Thursday, September 30, 2010


I know, I know. But in my defense it is very difficult to take good pictures with my broken camera. One more day before I get my new one! Even though it has been four days since I last blogged, I can sum it up with one word - "MOLARS" Finn is cutting molars and we are all suffering. He is so miserable. I feel so sorry for him, but I must say that I am relieved when he goes to sleep. One highlight is that Finn bit into a raw potato. His face was hilarious.

Today Finn and I went to get the oil changed at the dealership. It was the best part of Finn's day. He played in the kids area for an entire hour. He loved the school bus, but wouldn't play with the school girl in the pink overalls holding the cat. Poor Finn has been dragged around for the past few days. I got home from work at 1:00 on Wednesday and we have been going non stop ever since. I gave up my office this week and will be working from my home. So basically Finn has had to help me move out of the office. I think that Mr. Oliver and Evelyn will miss him. I will certain miss both of them, but I am happy to be working from home. I pray that I will not have to go back into full time salaried employment, but if I do it will won't be for a lack of trying. Once I get the office set up the way I want it I will post some pictures.

Finn know exactly what food is his.

He is now eating regular oatmeal from the packages. He loves it!

Finn watching Thomas the Train.

Michael tried to hug him on his way out the door this morning. Finn was rather annoyed that Dad was blocking his view of Thomas.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


This morning I heard Finn cry over the baby monitor and my first reaction was not to go get him out of bed. Instead, I must have just turned the monitor off - oops. When I went in his room at 8:00 he was sitting perfectly quiet in his bed, playing with his toys.

Today Finn wore his team colors. He looked so cute in his new jersey.

Finn did really well today in the nursery. I was so happy to see Finn's favorite nursery worker (the older gentleman). He reached for Finn and happily Finn reached back. Finn didn't cry when I left him either. When I returned an hour later to pick him up he was sound asleep in the nursery worker's lap.

When we got home, I made homemade pizza while Finn and Michael played in the den. During lunch Finn attacked me for a bite of pizza.

After lunch Finn's whole attitude changed - he was so cranky. You can't see his face, but rest assured Finn was mad as a hornet.

This literally how Finn looked all day long. It was so frustrating. To keep him from driving us crazy we forced him to take a nap.

When he woke up screaming 20 minutes later, I put him on the couch with me and forced him to sleep some more.

He also slept a little bit with Dad.

After Finn's nap Gran came over to finish making the video for her class project. A few minutes after Gran left, Grandad walked in. Even with all the wonderful company, Finn was pretty fussy, so Grandad and I decided to take Finn with us to the store for Chili seasoning. On the way home Finn fell asleep in the car. He even managed to stay asleep even after Grandad picked him up out of the car seat.

After dinner I gave Finn a bath and then Grandad rocked him for a while. I have never been so happy to see that boy go to bed.


There isn't anything much more wonderful in this world than a baby in Jammies. Well, that is at least for me. I love putting Finn in his pajamas on a cool night. God truly is a great God to give us this simple pleasure; these little moments that make your heart feel like its going to explode with love. Tonight after church when we opened the windows and discovered that it was cool enough outside to open the windows! This meant that Finn would need to sleep in Jammies for the first time this fall. For the inaugural night we put Finn in his green, white and navy blue striped T-Rex jammies. Hunter Green and Navy are most definitely Finn's colors. I must admit that I went a bit snap happy. In fact, I had so much fun following Finn around in his jammies that we didn't end up getting him to bed until 9:00.
For much of the evening Finn pushed around his dump truck. He has become an old pro at maneuvering the truck through the kitchen and living room. Finn walked all over the downstairs! At one point I just watched him waddle through the kitchen and I told Michael that I couldn't believe that this was the same baby that we brought home from the hospital a year ago. It is just the neatest thing to watch your child develop and grow. Not to beat a dead horse but I am so thankful for the blog. When the house is quiet and Finn and any other children we may be blessed with are gone, we will be able to look back and get a small taste of what it was like to have small children in the house.
After a few laps around the kitchen, Finn discovered something much more interesting to play with - our Bibles. Last week Finn pulled Genesis and Exodus out of Michael's bible. Mine is already completely out of its binding, so we had to take those away from him pretty quickly.

Finn having his bedtime snack. We no longer give him a big bowl of oatmeal, but we do give him a few bites of yogurt. Yogurt just might be his favorite food. I have to be careful, because when eating yogurt he never indicates when he is full. He will eat as many bites as you offer him.

Finn checking out his hands.

Next Finn found one of the balloons we had laying around the house. He loved playing with the balloon. He throw the balloon into the tile as hard as he could, watch it bounce back up and squeal with delight.

Like with all of his treasures, Finn put the balloon in his dump truck and got back on the road again. After a few songs from Phantom, we put the Finnster to bed. Speaking of carrying his treasures around in his truck, the next morning while I was getting Finn ready for church I happened to look inside his dump truck and found our remote, Elmo and his Phantom Blu Ray box.

