Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Missing Daddy












Today was Michael's first day back to work. Finn and I woke up with him in order to see him off. After Michael left, Finn and I started our morning routine which entails feeding Finn, pumping for later, eating breakfast, and listening to Reba while straigthening up.

Today was also my first day to workout since Finn arrived. Since it would be irresponsible of me to leave him home alone, Finn had to come along. I got him all bundled up, strapped him in the carrier and we went for a brisk walk. When we got back I decided to shower. Finn squalled the entire time I was in the shower. Every so often I would run into the bedroom to see if he was okay and he would immediately stop crying - arrgghh. Finn was not happy in his bassinet so I put him in our bed and put pillows all around him. While I was drying my hair I noticed that Kodiak seemed a little too interested in Finn. When I walked over to them I noticed that Kodiak was playing with Finn's feet. Finn didn't seem phased, but I still had to lock Kodiak out of the room. The last thing I want to have to explain to Finn's pediatrician is that our cat bit our kid.

I also realized today that by 10:00 in the morning we were totally our of diapers. I knew we were low, but I though our stock would holder over a little longer. So, after I got ready Finn and I went to the store to get diapers. This was my first time to drive (alone) with Finn. I was a little edgy the entire time. When we got back from the store I decided to try out being a temporary stay at home mom - translation, I cleaned.

We were pretty excited to see Michael when he got home. We both missed him pretty badly.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Big Yawn



Okay, today was a really boring day. We didn't do anything productive today whatsoever. In fact, I didn't even shower today.

Finn woke up at about 7:30 this morning which was really unfortunate because he didn't bother to go sleep the night before until around 3:00ish. Upon waking up Finn was immediately ready for breakfast. He seriously eats more than any 8 pound human should eat. He has definitely inherited his Mom and Dad's appetite. He was finally finished around 10:00. Now you may be asking how in the world did this child eat for 2 and half hours. Well, I have a theory. I don't think he was eating the whole the time. If he had been, his stomach would explode and we would have an entirely different problem on our hands. After breakfast/brunch, Finn and I rocked in our super deluxe glider for an hour. Then Michael went to Zaxby's to get us some lunch.

After lunch Finn and I took a long (3 hour) nap on the couch. After he woke up, Michael gave him a bottle. I have no idea what happened from about 5:30 through the rest of the night. As I said, it was a boring day. Maybe I shouldn't say boring - Finn is never boring. The day may be better characterized as uneventful.

The Flip (Sept. 28, 2009)












Today we got up and went for a walk through the neighborhood. Today was a really nice, cool day, so I was really excited to see how Finn would respond to being outside. The minute our feet hit the pavement Finn was sound asleep. He slept really well in the stroller - I accidentally went off road a few times and it didn't phase him.

When we got back from our walk, we took the "its a boy" sign out of the yard. I didn't want that silly sign in the first place, but I was kind of sorry to see it go.

After that we waited for the repair man to come and fix our disposal. Once the repair man came we learned that our disposal wasn't broken after all. The problem all centered around the fact that we (probably I) had dropped a screw down there. It ended up costing us $70 dollars all because we don't have a flashlight.

Next we went to Best Buy to purchase a Flip camcorder. This was Finn's first time inside a store. Usually, he gets to sit in the car while one of us goes inside. Once we got to the store we strapped him in the baby carrier and covered him with a blanket. True to form, he slept most of the time.
I really enjoy the camera - it is tiny and wonderful! I have taken quite a bit of video of Finn so far. But, of course, I am never able to film the really cute stuff in time.

One highlight of the day was that I figured out how to use my "pump" which means I was able to bottle Finn for the first time. He did great! I don't plan on doing it very often, but it is sort of a relief to know that he will take one.

Around 8:00 Brandon, Carissa and Addison came to visit Finn. To top the night off, Michael made chocolate chip cookies and we watched the season premier of Dexter. Afterwards Finn and I fell asleep on the couch. We woke up around 1:00 and I was hoping we could go on up to bed - wrong! Finn was wide awake and in the mood to eat. He ate on and off for approximately and hour and a half. I love that little guy, but I was miserable after the first hour. He however, seemed very amused with himself. He is so cute.





