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

toddler talk – part 5

“Where’s my camera? I need to take a picture of my baby.”

I need to take a picture of my baby

She was disappointed that her alphabet puzzle didn’t come with enough R’s.

There's only one R in this puzzle!

She calls Barnes and Noble “Barnes in Oble.”

I asked Harper to hand me something while I was holding Finn and she said (with nothing in her hands), “I can’t. My hands are full.” She then immediately turned to grab the two closest things on the couch – a remote and burp cloth – and held them up to show me.

Checking Finn's heartbeat

Mommy: “Exercise is good for our bodies and so are fruits and vegetables and vitamins.”
Harper: “And candy?”
Mommy: “No, candy is not good for our bodies.”
Harper: “It’s good for my arm?”

Mommy: “Daddy’s stuck at work”
Harper: “Oh no! We have to help him!”

No packages in here

Mommy: “Your shirts are getting too small. We need to get you a bigger shirt.”
Harper: “I can just borrow Daddy’s shirts.”

We had mozzarella sticks one night and she asked if they were fish sticks. After correcting her, she still called them cheese fish sticks.

Swinging in the baby swing

When she’s in a certain mood and you ask her what she did at school that day, she’ll huff and say “Ugh, nuffing.”

Mommy: “What comes after Halloween?:
Harper: “Um, I don’t know.”
Mommy: “On what holiday do we eat turkey?”
Harper: “Um, Mother’s Day?”
Mommy: “No.”
Harper: “Um, Nuffing day?”

One day she was pretending to sleep in my bed and then she’d pop up and gasp, “It’s coronation day!” (A line from Frozen.)

Pretending to sleep

At bedtime each night, after books and songs, she’ll say, “Stay and talk to me.” So Drew and I will both take turns lying with her and chatting. She’ll say, “Let’s talk about movies.” And it’s usually Rapunzel or Ariel and she wants to narrate the plot of the movie. Once in a while, she’ll say, “Let’s talk about Mother’s Day.” Recently, I overheard Drew explaining the plot of The Royal Tenenbaums and later he told me they agreed to take turns talking about each other’s movies.

Playing with stamps

“My allergies hurt. I have allergies in my mouth.”

She chased Maeby under the table and said, “She’s just a little grumpy.”

Taking Finn for a stroll

One the way to school:
Harper: Yawn “I’m tired.”
Mommy: “Why are you tired?”
Harper: “Because my tummy’s full of water.”
Mommy: “Oh.”
Harper: “And milk.”

At dinner one night, I paused to clap for Finn to engage him while we were eating and she said to me, “Hey! Eat your dinner!”

Trying on her new boots

When Drew asked her to do something, she said, “Just a second. You have to be patient, Dad.”

Washing my car

Washing my car

She was playing around and put her lovie in her shirt and said she was having a baby girl named Lois.

Wearing my cardigan

“Mom, are you talking to yourself?”

“We can say ‘Oh gosh.’ That’s a happy choice. We don’t say ‘Oh dammit.'”

Her mean face

She calls us sweetie all the time – sometimes in order to get herself out of trouble. Like, if we asked her many times to pick something up she’ll say, “Just in a second, sweetie” or “Maybe tomorrow, sweetie” or if Drew misplaces his phone she’ll find it and say, “There’s your phone, sweetie.”

She hasn’t caught on that you need to say the word “done” after “almost” so she’ll say, “I’m almost eating.” or “I’m almost watching my movie.”

Tennis guitar

At school, they are apparently told not to lean back on the legs of their chairs, so she will not allow Drew to do it at the dinner table. She’ll say, “Feet on the floor, Daddy.” So any time Drew starts to stretch back, she’ll look down on the floor to make sure the legs of his chair are flat and she’ll say, “I’m checking you! Ok, you’re just stretching.”

Wearing my boots

We went out on the patio to look at the Christmas lights hung on our pergola and she said, “It’s magical!”

Roasting marshmallows

Harper Cate

Before I began recording this video, I had said, “Guess what? Gram and Toddy are coming next week!” And she yelled, “YAY!!!!” I wanted to get her excitement on video, so I told her to do it again and this is what I got:

Silly girl

Silly girl

(Last two photos courtesy of Tod “Toddy” Oles)

Finn at 8 months

Month 8 was a rough one for Finn and for the whole family. Like I said before, between Halloween and Thanksgiving, we were sick as dogs. And I had to work a few overnights and Saturdays. Then Drew injured his back and has been out of commission off and on for the past few weeks. To top it off, Finn was also cutting his top teeth. So, yeah, it wasn’t pretty. I didn’t get too many pictures this month since it was a haze (and some I did get were too snotty), so I’m throwing in a few cell phone snaps now that I have a better phone.

His top left tooth poked through towards the end of the month. Because of teething and sickness, Finn woke up many times a night pretty much the whole month. Sometimes hourly. He even had goop coming out of his eyes. Doctor said it was just a cold (while we were there, he weighed in at 19 lbs.)

He’s been much happier playing on his belly now. He likes to push up with his arms and spin in circles, but no crawling yet. He’s also really into standing at his activity table (with me sitting very close by since he tends to tumble.) He’s a cuddle muffin and has learned that he can get anything he wants if he bats his eyelashes at us and grins his big smile at us!

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Playing in his crib

Enjoying the fall weather

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

First wagon ride

Finnegan

Watching sister

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Swinging

Swinging

Chatting

Playing

Finnegan

All clean

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finn at 8 months

Finn at 8 months

And just in case you’re wondering if these monthly pictures are always smiles…I take a lot of pictures that look like this:

Squirmy