom says, “it doesn’t get harder, it just gets ‘different'”. But, for me, that’s an understatement. Finn’s birth was hard. Physically and mentally the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I thought, man… if I can get through that, I can get through anything! Then he ended up with colic. And I thought the same thing, only worse. Colic was hard. Tenfold. For months. Then we got that under control. And we learned of all his allergies. And then he started crawling, and walking, and climbing, and just each stage that has progressed, has just got differently hard. Hardly different? Now looking back I think… colic? Psshhhh! Give me colic any day! But that’s because I’m in a totally and completely different stage in my life and I’ve been through it. Also, time heals. I’ve partially forgotten all those sleepless nights and sleep-deprived days.

We’ve made it through each stage (some are ongoing): putting things in the mouth, crawling, getting into everything, climbing on too high of places, pulling things down, climbing out of the crib, transitioning to the big boy bed, putting him back into bed several times a day/night, fighting over eating (or not eating), cranky-napless-toddler-fit-ridden-days, dragging him back onto the sidewalk from the street… and we’ve made it through them all, or are dealing with them all, at least. And we’re okay. Together. The three of us. For two whole years. So, I think we’re gonna be alright. Just the three of us. Because like I just got done explaining, parenting is hard, and I already made the perfect son. Why try to recreate perfection? ;)

Finn has taught me patience. I get told a lot that I’m a very patient mother. My patience definitely can wear thin at times, but I really try to be loving and patient to him at all times. It really takes a lot for him to push me over the edge (can’t say that same for others, unfortunately). I’m still working on being “present” at all times (damn phone). I do know that all these moments are passing by in a blur and are going to be *poof* gone in a flash and before I even know it he’s going to be working on  studies that are too hard for me to help with or being tormented by some girl. I truly need to work on cherishing every moment I have with him because this size is such a short period of time in relation to the rest of his or my life. Maybe that’s why people have more than one kid – to hold on to these stages just a little bit longer.

Dan and I were briefly talking last night after a quote on a tv show came up where somebody said they never really gave much thought to having kids and they don’t really feel that there was any void missing in their life for not having them. We both understood that. If we had not had Finn, I could definitely imagine ourselves saying that (if that makes sense?). But having had Finn, boy has it changed our lives in such a different but absolutely good way and we’re glad for it. It’s so hard to explain to somebody that doesn’t have kids. I don’t think it is fair to say that it makes your lives better than somebody who doesn’t have kids (all too often I hear people with kids saying that – how could ANYBODY say that about another person’s life?), certainly not. It’s just a different kind of good. A good good. Finn is good. And my life is so insanely good with Finn in it.

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At two years, Finn…

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… weighs 28 pounds and is (I believe) 35 inches at the times of his two year appointment. I know both of these have changed since.

… is no longer allergic to most things! He drinks whole and 2% milk now. And was having nuts. Until he had a totally cute and caught on video overload of peanuts with his Unka Robert on our trip to Northern California last month which made his eczema go crazy and gave his stomach about 12 hours of horrible trauma. So, no peanuts for this guy, but everything else is A-OK!

… loves music. He sings along to the ABC’s, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa Black Sheep, The Ants Go Marching, and will rock out to any song on the radio or on TV. He loves to dance, too. And he can get pretty emotional about music, even crying when he heard John Legend’s “All of Me” on the radio. No, seriously. And he will harmonize with anything – especially black R&B/soul singers. :)

… loves to color. And crayons. And he knows all his colors, which just sort of— happened. It’s not something that we pushed at all. We read a lot of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” and other color books and it just stuck!

… has still never had a haircut. We’ve been talking about it for months and months and have just never gotten around to it. There are a couple long strands starting to get in his eyes though…

… is NOT interested in the potty at all. And we’re okay with that. When he’s ready, we’ll go there. Until then, size 5 diapers it is.

… has become a very picky eater much to our dismay. Sometimes it’s amazing that we get him to eat dinner at all. And those are the nights we know that he will be waking for milk at 3am.

… is saying more and more things. Most are just him repeating what we say (thankfully no f-bombs yet) or undecipherable things, but many words are intentional and with purpose. I’d say that he has a vocabulary of around 30-40 words and we are still working on 2 word sentences.

… loves Curious George and Daniel Tiger. But really likes Toy Story, Kung Fu Panda, Legos, blocks, his guitar, and his bike.

… has about 10 books or so that are his favorites. More on that later!

