Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Model Behavior

Today Finn went to work with his dad. Well, he went to the parking lot where his dad works to meet his Aunt Em and his Cousin Cooper. The purpose of said meeting was to propel Finn one step closer to his dream of becoming a male model. That's right - Finn had his first photo shoot today and just like any model worth his salt he was demanding, stubborn, emotional and refused to work his co-model (looks like someone has been watching a bit too much reality TV).
We have been preparing for this shoot for a couple of days. I bought Finn a new outfit which will double as his Easter outfit. The outfit in the pictures above is not his Easter outfit. I put him in his play clothes just in case he pulled a Finn.
Originally I wasn't going to be able to watch because I thought I would have to be in court. Luckily, General Sessions was cancelled this week so I drove down to Murfreesboro to watch the fiasco. When I first got there I found MJ holding Finn. I quickly learned that Finn refused to be put down all day long (a trend which continued long into the night). I further learned that Finn wouldn't eat anything before the photo shoot - again, acting like a true model.

Next, the boys went to have their pictures taken. The set was very pretty and it came equipped with bunnies and a baby lamb. There was a bench in the center and Finn and Cooper were placed side by side on the bench. Everything was going really well for the first three frames. FYI, three frames takes about 3 seconds. After that, it was all downhill - way downhill - we are talking bottom of the ocean downhill. I think the flash scared Finn which caused Finn to start crying. When Cooper heard Finn cry, Cooper started crying. And I'm not talking wimpy little fussing, I am talking screaming to beat the band crying. Once we would get one boy to stop crying the other would cry harder and visa versa. I am sure that the photographer was very frustrated but I found the whole thing to be hilarious.

Finn also proved to be very hazardous to the bunnies on set. At one point the photographer put two bunnies on the bench; one next to Cooper and one next to Finn. Finn grabbed his bunny by one ear, closed his fist tight around the ear and started tugging. The poor bunny had to stand straight up on his hind legs to keep Finn from pulling his ear off.

You would know that right after the shoot was over Finn stopped crying and seemed to be in a fine mood. Next, we looked at the proofs. Despite the boys best efforts we were able to get a good shot. Even if we hadn't gotten a good shot I will always love the picture because it was, Lord willing, the first of many special memories that I will make with my boys. Finn and Coop are of course too little to remember, so this experience was more for their mamas. Spoken like a true mom - make your children miserable all in the name of getting that perfect shot :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The outfit that wasn't

This is a picture of Finn watching Beauty and the Beast. I love watching him watch TV - especially sitting up on the floor. He really likes Beauty and the Beast; I think it all has to do with the singing. I may have a little choir nerd on my hands after all. A boy after his mother's own heart.

Today, I bought Finn his first Easter outfit. It is a pale blue romper with a plaid collar. While at Belk I saw this really cute sleeveless romper with a fish on it with matching sandals. The biggest size they had was a 6-9 months (Nursery Rhyme - my favorite baby brand - only goes up to 9 months). It looked too small for him in the store, but I bought it anyway just in case. When I got home we had a mini fashion show and much to my surprise it fit. The only problem is it fits right this minute. This is a very summery outfit and I doubt that it will fit in mid-June. It is a bit too pricey to just sit in his closet, so, I am going to take it back. But before I do I wanted to get a few pictures of him wearing it.

As you can see I accidentally took his picture from the wrong side - the tag is showing.

Now, this one is better - no tag. It is almost as if he owned this outfit. In 20 years no one will know the difference. Now, back to the store. I hope they will take it back with slobber on it :)

Church was a success today. Finn stayed in the nursery for both hours! After church I made chicken tortilla soup for lunch and Finn took a two hour nap in his crib. It was a good day.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Got a Little Captain in You?

Today was a big day for the Finnster. First, we went to David and Sharon's couples shower. Finn spent most of the shower attacking the tissue paper and playing with Zoe. At least it kept him happy.

After the shower, we took Finn outside and let him play in the grass. We have Bermuda grass, meaning it is not very soft and extremely prickly. Finn didn't like standing in it because it pricked his feet. Every time we tried to stand Finn up in the grass he would automatically pick up one foot. He reminds me of the Captain from those Captain Morgan commercials.

