Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Susie Homemaker

Today Finn discovered the dishwasher.
He was caught off guard by the the rolling dish rack.

He ended up pulling a spoon out and dropped it on the floor. He worked really hard to recover that spoon.

Next Finn reacquainted himself with the door stop. He then proceeded to pull the white tab off and put it in his mouth. Needless to say all of our doorstops are "tabless" now.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Summit

I lost Finn this morning. I was sitting on the couch, half awake, drinking a cup of coffee when I noticed that Finn was not in his usual spot. Before sitting down with my coffee I set Finn down on a blanket in the middle of the living room floor. I figured that he had just wandered a few feet to the right or left, but a quick scan revealed nothing. Moments later I heard the pitter-patter of little hands slapping the floor behind me. Finn had made his way behind the couch and according to this body language, was contemplating climbing the stairs. I really wasn't all that concerned because Finn had just started crawling the day before; there was no way that he was going to be able to climb those stairs. I clearly underestimated the power to peer pressure. It was at that moment Kodiak darted past Finn and ran up the stairs. Much to my shock and horror, Finn started climbing after him.

Upon seeing that Finn was actually able to climb, I did what any careful parent would do - I ran and got the camera.

No need to call Children's Services. Even though it looks like Finn is hanging on for his life, I assure you that he was perfectly secure.

Finn did great, he climbed up nine (9) stairs before those little chunky legs gave out. Other than a few balance checks near the end, he really didn't need any help; well that is except for this four legged motivation.
Next I got Finn all ready to go to church. Michael spent the morning with Gran, so Finn and I were on our own for Sunday School. Finn refused to take a nap before church, and opted instead to catch a power nap on the way to church. He was less than pleased that I woke him up only to leave him in the dreaded nursery. FYI, this was Finn's first day back in the nursery since the surgery.

I made the cardinal mistake of checking on him after Sunday School. When I poked my head around the corner I saw Finn in an exersaucer in the back of the nursery bawling his eyes out. It was at that point I broke my "nursery" rule which is to never take your child out of the nursery unless they call. But in that moment I was heartbroken and I had to get him. I hope I didn't offend the nursery workers.

So, we tried our luck at taking Finn into the sermon. He loved the musical portion; he danced and bounced and made all sorts of happy baby noises, which was fine because the music drowned them out. After the music was over, the sweet, happy baby noises, while still sweet and happy sounding, became distracting and annoying prompting us to watch the sermon in the foyer while Finn played in the floor. You would know that he was silent as a mouse sitting in the foyer.

Apparently we weren't the only parents with this idea. Near the end of the service a mother and her eight (8) month old baby joined us in the foyer. Her son crawled right over to Finn and starting smiling at him. Finn panicked, grabbed my leg and started climbing.

The rest of the afternoon was pretty normal - nap, lunch, snack, farm video, that is until dinner. For some reason Finn fell asleep during supper. I noticed that his little head was nodding, but I thought that he was just playing. I guess he was tireder than he let on because he literally fell asleep eating from a spoon. At first I was really worried that something was wrong with him. A few minutes earlier he had bumped his forehead on the hardwood, and I was convinced that the sudden sleepiness was an indication of a concussion. I immediately woke him up and put him in the bathtub. As it turns out he was fine, just really sleepy. I will however, keep an eye on him the rest of the evening.

Nice booger Finn.

Pool Party

After forcing Finn to crawl around all day he was understandably tired and took a quick nap in my lap. When I tried to put him in this crib, one little eye popped open, he got a good look at me and started screaming. I knew that a nap was a lost so I went ahead and got him up. Shortly thereafter MJ, Zac and Cooper came to pool to swim. Finn and I went to the pool for about 15 minutes on our way a Sunday School pool party at Sam’s house. It was so much fun hanging in the pool with the girls and the Finnster. Present at the party was Sam, Shelby, Monica, Kristina, Sidney, Lindsey and Courtney. We played pool volleyball, ate snacks and dunked Finn. That’s right, we blew on his face and dunked him under the water. He didn’t cry at all. It kind of reminded me of the Shirley Temple movie “The Little Colonel” when she dunked the boy and asked “are ya saved?” Finn only stayed for about 45 minutes for before Michael came to pick him up. Right before he got there Finn was really tired and just wanted me to hold him. I was playing volleyball with the girls at this point so I decided to put Finn on my hip and keep playing. Without thinking I went diving for a ball that was close to me. Both Finn and I went way under. Unfortunately for Finn I didn’t give him notice that he was about to go under. We had so much fun and I want to thank Sam for throwing a terrific pool party.

Next we laid down in the floor and watched his “Praise Baby” dvd. He was so sweet. He laid on floor, drank his bottle and let me put my arm around him. After the video Finn sat with Dad and played on the computer.

Then we went outside to play in the sprinklers.

