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

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Grandpa meeting Finn

Grandpa meeting Finn

Family of four

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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