Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Reader (Sunday, November 29, 2009)

Today I learned were the lactation room at our church is located. I usually bring a bottle with me to church so that I can feed Finn during the service - today was no exception. However, the bottle we brought had a big hole in the nipple and we accidentally drenched Finn during "big church." Since we no longer had a bottle I had to find a place to feed Finn. The lactation room is really nice; the seats are really cushy and they have a nice television. I could get used to attending church in the lactation room.

Tonight Michael and I read to Finn for the first time. Finn sat in Michael's lap while I read "The Donkey's Christmas Song" to him. This book was a Thanksgiving gift from Nana. I almost cried reading to him, but I was able to hold it together long enough to make the animal noises. (I cry waaayyyy to much). He wasn't really all that engaged with the story, but we will keep reading anyway.


Today Finn laughed. Michael and I were sitting on the couch and I was bouncing Finn on my knee and he laughed! I have no idea what else Finn did today because I was nauseated all day and slept a good portion of it away. I feel pretty guilty because I didn't get to spend a lot of fun time with Finn. I held and rocked him a lot but we didn't get to play.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Day

Today is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday - you don't buy gifts, you don't wrap presents - you just spend time with your family cooking and eating. So of course I was really excited to spend Thanksgiving with Finn. I just knew he would be a perfect angel - wrong, he either fussed, ate or slept the entire day. He was lousy.

As for our day, I woke Finn up at 6:30 to feed him and then he sat in the swing while I had breakfast. Mom made a great breakfast - cheese grits, apple crumb muffins and egg casserole. After breakfast we sat in the den and watched a few minutes of the parade.

Next, I attempted to take our family Christmas picture. I put Finn in his Christmas outfit and less than 10 minutes later "excrement" had exploded out of his diaper and up the back of the outfit. So we had to wait until his clothes had been washed and dried before we could take the picture. Okay, after we got Finn redressed we went outside to take our picture next to the holly tree. I underestimated how cold and windy it was outside so we were only able to take a few pictures. They weren't very good because our hair was blowing all over the place and Finn wouldn't look up because it was so windy. So, on to plan B - inside pictures next to the tree. Well that didn't work either because Finn was unconsolable. At that point we scratched the whole thing and I put Finn down for his nap. It was at this time that the wheels started to turn for plan C. After I was sure he was really asleep I moved him back under the tree and Michael and I got down right next to him and we got the perfect shot - thank goodness. (The picture I posted is not the one we are using for the card).

Next we had lunch - I don't remember a Thanksgiving where we laughed so much during dinner. I can't really blog about what we talked about because it is not what one might consider appropriate for dinner time conversation, but it was so much fun. Best Thanksgiving dinner EVER! The boys missed out because they were asleep.

After dinner Ruby Jo (Greg's mom) and Julie came to visit and play with boys. It was at this point that I changed Finn into his Turkey onsie. It wasn't five minutes later that we had to wash that onsie too. While that onsie was being washed we put him in another onsie and you guessed it, Finn had an encore. We washed a lot of onsies. At that point I gave up.

Next Em, Zac, Michael and I went outside and played with Zac and Michael's new balls. Mom always gets us a present for Thanksgiving - Em and I got ornaments and Michael and Zac got huge super balls with glitter inside. We were having a really good time until one of us accidentally hit mom in the face with the ball (these ball are really heavy and hurt really bad when you get hit - I got hit several times) but she handled it like a champ.

Then we played Taboo - boys against girls - girls won. After the game I decided to put Finn back in his Turkey onsie - I love this onsie and I refused to let Thanksgiving pass us by without Finn wearing it! Happily there were no more accidents and we were able to take a few pictures.

About 30 minutes before we left Finn woke up and was in a good mood - go figure. Even though Finn was not as perfect as I would have hoped - this was a wonderful Thanksgiving and I can't wait to do it all again next year.

Thanksgiving Eve

Today Finn and I prepared for Thanksgiving dinner and Mom's. This year Emily and I are helping mom cook - I am making dressing and pineapple casserole and Em is making sweet potato casserole. I was hoping that Finn would nap while I was cooking but of course he was wide awake and wanting to play. I tried to put him in his swing for a while in the den, but he wouldn't have it, so instead I put him in the kitchen with me while I cooked. He liked that. As long as he could see me he wouldn't whine.

Later that day Michael and I packed up the car and we left to go to mom's house for the night. When we got there we had dinner and then sat around and played with the babies. Finn kind of sat up today. I would sit him down and he would lean forward to balance himself. After a few seconds he would fall over. (Once he fell right on his face - oops.)