Next it was time for his bath. Bath time was a disaster today. Immediately after getting Finn out of the bath tub I sat him on the bathroom floor on a towel. What happened next was entirely my fault. As the only adult in the room and as Finn’s mother, I should have known better. I showed a complete lapse in judgment by leaving him diaper-less sitting in the bathroom floor. All I am going to say is thank goodness the bathroom floor is linoleum and I had air freshener handy. Needless to say Finn had two baths in the span of 45 minutes.

After we were all clean and wearing the proper undergarments we went to a house warming party at David and Sharon’s. While at the party Finn had watermelon and got it all over himself.

As a special surprise, Finn had a swing dance lesson with Uncle David.

Seeing as how I am a lousy dancer and Finn was not in a position to lead, we decided to just spin in circles as fast as we could.
Mid Spin . . .

The Finished product . . .

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A New Era (6/26/10)

Today was a great day! Finn and I got up at around 6:30 and we both ate breakfast. After breakfast I took Finn upstairs while I walked on the treadmill. Normally when I walk on the treadmill I put in the den floor and let him play with this toiletry basket.

When I was about 90% finished walking I noticed that Finn was no longer sitting next to his basket, but instead he was crawling warp speed toward the treadmill. Okay, I may have exaggerated a little bit; he was making pretty good time.

Before I knew it Finn had made it to the treadmill and was attempting to put his fingers on the belt. Scared that he would get his hands caught in the belt I picked him up held him for the last part of my workout.

I was so excited to see Finn crawl, but more so I was thankful that I was able to be with him when he crawled for the first time. After I got off the treadmill we rushed into the bedroom to wake Michael up to tell him the good news. Next we returned to the site of our big accomplishment and practiced some more. The first thing Finn did was crawl toward the steps, go figure. Next he crawled back to the treadmill, immediately followed by the TV cabinet
Finn ended his tour at the bathroom door. Life as we know it is officially over!!! I can’t wait to start chasing him around.

Friday with Finn

Today Nana came to keep Finn and Cooper while MJ and I went to the pool. We had a nice day to lay out, but I got a little bit red. Sunbathing Tip # 1, never lay out with a person that has recently spent a week in the Dominican Republic; you can’t keep up. While we were at the pool Mom stayed with Finn and Cooper. After we got back from the pool we all went to have lunch at Blue Coast. FYI, the highchairs at Blue Coast are terrible. Finn couldn’t sit in them without sliding forward. Finally, I ended up giving him a tortilla chip and put him in the floor. At this point it has to be painstakingly obvious that I am not a germaphobe. After Mom and MJ left I gave Finn a bottle and we rocked until Michael came home with dinner.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Copy Cat

Today Finn got a wonderful surprise, Victoria and JT came to pick Finn up from the house and take him on a car ride. He got to sit in JT's big car seat and everything. When we first put him in the car he acted a little nervous, he kept looking at me as if to say, "I'm not going to cry but I would prefer for you to stay within my line of sight."

After a few minutes we all started raising our hands, including JT. It was at this point that Finn decided that this arrangement wasn't so bad after all.

When Finn got home this afternoon he was so happy to see me. He was also in a great mood which is surprising given the fact that he only took a one hour nap.

At some point while feeding Finn his green beans and potatoes, I must have put my hands on my head in complete and utter frustration (seriously a very messy combination). The next thing I know Finn is putting both hands on his head and laughing. Once he gets his hands on his head he takes his right hand and taps his fingers. After putting his hands on his head, he immediately put him in the air and then started clapping. Is it possible that we have a future male cheerleader on our hands?????

Next I decided to see what else Finn could copy. I thought that I would challenge him a bit by doing the moose head (opening your hands, putting your thumbs on your temples and spreading your fingers out to look like antlers).
Not perfect, but not bad.


Tonight Michael is out of town so it is just me and the Finnster. He always behaves beautifully when we are here by ourselves. When I got home from work I gave Finn a bottle and he laid down in the floor and drank the whole thing without fussing or fidgeting. He laid there quietly, drank his bottle and watched the 5:00 news.
Afterward Finn took a turn on his new toy. He got this toy as a baby gift, but he is just now old enough to play with it. It takes four (4) D batteries. Of course, I don't have D batteries laying around so Finn will just have to make due until I can get to the store. Luckily he is a baby and has no idea of what this toy is actually capable of doing. For now, ignorance is bliss. He especially likes the ladybug post because when he pushes it down the monkey pops out of the palm tree.

Even though Finn was pretty interested in his new toy, he still prefers to play with random items around the house, i.e. paint brushes, measuring cups, door stoppers (he learned that from Kodiak), etc. He also really likes books, especially the ones that play music. We keep a stack of about 15 books next to his play area in the den. He will scoot over to the stack of books and pick out the two (2) that play music. I think that Finn's fascination with books centers around a) the pictures, and b) the fact that he can turn the pages - he LOVES to turn pages.

After his bath, I left Finn in the den while I went to fix his oatmeal. When I got back I saw that Finn had found a bottle and was sound asleep in the floor; another first. Unfortunately I had to wake him up to feed him. He was so tired, he kept nodding off in his high chair.

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