Finn at 5 months

Finnegan is 5 months old already! What a sweet and happy boy he is. This past month he had his first airplane ride and got his first tooth!

He’s been grabbing at toys much more, but chewing on his fist is preferable. We put him in the jumperoo for the first time and after a few tries he really the got the hang of bouncing and now he goes to town. We also sit him in the bumbo occasionally, though his legs are almost too big to fit in it already. He’s wearing size 3 diapers and 9 month size clothes.

We transitioned him out of the miracle blanket, into Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit for a few weeks and then recently into the Zipadee-zip at night. We put him down awake and he falls asleep on his own.

His favorites things right now are watching us eat, watching big sister do anything, chew on his fist and “talk” while doing so, and of course, anything to do with Mommy. I could hold him and have giggle exchanges all day! Love my little guy!

Finn in the bumbo

Finn

Petting the kitty

Hanging out in the bumbo

Finn in the tub

Finn

Finn and Daddy

Finn

Finn in the jumperoo

Finn at 5 months

Finn at 5 months

Finn at 5 months

thing 1 and thing 2

Thanks to Grandma Julie and Grandpa Bill for these cute Dr. Seuss shirts! We love to read The Cat in the Hat!

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2

toddler talk – part 3

Mommy: “Harper, can you say ‘hello’ in Spanish?”
Harper: “Hello in Spanish!”
Mommy: “Spanish is another language. We speak English.”
Harper: “English? That’s a silly word.”

Stalling at bedtime again:
Harper: “My shirt is blue! You don’t have a blue shirt. You need to get one at the store.”
Mommy: “I have a blue shirt, I’m just not wearing it right now. It’s in my room.”
Harper: “Oh ok. I need to go check real quick.”
Mommy: “Check what?”
Harper: “I need to check your blue shirt.”

Harper had been playing in her room for a bit when I called down to her “What are you doing?” and she yelled back “Making a mess!”

When Drew is playing with Finn, he’ll sometimes pretend to nibble on Finn’s toes and Harper says “No, Daddy! We don’t eat brothers!”

Harper

Harper has always been very particular about shoes and we have a hard time finding sandals to fit her. I’ve learned to buy a few from Zappos to try on and return the ones she doesn’t like. But getting her to even try on new shoes, forget it. I’ll say “Let’s just see if they fit.” So when she tries on uncomfortable shoes, she whines “They’re too fits!” I finally got her to like one pair of sandals this summer by calling them her “Cinderella sandals” and she totally bought it.

Harper

When she’s done eating she’ll sometimes say her tummy is full, but randomly she’ll sometimes say “My leg is full” or “my arms are full.”

Harper: “Where’s Daddy?”
Mommy: “He’s at the grocery store”
Harper: “To buy more cow milk for me?”
Mommy: “Yep!”
Harper: “Oh! That’s very nice!”

She went grocery shopping with Drew recently and when they came back I asked her what they bought and she said “Cow milk, beer, and a cookie!”

Harper

When Finn is crying she’ll say “I’m here for you, buddy” or “I got you Finn.” And one time he had woken up from his nap, and I saw her on the monitor reach into his crib and give him his paci and I melted.

She has a thing for chapstick but calls it “lips” so she’ll say “I need my lips!”

Once she’s all tucked in for the night, as another stalling tactic she’ll say, “I need to check the weather!” and lifts up her shade to look out the window.

Mommy: “You’re brave!”
Harper: “I’m not Merida!”
Mommy: “I know. You’re Harper Cate and you can be brave.”
Harper: “No I don’t want to!”

Protesting a smile

On the way home from picking her up from school, she and Finn were both fussing and she cries, “We’re both crying!”

Harper: “I want to wear a dress”
Mommy: “Hmmm…”
Harper: “Don’t say hmmm”
Mommy: “What should I say?”
Harper: “Say yes!”