Monday, September 28, 2009

Pa (Sept. 27, 2009)









This morning Finn woke up at 6:30. He slept all the way through the night! Unforunately, he slept through in the night in our bed. I meant to lay down with him while he went to sleep and then transfer him to his bed for the rest of the night. Well, the plan failed miserably! I ended up going to sleep before he did and didn't wake up the entire night - not even to check on him. Whoops . . .


Today Finn met his Pa (Michael's Dad) for the first time! Pa works in Missouri and has not had an opportunity to see Finn yet. Pa, Gran, Uncle David, Uncle James and Sharon brough Finn a wonderful breakfast. Too bad, he is on a strict "liquid" diet. I ate Finn's portion and it was scrumptious! Pa was pretty impressed with Finn and I am pretty sure that Finn felt the same way about Pa.


After breakfast we sat down and watched the Titan's game - Boooooo. It was lousy. While reading Coop's blog I noticed that Coop put on his Titan's gear to bring the Titans luck. Finn attempted the same thing, but alas to no avail. Finn was pretty upset at the loss. We have a before and after picture to prove it. (Again, I totally posed this - Finn is not quite astute enough to care about a football game).


The game must have given Finn a nervous stomach because he went through three (3) diapers while we were actually in the process of changing him. It was hilarious. After everyone left, Finn and I fell asleep on the couch. The evening was pretty quiet. I researched video cameras, Michael watched the Bengal's game and Finn slept in his basket - we are certainly a roudy crew!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Our good buddies the Apedailes (Sept. 26, 2009)












Today was our first Saturday at home - but no cartoons just yet. Finn woke up around 10:00 and we had breakfast. I had cereal and Finn had "milk". After breakfast we scooted around the house for a few hours and then we went to the Apedaile's to drop off food for Sunday School. On our way, me and Michael practiced the song we are going to sing for Chase and Lindsay's wedding. Finn is too little to give us his honest opinion, but if he could, he would tell us we have a lot of practice ahead of us.

Once we got the Apedaile's Finn and his good buddy J.T. (John Thomas) met for the first time. J.T. behaved beautifully - just like a little gentlemen. Finn was less than impressed. He basically started fussing the minute we walked in the house - figures. After visiting for a few minutes Finn started to cry. It was at this point that I realized that I didn't properly pack the diaper bag. We had no changing pad, no milk "to go" and I packed the wrong sized diaper. Poor Finn was wearing a diaper that was bigger than we was. But he handled the whole thing like a champ. The minute we got him in the car, he was out.

We got home at around 4:00ish and we were off to the races. We had a hundred things to do before Dad and Gina came for dinner. Finn and I both needed a shower (we both went to town lookin like a greasy mess), the house needed to be cleaned up and Finn was starving. In order to get everything done, we multitasked. I power fed Finn, Michael bathed Finn and some how or the other we got it all done.

When dad got here we ordered pizza, ate cake, and watched some of the Florida game. After they left the three of us vegged for a couple of hours and then we went to bed.

(I tried to post a 3 minute video - but it wouldn't load).

Saturday, September 26, 2009

First trip to Walmart - well sorta










Today Finn and I woke up around 9:00 and had some Finn and Mama time. We ate, we watched Reba (Finn's favorite morning sitcom) and then we went and woke up Daddy. Later on in the day the three of us went to Wal-Mart. This was Finn's first trip to Wal-Mart, kind of. While I was in Wal-Mart getting a new memory card for my camera, Finn and Michael went next door to the Sonic to get happy hour drinks and cheese sticks - fancy!

For the time being Finn loves his carseat - he goes to sleep the minute we put him in it.


When we got back I realized that I had bought the wrong memory card. I made two more trips to Wal-Mart in order to get the correct card. Finn did not accompany me on the subsequent trips. Instead, he stayed home with Michael and played WarCraft.

Later that day Mimi (Michael's grandmother) came and brought Finn's rocker. It is so cute! She used the fabric that is in his room to cover the chair. It is a great rocker - we tried it out last night around 3:00 am.


After dinner, Michael, Finn and I watched a movie (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past). It was pretty good. Finn was absolutely perfect! He did not cry or fuss through the entire movie.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

One week!









Today at 4:44 p.m. Finn officially turned one week old. His poor mother had a good cry when she realized this fact. Finn really isn't any bigger than he was when he left the hospital and he certainly hasn't changed very much, but the week went so fast.