… is officially in the toddler bed and doing well. Nap times can be a struggle at times, but for the most part he does pretty okay! He takes one afternoon nap a day – no rhyme or reason to the time, just whenever he gets tired. Sometimes they can be real short (45 min) and sometimes they can be real long (4 hours!). And sometimes they don’t happen at all.

being outside is his most favorite. So much that he has developed a farmer’s tan on his neck and arms. He loves riding his bike, scooter, playing with his water table, Uncle Jack’s garden, and his pool. Can’t wait for the big pool to finish warming up as we will be in it every. single. day.

… still loves nothing more than to carry around writing utensils in his hands. Crayons, pens, pencils, markers, you name it.

… is such a love and the most curious human being on the planet which we LOVE. We really try to encourage him and call out when he does things well by saying, “Good job!” (and never “Good boy” because that can be harmful to children since they are always good.) We’re doing our best. :)

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This will be my last monthly update of Finn. I’ve stuck with it for 2 years and it’s run its course. I’ll check in on his important milestones periodically but now it’s time to retire these monthly suckers. I know nobody has enjoyed reading them as much as I will enjoy going back and reading them for years to come. To catch up from month one, just click on the tags below!

All of these photos were taken by the beautiful and incredibly talented, Tiffany Child Photography of Boca Raton, FL. She did such a beautiful job!

Finn at 23 Months

***I know, 2 monthly Finn updates in a row… I promise more things are on the way, but I really try to keep these up to date for myself.

I am having a hard time thinking that in less than a month I will have been a parent for 2 years. My life has completely changed and for the absolute best, of course, but so much is different in our lives. Finn is such a spunky kid. A gymnast, for sure. We’re definitely thinking that he may benefit from some kind of gym class. He’s so BIG, too. I’m looking at him right now as I type this and I swear, I’m looking at a giant.

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And so, at 23 months, Finn…

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… weighs 26.6 pounds as of this past weekend. His appetite hasn’t been as healthy lately for some reason. But we did finally move him up to size 5 diapers this past week. He still fits size 4 and don’t notice any difference in the size 5 so we figured, why not? He wears size 7.5-8W in shoes – BIG feet!

… loves books. He has certainly made up for his non-interest in them (other than to eat them) in his first year. We read book after book after book. His favorites are, the Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme board book, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School, Curious George and the Bunny, Ned’s Rainbow, and pretty much any book that can be sung or has words that rhyme.

… is full of new words: no (a favorite), door, star, mine, why, purple… he recognizes stars in books, different toys in the shape of stars, and things that are purple. It’s really quite interesting to see the things he is picking up on sometimes.

… saw an allergist last month and the results were inconclusive, however the doctor and we feel that he may possibly be growing out of some or all of his allergies! He thinks that Finn may just have extremely sensitive skin. We still need to have bloodwork done on him (which we haven’t done yet), but we’ve actually been trying things here and there like cheese on his pizza and even, *gasp* a mini Snickers bar and he did okay!

… is now climbing out of his crib. What an acrobat! It was a sad day the day my mom went to get him out of his crib and she was greeted by him saying “door” while standing at the door. None of us were ready for him to move to a bed yet, so we took out the spring and put his mattress directly on the floor while still inside the frame of the crib and so far he has not been able to climb out! We’re hoping this buys us some more time in the crib.

… loves waffles, strawberries, and black beans. Not necessarily together, but those are his go-to’s. Oh, and ham. And CHIPS AND SALSA!

… can tell you what a cow says (“mooo” very quietly) and what a kitty says (“mow” so so sweetly).

… loves his crayons, rocks, and straws. These are his little collections of items that he will literally carry around in his hands from morning til night.

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We love you, Finn. You’re the best thing that ever happened to us. And finally things are starting to turn around for us. :)

Finn at 22 Months…

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Wow (as Finn would say). My latest yet. Our last month has been so hectic and my most stressful ever that it was the first time I missed getting this out relatively close to “on time”. So, I’m determined to get this out before he turns 23 months. So, without further ado…

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Finn at 22 months…

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… still is hovering at around 27.5 lbs.  I just went back to check and he’s gained about 5 lbs. and 5 inches this past year.  We’re still rocking the 12 months infant sized shorts and pants (because that’s really all that fits him waist and leg-wise!).

… officially gave up his morning nap. :(

… still absolutely hates diaper changes.

… loves books and will go through quite a few every night before bed.

… has picked up quite the vocabulary. New words: red, nine, water, and more.

