Finn at 4 months

Finn is now 4 months old and has slept through the night every night this past month! It was my last month of maternity leave so I was torn between letting him sleep in my arms for every nap so I could soak up every second and getting him comfortable sleeping unswaddled in a crib so that he’ll be ready for daycare. Oh, the working mom’s dilemma! He’s now napping pretty well in just a sleep sack, but his naps are usually only 20-30 minutes long. He still sleeps in the miracle blanket at night, but we may try Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit soon.

He’s proven to be a very happy, smiley baby and loves to smile at anyone who looks at him. He’s quite ticklish as well, so we love to get giggles out of him. He continues to open his hands more and more and hold on to toys. He likes toys that crinkle (like empty snack bags, just like big sister did.) He’s a very social baby – he’s happiest when someone is looking at him (particularly when he’s in his carseat, which is hard to do when I’m driving.) And he loves to talk talk talk. He also loves to watch big sister do anything and has been eyeing the cats a lot more lately.

This past month, he met Aunt Lisa when she came to visit and enjoyed his first 4th of July with Drew’s family.

Meeting Aunt Lisa

Aunt Lisa is visiting!

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Loves crinkly bags

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

How did 4 months go so fast? I’m almost tempted to have another baby just so I can have another maternity leave. Almost.

Finnegan at 4 months

Finnegan at 4 months

4th of July 2015

Drew’s sister, brother-in-law, dad and nephew Augie came to visit for his birthday and the 4th of July. It was Augie’s and Finn’s first 4th and our first time meeting Augie. The boys are just 2 months apart and already fast friends!

Finn meets Augie

Cousins and Siblings

Augie!

Augie’s hand on Finn’s thigh kills me.

Augie's hand on Finn's thigh

The boys are besties already

Meeting Augie

We walked to the neighborhood pool for Finn’s first swim.

On the way to the pool

Swimming

Getting thrown by Daddy

The boys swimming

The water was a bit cool that morning. I’d say Finn didn’t like it or dislike it.

Finn's first swim

But he was happy to dry off and relax.

After swimming

We went to the local coffeehouse/brewhouse on Drew’s birthday.

Drew and his dad

Harper and Mommy

Augie at the local brewhouse

Hanging at the local brewhouse

Hanging at the local brewhouse

Aunt Kari and Finn

We spent a lot of time outside on the new patio.

Uncle Brett and Finn

Grandpa and Finn

Finn and Mommy

We had a yummy carrot cake for Drew’s birthday.

Sharing birthday cake

On the 4th, I tried to get pictues of my kiddos holding flags, but they were too distracted by them to look at the camera. Harper tried to get Finn to wave his flag.

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

And we got pictures of the boys together in their matching outfits.

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

Little bandits!

Bandits

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

Augie eating sweet potatoes

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

The Bridgelands

Grandpa and Augie

Grandpa and the boys

What a fun weekend with family!

read books! (the sequel)

One of my favorite pictures of Harper as a baby is with this read hat on that I got at a local craft fair. Naturally, I needed to get pictures of Finn with it on too! Both our kids have literary names, so it was fitting to pose Finn with his namesake book, Finnegans Wake. (In hindsight, I should have posed Harper with To Kill a Mockingbird, but at the time I just grabbed the first book I could reach (Alice in Wonderland.)

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Finn at 3 months

Finn started out this month by sleeping through the night a few nights in a row, but it hasn’t yet become consistent. He slept through the night a few more times throughout the month and then the last two nights have been his longest stretches yet. So I’m hoping for this to be a trend!

He’s napping quite well in his crib now – it’s probably a lot quieter in his room than in the swing in the living room. Although he still loves to nap in our arms too. He always has an evening nap in Daddy’s arms when Drew comes home from work. He’s wearing mostly 6 month clothes now. He’s lost some of his newborn hair – we’ll see if it comes back in blonder like Harper’s did.

He also got to meet Grandpa Bill and Grandma Julie this month! He had his first outdoor dining experience when we took him out to lunch. He was quiet and happy to suck on his fists the whole time – his new favorite activity. Now that his hands are opening up more, he’s more interested in toys (usually pulling them to his mouth) and likes to grab the back of his hair and pull (just like Harper did.) We introduced him to his activity mat this month. He also loves when we read to him and sing to him.

He smiles so easily – usually just by looking at him. He loves to watch and smile at Harper and she’s loving the attention from him. If he cries she’ll say “I’m right here Finn” or “I got you Finn.” It’s cute to watch her play with him to get him to smile at her. He had his first big belly laugh the other day while watching Harper jump on her bed. He giggles when you tickle his belly, and always gets hiccups after giggling.

One more month until I return to work. I’m trying not to think about it yet. I will soak up every minute until then.