Harper was not in the best mood when I picked her up from school one day and I made the grave mistake of lifting her into her carseat instead of letting her climb in herself, which made it worse. She said she didn’t want to give me a kiss. But I hugged her and snuck a kiss on her cheek and said “Ha ha I got a kiss! I’m sneaky!” And she cried, “I don’t want a sneaky kiss!”

Drew took her to her first movie in a theatre and when she got home she said, “We went to the movie peter!”

Harper loves blankets. She carries them around and loves when I wrap one around her like a dress or tie one on her like a cape, so I started calling her Harper Cate Blankett. I was like “why did it take me so long to come up with that nickname!”

Mommy: “We used to sing this to you when you were a baby.”
Harper: “When I had no teeth and couldn’t talk?”
Mommy: “Yeah!”
Harper: “Yeah, I just had a tongue.”
(Whenever she sees a picture of herself as a baby she says “I didn’t have any teeth.”)

While we were in the bathroom waiting for her to go potty (sooo many conversations happen while we’re waiting to go potty…) she grabbed my cheeks and put her forehead to mine and said “There’s nothing to be scared of.”

While we were in Missouri (after having talked for weeks about all the people she’d see there) she said “I have so many special people in my life!”

Harper

Mommy: “What do you want for your birthday?”
Harper: “A bumblebee”
Mommy: “A real one?”
Harper (waving her hand): “I don’t want it to bother me”

Mommy: “…Jack fell down and broke his crown…”
Harper: “He bumped his head? Aww that’s so sad. That’s a sad choice.”

While Daddy was away on business, she requested that I sing his songs at bedtime. He usually sings My Girl, among others, so I started singing it and when I got to the “My girl” part she said “No, I’m Daddy’s girl!”

Harper

Family Reunion 2015

A few weeks ago, my final week of maternity leave, we flew to Missouri for Drew’s family reunion. Traveling with two small kids is HARD. WORK. I knew it would be, so I spent at least a month strategizing and it took me 7 days to pack. But it was all worth it to see everyone (and I’m talking lots and lots and lots of people), see Harper having the time of her life, and have everyone meet Finn. And eat Grandma’s fresh garden veggies.

Drew’s grandparents graciously hosted us, along with his siblings and their boys. So Gram had all her children and grandchildren under the same roof.

Harper had fun with her cousin Uly, swimming, and playing with all the big kids at the reunion. Finn had fun being kissed and held by everyone and smiling at all the other babies. I wish I could have taken more pictures, but my hands were literally full pretty much the entire time.

Finn with Great Grandma Milly:

Finn and Grandma Milly

Finn meeting Cole:

Finn and Cole meeting

Harper swinging with Devyn:

Devyn and Harper swinging

Gram and Toddy with the baby boys:

Gram and Toddy with the baby boys

This pictures is blurry but I love Harper’s face. She watched all the kids go down the slide and finally got the courage to go down (holding Daddy’s hand.)

Harper sliding

This picture was right after she asked me if the mud puddle behind her was chocolate. LOL

Harper

Matching suits!

Matching suits!

Disclaimer: the wine glass in the shot below is not Harper’s. :)

Devyn and Harper chowing down

Playing trucks with cousin Uly:

Uly and Harper playing trucks

Kisses from Great Great Aunt Mary:

Finn and Great Great Aunt Mary

Harper swinging

Aunt Brittany holding nephew Augie:

Aunt Brittany and Augie

Finn and Gram

Uly and Harper

Sitting in Grandma's rocking chair

Grandma Milly and Margot

These two have 29 great grandchildren (so far):

Milly and Ralph dancing

Harper stealing M&M’s from Avery:

Harper stealing M&M's from Avery

Here are just the last 11 babies (and their daddies):

The last 11 babies with their daddies

Finn

At the end of the trip, we met up with Grandpa Steve for his birthday.

