Sunday, November 28, 2010


I think that Finn may never get over this cold/bug (whatever this is). He was pretty lethargic all day yesterday.

We started the day with a late breakfast with Brandon, Carissa and Addison at the Cracker Barrel. Finn was good as gold. He sat in his high chair and ate crayons. I washed a good amount of blue chips out of his teeth. After finishing up the crayon Finn and I shared some cinnamon french toast. After I gave him the french toast I didn't hear another peep out of him. On our way out the door I took Finn over to the fireplace to let him feel the heat. All he could do was say "hot" every few seconds. He wouldn't even look in the direction of the fire.

After we got home Finn and I took a long nap. Then Finn and Michael went to eat leftovers at the Begley's while I prepared for court on Monday. Finn acted like he felt terrible the rest of the evening. At about 10:30 last night I went to wake Finn up to give him some Motion. When I went into his room I saw two quarter sized blobs of blood in his bed. I turned him over and saw that he had caked blood all over his nose and upper lip. It gave us quite a scare. We called the pediatrician and he told us that the nose bleed probably had to do with his cold and the fact that it is really dry. Still not completely satisfied we called MJ and Gina; waking up both (sorry guys). Gina confirmed what our pediatrician said. We ultimately decided not to take Finn to the hospital and instead just observed him the rest of the night for more blood. We also boiled a huge pot of water to add some moisture to the air. I felt so sorry for Finn. He was weak as water. We made him sit up for a while to breath the moisturized air. We tried to make it is as pleasant as possible for him. He laid on my chest and watched Phantom of the Opera until we put him back in bed around 1:00.

This morning he woke up at 6:30. He hadn't bled anymore so I felt much better. I brought him downstairs and we sat on the couch together. Finn cuddled up next to me and laid his head on my chest and didn't move a muscle until 9:00. Those of you that have spent any amount of time with Finn knows that this is very unusual because Finn is a wiggle worm. Every time I would attempt to change positions Finn would cry. He actually spent most of the rest of the day crying. He just feels awful. All we wants to do is lay on us.


Later on in the day Michael went to buy Finn a humidifier for his room. We are hoping that will at least help with the dryness in the air. He is asleep right now. I really wish that I didn't have to go to court tomorrow, but I can't get out of it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


No pictures today, but I wanted to blog anyway. Finn woke up with a fever this morning so we decided to go ahead and take him to the pediatrician. We have debated taking him for two weeks now and with the fever combined with the terrible cough we decided to go ahead and bite the bullet. The pediatrician did a strep test of Finn and determined that he only had a bug.

Later that night Finn and I went to Cool Springs to meet Deanna and Ben at Macaroni Grill. I was really excited to see Deanna; she is one of my oldest and dearest friends and now that she lives in New Jersey I haven't seen her in a long time. Furthermore, she hasn't seen Finn since he was in the hospital so I was really excited for her to spend some time with Finn.

Finn could not have behaved worse if he tried. We were there almost 2 hours and he cried hysterically for at least an hour. I couldn't do anything to make him happy. He may have scared Deanna and Ben off from having kids forever. I really can't stress enough how awful he was. When we left you could see people at neighboring tables take a sigh of relief.

Finn never quite warmed up to Ben but near the end of the night he did start laughing with Deanna. But those of us who know Deanna should not be at all surprised, her laugh is contagious.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Today is Thanksgiving; my favorite holiday of the year. Finn woke up at 6:30 and watched Mickey with Uncle Zac. Around 8:00 we all sat around at breakfast. Greg cooked sausage on the grill and Mom made monkey bread and biscuits. Finn and Coop both sat at the table for a few minutes. Then both boys danced to the “Hot Dog” song. Finn looks so funny when he danced. He would bend at the knees, pull his elbows up and sway back and forth. After breakfast we took the boys outside and the both immediately made a break for the front yard. Finn saw the semi’s parked across the street and it was all she wrote. Next we went inside and watched a few minutes of the parade; which was completely underwhelming for both Finn and Coop.

The boys did manage to take a nap today. During their naps Em and I went to Walgreens while the big boys played horseshoes. Greg won.

Playing on the stairs. One of the more beloved activities for the boys

Coop having a snack; Finn having a look see.

Thanksgiving lunch was good – but the boys were kind of rowdy. Coop ran around and played with toys and Finn just swirled his spoon around in plate and stirred all his food up. Neither ate very much, but Finn did take one bite of mashed potatoes and made the worst face ever.

After lunch the boys played on the piano and then opened their Christmas ornaments from Nana and Papa. Finn received "baby's second Christmas" and I got a "playful kittens" and "humpty dumpty." Finn managed to unwrap his ornament all on his own. When he got all the paper off the fun was over. The best part of the day came when Finn and Coop started playing with the wrapping paper. They would both pick it up and sling it everywhere. It is the first time Finn and Coop have ever enjoyed playing together. Finn just sat and laughed so hard at Cooper.

Then the boys decided that they were going to play with my face. Then without warning Finn sat on my face and got a wet substance on my cheek and hair. I sticking my story that Finn sat in water. Em and Zac adamant disagree. It was pretty gross.

After lunch I started to feel lousy again and Finn started to feel warm. With that, we decided to head back home. On our way we made a quick stop to the Begley's to say goodbye to Mr. Begley. James came over later that night to watch the ball game.

