Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Finn has added a new word to his repertoire - duck. Better known to we adults as truck. Finn LLLLoves (with a capital "L") trucks. He plays with this truck at home all the time. Sometime he will even make a truck sound while crawling around on this knees. After church on Sunday we were sitting in the Kroger parking lot when Finn started yelling. I was sitting up front looking out the front window when all of a sudden Finn started yelling over and over again "duck." I turned around and Finn was pointing at a truck parked right next to us. This has not been the first occurrence; in fact, he does this on a fairly regular basis, but I wanted to be sure before I blogged about it. Since all the important works in Finn's life start with either a "b" or a "d" (bite, bottle, ball, book, bye, and Dad) it doesn't surprise me that a truck is pronounced "duck."

Sunday afternoon nap

One of Finn new favorite past-times, wasting wipes. Little does he know that we keep shoving them back in.

Tonight was Dad's big fantasy draft with all of his friends. Finn helped for a little while before going to bed.

The Draft Board

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Buddy Run/Finn's First Picnic

Em and Zac before the race.

Mom and Finn. This actually could be Finn refusing to give Mom a kiss. He thought this was really funny.

Cyndi and Coop.

Uncle Zac crossing the finish line.

Dad crossing the finish line.

Aunt Em after the race.

Finn and Coop waiting in line at the Pancake Pantry.
Oh how the tables turn. This morning we went into Finn's bedroom at 5:30 and woke him up from a sound sleep. He did not appreciate being woken up so early in the morning. I thought it was quite fitting given that he has not allowed his parents to wake up naturally in almost an entire year. The reason that we got up so early on a Saturday morning was to go with Em, Zac, and Coop to the Buddy Run. It is a 5k held in Cool Springs that raises money for Down's Syndrome. Em, Zac and Michael all ran. They all did a great job. Of the three Zac crossed the finish line first, followed by Michael and Em hot on his heels.

During the race, Mom, Cyndi, Coop, Finn and I walked around the checked out the "swag." After the race we all went the Pancake Pantry for a post race breakfast.

When we got home Finn and I spent the afternoon cleaning while Michael worked in the yard. Next we went to church where Finn got arrested. When we went to pick him up from the nursery we saw the church police officer holding Finn at the entrance of the nursery. They told us that he was trying to escape from the nursery so he had to go into police custody. Just kidding, he did try to escape, but he wasn't in trouble. The Officer really enjoyed Finn. He said that Finn talked up a storm and said "bye" to every family that walked by. Some times I feel like I am raising Denise the Menace.

Finn also attended his first picnic. After service tonight we all went outside for hotdogs and watermelon. We let Finn crawl around in the grass while we ate. Finn crawled all over the picnic area, but his favorite place was the ice chest. He stood at one of the coolers and played with the ice. The best thing that happened during the picnic involved ketchup and mustard. As we all know ketchup and mustard taste great on hotdogs. Anyone who knows Michael knows that he loves condiments. Not surprisingly, he loaded his hotdog up with tons of ketchup and mustard. When Michael took the first bite ketchup and mustard squirted out all over Finn's face. It was two perfectly straight lines, one ketchup, the other mustard, going from the top of Finn's ear to his chin. I wish so badly that I had my camera with me.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Babies are Hard Work

Today I spent the whole day with Finn. We are having a few people over this weekend, so I decided to get some cleaning done on my day off. Finn was nice enough to help. He actually ended up just making a big mess. This picture pretty much sums up how my day with Finn went; I would put something away and he would pull it right out again.
First we cleaned up the kitchen. I turned some music on to make the work more enjoyable. Finn sat in the floor and danced while I mopped. I actually mopped the entire floor with Finn right at my heels. No worries though, I only mopped with water. Next we moved into the living room. I turned my back for a few seconds and turned around to find Finn in my mop water. It was fairly clean so I let him splash around while I went to get my camera.

Finn soaked the floor, literally. He ended up knocking over the whole bucket. There was water everywhere.
This is Finn's excited face.
While I was mopping up the all the water, a wet Finn found the salt shaker and dumped most of the salt out onto the floor. Note I had just finished mopping that area not two minutes before. Since he was already wet from playing in the mop water, the salt stuck to him. So I pulled out the vacuum cleaner and the mop again.