Grandpa and Finn

Harper and Uly

Grandpa with his grandkids

Finnegan’s Nursery

My favorite room to decorate is a baby’s nursery. When I was planning Harper’s nursery, I knew I wanted gender neutral (partly because I thought I’d reuse most of it for baby #2 and partly because I didn’t want an explosion of pink and purple.) Well, I didn’t end up reusing as much of it as I thought I would. A lot of it was just too worn out. But we reused all of the big stuff. So Finn gets big sister’s crib, dresser, glider, side table and wall shelf. And a few other small things like the lamp, crib skirt and mobile.

Last time, I only had a color scheme in mind, but this time I had more of a general “feel” of the room in my head. I like the style of Wes Anderson movies and I wanted foxes, so I was envisioning Fantastic Mr. Fox. I also like geometric patterns and the aztec/tribal prints you see a lot now.

So it’s Aztec meets Wes Anderson meets Woodland.

Finnegan's Nursery

As with Harper’s nursery, I relied a lot on Etsy. I found this crib rail cover on Etsy and used it as the inspiration for the colors – navy, gold, mint green, orange, teal.

The triangle wall decals are from Etsy too. My husband and I painstakingly applied each triangle and it took a total seven hours (or over the course of four Harper-naps.) I actually meant to hang them further apart, but I miscalculated and once we started, we had to commit. I still can’t believe I got him to go along with that crazy idea, but it looks pretty cool as a focal wall.

Finnegan's Nursery

Finnegan's Nursery

Finnegan's Nursery

Finnegan's Nursery

His room has a cathedral ceiling with a large window. I had my mom make this bunting to hang across the window just like she did for Harper, but on a larger scale. I picked out the fabrics on spoonflower.com and had them shipped to her with the measurements and voila!

Finnegan's Nursery

I found these Wes Anderson movie poster prints on Etsy and have two hanging on either side of the window. The shop didn’t have Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I grabbed 4 other movies that we love.

Finnegan's Nursery

Finnegan's Nursery

The wall shelf above his dresser has a painted canvas done by big sister (I put on masking tape in the shape of an F and let her paint all over it, then peeled off the tape), a birth announcement print gifted by Aunt Lisa, and a wood section decorated by me. The framed print is from a local Austin craft fair.

Finnegan's Nursery

This moon print is also from the local craft fair:

Finnegan's Nursery

As is this wood sign:

Finnegan's Nursery

I love “Where the Wild Things Are” but couldn’t find a print on Etsy that I liked that actually had the correct quote (a lot of them say “I’ll eat you up, I love you so” but that’s not how it’s written in the book.) So I whipped this up in Photoshop myself.

Finnegan's Nursery

This “Our Darling Boy” print is from Etsy:

Finnegan's Nursery

And this fox pillow is from Etsy:

Finnegan's Nursery

Here’s the rundown of where you can find everything:

Crib: Babyletto Hudson from Amazon
Dresser: IKEA
Glider: Little Castle Monaco Glider from Wayfair
Footrest pouf: Target (no longer in stock)
Wall shelf: IKEA
Side table: IKEA
Rug: Rugs USA
Wire shelf: Grid Tower from CB2

Decor:
Triangle wall decals: Vinyl Lettering Etsy shop
Crib rail cover: Caden Lane Etsy shop
Crib sheet: By George Baby Boutique Etsy shop
Gray chevron crib skirt: babylovin Etsy shop
Triangle minky blanket: 3LollipopGirls Etsy shop
Fox pillow cover: LoveJoyCreate Etsy shop
Changing pad cover: iviebaby Etsy shop
Crib mobile: AzureAlchemy Etsy shop
Fox garland: Unique Extras Etsy shop
Arrow garland: The Bees Knees Shoppe on Etsy
Wes Anderson prints: ClaudioVarosio Etsy shop
Our Darling Boy print: digital download from iviebaby Etsy shop and printed on iprintfromhome.com
Growth chart: milkmoonkids.com
Navy fabric bin: Land of Nod

Not pictured:
Extra crib sheets: 3LollipopGirls Etsy shop
Extra changing pad cover: iviebaby Etsy shop
Matching boppy cover: Hannah Made Modern Goods Etsy shop

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!

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