Check out my two favorite boys posing for the camera. Super masculine honey!

Finn also played with Kodiak. Kodiak normally likes to play outside but today he was terrified of the great outdoors - so Finn was forced to play with Kodiak through the screen.

After burning some calories outside (yeah right) Finn was ready for some lunch. First we had a few spoonfuls of chicken, or as I like to call it "Kitty Delight." Kodiak was all over the chicken jar - more evidence that this stuff is better suited for cats. Next, Finn had a few bites of bananas. He really likes bananas. He would lean towards the spoon and beg for bananas. He ended up taking the spoon from me and sucking on it. Once he got every bit of banana off the spoon he would look the spoon, then look at the jar and then look at me.

Finn was really funny with his spoon - he hasn't quite figured out his gag reflex yet and he gags himself all the time. Today I let him play with his spoon after I finished feeding him and every so often I would hear Finn gagging in the living room. I get such a big kick out hearing Finn randomly gag himself - I guess this makes me a bad mom.

Next we had some dinner with Greg, Shelley and Macey T. at Chili's. Finn was into everything. In order to occupy him I gave him a lemon slice. I guess his taste buds haven't really developed yet because he didn't grimace at all.
After dinner Macey came back to our house to play.

Finn is actually really happy in this picture even though he looks mad - he is such a ham.

Friday, March 26, 2010

My Girly Man

I ask you, does this in anyway look like a girl?

I love being self employed! I was able to spend the entire day with Finn! We woke up at 7:30 (yes, he slept until 7:30) and then Finn spent the rest of the day clinging to me as if his very existence depended on it. I am not sure if he was feeling a little insecure from being at the hospital all day yesterday, but he was very clingy. I would attempt to put him down and he would pull his little feet underneath him. If I actually put him down he would cry huge crocodile tears. He even cried when I pulled him away from my body to switch him from one hip to the other. I guess we was terrified that I would put him down

Finn was also called a girl twice today - twice. I couldn't believe it. The first time was at Krystals. Finn and I met Michael for lunch. During lunch a guy behind us said, "wow, she's cute." Then at Wal-Mart, a woman looked at Finn and "the air conditioner is making her hair blow around." I was in no way offended, just perplexed. One, he doesn't look at all like a girl, and two, he was wearing a blue "Top Gun" T-shirt. Oh well.

When we got home from Wal-Mart I cooked dinner while Michael Finn some baby food - chicken and chicken broth. It smells like cat food. A few hours later we attempted to give him his nightly bowl of cereal - but he was too wiggly and fussy to eat it. To get Finn to eat, I gave it to him in the bathtub. He loves to eat cereal in the bathtub. The only downside is that he gets oatmeal in the bathwater.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

3D Scan

Today was a very big day for the Finnster. Last week we found out that the plates in Finn's head were fused together. Today we took Finn back to Vanderbilt for his 3D scan. Finn's scan was at 1:00 today; however, we were not allowed to feed him after 8:30. I was really dreading these few hours because Finn doesn't take too kindly to not being fed. Luckily he great! He threw a huge fit around 9:00 so I gave him to Michael and they watched Sesame Street. Once we got his mind off of eating it was smooth sailing.

At around 12:30 we arrived at Vanderbilt. We were immediately taken back to radiology where Finn was prepared for his scan. His prep room had a little crib, a rocking chair and a regular chair.

Next, Finn met his nurse. He was very suspicious of her. He never cried, but he was very quiet and watched her very closely as she wrapped the monitor around his toe.

Finn was perplexed by this monitor. He studied it for a while - that is until he decided . . .

. . . to pull it off. Luckily, it was stuck on there pretty good, so he wasn't successful.

Next, Finn has his temperature taken; which he only tolerated.

After all of Finn's vitals were taken, he sat and played while the doctor explained the risks. I took MJ's advise and ignored them.

Then the nurse came in and gave Finn the oral sedation (I was so glad that they didn't put him under). The nurse assured us that the sedation would take effect within 15 to 20 minutes. So we waited.

