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.)

read

read

read

read

read

read

read

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

Finn at 1 month

Finn is now one month old! What a joy he has been! It’s still weird to say that I have a son and that I have two children (plural!)

Finn has met some grandparents so far, with more family coming throughout the next few months. Within a week and a half old, he gained a pound and has been off to the races since then. He’s shown good head control on tummy time and has officially rolled from tummy to back already! I thought it was a fluke around 4 weeks, but then he kept doing it while on tummy time during the last week. It’s not coordinated by any means, I think he just accidentally whips his head up and over and then kicks his legs out of frustration until he’s on his back. But I’ll count it!

He seemed to find his voice pretty early given his high pitched screams and shrieks and very loud cries. But we’ve learned how to calm him pretty quickly by swaddling. He wakes twice a night to eat, but lately he’s showing signs of not being fully awake so I’m almost having to wake him to eat. So I think we’ll start to see longer stretches out of him soon. He’s a loud sleeper, as newborns tend to be. He grunts and thrashes around which wakes this light-sleeping mama up constantly. So needless to say the nights are long for me. Luckily, I have a husband who doesn’t need much sleep and I can hand the baby off at 5am and grab another hour or two of sleep before he heads to work.

Finn’s eyes are starting to lighten and his hair is almost reddish – we’ll call it strawberry blonde. Harper loves to kiss his forehead and doesn’t hesitate to tell me to put him down when she needs me to help her, bossy lady! :)

1 month old

1 month old

1 month old

Kiss from sister

Enjoyed a visit from his Grandpa!

Meeting Grandpa

Harper and Finn with Grandpa

siblings

These two are the cutest. So far, Harper isn’t very interested in Finn, but I know that will change as he gets more interactive. She does like to give him kisses and wave “Hi Finnegan!” She does not like when we call him Finny (she says “No, Finny’s at school” but she’s referring to her friend Finley.) Sometimes when I’m holding him as he fusses she’ll say “Put him in the swing, Mommy.” She’s still getting used to me splitting my time between the two of them, but she’s handling it well and his crying doesn’t faze her. When she comes home from school, she knows to immediately wash her hands before coming to find him. I will love watching these two grow closer together.

Harper and Finnegan

Harper and Finnegan

Harper and Finnegan

Harper and Finnegan

Harper and Finnegan

Harper and Finnegan

Harper and Finnegan

Harper and Finnegan

Harper and Finnegan

A kiss from big sister

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 50 other followers