Today, after our morning feeding and changing, Finn decided that he would wear his "baller" shorts that Nana gave him. They were entirely too big on him, but he looked adorable. He especially looked cute up next to his daddy who was dressed strikingly similiarly. Okay, I admit it, I made Michael put on his red "baller" shorts so that I could take a picture. But they do look awfully cute together.

As for Finn's day - he spent much of the day sound asleep on his Mama. I didn't get much done, but I so enjoyed my time with him. We also put Finn in his baby Bjorn. Luckily, he loved it! He curled up and went right to sleep. We also had a few visitors tonight. Darren, Sharon and Jacob came by to bring us dinner. Then the three of us sat down and watched the office together.

I also made an amazing discovery this evening. I learned that my camera will take a few minutes of video. I have had this camera for two years and I am just now figuring this out. Point being, I am going to try to post short video clips of Finn.

Mama's day out/Baby Moses




Well today was very busy for Finn - he slept and he ate - and that's about all. I think he sleeps about 20 hours a day. It is amazing that he is able to sleep at night. Since Finn sleeps so well during the day Michael suggested that I take a few minutes to myself and get out of the house. For my two hours of free time, I chose to go to Babies-R-Us for diaper rash cream and Vaseline. Not exactly the most exciting destination, but I had a ball shopping for baby stuff. When I got home Finn was sound asleep in his swing - go figure.
Being a young parent, you don't know exactly what you will need for your baby - case in point - "something for Finn to sleep in dowstairs." After carrying Finn's bassinet upstairs, we learned that it is impractical to carry it up and down the stairs everyday. So, instead of spending money we decided to improvise. We found a large basket, stuffed a pillow inside, covered it with a blanket and ta-da . . . a baby bed. We joke about the Moses correlation.

Since Finn is still very young he doesn't do anything to particularly exciting. I think that everything he does is exciting, but not really anything you want to blog about. So stay tuned . . .

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mini-Trash













Today, we slept until about 11:30. Finn still has his days and nights mixed up so we went to bed around 4:oo a.m. and did not get up until almost noon. After we got up decided to forgo breakfast and instead ate the tacos that Joel and Liz had brought us for dinner. Afterward, Grandpa (Dad) came to visit us. He had been in Kentucky working and decided to stop by on his way home.

Finn had several guests today. The Apedailes stopped by to bring us dinner. I have decided that I need to have more babies immediately so that we can keep the dinners coming. A few hours later Nana and Papa (Mom and Greg) came to visit and Nana brough Finn a "mini-Trash" (insert squeal here). We love mini-Trash! Mini-Trash is floppy eared stuffed rabbit. Finn's cousin Cooper has a "regular sized" Trash. Trash has a great story and one day Aunt Em can tell Finn all about it.

Finn went to bed at 9:00 o'clock tonight and woke up every three hours to eat. I was so impressed with him. We were able to get a lot of sleep. For now, he is perfect baby.

Finn's digestive track/first doctor's appointment











Today was Finn's first doctor's appointment. This was also our first trip to town as a family. To celebrate, we decided to stop at the Sonic for some Route 44 drinks. Consequently, we were almost late to Finn's appointment. Great parents, huh.


While in the waiting room at the doctor's office, Michael and I noticed a very odd smell coming from Finn's direction. To our suprise and delight, Finn had a very "healthy" sized bowel movement (we had been worried about him because he did not appear very "regular"). Not only was this BM very "healthy" in size, it also migrated half way up Finn's back. While we were a little nauseated, we were so proud!

As expected, Finn did not really enjoy his check up. We have come to the conclusion that Finn is a very modest baby and does not appreciate his clothes being removed. The first thing they told us upon going into the examination room was to strip Finn down to his diaper. Needless to say, Finn squalled the entire time.

At this appointment we learned that Finn is very healthy!

Later that evening we decided to give Finn a bath. Michael stripped Finn down to his bare skin and waited for me to prepare the bath. It was at this exact moment that Finn decided to give an "encore" performance. Michael was covered - and to make matters worse, he stepped in it as well. He kinda freaked out a little. I found the whole thing to be hilarious.

After his bath, we settled in for a long night of feeding. It was a really good day.

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