… loves being outside in Grandma and Grandpa’s backyard now that their pool fence is done! He rides his scooter and his trike around like he is the king of that porch.

… knows the difference between hot and cold and can say them.

… hates getting up at the crack of dawn to drive to Grandma’s house (even though he actually doesn’t have to anymore as I write this) and is not happy when I have to leave him to go to work but I’m told he forgets all about me very soon after I leave so I’m relieved about that. :)

… is getting SO good with his fork and spoon.

… loves to wear hats. And shoes.

… really got into the puzzles that he got for Christmas. And all his musical instruments.

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Is. Amazing. And Sweet. And full of wonder. And nothing short of being the most interesting human being on the planet.

Finn at 21 Months…

This is coming very late. With the holidays I knew it was going to go out late, but at least I’m getting it out. I can’t believe I’ve actually stuck with this. It’s the one thing I’ve actually stuck with on this entire blog and I’m so proud of it and myself because when I go back and read them all they fill me with such joy.

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We’re having a bit of a reality check right now with Finn being just 3 very short months away from 2. I’m enjoying this last little bit of baby stage very much and don’t want to let go. I’m finding out that Finn sure is a different kind of kid and that’s okay. Does he listen to us all that great? No. Is he always getting into something he shouldn’t? Yes. Are we finding ourselves saying “no” more than we say “yes”? Yep. Do we love him all the same? Absolutely. We’re all working on this thing together. Some days are easier than others but all of them are wonderful. He’s the happiest little boy and we’re so lucky. We love him and that he’s ours and that we’re his. Happy 21 months to us all. :)

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At 21 months Finn…

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… is losing his baby fat. he’s getting longer and skinnier. Weighs 27.5 lbs. Still wears 18-24 month tops and 12-18 month bottoms. And looking more like a little boy everyday.

… still loves his fruits and vegetables.

… is perfecting his color recognition. Loves to point to a color and question us on what color it is but mostly insists that they are all red.

… loves BUBBLES in the bubble bath and usually yells it really loud about 5 or 6x during each bath.

… is VERY attached to mama. Like, don’t get in between he and I or you’re in for a wailing of a lifetime. And you may get your feelings hurt in the process.

… … has become very good at putting on and taking off his Croc shoes, or any pair of our shoes that we leave lying around and will have shoes on for the most part of any day. Which leads to quite a stink!

… is still rearfacing in his carseat. Something we are so proud of. Yay!

… loves going to the park, coloring, and music, music, music! In fact, he got a guitar, keyboard, AND boombox for Christmas.

… eats off a plate and with a spoon or fork. Most always in his highchair but every once in a while we sit with him in his booster seat at the table. That just usually means mealtime is not very long.

… is really smart. Like engineering smart. Wants to know how things work and won’t stop until he figures them out. He reminds us so much of his uncle Jack.

… gets frustrated EXTREMELY easily. Maybe that’s because he’s so smart? ;)

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Finn at 20 Months

“Wow!!!” – as Finn would say. I can’t believe my boy is 20 months, 4 months away from being 24 months which is actually TWO. I officially feel like it has happened too fast. It only feels like I had him maybe earlier this year and yet it also feels like he’s been with us forever. I love these feelings because both are so exciting for me.

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At 20 months, Finn…

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… is saying a lot more. Says, “buba ba” (bubble bath), “whoa”, “wow”, “mama”, “dada”, “brampa” (grandpa), “more”, “re” (red), “weyo” (yellow), “boo” (blue), “mil” (milk), “nana” (banana), and a couple more I’m not thinking of. He also does the most adorable thing when we count to 10, he tries to mimic us by saying, “du du du du du du du du du DU” the same way we would count to 10.

… has the most adorable “quack” and “bark” which actually both sound very similar but each is only used when he’s around ducks or hears a dog barking.

… thinks daddy is SO funny and fun to play games with, but when it comes to any comfort time, he is all about mama.

… has developed separation anxiety. :( When I drop him off at Grandma’s house in the mornings and he knows I am about to leave he will run and fling both arms and legs around me and give me the tightest hug and not let me leave. It makes me sad everyday. :(

… points to and calls any man in the store “dada” when it’s just he and I.

… loves the park and the daily trips he makes there with Grandma. He’s met many recurring  friends at her neighborhood park and has got “parallel play” down pat.