The point of the sedation was to help Finn fall asleep so that they could take a picture of his skull. So to speed up the process I attempted to rock Finn to sleep. When that didn't work we put Finn in the crib.

When that didn't work we put him, in the stroller and walked around the floor (very reminiscent of walking around Baptist hospital while in labor). When that didn't work nurse Michelle came in and very abruptly said "give me that baby." Well, whatever she did worked. What was suppose to take 15 minutes - took Finn 45. Clearly, they have never met a baby as hard headed as the Finnster. He fought the sedation hard.

The scan only lasted a few minutes. I wasn't allowed to go in the room. No, I am not pregnant and I don't think that I am, but just to be safe I stayed outside. Finn did really well but we didn't get the results (we should know something more tomorrow).
After leaving Vanderbilt, we picked up our free chicken platter from Chik-fil-a and we watched Angels and Demons. Finn slept through the entire movie.

The sedation didn't bother the Finnster - he was his old self by 6:00.
He played on his MaMa's feet.

Then he played on the couch.

(Michael and I may have gotten carried away with the standing on the couch pictures.)
To top off the evening, he ate some couch. Yum.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Converting the stroller

This is a picture of the first time Finn rode in his stroller . . . . The next picture is of Finn the first time he rode face forward in his stroller. Good grief he has grown!

Finn is now big enough it sit facing forward in his stroller. He was a little mad when I first put him in it, but he straightened right up after we started walking. I was excited at first, but quickly grew bored of the new stroller set up real quick because I can't look at Finn while we are walking - Darn.

After we got back Finn started showing some interest in Granny Martha's Mt. LeConte picture. It looks like Finn is going to need Mt. LeConte picture as well.

Last night was fairly typical, that is until we put Finn to bed. He uncharacteristically woke up at midnight and couldn't go back to sleep. After crying for 30 minutes I got him up and fed him. He wasn't interested in eating, but instead spent most of the time knawing on his fists. I do believe he is teething. At 4:00 we had the same situation. I couldn't get him to go back to sleep so the two of us got up for the day. He finally calmed down around 5:30 and we were up again at 6:00. Needless to say I am pretty tired.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Finn's new laptop

Today I took Finn to Sunday School with me. Ever since I found out that he will need surgery I have felt very protective of him and I didn't want to leave him in the nursery. I know that I am going to have to get over it, but I don't want to think about that right now - I'll think about it tomorrow.

Finn was not incredibly well behaved today in Sunday School - he ate my entire lesson. Granted it was only one page, but he ate in nonetheless. Every so often Victoria would pull chewed up pieces of paper out of his mouth. The lactation room was a bit difficult today too. I am usually in there by myself, but today we had company. This little girl kept watching me nurse Finn all the while letting me know that she had sullied her tights and showing me her underwear. I also accidentally fell asleep in there and missed some of the service.
After church, we went back to Kroger to get the milk that I had forgotten the day before. This was a great trip because Finn rode in the front of the buggy! He did really well, he sat up straight the entire time and never seemed to tire. He was so happy to be upright in the buggy, as opposed to be reclined in the car seat. I do believe the car seat is on its last leg.
After seeing how much Finn likes to play with our computer, we pulled his baby laptop out of the closet. Good move on our part - Finn is pretty fond of it. He looks so grown up typing on his laptop.

Teething Biscuits

One word - GROSS. No one warned me how disgusting these things are. Finn had it all over his face, his hands, his legs, his clothes and my couch. At least he enjoyed them.