The whole day was pretty great. After church we had a tailgate party. The entire congregation went outside and ate hamburgers. The weather was so nice and cool. While we ate, Finn crawled around. Next he played in the sand box (Volleyball court) with Monica and Annabelle.

This is a video of me bouncing a balloon off of Finn's head. I know it looks like it hurts, but trust me it doesn't it. He loved it!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Papa Bumbalough

Today Finn and I went to visit Papa Bumbalough in the hospital. Before heading to Nashville we made a quick stop to Wal-Mart to exchange Finn's Titan's jersey. Pa and Gran gave Finn a VY jersey for his birthday, we exchanged for a bigger size so that he can wear it for a while longer. We ended up with a Chris Johnson jersey.

Next we met Grandad at Vanderbilt. Finn had a lot of fun playing around in Papa Bumbalough's room. He ran his trucks all over the floor. A nice nurse helped us clean them off before we left.

Finn spent some time playing the cabinets.

He played with the buttons on the bottom of the bed. I was afraid that he was going to throw poor Papa into the floor. Then he discovered Papa's toes under the blanket; the toes would wiggle and Finn would grab. It was all very funny.

Before leaving for the day we took a couple laps around the nurses station. Finn wanted to walk into every room. Next we set off in search of the car. Vanderbilt is very confusing place!

Next Finn and I went to Gymboree to exchange a few shirts that Aunt Em gave him for his birthday. After looking at Finn's growth chart I decided to go one size down. The 18-24 months is a bit smaller, but he still has plenty of room to grow. While we were at Gymboree Finn entertained himself by watching "Sid the Science Kid" while sitting in the little seats. He looked so cute. However, after about 10 minute he made it quite clear that he was ready to go home. He crawled over to me, stuck that little lip out and said "ooommme." Instead I took him to Gran's house for a few hours while I did some things around the house.

Later on in the evening I found Finn pushing around his most prized possession in his dump truck - the remote. I am so happy that we went with the big dump truck because Finn really likes putting things in, taking things out and pushing it around.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

One Year Appointment

Today I spent the whole day with Finn. In order to save money I gave up my office space. Instead, I will be working from home on the days that I am not in court. After Dad left for work Finn and I went the Kroger to do our weekly grocery shopping.

Next we went to the pediatrician's office for Finn's one (1) year appointment. Finn now weighs 26.5 pounds, he is 30.5 inches tall and his head circumference is 19 and 1/8. Currently Finn is in the 91 percentile for weight, 74 percentile for height and 95 percentile for head circumference. The appointment went really well. Dr. Thompson was really impressed with how Finn's head looks. She also told us to wean Finn off of his bedtime feeding. Apparently kids appetites subside around this time so it is normal for Finn to eat less. She also told us that he will only about gain approximately 4 more pounds before he turns two (2). Finn also was given an MMR shot, a Hep. A shot, a chicken pox shot and a flu shot. This means that Finn's probably will not get the chicken pox. Finn did really well with his shots. He cried while they were being administered but recovered very quickly.

After the appointment Finn and I ran home to do a few things before driving Gran to Vanderbilt for her eye appointment. While I was frantically wondering if I had over cooked my roast I heard Finn crunch down on something that sounded really hard. I panicked just a little and braced myself to see a mouth full of teeth fall into the floor. Instead, Finn spit a big, hard shelled beetle type bug into my hand. I guess you could call this our first Bear Gryll's moment. (While typing this blog I learned that Michael saw this bug last night and made a conscious decision not to kill it. - Thanks Dad).

After getting home from taking Gran to the eye doctor Finn and I took dinner (my undercooked roast) to a couple that we know from Sunday School. Then we went to Publix to pick up things that we needed to make homemade pizza. When the pizza was done we sat in the living room and watched Community (our favorite) and the Office. It was the season premier of both. I felt really nostalgic watching the season premier of these shows because last year Finn was born on premier night. When we got home from the hospital we watched both of these shows one afternoon while eating taco's that Joel and Liz brought us. That day was so much fun. I thought about it the whole time we were watching TV. Silly, I know.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

First Steps

Today Finn took his first steps. It was around 8:00 in the morning and I was getting ready to leave the house for work. I Noticed that Finn was standing very still in the middle of the kitchen. I was intrigued by his statuesque stance so I got down eye level with him. He was wearing a little white onsie (that is just about to too small) and gave me an adorable grin. He reached his arms towards me and picked up his left foot. I thought that he would plop down on the tile, but instead he took five (5) little steps. They weren't big steps but there was forward progression. I don't know why Finn decided to walk towards me; it was probably because I was holding his sippy cup, but I am so thankful that I was able to witness his first real steps. I can't be sure that he knew what he was doing, but I am proud of him nonetheless. After falling back to the ground I ran over to him and gave him a huge hug and a kiss. Then we called Dad to tell him the good news.

Finn attempting to climb the baby gate.

Finn playing with his new jumbo legos. He can put two legos together and pull them apart.

