Finn at 7 months

What a fun month for Finn! Between ramping up his solids and sitting up to play – it’s a whole new world for him!

He graduated to the high chair and is happy to sit in it and play while we eat dinner. He’s drinking water from a sippy cup and loves to hold it, chew on it and let water dribble out of his mouth. He also likes to steal my Camelbak water bottle. Over the course of this month he has definitely warmed up to veggies. He even liked lamb the first time. He likes chickpeas, split peas or lentils mixed with a veggie too. And for mornings he likes fruit mixed with oatmeal or coconut milk yogurt.

He sleeps in his Zipadee-Zip and sometimes rolls onto his side at night. For the last few weeks he’s woken a couple times a night and for a few nights he was up just about every hour due to a cold/allergies.

He shakes his head no and says “dadadada” and still loves to loudly squeal and growl (I don’t know how else to describe the weird sounds he makes.) He can’t sit through a book without leaning forward and reaching for every page. He’s great at sitting up and reaching for the toys he wants – his favorites are musical toys, balls and a silicone teether ring. And he loves Drew’s watches – just like Harper did. He liked swinging for the first time in the backyard!

Sitting in the high chair

Eating peas

Reading and snuggling with Daddy…makes for a very tired little boy.

Reading with Daddy

Reading with Daddy

Fell asleep reading with Daddy

Finn loves his hand-knit blanket from Aunt Lisa!

Finnegan loves his blanket from Aunt Lisa

Finnegan loves his blanket from Aunt Lisa

When Finn woke up from his nap, Harper wanted to climb into his crib. “Did you have a good nap, sweetie?”

Siblings in a crib

Siblings in a crib

Harper and Finn

Finnegan

Finnegan

Chillin’ outside while Harper plays.

Cool dude

Finnegan

Swinging is so fun!

Finnegan's first time swinging

Finnegan

Yes, to say we’re Fulham fans is an understatement. He finally fits into his Fulham footie jammies that he got for Christmas.

Finn loves Fulham

Finn loves Fulham

Finn stole my water!

Finnegan at 7 months

Finnegan at 7 months

Finnegan at 7 months

Finn at 6 months

This month Finn had a lot of fun! He went swimming, graduated to sitting up in a stroller for walks, rolled from back to tummy and spent some quality time with Gram when she visited towards the end of the month.

He’s getting better at sitting but will usually fall to one side, so we prop pillows all around him. He likes to “talk” very loudly and giggles very easily. He loves to put things in his mouth, which is weird for us because Harper never did. So we’re finally getting use out of all those teether toys we bought the first time around. He loves Sophie the giraffe and any teether that’s easy to hold.

He’s quite grabby, particularly faces and hair – anything in arm’s reach (and pinches!) It’s pretty darn cute when he grabs my face with both hands and plants a slobbery open mouth kiss on me! He’s started to bite while eating…ouch! We’re powering through it though. He got his second bottom tooth and loves to show off his cute little teeth by smiling at everyone he sees – even pictures of people’s faces and faces on TV.

He spent most of the month waking up a few times in the night by rubbing his face and lose his paci, so we just need to jump up and pop it back in and he’s good. He’s down to 3 (sometimes 4) naps a day and doesn’t sleep very well at daycare.

He just started eating solids! We’ve tried applesauce and sweet potatoes and he likes both. Hopefully he’s a good eater like his big sister. He’s 17.5lbs and 26.5in (same weight as Harper at 6 months, but an inch longer.)

He’s such a patient, happy and sweet baby. We can’t get enough of him!

Basket boy

Practicing sitting

Playing with a friend

Ticklish boy

Playing outside

Mommy and the kids

Getting a bath

All clean

The boys

The boys

Sleepy Finn

Finn

Future soccer player

Finn

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Gram and Finn

Finn

Eating solids

Gram and Finn

Finn and Mommy

Finnegan

The boys

Gram and Finn

Finn at 6 months

Big sister helped to make him smile.

Finn at 6 months

And had to jump in for a picture.

Finn and his sister

harper & finn

We had a little photoshoot in the park for Harper’s birthday party invitations. And brother wanted to join in on the fun.

Harper

Harper

Harper

Harper

Finn

Finn

Finn

Finn

Harper and Finn

Harper and Finn

But after a few shots, Harper had enough. “Ughh he’s too heavy!”

Harper and Finn

Finn was enjoying it though!

Finn

Finn

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

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