… hates having his diaper changed. I mean like, it’s quite possibly the worst form of torture he’s ever endured as evident by the blood curdling screams that come out of his little lungs each time.

… still has an avocado everyday, is a good kidney bean eater, loves his “nanas”, and waffles or muffins at breakfast. He’s not been a good egg eater unless we disguise them in hashbrowns.

… has gotten really good at playing with his Duplo Legos. He builds towers and then likes us to count the blocks so he can try to mimic us. He also loves to have us count the beads on his Melissa & Doug abacus.

… loves music and will dance any time he hears a tune.

… is absolutely mesmerized by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS, and I gotta say, I like it too! :)

… constantly wants us to put his shoes on whenever he finds them in the front closet. One shoe, two shoes, or even different shoes, he doesn’t care!

… is pretty darn good at using a spoon or fork, we just need to perfect keeping it level as he brings it to his face so the food doesn’t all fall out before it reaches its destination.

… likes to brush his teeth and hair.

… has taken an interest in books (finally) and brings us the ones he wants to read.

… loves bubble baths as long as he gets to hold the rinsing cup, but please don’t pour water over his face too much, he’s not a huge fan.

… squeals with glee whenever he sees the kitty and does not like when dogs lick him in the face.

… is attached to his “Froggie” and “Pinkie” stuffed animals. He will go looking for them in his crib each night and it’s so sad the couple times we left “Froggie” at Grandma’s – he will tear his crib apart looking for him!

… is a big fan of suckers. That’s the one treat he got to have from his Halloween candy.

… is smarter than we ever realized and is absolutely the most amazing human being on the earth to us.

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

 

This is post #16 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

Finn at 19 Months…

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I’m attempting to get this out as close to his actual monthly birthday as I can. I’m pretty much right on target with all the other months, however. A week late. :(

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At 19 months, Finn…

… weighs 26.1 pounds. Wow! He’s gotten so heavy for me to carry with my back. :(

… has sat in his booster seat for a couple of meals. I’d say he isn’t 100% ready for it, but he’s definitely excited about it.

… is now being served food on a plate or in a bowl instead of directly onto his highchair tray. Utensils are something he isn’t 100% great at, but he’s getting better at. He’s really good at bringing them to his mouth as long as we scoop the food onto them. Just one of those skills he’ll be perfecting for months and possibly years to come I guess. He does pretty good though. The other morning he fed himself his entire bowl of oatmeal.

… is a master escape artist. Baby gates are no barrier for him now!

… loves being outside. Grandma gated off her front porch for him and made it an entire play area and he loves it. That’s his spot!

… has a really cool red tricycle at Grandma’s and boy does he love that thing. He can really get around on that and FAST.

… loves sunglasses and hats. Sunglasses are his latest obsession and he loves to wear hats on his daily walks/strolls with Grandma around the neighborhood.

… insists on controlling the water in the bath tub. If I turn it off when it gets too full he stands right up and turns it back on. I really think he likes the soothing sound it makes. We end up having to drain the tub while we’re filling it to keep him happy.

… is not the best listener. We say “no” a lot, but he really likes to test us. He actually listens to Grandpa the best for some reason.

… is starting to repeat things that we say but still isn’t talking hardly at all. Has his same main vocabulary that he had last month plus a few more like “ball” and “bubba ba” (bubble bath), “uh oh” and “bye”. And he’s saying “dada” a lot more and isn’t calling Dan “mama” as much. We started to get a little worried about his lack of words but after talking to a friend of the family that’s a Speech Language Pathologist, we think he’s doing okay.

… gives the best tight hug and cuddles me on the walk down from his crib to the car every morning and then when we get outside and he sees birds flying he says, “wow!” I love my brief mornings with him and miss him all day everyday until I get home.

… loves to chase ducks at the park.

… is very scared when G&G’s macaw screams.

… never stops moving. We can’t even read him a book that will captivate him for more than 10 seconds. He’s always wanting to know what’s behind, in, and under things and won’t stop until he finds out.

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I love my son, I love my son, I love my son. That is all.

Finn at 18 Months…

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I thought about writing a post about how much I love this little boy but thought that would be really boring and then I decided that was just what I needed. I love this kid so much. He’s the best part of every single moment of every single day. Sometimes just thinking about him and missing him and the fact that I’m away from him makes me want to cry. I hate every second that we’re apart and I love every second that we’re together. Every crazy, manic, loving, joyful, happy, all-over-the-place, emotional second. He’s gone from a precious little baby into a sweet little boy in just 18 months. My, how fast that happens.