Next we made up Finn's bed. It was a little pallet on the floor next to our bed. I don't really like for him to sleep in the bed with me anymore because all he wants to do is eat all night - hence the pallet on the floor. He did great - we put him in bed at 10:30 and he slept until 6:30.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Meeting the bosses

Today Finn visited both Mama and Daddy's office. First we went to visit our friends in the Assistant Commissioner's office. We love the Assistant Commissioner's office because they always have Tootsie Rolls! Next we went upstairs to my office where I attempted to get some things done. Of course, the minute I turned my computer on Finn started fussing. So instead of working I ended up feeding Finn in my office. After I fed Finn I introduced Finn to my favorite attorney/client - Assistant Commissioner Christy Allen.

After leaving my office Finn and I went over to TennCare for a Thanksgiving luncheon. The food was great. Finn slept in his stroller most of the time. However after we ate we got him up so that Michael's coworkers could meet him. He was happy and pleasant for about seven minutes then he started crying. It was loud in the room, he was sleepy and hungry - bad combination. We will go back another time when Finn is in a happier mood.

After TennCare we went to visit Michael's Great, Great Aunt Nellie. She seemed so happy to meet Finn. Then Finn and I went and bought some new sleepers. We keep our house really cold in the winter so I had to go get some warm clothes for him to sleep in. When we got home Finn ate for a long time while I watched "Bride Wars" (not great). While I was cooking dinner Finn sat in his swing and watched the tree. After dinner I accidentally fell asleep until 8:00. I hate when I sleep during the day - arrgghh.

Well that was the play-by-play for the day.

Lunch with Macey T

Today Finn and I had lunch with Shelley and Macey T. at O'Charleys. We had a pretty good time except for these two women who kept coming over and touching Finn and Macey. It was really quite annoying. After lunch Finn and I went to Michael's where we bought a few pine cones to spray paint for the Christmas tree. Once we got back to the house I started decorating the Christmas Tree. Finn sat in his swing and watched the entire time. Since this is our first Christmas with Finn so I got to hang his "Baby's First Christmas" ornament.

After dinner Finn was in a really needy mood and would fuss if you weren't looking directly at him. I was so perplexed by his behavior. While I was decorating the mantle Michael sat on the couch with Finn. When Michael would look away Finn would whine (loudly) and the second Michael would look back at him, Finn would smile. I am afraid that we have a strong personality on our hands.

Later Pa and Uncle James came over the watch the Monday Night Titan's game. Finn watched a good deal of the game from his pallet.

PS: The picture of Kodiak has nothing to do with Finn but I thought I would post it because it was funny. Tonight when I walked into the kitchen I saw Kodiak nuzzling his head against the mop. I have no clue . . .

Monday, November 23, 2009

Finn's Rattle (Sunday, November 22, 2009)

Today we finally made to church on time! I have been trying for weeks to figure out how early I need to get up in order to get myself, Finn and Michael ready for church and I think I have figured it out.
Finn was a little bit of a distraction during the service. He slept the whole time, but unfortunately Finn can sound like a fog horn when he breathes. Every so often when Finn would really turn up the volume, the folks sitting around us would turn around and look at him. Thank goodness they didn't look mad. Instead, they would kind of chuckle.

When we got home I gave Finn a rattle to play with. I have tried to get him to hold some of his other toys but they are too big for him. This rattle is just right - it is small, light weight, and most importantly skinny enough for him to get his hands around. He did a great job of holding on to that rattle - at least with this right hand. He was a little shaky with the left but we are working on that. I don't think that he really knew what he was doing. He didn't seem to understand that the rattle was toy. To him it was just something to clutch. Finn keeps his fists clinched for a large portion of the day and the rattle was just another thing for him to clinch. He did clock himself pretty hard with the butt of the rattle a couple times.

As I expected, the rattle has actually just become another thing that Finn puts in mouth. Overall, he really likes the rattle.

Finn also has a new place to hang out. The other day I made a pallet on the floor for him because I am afraid that he is going to roll off the couch. I just take a down comforter, fold it in half twice, put his boppy on it and lay Finn on top. He loves it - and with good reason - it is really comfy! He will lay there for almost an hour and watch TV.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Finding the Begley Family Christmas Tree

Today Michael, Finn and I loaded up in the car and went looking for the Begley Family Christmas Tree. In preparation for the task ahead we packed snacks for the journey (milk for Finn) and loaded the necessary tools (coupons). We then set off in search of the perfect tree.

After an enjoyable car ride complete with the singing of Christmas Carols such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Joy to the World" (yeah right, Michael is kind of a "Scrooge" when it comes to Christmas music) we arrived our destination - a snow covered forest (or the Home Depot). We all got out of the car and took off on foot to find the Begley Family Christmas tree.