I picked Finn up from Victoria's today at around 1:00. I was happy to hear that he took a few steps at her house too! He also demonstrated his newest word - home. For the past few weeks Finn has been saying "home." He can't pronounce the "h" sound, so it comes out more like "ome." However, Finn confirmed today that he knows how to properly use the word. He crawled over to me, gave me a leaning hug and said, "ome." Then he turned around and waived and said "bye" to Victoria. When we pulled into the garage, he started yelling "ome" as loud as he could. It looks like we have a little home body on our hands.

When we got home Finn and I watched Finn's new favorite movie, Phantom of the Opera. Finn watched quietly for about 30 minutes and then he fell asleep and slept for an hour. Thank goodness for the nap because Finn fussed from the minute he woke up until I put him to bed for the night.
In between throwing fits, Finn showed his mom and dad that not only can he take steps, he can also climb on the furniture. My only comment is that we are surely doomed.

Mystery Scratch

Not a lot to blog about, but I wanted to post something anyway. If Finn ever comes to visit, you may want to make him roast with potatoes and carrots. He will love you forever! Especially if you give a ton of carrots.

Here we can see Finn's mystery scratch. My guess is a hangnail.

I didn't get to put Finn to bed tonight because I was at Bible study. However, when I got home I accidentally on purpose woke him up. I walked into his bedroom and I couldn't resist the urge to rub his little back. After a few minutes he woke up. I was secretly thrilled. I took him into my bedroom and we snuggled for a few minutes before he fell back to sleep. It was worth it.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Birthday Buddies

In Sunday School today we celebrated all the September birthdays. Monica and Finn are what we have coined "birthday buddies." Finn was born on the 17th of September and Monica was born on the 18th of September. In honor of the all the birthdays - including Macaiha (September 7th) we had cookies, cake and Sam even brought Dunkin Doughnuts. Monica bought Finn an adorable dinosaur three piece outfit. Finn looks so cute in it! He wore the onsie to Victoria's house on Monday. Thank you so much Monica! Finn loves you too!

Finn was in a lousy mood at the Sunday School party but he did cheer up long enough to take a few good shots. Look how cute they look together. One day maybe Monica can be Finn's baby sitter?????

Here is a picture of Finn with Annabelle. Ahhhh. Check out Lindsey Apedaile in the background.

After church we came home and watched the Titan's game. Finn and I fell asleep during half time. After waking up I rearranged all of Finn's toys. Now he has a few toys downstairs, some toys in his room and the bulk in the TV room.

Later in the night Deniece came over to film Finn for her psychology class project. Of course Finn didn't cooperate. However, I learned an interesting fact - Finn loves Phantom of the Opera (the movie)! The minute I put in it he stood right in front of TV completely mesmerized. I decided to cash in on this new found fascination and rocked Finn while watching the video. He didn't move a muscle. He sat perfectly still and watched for 20 minutes and then he fell asleep. I was amazed.

The next day (Monday) I gave it another go and sure enough the minute I turned on the movie Finn settled right down, watched the movie and eventually fell asleep. I have to tell Deanna!

Since I wasn't able to take any pictures today (Monday) I decided to combine Sunday and Monday into one post. This morning Finn got his first "non-shot" related bruise. Unfortunately I gave it to him. While I was eating breakfast on the love seat (English muffin with cream cheese) Finn came over to ask for a bite. I usually share my English muffins with him so I grabbed one half of the muffin and offered it to Finn. Well, in the process I fumbled the muffin and the plate. The muffin fell onto Finn and stuck to him (because it had cream cheese on it). The plate fell rim first right on to Finn's big toe. The muffin fell off of Finn's chest when he started screaming in pain. He looked so pitiful with cream cheese all over his chest. I noticed during the Finn's bath that his big toenail is almost entirely purple. I hope he doesn't lose it.

On the way to Victoria's this morning Finn listened to his Philly Joe Giraffe jazz CD. It is the cutest CD; before every song there is a drum lesson. Finn thought the music was hilarious. He sat in the backseat of the car and laughed his little head off. I have a feeling I need to thank Papa (Greg) for this little jewel!

Finn's First Car Wreck

Saturday night after Finn and I had rested up we all went to Macey T.'s first birthday party. Since Finn and Macey were in the hospital together it is only fitting that their birthday parties be on the same day too!

When we got there Finn was dead set on playing Macey T.'s room with the other children. Finn spent most of his time pushing Addison around in Macey's car. In between drives with Addison, Finn would wander over to me and ask for a bean. Finn loves beans! He also really enjoyed the barbecue.

Finn was really still while Macey T. opened her presents;
that it until the very end. Then he wanted to play with the wrappings.

We ended up staying later than most everyone meaning Finn and Macey T. had some quality time together. They decided to spend it in the car.
Unfortunately the car tipped over and hit the Finnster in the noggin. He, of course, cried, but it didn't leave a bump.

Putting up the Christmas Tree with Buck Denver

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