I also realized that Finn knows exactly how to hold a cell phone. Usually he put the phone directly into his mouth. You've come a long way baby.
"Can you hear me now?" Sorry, I couldn't resist.
If you happened to have gotten a call from me today chances are Finn did the dialing. Midway through the day I got a call from Mom. Apparently Finn had called her without my knowing.
Finn also spent a good portion of his day opening the cabinet. I couldn't risk Finn getting into the cleaning cabinet again so I put a homemade baby lock on it; a rubber band stretched across both knobs. Worked like a charm. Finn would attempt to open one door and both would open and then both would immediately shut. This was really confusing for him. After a few minutes of opening the doors, just to have them close over and over again, he moved on to the next cabinet door and opened it. When it stayed open he looked over at me with a very satisfied look on his face and immediately went back to the cleaning cabinet to try again. When the door slammed shut again he furrowed his brows and it really sounded like he said "huh." Once he admitted defeat he moved on to the pots and pans cabinet and then he struck a pose. I promise that I had nothing to do with this. This is all Finn.

The pose kind of looks like a senior picture.

After dinner Finn popped a balloon with his teeth and then played fetch with Kodiak. Finn would throw the ball and both he and cat would take off after it.

In spite of all the mess, today was a great day. All Finn wanted to do was hang out with me. When we were finished cleaning Finn sat in my lap and took a long nap. He really wouldn't let me put him down the rest of the day.

Carrot Cake

Tonight Finn and I went to the Black Eyed Pea to have dinner with my friends from Celebrate Recovery. During dinner Finn crawled around under the big round table; that is until he escaped and made a break for it down the hallway. After I ran him down I put in him solitary confinement, meaning I held him and wouldn't let him down. When that didn't work I gave Finn carrot cake! Not only was the carrot cake delicious, Finn was able to occupy himself by playing in it. He had icing everywhere! I ended up having to take his shirt off.

I left at 9:00 so you can imagine that Finn was exhausted. By the time I got home he was sound asleep. He needed a bath (he had icing in his hair), but I hated to wake him up. So, I picked him up out of his car seat and put him straight in his crib. I will deal with the icing tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Public Apology

I would like to take a moment to issue an official public apology to MJ and Coop. Last night she called me and asked if she could come swim in my pool. I, of course, told her yes and then told her that I would leave the key to the pool in the mailbox. Well . . . I forgot. And poor Em and Coop drove all the way from Nashville to find no key in the mailbox. First I want to apologize for my absentmindedness and second, I want to say that it was all Finn's fault. I am not sure how it was Finn's fault, but it was. That is one good thing about children, you can always blame them for your shortcomings. In all seriousness, MJ, I am so, so sorry.

Today is Wednesday meaning that I get to spend a half a day with Finn after court. I look forward to Wednesday all week long. Wednesday are usually fairly busy mornings because I have to be at the courthouse at 9:00. Inevitably something happens that puts me just a few minutes behind. Today, was no exception. As I was walking into the garage (I had Finn in one arm and the diaper bag, purse and briefcase in the other) I saw the carseat sitting on top the car. Thanks Dad.
Instead of letting Finn roam around in the garage like last time I put him the front seat floor board and closed the door.

He ended up finding his way over the arm rest and into the drivers seat.

Game, Set, Match to Mama; that boy loved the front seat. That little experiment won me a little bit of love and affection. Just look at that happy and adoring face.

When I dropped him off and Victoria's house he wiggled for me to let him down. He crawled right over to JT's books and toys and started playing. The next thing I know Finn has found JT's sippy cup and had it turned up. By the way, we are down to two (2) bottles per day now.

After picking Finn up from Victoria's later that day we had to go back to the office. Finn opened my filing cabinet and started pulling files out by the handful. There were random papers everywhere. Next we went to grocery store to pick up some corn on the cob and milk. We finally made it back to the house around 4:00.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This morning Finn found a half full gallon of milk on the coffee table. He managed to lift it off of the coffee table and put it on the floor. He tried his best to drink from it, but it was just too heavy, well that and the lid was on.
I can't believe how mature Finn looks in the this picture. He is definitely growing out of his little baby phase.
Tonight at dinner Finn was disgusting; so disgusting that I didn't even want to touch him. For some reason Finn decided that he would pull chewed up food out of his mouth and squish it in his hands. Then he would put his hand all over everything.

You are looking at snot, graham crackers, milk, and spaghetti.

If he didn't have food all over his face, this would be a really good picture.

Helping us clean up after dinner.

Looking for Dad

Dad spotted!

Enjoying the fact that Mom and Dad are both outside.

Concerned that Mom and Dad are never coming back.

This is a picture of Finn playing with his donkey. He goes through phases with the donkey. Some days he loves it, and some days he is scared to death of it. Today he was fine with it as long as he was sitting in his dad's lap.

I have a new favorite thing that Finn does! I waited to blog about it until I knew for sure that it wasn't a fluke. Every night I give Finn a bottle while rocking him to sleep. For the past month or so he has refused to let me hold the bottle. Instead he lays on his back and holds it himself. He used to fall asleep while eating, but now Finn stays awake to finish. When he is finished he puts the bottle in one hand and holds the bottle up in the air. After I take it from him he closes his eyes and goes to sleep. It is precious.

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