I know we really teetered back and forth between having kids and for the longest time it was back, as in – we didn’t want them. Well, I am sure glad we had Finn. It’s so amazing watching him grow. Seeing the world for the first time, all over again, through another human’s eyes. Getting to be his guide through this world. It’s really scary, too. I have to help make the best decisions with Dan and hope that they turn out alright enough that Finn will end up being sort of okay. It’s a lot of responsibility. I make no illusion about that. But really, it’s all worth it. Finn was hands down, the best decision we ever made. He will have a good life. It will be a struggle, yes. But it will be a good life. He is worth it.

Finn had his 18 month appointment last week. He got his 2 vaccinations, including the flu shot because we love him so much that we are believers in vaccinations. If you reading this are not, sorry. We are. Big time. We’re people of science. He did so well, cried for about 30 seconds and then got a big orange lollipop and sucked on that thing for over an hour until it was all over his hands, face, and clothes, but boy was he happy! Doctor said he’s doing great growth-wise and he has a big ol’ head. Dan said it’s his big brain. ;) We’re working with him on his expressive language as he may be a bit slower on that and he needs to get better about using utensils while eating!

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At 18 months Finn…

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… weighs 25 pounds (60th percentile – the same weight as at 12 months), is 33 inches long (60th percentile) and his head circumference is 19.5 inches (95th percentile).

… says mama, dada, Grandpa (Bam-pa), uh-huh, hi, and his latest, whoa!, wow!, and DROID.

… still has 15 or 16 teeth.

… is really whiny. And throws really big short-lived temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his way. I’m not looking forward to “terrible two’s”.

… is really cuddly, loves sitting in laps, and gives really good, tight hugs. <3

… hates loud noises. He is really disturbed by them. Literally and figuratively.

… loves when Grandpa comes home from work. He will run to the front door and yell, “Bam-pa! Bam-pa! Bam-pa!” over and over. And the other day he just kept repeating it when Grandpa was here helping us with some home improvements.

… gives great high-5’s.

… loves climbing on tables. We cannot leave chairs out around him. He also loves stools and putting them up to the counter and grabbing things off of it which is really scary around a hot stove!

… finally found a stuffed animal that is his special animal he sleeps with. A big green frog with great big eyes. He loves that thing. We say “where’s your froggie?” and he gets the biggest grin and when we put him in bed at night we put the froggie in his arms and he hugs it so tight and smiles and is at such peace.

… loves to RUN.

… is back to taking 2 naps a day. (YES!)

… was having night terrors for a little while. It was the saddest thing ever. They would last for about 40 minutes to an hour each episode and when he came out of them it was the weirdest thing ever – like it didn’t even happen. So bizarre! But the doctor says they’re pretty common and just to let him come out of them and not to try to wake him up but just make sure he’s safe and can’t get hurt and to take care of him as best we can while they’re happening. I hope he doesn’t have anymore! :(

… loves being outside. Can’t wait for cooler weather!

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In 18 short months Finn has changed our lives in every way imaginable. My heart is so very full because of him. Our lives may seem like they aren’t in our control right now, like somebody else has picked them up and placed them somewhere else and we’re just trying to keep the corners down so they don’t fly away, but he is our constant. He keeps us grounded. He is our reason of reasons. I can’t imagine a world without him and nor would I want to. Thank you Finn for all of your silly perspective. I love you through and through.

Finn at 17 Months…

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This is going up so, so late. We’ve had a lot going on, which will definitely be another blog post all in itself. I wrote this a few days before he turned 17 months on the 19th and am just now getting around to adding pics and posting it.

I can’t believe he’s almost a year and a half. This has been such an interesting month. Full of finding out so many of his likes and dislikes, seeing him develop into this little person, it’s been a really fun month. Finn is a pretty easy little boy, I must say. Going in to public with him (as yet) is a breeze. No crazy tantrums. He’s so interested in everything around him he just sees it as a real treat, although I know that could very easily change next month, I’ll just enjoy it while I can. He loves the outdoors, he loves to run, he’s such a typical little boy and I love it.

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… weighs 23.5 pounds as of his appointment at the doctor last week while he was sick. No clue on the height. We’ll get a new official height, weight, and head circumference check next month at his 18 month appointment. Still in size 4 diapers.

… knows (and points) to his bellybutton and nose and we’re working on other parts like eyes, mouth, ears, feet, and hands.

