Finn at 12 months

My last monthly baby update ever!! Sniff sniff. And a month late…life lately, man.

Last month was pretty exciting for Finn as he neared his first birthday. He had a lot of firsts! He started out the month making some progress on feeding himself table food – he ate some green beans, banana, alfredo noodles, meatloaf and taco meat. Maybe a bite each, but it’s progress! I give him something solid to feed himself at every meal, but he rarely actually puts it in his mouth. He still only wants purees. This is quite different from how Harper was, but I’ll just keep offering and hope one of these days it starts to click! I make him warm, tasty, homemade food and he won’t touch it, but he’ll try to eat things like chalk, cotton balls, cat food, cat hair balls and cardboard.

He took his first steps on March 6th and continued taking a few steps here and there the rest of the month, usually between me and Drew. Then right around his birthday he started walking full-time. And that’s when he found some new hobbies (beyond his favorite activity of trying to eat the cat food) like climbing step stools and little chairs, sticking his hands in the toilet, unrolling the toilet paper, climbing on the treadmill and pulling all the things out of the cabinets. Basically, in any room he’s in he’ll find the most dangerous or naughty thing to do. At least if I take my eyes off him for a second, I usually have my resident tattletale to warn me with a “Moooooommmm! Finn’s in the cat food again!” Is this a boy thing or was I just spared the first time around with a very tame girlbaby?

Speaking of Harper, she still doesn’t want much to do with Finn most of the time. She’s excited to see him at school when we pick him up and will give him a quick hug if I ask her to. But usually it’s “He’s touching me!” or “He’s grabbing my toy!”

Finn is getting more coordinated and focused as he plays. He still loves anything he can bang together or bang on the floor, like pots and pans from the play kitchen. He loves to put the ball in the ball run and watch it spin down over and over, and loves to put coins in the piggy bank and take them back out. Most often, he’s chasing the cat around the house or throwing a ball and picking it up. If you ever hand something to him, no matter what it is, his first instinct is to chuck it. Again, quite the opposite of how Harper was – she loved holding all the things and inspecting everything. Finn won’t hold on to anything. He just wants to throw. He’s starting to dance more to music which is adorable – he does a slow motion head banging move and dances his little feet around. It’s a good thing we live in a warm climate because Finn wants to live outside. I can’t let Harper out without him whining to go out too. So we spend a lot of time outside and it became even more fun for him once he started walking around the yard. But when it’s time to go inside, he throws his head back and flings his body around in quite dramatic fashion.

Finn got through his three remaining molars throughout the month (12 teeth now!) and at his 12-month check-up he weighed 22.8lbs and was 29.5 inches. Not surprisingly, he was also diagnosed with his second ear infection and RSV. I wasn’t surprised because he was sick again leading up to his birthday and I kept him home a few days. But he didn’t have a fever like last time, so I was hoping it was just a cold. So he went on a stronger antibiotic which cleared it up. But then he got hit with a stomach bug, poor guy.

Getting some fresh air on one of his sick days – I think it did him some good.

Getting fresh air on a sick day

Getting fresh air on a sick day

Finnegan

Finn also got his first haircut which made him look much more like a toddler!

First haircut before and after

Finnegan and Mommy

Swinging

Playing outside

Playing outside

Playing outside

This month we also enjoyed a visit from Grandpa and then two weeks later my mom came to help celebrate his birthday which I’ll post about soon.

Finnegan and Grandpa

Finnegan and Grandpa

Of course he sticks the chalk in his mouth right as I’m taking the picture.

Sneaking a taste of chalk

Cruising

Since he has an Irish name, I thought it appropriate to dress him with some St. Patty’s Day accessories, but he wasn’t so sure about it.

Not a fan of his St. Patrick's Day attire

Laundry basket rides

Sleepy boy

Finnegan and Mommy

My precious baby boy has grown so much!

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Finn at 11 months

Finnegan Nash is 11 months old! And–surprise!–he was sick again this month. This time it was a low-grade fever that lasted a couple of days which led to a double ear infection and then more cold symptoms and low-grade fever (two visits to urgent care!) And then, his first molar! The exact scenario happened to Harper when she was 12 months – so he’s just a month ahead of her. His second molar is very close too. He also got another bottom tooth two weeks earlier. So he’s up to 9 teeth now. But that doesn’t mean he likes to use them! He still prefers purees and will only feed himself a Mum Mum cracker or a puff. If I try to put a piece of food in his mouth, he clams up or immediately spits it out. He’d rather swipe all his food off the tray – that’s way more fun than eating it.

Now that Finn is crawling, there is no containing him! He’s all over the house now – he even climbs the entire staircase. He hates to be put in the jumperoo or the pack-n-play so we reserve those for when we need to put him in a safe spot for a little bit. (As much as you think your house is baby-proofed, they will always find trouble!) He loves to walk holding our fingers and even will take a few steps holding only one hand. When I practice having him stand alone, he’s starting to last a few seconds before he slowly lowers himself to the ground. When he’s loose in the living room, he will always go for the cats, the cat food, Harper’s food, or any small piece of furniture that he can scoot across the floor. He’s getting really good at pushing his walker around by himself. He’s been coming home from school with more bruises on his forehead and legs. Lately, he’s been doing this monkey crawl thing where he’s up on his hands and feet. He can get going really fast! He has also started doing yoga–downward dog being his specialty. He loves pulling Harper’s kitchen stuff out and banging the pots and pans on the floor. He also really likes to rip pages in a book! He likes to crawl after balls, pick them up and throw them and crawl after them, or roll a ball back and forth with us. He will crawl over to his crib and reach through the slats to grab his lovie.

We’ve been able to spend a fair amount of time outside lately so he gets a lot of swinging time. I discovered that I can zip him into the trampoline and let him safely crawl around after some balls. Genius!

He still loves baths but will not sit still and wants to stand up. And he splashes the entire time, so I end up completely soaked. So sibling baths didn’t last very long – Harper didn’t like to be splashed the entire time and I don’t blame her. He also loves to brush his teeth.

His dislikes still remain getting his face wiped, getting his nose wiped and getting out of the bath.

He babbles a lot – mostly in a growly voice. And, lucky us, he’s recently discovered the joys of high pitched screaming. He recognizes words like mama, dada, ball, and swing. He’ll point his hand towards stuff and say “dat.” Perhaps the cutest thing he learned this month was to sign “all done.” He signs it a lot now – particularly when he’s done eating or when he wants to be done getting his diaper changed. Sometimes he also seems to say “ahh daa” when he signs it. He also learned to clap this month, though I’ve only seen him do it twice. He loves playing peek-a-boo and shaking his head no. Whenever he’s fussy, I’ll give him my water bottle and that will keep him happy for a good while.

He is such a doll and is so much fun to play with. He still loves his mama the best and our morning snuggles (before he gets too busy for cuddling.) He’s going to need his first haircut really soon – but he’s going to look so much older! It’s crazy that I’m preparing for my little baby to turn one. I’m not as sad about it as I was with Harper because I know how much fun the second year is. No matter what, they will always be my babies!

Swinging with sister

Finnegan

Playing on the trampoline

Swinging

Cruising

Finn loves the rocking chair

Finnegan

Cruising

Finn's 1st Valentine's Day

Finn's 1st Valentine's Day

Finn's 1st Valentine's Day

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Finnegan

Playing on the trampoline

Finn at 11 months

Finn at 11 months

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

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

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

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