Finn at 10 months

This month was a big month for Finn! He started crawling! Leading up to it he would whine because he couldn’t get to where he wanted to go. On January 7th, his teachers said he crawled at school and I had a feeling he’d start very soon since he’d been scooting every which way but forward. But that night at home he wouldn’t crawl for me. It was a few days later that he finally crawled for us at home. He instantly became a more content baby. He didn’t crawl far – we could still keep him mostly contained in a room, but he was happier just to be able to get to toys he wanted. As soon as he started crawling forward, he started pulling up to standing too. Now he loves to stand at the play kitchen and a little play table in the living room where we keep books that he likes to pull down.

He got his 6th and 7th teeth – one on top and one on bottom. And, of course, had another sickness. This time with a 3-day fever and bad chest cough. January is a really bad month in central Texas for allergies – it’s called Cedar Fever. Kids often get sinus infections from it. So I spent a week home with Finn, which was tough because I was also trying to work. Now that he could crawl, all he wanted to do was grab my laptop and bang on it.

He’s chatting a lot now, mostly dadada, bababa and tatata and still does his signature growl and sometimes an excited high-pitched squeal. He voices his opinions a lot more, particularly when you take something away, or if his favorite food is all gone. He LOVES to eat purees but isn’t yet picking finger food up, except for those Mum Mum crackers. He’ll eat anything if I feed it to him, but he much prefers purees and being spoon fed.

He’s down to two naps which has been working well. Sometimes he’ll nap two hours in the morning and another hour in the afternoon. But that means I don’t have both kids napping at the same time anymore. At least I get plenty of 1:1 time with each of them while the other’s napping!

Besides Christmas, this month was exciting because we had a visit from Grandpa Steve (Drew’s dad) and some nice weather (even for Texas) so we got outside quite a bit.

Finn

Swinging

Finn

Finn

Finn

A visit from Grandpa

He was bouncing in the pack-n-play, so Harper came over and started bouncing with him and they were both giggling. It’s so cute when they play together.

Bouncing and giggling

Harper teaching him how to draw:

Playing together

All dressed up for a dinner out!

Mommy and Finn

For Christmas, Daddy got him more Fulham gear. It’s hard to keep a hat on him for very long.

Fulham Finn

Look at my new hat!

I took off my hat!

Finn

Finn

Sleepy boy

He also upgraded to a convertible carseat. Here’s a comparison of his first and last time in the infant seat!

First and last time in the infant seat

Finn at 10 months

Poor bubby was in the middle of a fever when I took these – I’m glad he was willing to humor me.

Finn at 10 months

Finn

Crocheted sweaters from Gram

Gram (Drew’s mom) crocheted these beautiful sweaters for the kids for Christmas. They fit perfectly which is amazing since she crocheted them at home based on a few basic measurements I gave her. She also gave them these adorable coordinating outfits. Harper loves wearing her sweater – it’s perfect for a Texas winter and she thinks she’s Little Red Riding Hood. Thanks again, Gram!

Crocheted sweater from Gram

Crocheted sweater from Gram

Crocheted sweater from Gram

Crocheted sweater from Gram

Crocheted sweater from Gram

Crocheted sweater from Gram

Crocheted sweater from Gram

Christmas 2015

We had very warm weather here in Texas on Christmas so we spent Christmas Eve morning outside playing soccer and flying a kite. Harper wanted to fly it all by herself which meant she ran around dragging it on the ground behind her. But after I showed her how to do it and she let me help her get started, she ran with it in the air for a bit.

Christmas Eve outdoors

Trying to fly a kite

Flying a kite

Christmas Eve outdoors

We also did our annual Christmas Eve crafts – we made bead candy canes and painted wooden gift tags. I also tried to get a little Pinterest-y and do a handprint wreath with Harper and a footprint mistletoe with Finn but they turned out horribly, as most of my Pinterest endeavors do.

Christmas crafts

Christmas crafts

Harper was excited to frost and sprinkle some sugar cookies and put them out with milk for Santa (and some carrots on our driveway for the reindeer.)

Santa's cookies and milk

I put them in matching jammies and Daddy read The Night Before Christmas.

Matching jammies

Matching jammies

Christmas morning started at 6am and after feeding the baby and getting Harper a snack in her room and all ready to go, I walked the kids out while Drew shot video from the living room. Harper immediately spotted Finn’s Little Tikes car and then her bike and rocking chair. She was so excited! And because it was so warm, we got to spend some time outside trying out the new toys! It was a very merry Christmas!