Finnegan and Mommy

Finnegan and Mommy

Finnegan and Daddy

Finnegan and Daddy

Finnegan

Grandpa meeting Finn

Grandpa meeting Finn

Family of four

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Trying out his activity mat

Finnegan

Finnegan

Laughing at Daddy

Siblings

Reading with Daddy

Finnegan at 3 months

Finnegan at 3 months

Finnegan at 3 months

toddler talk – part 2

Here are some more funny things Harper has said over the last few months:

For a while she said “banama” and “cupcape” but then she figured out the correct pronunciations, sadly. She would also say “talk my book” instead of read. It’s sad when they start saying things correctly! She calls Thomas the Train “Hummus the Train” and I don’t correct her – it’s way too cute.

When it’s sprinkling she’ll say “Look, baby rains!”

Harper

When she’s crying (and wants extra sympathy for it) she’ll say “I have tears” or “I have a sad face.”

She still doesn’t like to be called anything other than Harper. If we say “You’re a lucky girl!” She’ll say “No, I’m Harper Cate Browning!” Once I asked her what my name was and she said, “Mommy Cate Browning!” (Even though she knows our real names.) She was quite tickled when she found out my name also has an H in it.

Harper

I love all her demands (well, not all.) When she wants you to go to a particular room, she’ll either grab your hand and drag you or demand to be picked up and says “Walk!” She also will say “Pick me up and hug me!” At bedtime, she always assigns me a song to sing (which is always either Annie’s song or Dorothy’s song) and she’ll sing another song and we must sing them both at the same time. So I’ll begin singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and she’ll loudly sing “Let it go! Let it go!” or “Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team” (From the Lego movie.)

When she’s scared or getting teased by Daddy, she’ll run to me and say “Save me, Mommy!”

She also will repeat things we’ve said to her or other random things she hears us say (we should really watch what we say now.) Drew had his feet on the coffee table and she said “Feet off the table, Daddy. Feet on the ground!” Drew took her to school and in the parking lot she said “That guy needs to learn how to park.”

Harper

“Daddy’s drink coffee and beer, girls drink milk and water.”

While trying to stall bedtime:
Harper: “Wanna play soccer?”
Mommy: “No, I want to get your jammies on.”
Harper: “You’re not listening!”

Harper

When I asked her to brush her teeth, she once said “Ok, my dear!” It only happened once. Usually her response is “I can’t!”

The other day she said “Mommy, I like your ponytail. It’s so beautiful!”

She asked if she could do my hair, so I let her play with it. She gathered a bunch of hair and leaned forward and asked “Do you want an Anna braid or Elsa braid?”

Harper

Harper: “I don’t want to go at school”
Mommy: “It’s not AT school, it’s TO school”
Harper: “No, ONE school!”

She was counting seven animals, so Drew quoted There’s Something About Mary and said “Seven little chipmunks sitting on a branch eating lots of acorns outside my uncle’s ranch” and Harper said “Only girls eat ranch!”

Harper

Finn at 2 months

Finn is now 2 months old! He did very well at his doctor’s visit this morning. Took his shots like a champ and even smiled on the way out. He’s 13 lbs and 23 inches long. Two whole pounds more than Harper was at this age! He’s a happy and growing boy!

He smiles very easily and already charms people he meets. He enjoys tummy time for minutes at a time and is getting good at lifting his chest to look around. This past month he had his first bottle and we broke out the bouncy seat. He likes to smile and coo at his toys while sitting in it – comes in handy at dinnertime! We wrap him in the miracle blanket at night since we had great success using it with Harper. He wasn’t a fan at first, but he’s sleeping longer and longer in it (although he’ll kick his leg out of it.) He still wakes up once in the middle of the night (usually around 2am) to eat and then sleeps until 6 or 7am.

Here are some pictures from the last month:

Finnegan

Finn's first bottle

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan and Harper

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

happy tummy time

Daddy and the kids

Finnegan at 2 months

Finnegan at 2 months

bluebonnet bust

We’ve been so busy…you know, having a baby and all…that we missed the peak of the Texas Bluebonnets here, but I didn’t want to miss our annual bluebonnet picture. Plus, this would be Finn’s first! The Bluebonnets bloom during a short span of time and we hit the tail end (plus I think this season was shorter due to the weather.) We went to the park near our house where there is usually a huge field of Bluebonnets, but there were only a few stragglers left. So we plopped the kids down near the few that we found.

With few flowers and the sun in their eyes, the picture is kind of a bust. But at least the kids looked cute!

Harper and Finn in the wildflowers

Harper and Finn in the wildflowers

Harper and Finn in the wildflowers

And we had fun walking through the park on such a nice day.

Harper

Harper

Harper

Harper

Harper

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