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper

I feel quite a bit better today. After Michael and Finn left for Victoria’s I started packing for our Thanksgiving event at Mom and Greg’s. Then I went to a quick meeting at DCS and a second quick meeting up at the jail. We left for Manchester at around 3:00. Before we left I made Finn a couple of c.d.s to listen to in the car. There were only two songs that he wanted to listen to (both from Thomas the Train) and when they were over he would fuss and cry. When we got to Mom and Greg’s we saw that MJ, Zac and Coop were already there. Finn was very shy at first. He didn’t want to hang out with anyone, but warmed up fairly quickly. The night was really fun. Finn and Coop played with cars, we had a great dinner and then Finn and Coop took a ton of pictures in front of the tree.

Finn looking at "The Office" ornament.

Playing with blocks

Finn and Coop tried to take a bath together (Finn cried so hard that we had to get him out of tub just a few minutes after putting him in) and to end the night Aunt Em called Finn a brat. He really was a bit of brat tonight. Thankfully, Mom volunteered to let Finn sleep in her room so that Michael and I could get a good night sleep. I believe that Michael caught what Finn and I had – he felt really lousy all night.

Time for bed. See you tomorrow.

Stomach Bug

This morning Finn reacquainted himself with the tree. He really liked looking at the Mickey Mouse ornaments.

Later on in the day Finn ate a pancake for lunch and watched the football game with his dad.

The day was pretty eventful up until around 11:30 when Finn threw up all over our carpet. We cleaned him up and put him back in bed. About 30 minutes later we heard him throw up again, instead this time it was in his bed. We changed him again, changed his bed and put him in bed with us. It always makes me a bit nervous when he gets sick so I decided that he would finish out the night in our bed. Well, that and the fact that Finn would not let go of me. He has never hugged me so tightly in his life. I think that throwing up really scared him. At first sleeping wit Finn was a lot of fun because he was so sweet – he fell asleep with both arms around my neck. It was really wonderful until he started kicking me in the stomach. This prompted me to put him back in his own bed. We ended up drifting off to sleep around 1:30.

The next morning Finn seemed to feel better so we took him to Victoria’s and I went on to work. I have had to work a lot lately so I haven’t spent a whole lot of time with Finn. Thankfully, Michael was played Mr. Mom.

Tuesday I ended up getting really sick. In fact, I threw up all over the bushes out at my old office. I would give my right arm to see a video of me throwing up in the bushes at the old Historic Civil War Mansion. I felt like Dwight Schrute in “The Injury” episode. When I got home that evening I went straight to bed. I woke up three separate times to throw up. It is the sickest I have been in a while. I did manage to wake up and rock Finn to sleep.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Today we put up the tree! Tree day is easily one of my favorite days of the year. Finn must have sensed how important this was to me because he was so good. We started putting the tree up around 10:00 a.m. We finished at 9:00 p.m. It took me forever to put it up because I stopped every few minutes to take pictures of Finn. I would also let him bring me the ornaments (still in the box) and that made things go really slow.

Before the fun started, Finn watched the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show for the first time. He sat in the chair all by himself.

After the show was over I heard a big thud and then I heard Finn whimper. I came back into the den to see Finn sitting in the floor looking at his dump truck. What I think happened is that as Finn was crawling out of the chair he fell on his dump truck. He didn't appear hurt at all.

After Michael got up it was time to put up the tree. Michael brought the tree in while Finn took his morning nap. After Finn woke up I put in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone while putting up the tree. Finn sat in his booster seat in the den, ate a grilled cheese sandwich and watched the first 25 minutes of Harry Potter. He really liked the scene were Harry talks to the snake at the zoo. No, he will never have a pet snake while he lives under my roof. He also really liked the music. Finn may look nothing like me, but he really likes my music. During the scene when the students were learning to fly, Finn would say "up."

Next Michael brought in the boxes of ornaments. Finn was so cute looking at the ornaments. He would take a box out of the big crate, examine in on all sides and then bring it to me. He recognized Mickey Mouse on one of the box and got really excited. Fair warning, I took a ton of pictures of him looking at the boxes.

Finn was really all that interested in the tree. I assumed that we would have a real problem with him wanting to touch the tree. Finn did walk over to the tree, point to the lights and say "hot." Finn is learning not to touch hot things so I hope never learns that the tree is, in fact, not hot. Next Finn found the cranberry garland.

This is a picture of Finn with this "apple." Every round, redish ornament was a apple. He would get the ornaments out of the box one at a time, say "apple" and put them in his mouth.
Later in the day Gran and Pa came by to give Finn an early Christmas present. Pa is going back to Oklahoma early tomorrow morning, so he came over to give Finn a train set. It is a beautiful train too! It is red and gold and called the Christmas Express. We set it up around the tree.
Finn loved watching it go around the tree. Kodiak is scared to death of it.

I think that Finn knew exactly who brought him the train set, because he wouldn't take his eyes off of Pa. It was really sweet.
After a few loops around the tree, Finn started reaching for the train. The train moves really quickly so he bricked the first few attempts.
He finally got the hang of it and grabbed the train right off the tracks.

After Gran and Pa left Finn and I took a nap until it was time to go to church. We let Finn walk through fellowship area tonight at church. When Finn saw the entrance to the nursery he turned around and ran the opposite direction.

When we got home Finn helped us put the ornaments on the tree. We turned Harry Potter back on while we decorated the tree. This will be a Christmas tradition no matter how hard Michael and Finn fight me.

He liked the ornaments, but he was way more interested in the boxes. He had the most fun putting the empty boxes back the plastic crate. He learned to say box tonight. He would also take the bubble wrap out of the ornament box and stick it in the tree.

I just could not have imagined a better day.

Putting up the Christmas Tree with Buck Denver

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