After a long and thoughtful search, we found it . . . the perfect tree - a 7.5 foot pre-lit Wesley Pine Tree! Then we began to cut the tree down (actually, we put the pre-boxed tree in the buggy and went to the checkout counter).

After acquiring the tree, we drug it through the snow all the way back to the car. Then we proudly posed for a picture next to our great find. Clarke Griswold would be proud.

All joking aside I was so happy to go tree shopping with Michael and Finn. While picking out the family Christmas tree has changed a lot over the years, it is still exciting and fun. Finn was amazed by the Christmas light on the display trees!

On a more serious note, on the way to pick out the tree I sat in the backseat with Finn so that I could feed him. As we were pulling out of the driveway the song "Welcome to this World" came on the radio. It is a sweet, simple and beautiful song about welcoming Jesus to the world as a baby. I have always thought the song was touching but after today I may never be able to listen to it again without crying. During the song, Finn stopped eating, looked into my eyes and smiled the most sincere and precious smile. Watching this precious boy that I love so much smile at me filled me with such love and gratitude for God that I couldn't contain my emotions - I was crying and smiling at the same time. It is probably my favorite moment with Finn so far. I love him so much and want to remember that feeling forever.

5:30: Friday, November 20, 2009

This morning at 5:30 I heard Finn crying over the baby monitor. I was little confused because recently he has been waking up at around 3:00 and then again around 7:00. As I got out of bed I was a little perturbed that he was up again so to his 3:00 o'clock feeding. But as I was walking down the hall towards his room I realized that I hadn't been up yet at all and that Finn had slept through the night! I was so excited. I know that 5:30 doesn't sound like sleeping through the night, but since I will be up at 5:00 when I go back to work, 5:30 is looking pretty good. I don't know if this will continue - but here's hoping.

This afternoon Finn and I taught our first Mock Trial practice at Beech High School. My brother-in-law David is one of the faculty teachers and ask if I could come help out. Finn was bit scared of the intercom system and was on edge due to all the activity in the classroom. David had to take him out halfway through the lesson.

Later that night we met Brandon and Carissa for supper and then we went to Greg and Shelley's to watch Twilight (in preparation for seeing New Moon). It was fun to have Finn and Macey T together again even though Finn spent most of the night watching the ceiling fan. We have got to get a fan!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Today Finn went to the Pediatrician's office for his two week well baby check up. He was in such as good mood when he got there. We played with him in the office and he laughed and talked. I felt so bad for him because he had no idea what was about to happen to him.

At this appointment we learned that Finn weighs 13 lbs, 3 oz and that he is 23 inches tall. Dr. Thompson told us that her early assessment (based on the size of his feet) is that he will be a pretty tall guy. She was also very impressed with how aware he was (she thinks he will have a good attention span) and how expressive his face is already (I take full credit for that). Finn was mostly pretty good while she was examining him, but near the end he acted like he was going to cry. While she was listening to his breathing, Finn would look at me and Michael and stick his bottom lip out. It was so funny because he was so close to losing it but never quite got there. He has never stuck his lip out and pouted like that before. It is cute for now - I am sure later in life I will not find it quite as adorable.

After the exam the nurse came and gave Michael the H1N1 shot and gave me the seasonal flu mist. Then we all prepared to give Finn his shots. The nurse had the needles, I had the camera and Michael had the video camera. (Yes - we filmed our poor, unsuspecting baby being tortured). I couldn't help but laugh at Finn while he was getting his shots because of his delayed reaction. He didn't cry the moment the needle broke the skin - it took him a split second to process that whatever was happening to him was not pleasant. Once he made the connection he screamed his lungs out. I have never heard him cry that hard and that loud. After the shot the nurse put three little snoopy Band-Aids on his legs (Daddy got a matching one for his arm.) I know that the shot really bothered Finn because he cried real tears (I felt terrible for him). In order to calm him down I fed him in the exam room for a few minutes before we left - that worked like a charm.