… can climb in and out of the bathtub with no help which is sort of annoying.

… has a total of 16 teeth now. He got all 4 of his canines this past month. Just crazy. Mouf full of teef, this one!

… has become the cuddliest kid on the block. I especially love our LONG hugs when I get home from work. The sweetest embraces. And will sit in our lap at almost any chance he sees.

… signs “milk” now! If we say “milk?” He’ll start signing it or sometimes he’ll just sign it on his own if he wants it. It’s pretty dang cool. A few times we’ve gone in to get him up from his crib and he’s standing there furiously signing “milk” with his fists!

… throws a lot of tantrums when we take something away. Does not like being told “no.”

… still loves Curious George. So very much.

… is obsessed with our cell phones (like us), channel changers, game controllers, lap tops, mice, keyboards, pretty much any electronic that he knows we are using. And holds it up to his ear now and said, “Hi!”

… knows very well what “swimming” means. All we have to say is “Do you want to go swimming?” and he bolts for the back arcadia door at my parents’ house and starts knocking on the glass and yelling.

… learned how to “knock” on doors. It’s so cute!

… has now graduated to trying to pick up the kitties instead of just admiring them from afar and giggling at them with glee. They are not amused by any of it.

… waves at cars. And gives a great high-5.

… is learning very slowly to eat with a fork but still prefers to eat with his hands. It’s much faster!

… loves Legos, his shape toys, his lawn mower, his scooters, pretty much anything that pushes, books, and his new nesting blocks.

… in the last month has tried: quinoa and loved it, pickled beets and loved them, grits and not been such a big fan, and spaghetti squash which he especially loved eating it with a fork! He’s really not been the best eater in the last month other than veggies and fruit.

… isn’t full of that many words still but I know it will come in time from everything I’ve read. He’s definitely still vocal and understands a lot. :)

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I love you my sweet little boy. Thank you so much for being patient with mommy and daddy during this very difficult past month. For making everyday worth getting up for and pushing through even if there were days we were so mad at each other we didn’t want to. We still love you every second and you got us through it. We love you. You are our sunshine.

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Note: Every picture here this past month was taken with the iPhone. Nothing fancy.

Finn at 16 Months…

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So, 16 months snuck up on us. I was saying 15 months so much and then all of a sudden 16 months hit out of nowhere! I feel like not a whole lot has changed, but that’s probably just because 16 months snuck up on us so fast and as I come up with his milestones, I’ll realize that there really have been changes. Lots of them.

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loves vegetables. And fruit. Sometimes that’s all he’ll eat. He hasn’t been the best dinner eater lately, but that’s okay because he’s still a GREAT breakfast eater. And a pretty good lunch eater. Maybe breakfast is just his jam and dinner isn’t? But at least at dinner he will chow down on some veggies no. matter. what. They say that kids don’t eat veggies? Not my kid! And we finally found a way to get him to eat eggs. Make a flat omelet with spinach and douse it in ketchup and he’ll eat the entire thing.

… is not the “wordiest” talker, meaning he isn’t saying a whole lot of distinctive words other than “ma-ma” (a favorite) and now he’s starting to get back into the habit of saying “da-da” again, and then there’s the new and very distinct, “HI!”, but he’s starting to do A LOT more babbling where as before it use to be just screams or screeches. Now it’s lots and lots of real audible babbling going on. Maybe more words are on the horizon?

… loves to be chased around the house by dada and go to mama for rescuing. It’s a fun game we play at night and he’ll initiate it by climbing on the couch away from Dan and smiling. It’s the cutest.

… goes through Hemp milk like crazy. He gets a sippy cup full when he wakes up, before each nap (he still takes two and I’m thankful for every one because I know one will end soon!), and usually one with a snack, and one or two before bed (depending how late he goes down). The doctor asked how much milk he is getting and we told her and she said that was very good so I guess it isn’t too much or too little although it’s very expensive! And he’s also getting plenty of water and one sippy cup of watered down apple juice a day (and NO MORE since we’re against giving him too much juice and sugar. We don’t want him drinking empty calories). When he’s at Grandma’s he gets a yummy fruit smoothie instead. We try to keep him hydrated for sure in this hot desert climate.

… is getting better about books (when supervised!), but is still not wonderful. He loves them, he really does, he just doesn’t know the boundaries of not eating them. We’re still working with him by reading to him every night and trying to show him good examples of how to use books but he can’t be trusted alone with them. I made the mistake (knowlingly) of giving him a beat up old book on it’s last leg in his crib one nap and when he woke up it was torn to pieces. :( Any suggestions out there?