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Finn got a car!

Harper got a bike!

Maeby

Finn

Finn in his new car

Finn in his new car

holiday fun

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas and was particularly excited this year since it was Finn’s first Christmas and our first Christmas as a family of 4. Last year, I was so sick (and pregnant) and it kind of took all the fun out of the holiday. It’s hard to believe in the span of a year, we had a baby and now he’s big enough to sit up and open presents.

We started the holiday season by decorating our tree on Thanksgiving weekend and then I started the myriad of holiday photos of my kids. I just can’t get enough. But they sure had enough. “Ugh! Not another picture, Mom!”

This one of Finn might be my favorite of them all. Bah hum bug!

Finnegan

But he eventually relented and let me snap away. Cheese!

Finnegan

Finnegan

I used these for our Christmas card.

Finn and Harper

Finnegan

Harper

Harper

Harper

Harper and Finn

Harper and Finn

Finnegan

Santa hats

Baby's 1st Christmas

My little elf

We went to a big electric train set display in downtown Round Rock and stopped for a few pictures outside where they had a giant tree and giant ornament.

Giant x-mas tree

Giant x-mas tree

A giant ornament

There was a big stage that Harper kept running over to and doing her happy dance for us.

Dancing on the stage

Electric trains

Electric trains

Electric trains

Our annual santa hat picture!

Santa hats

And this is blurry, but I caught them sitting together under the tree and giggling and thought it was so cute.

Looking at the presents

A Day at the Museum

While Barb and Tod were here for Thanksgiving, they took Harper to the Children’s Museum while I stayed home with Finn. She always loves it there and it’s a great way to burn some energy. I’m so glad Tod took all these pictures so I can see how much fun she had.

There’s an outdoor climbing structure that she’d never really climbed on before.

Harper at the Children's Museum

It’s pretty high up, so I was quite impressed to hear she made it all the way to the top! I love the thumbs up she gives them when she makes it to the top.

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

There’s also this cylinder that blows scarves and I’d never seen it before. These pictures make me laugh at how excited she gets feeling the scarves land on her face. Pure joy.

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

She tried the water room this time too, but wasn’t as big a fan.

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper and Gram had fun making shadows.

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Harper at the Children's Museum

Finn at 9 months

During Finn’s 9th month he still struggled with sickness and allergies which wreaked havoc on his sleep at night. Lots of congestion and coughing would wake him up many times a night. Allergies in the winter in Texas are no joke. They hit Drew hard, and we’re learning that they hit Finn hard too. He also got two more teeth, which weren’t fun either. And he sure likes to grind them together!

But in between all the not-so-fun stuff, Finn learned to wave, which is adorable. He eats any puree I feed him, but isn’t into finger foods just yet. He is very close to crawling – he’ll move any which way except forward. He likes to lunge from sitting to his belly to reach something, turn in circles, scoot backwards, and then whine for help. He can push back up to sitting and pull up to his knees. He sleeps on his belly about half the time now.

He chats a lot and grunts to say hi. He also likes to smack his lips, blow raspberries, give a big toothy wide grin and slap his belly when he’s excited (I guess it’s his form of clapping.) And when he’s not moving and grooving, he’s the sweetest little cuddler.

This month he celebrated his first Thanksgiving with a visit from Gram and Toddy (who took some of these pictures.)

Finn's 1st Thanksgiving

Finn's 1st Thanksgiving

Finn and Daddy

My little elf

Finn eating

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finn and Gram

Finn and Gram

He had fun helping us decorate for Christmas.

Finn and Gram

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Cheese

Always stealing my water bottle

Yum

He also had his first sink bath and was as excited about it as Harper was at that age.

Sink bath

Sink bath

Sink bath

Sitting in the toy basket

The crossed ankles are too cute.

Crossing his ankles

Slapping his belly

Finn at 9 months

Finn at 9 months

Harper wanted to join in for his 9 month photoshoot.

Finnegan and Harper

Finnegan and Harper

soccer buddies

These two love to match in their Fulham jerseys! This is Harper’s 3rd one. Drew feels it necessary to buy the new version every year…

Soccer buddies

Soccer buddies

Here are the previous years:

Christmas 2014

Two Fulham Fans

I already devote a good chunk of our closet to Drew’s soccer jersey collection, and I’m afraid I’ll have to do the same in the children’s closets!

Soccer

Soccer

Soccer

GOAL!

Goal!

Soccer buddies

Soccer buddies

Ok ok. I have to admit they are pretty darn cute.

Chilling with Dad

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