After we got home Finn spent most of the day either screaming or sleeping. I did end up giving him some infant Tylenol because he was screaming so loud. Because he had such a bad morning I spent the rest of the day rocking and feeding him. He was so sweet today (when he wasn't screaming). He seemed very appreciative of the comfort measures. While I was feeding him he would look up at me with those big, sad eyes as if to say "thank you for saving me from the pediatrician." He seemed to feel much better by bedtime. He was still pretty drowsy, but at least he didn't seem to be in pain.
Before bed Finn and I took a bath in the big tub. During the bath I learned that Finn can float. I would support the back of his head and he would squish his body up into a ball and float on the top of the water. He kind of reminded me of a apple bobbing around in a bucket of water at a fall festival. I was amazed.
PS: In the video I made the statement that I would not post this on the Internet. Reasoning being I didn't think the nurse would want her face all over the Internet. When I watched the video I saw the only thing showing was her hand. As such, I decided to go ahead and post. I didn't want anyone to think that I was lying to the nurse.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Finn's Day Job

Well, today was my first full day of work since Finn was born. While I will not be going back totally until after the first of the year, I did travel to Savannah today with Maryam to interview witnesses. Consequently, today was Finn's first day with Victoria and JT. Victoria and I were in the same Sunday School class for the past few years and now we teach 6th grade Sunday School together. She has a 5 month old son named JT. Victoria has graciously agreed to keep Finn part time when I go back to work full-time. I guess you can call today our acclimation period.

In order to get both myself and Finn ready I had to get up at 5:00 to shower and dress. I woke Finn up at 6:00 to eat and we were out the door by 6:45. It was difficult to drop Finn off. It seems so unnatural to leave him. While I have left him before, this felt more permanent - probably because I was in a suit and actually going to my office. However, I felt comfort knowing that he was in good hands and that he would and will in the future enjoy his time with JT. He was so happy when I left him this morning and I did pretty good too. I started tearing up a little when I was getting in the car so I called Michael as a distraction. By the time I got to the interstate I was fine.

Once at work, I rode with Maryam to Savannah and left my car in Nashville. When I got back to my car I noticed a card in the front seat that had "Mom" on it. It was from Finn! Well, it was really from Michael, but it read as though Finn wrote it. It was so sweet and I cried for the second time today.
I picked Finn up around 4:00. I was so happy and relieved to hear that Finn did really well. I have to admit that I wanted Finn to miss me a little (selfish, I know). But that mindset all changed when I dropped him off this morning. I am so much more concerned with him being happy while away from us. I really think he was happy. When I picked him up today he would look at Victoria and smile. It made me feel really good about going back to work.

After we got home I prepared dinner and rocked Finn. After dinner Finn has some tummy time. He can lift is head off the floor now and look around for a few minutes. In addition Finn noticed Kodiak for the first time. For the last two months Finn has been completely oblivious to Fannie Mae and Kodiak. Well tonight while lying on the couch Finn spotted Kodiak sitting on the top of the couch. And thus it begins - poor Fannie Mae and Kodiak.

PS: Finn is two months old!

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Stare Down (November 16, 2009)

Finn has always been a very aware little boy. However, he has not really demonstrated any awareness of our (mine and Michael's) whereabouts until just recently. Today while I was eating breakfast in the glider I noticed Finn looking over at me from his swing. He wasn't just looking in my direction (like he used to) he was looking right at me with the sweetest look on his face. He looked as though he was completely happy just to stare at me. He didn't want to be fed, he didn't want to be held, he just wanted to look at me. The whole time he was looking he was smiling - not a big smile, but instead a very serene smile. This was the first moment that I felt that Finn loves me not just because I feed him, but because he really loves me. That moment ended quickly. The next time I looked over at him he was still looking right at me, but instead of looking content he has this confused look on his face as if to say "why are you not holding me?" We stared at each other all through breakfast this morning.

Babies get dirt in the darndest places

Today I was surprised to learn that babies can get dirt under their fingernails. While I was feeding Finn I noticed that his fingernails were dirty. How is this possible? He isn't dexterous, he can't scratch anything purposefully and he certainly isn't playing in the mud. I am at a loss.

During the same feeding I noticed that Finn has a lot of wax in his ears too! It took 5 Q-Tips to clean his ears out and I only cleaned the outer ridge (I didn't go anywhere near the canal - who knows how much is in there). I promise I am washing my child's ears and fingers for that matter. I don't understand how his little ears can have so much build-up in them. Now I admit that I am not the great housekeeper in the world, but Michael and I are very purposeful about keeping Finn clean (I put bath pictures up to prove it). Gosh!
Oh, he can finally sit to take a bath now. Before he couldn't hold his head up so he would lay flat in the sink. Now, he can sit up for his bath as long as we support him. Unfortunately he still tries to lay down which presents a whole new set of problems because he is too long to lay in the sink. Even though he fits perfectly sitting up, he desperately straightens those legs out and lays his head back in the water. He is still really enjoying his baths. He is not crazy about getting his body washed but he LOVES getting his hair washed.

Thanksgiving 2017

 The Begley crew arrived at Nana and Papa's house on Wednesday night around supper time.  We unpacked and set the boys up in their new ...