Today was a busy day. I woke up early and drove to Cool Springs to pick up the new rug for my office. Next, Michael and Finn met me at the office to help me situate the rug. Afterwards Finn and I went to the new Kroger to grocery shop. (FYI MJ, they carry the BeechNut brand baby food). While there we went to the meat counter to visit Uncle James. I feel fairly certain that I am not going to be able to shop at this store very often because I spend way, way too much money. This Kroger has everything - including a home store! It's comparable to the best Wal Mart you can imagine. I went in for a few things and came out with a piece of furniture for my office. (It was nice and cheap!)
Anyway, later that night we three went to Brandon and Carissa's to cook steaks. Since Brandon and Carissa live in our neighborhood we decided to forgo putting Finn in his car seat and instead he rode in my lap. He was so sweet, he sat so still and laid his head on my chest. I think he was in state of shock.
After dinner Finn had a bath in Addison's bathtub. Addison is going to be a great big brother! He showed Finn all of his bath toys and even helped me bathe Finn. He did a really good job, except for the fact that he accidentally dumped a bucket of water on Finn's face; Finn didn't seem to mind. At one point he told me that I could go and he would stay with Finn. After the bath, we wrapped Finn in one of Addison's towels. I was a bug towel and had tentacles on it. Finn looked precious!
After his bath, we gave him some oatmeal. Uncle James was amazed and somewhat grossed out by how messy Finn gets when he eats! Finally, Finn fell asleep and we laid him on a pallet in Brandon's office. He slept for several hours before we put him in the car to go back home.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Copycat

I never put much stock in the idea that children watch their parents and adopt their parent's interests as their own. Well, I was wrong. Even though Finn is only six (6) months old we are noticing that he is very interested in the things we "play" with everyday, i.e., the computer keyboard, the remote control, and sonic cups. Sure says a lot about me and Michael. It would certainly be better if Finn were reaching for water bottles and the Bible.
Michael and I always have a large Styrofoam Sonic cup sitting around. The other day Finn was showing some special interest in my sonic drink. I let him put the tip of the straw in his mouth thinking that he would just chew on it. Nope - Finn figured out how to sip from the straw. Before I knew it he had Diet Vanilla Coke running out of his mouth and all down the front of his shirt.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Six Months Old

Today Finn is six (6) months old. I can't believe that he has been with me for six months. Today was also St. Patrick's Day so I made sure to put Finn in something green. I certainly didn't want Finn to get pinched on his first St. Patrick's day.

This morning Finn went to visit his cousin Coop's old stomping grounds. We went to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for an X-ray of Finn's skull. Yesterday Finn had his six (6) month well baby checkup. He now weights 22 pounds and is 27 inches long. Finn had a pretty good check up. She told us to put hydrocortizone cream on his face to help with the redness and chapping of his checks. We learned that Finn is developing well, but Dr. Thompson was concerned about the shape of Finn's head. She was further concerned with the fact that his soft spot is growing or has grown together too quickly. Just as a precaution she had us go get Finn x-rayed.

So, at 8:00 this morning we took Finn to have an X-ray. Finn has learned to project and is really honing this new skill. He is so loud. Michael knew exactly where to go once he got into the hospital because he just followed Finn's voice. He hollers at everything now - it is really quite cute. He talked to, a.k.a yelled at, everyone in the waiting room. Finn had a great time in the waiting room - he sat in a little rocking chair that was just his size. Shortly after we arrived Finn was taken back to get his X-ray. He did really well. He did cry when they took pictures of the side of his head though.

Unfortunately Finn's screens revealed that the soft spot on the top of his head is fussing together too quickly. We have been referred to a neurologist and it looks like Finn is going to have to have surgery to open those crevasses back up. Apparently his skull will not allow his brain to expand horizontally so his brain is growing into the front of his forehead. Lately I have noticed that Finn has a very large rounded forehead, but I just chalked it up to genetics. Since his dad has a very prominent forehead I didn't give it a second thought.

We haven't talked to the doctor yet so I don't know all the specifics or even the correct terms for that matter, so I don't really have any real news except for the fact that Finn will be having surgery sometime in the near future. I am so thankful that Finn's doctor caught this so that we can go ahead and get it fixed. Nevertheless, I am a bit nervous. I have promised both myself and Michael that I will not google anything because I don't want to scare myself. I do believe that I will feel much better after we have talked to the neuro surgeon and know exactly what is going on. In the meantime I trust that God has everything under control.

On a happy note Finn attempted to eat his first cracker today. He has the mechanics down, but didn't really like the flavor.

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