… still hasn’t signed anything to us but we know that receptive language happens before expressive language. We use the sign for milk every time we pour his milk or give him his sippy cup with milk and he knows what it means because now we can do the sign for milk and his eyes light up and he starts screaming in excitement. So, we’ll keep at it.

… is really good at repeating back little short songs or sounds that we hum at him. Like I do a fire truck siren and he does it back at me impeccably. It’s adorable.

… knows where his belly button is, kind of. He finds ours and then we point to his and he’ll then go back and forth between his and ours and get really excited about it.

… has learned to color with crayons! [see below]

… puts his hand on our shoulders and lifts one leg up when we say “swimming” or we get clothes out to get him dressed. It’s so cute to watch him try to help us get him dressed!

… has decided that swimming is for adults and he’d rather run around the backyard without any help getting into all the things. Which makes swimming for the adults impossible when we’re chasing after him! =/

… loves his blocks, cars, trucks, and pushing anything with a handle like his lawnmower and little scooter. And definitely loves pushing over his Ikea highchair, picking it up, and pushing it over again.

… has definitely learned how to open doors and turn lights on and off (a new favorite pastime).

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Finn, you continually amaze me. You challenge me everyday. Yes, you frustrate me. But yes, I love it. Every single second of it. You make my life exciting. And rewarding. My reward is watching you grow and turn into this amazing little person with a personality like FIRE and a little heart of PASSION and CURIOSITY for whatever you are doing. Don’t lose that. I love you, Mom.

Finn at 15 Months…

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… weighs 24 pounds (he gained back all the weight he lost from being sick) and is in the 50th percentile, is 32 inches long in the 75th percentile and his head is 19 1/4 inches around, about the 90th percentile. So overall he’s a very healthy sized boy!

… LOVES dancing to music. He bobs up and down and will also shake his little foot so cute-like.

… is a regular climber. We find him climbing on the dining room table, on the backs of the chairs, on the dishwasher, and the tv stand regularly so we opened up the first set of stairs hoping that would help curb his climbing habit but NO. It hasn’t.

… has learned how to open and close drawers. Loves bed time because while we read him stories he gets to stand at his dresser and open and close each and every drawer over and over. And now he’s learned that there are things in the drawers and that’s FUN to throw all over the floor!

… is looking SO much like a little boy. Sometimes I don’t see baby at all when I look at him and then sometimes he’s ALL baby. :P

… still hates diaper changes. Can’t hold a baby down!

… loves swimming and bathtime – anything to do with water.

… says “mama” for everything. And I mean everything. And everybody. He’ll still say “dada” every once in a while and “hi” and “baba” sometimes but “mama” is his word of the month and it could mean anything.

… adores Curious George. It’s the only motion picture show that will actually captivate him. We think it’s because George speaks his language. And gets into about as much mischief as he does!

… has at least 4 molars now. Add that to his 8 teeth and his porcelain count is up to twelve. He isn’t messing around!

… doesn’t do well in long car rides. I don’t know how that will go over when we go to California next month. We’re hoping to borrow a portable DVD player and play some Curious George for him!

… is learning some basic signs. Or should I say, we are learning them and using them when we say things like mama, dada, milk, food, and please to him. We were thinking he was getting frustrated and looking for more ways to communicate with us when he was throwing temper tantrums that we thought we’d give baby sign language a try. Will report back more next month!

… loves to hug and cuddle. When we get down on the floor with him that’s an open invite for cuddle time and we LOVE IT. <3

… is learning the basic concept of how doors work. He is really good at closing them and is starting to grasp how a handle works, although he’s still at the stage where he locks himself in rooms all the time. Pretty soon though we’re not going to be able to just shut doors to keep him out of them anymore – we’re going to have to get those childproof handles since there are still some areas of the house that are absolutely off limits.

… still loves to put books in his mouth although he is getting much better at turning the page and only eating after turning a few of the pages. We still have a long ways to go before he can be trusted with a book unsupervised, but we still read several books to him every single night before bed.

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We love you so much Mr. Finn. I know you may not ever read these, (or maybe you will thanks to the NSA) but I will tell the internet anyways how much joy you have brought me – more than I ever thought possible. Like, ever. I have learned so much about love, selflessness, and life since you entered mine. Happy 15 months!