Monday, February 28, 2011

Busy Weekend

Thursday was the start of Finn Mega-Weekend. We started the big event off by journeying to Nana and Papa's house. Upon our arrival Finn was greeted by a Mickey Mouse plate and a Curious George Puzzle. Next came Finn's favorite part of the night . . . dinner. He had mashed potatoes all over everything. Then he ate ice cream! It was his first experience with Moose Tracks and by his expression really liked it.

Since Finn was having so much fun with Nana and Papa he decided that he didn't want to go to bed until 10:30. I let him sleep in the bed with me since he was screaming in the crib. Unfortunately Finn didn't sleep very well. He woke up almost ever hour on the hour. Then at 3:00 he woke up screaming "mama" over and over. No matter what I did I couldn't console him - the storm really scared him. Then he started asking to eat so we went downstairs and found a Pop-Tart. Insert big YUM. After finishing his Pop-Tart Finn went back to sleep and didn't wake up again until 6:00.

The next morning Finn and I went to visit Grandad. After hanging at Grandad's house for a while and draining the house of Teddy Grahams and Snackwells we all went to visit Gigi at school. While there Finn played with his new jungle animals puzzle and we ate pizza. After finishing up I dropped Finn off at Nana's school. Michael and I were hosting nine (9) sixth grade boys for the weekend for an event though our church. Mom and Greg graciously kept Finn while Michael and I were knee deep in 12 year olds.

I heard through the grapevine that Finn had a great weekend. On Friday night he fell asleep with a piece of pizza in his mouth. On Saturday we went to visit Papa Bruce and Granny Martha. By the looks of it he had a ball.

In order to keep Finn warm, Nana put Finn in one of my baby coats

Thanks Aunt Laura for taking these pictures. On Sunday Finn attended Sunday School with Nana and Papa and fell asleep during the lesson.

Later that day, after all the boys were long gone Nana brought Finn back to our house. I know that he had a great weekend because he was sound asleep cuddled up in my lap by 4:00.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Today the Begley family (me, Michael and Finn) participated in a charity Dodge ball tournament. Actually, it was just suppose to me participating. A few lady attorneys up at Juvenile Court decided to put a team together and play in the annual CASA Dodge ball tournament. In the beginning hopes were high and we had seven ladies signed up to play on our team. On the day of the tournament only four of us showed up. After getting a good look at the other teams, we accepted the fact that we were going to get creamed and more likely injured. However, we braved through the registration process and then went to the bathroom to put on our hot pink team shirts. We were called the Legal Dodgers.

During warm ups we realized that we were in over our heads and I made an emergency call to Michael. There were 18 teams, made up of firefighters, athletes and big guys wearing sweat bands around their heads. We were the only all female team and were in desperate need of some testosterone. Thankfully my chivalrous yet reluctant husband came, put on a hot pink t-shirt and led our rag tag team of lady lawyers to a record of 0-7. (Actually Michael only played 2 games because he had to get Finn back home) That's right, we didn't when one match. But that's okay because we had fun. We were easily the crowd favorite because we were so slow, uncoordinated, pitiful and defenseless. The crowd actually booed when one of the big guys would peg us with the ball.

Check out our team of moral victors!

After the tournament was over I went home and held Finn for about 4 hours . It was great. Unfortunately the reason I was able to spend so much quality time with Finn was because he was sick. The next morning we found out that Finn had an ear infection. Oops. Since Monday was a holiday we were able to spend the entire day at home with Finn nursing him back to health.

Finn checking out his mismatched jammies. He was so excited to have both Elmo and Thomas on his jammies.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Last night Finn spent the night with Gran and Pa while his mother and father had a date night (we celebrated Valentine's Day). We had a great time . . . we went to Fulins, we watched a romantic comedy and then at 10:00 we got back out for ice cream - something we haven't been able to do since Finn was born.

While we were hanging out at home Finn was great time at Gran and Pa's.

He played with the blocks

He played with the cars. I believe these are Michael, David and James' old cars.

He sat "strawberry" yogurt

He carried a basket around - after emptying it of course.

He learned how to comb his hair like a man

He colored

And he played outside wearing one of his Dad's old sweaters.

The next morning Michael and I both slept until we woke up naturally. At around 11:00 we got a call from Gran telling us that Finn wasn't feeling well. Around 1:00 in the morning he spiked a fever. He woke up crying and really didn't get a lot of sleep the rest of the night. Gran told me that when he was crying, he was crying for me - it broke my heart.

After we picked him up we brought him home and sat on the couch and watched Mickey. Then Finn did the unfathomable - we took a 3 and half hour nap. Alert the Press! I went up to check on him several times to make sure he was alive. I guess it was the combination of not feeling and well and not sleeping much the night before.

After he woke up he played for a while. Then Finn did something truly unexpected. He started singing his ABCs. Mom (Nana) gave Finn a little music table for Christmas that sings the alphabet song. Now granted he only really sings from "T" through "Z" (not sure why), but he did sing. Now, he couldn't say all the letters perfectly, but he had all the sounds correct and the tempo was spot on. I was shocked, but I fully expect this to be a one time event. Then, when we were putting on his jammies he started saying a three syllable word over and over again. It sounded like he was saying "ABC." I looked over to where he was pointing and saw his ABC book.

In other news, Finn has transitioned from "dada" to "daddy." It is so precious.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mickey Mouse Valentines

Today Finn felt awful. He cried from the minute he got home until around 7:00 when his medicine kicked in. I know it was his teeth because he practically had his entire hand in his mouth. I guess because he was in such great pain he felt a bit warm. He found out that his temperature was a little over 100 degrees so we took him upstairs and put in a cool bath.

I felt so bad for him. He was miserable to begin with and then we stuck him in cool water. In order to keep Finn from thinking this was some sort of punishment I decided to brave it and get in with him. I was right, it was awful!

After his medicine kicked in Finn got a new lease on life. His first order of business was to open his Valentines Day card from Grandad and Gigi. It was a Mickey Mouse Club House card that played the clubhouse theme. Finn asked me to read that card a hundred times tonight.

After I was all read out, Finn decided to take matters in his own hands.

Later on in the evening, long after Finn should've been in bed, Finn discovered that Thomas could haul things around. Finn very carefully would place his sippy cup on Thomas. It was so funny watching Finn try to balance that cup. He acted just like an adult would. After he had placed the cup on Thomas he would slowly move both of his hands away from the cup, but kept them close enough to catch the cup if it were to fall off. When he was satisfied with his work, he took off running as fast as he could toward the kitchen.
When he got thirsty he stopped and had a sip . . . just like this.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Very Special VD

Today is Valentine's Day, a day that I dreaded as a teenager, but have grown to appreciate a bit more in my adult years. The day turned out to be great. Finn woke up at 6:15 and bawled his eyes out until 7:30. His teeth were hurting him so badly that he wouldn't do anything but sit and rock with me. He didn't eat, he didn't play, he didn't even want to go see his dad. Michael picked him up all he could do was cry for me. Since he was feeling so badly I couldn't leave him so I took him to work with me. I only had one case on the docket so I decided to go ahead and go to court.

When we got to the courthouse I sat in the back of the room so that Finn wouldn't be a distraction. We sat quietly for a few minutes and read Finn's "Mickey" book until my case was called. I put the book down, grabbed Finn and we made our way to the bench. Finn was not happy about my taking away of the book and screamed on the top of his lungs "MICKEY" all the way to the front of the courthouse. Luckily we were in Juvenile court and there are always kids present but it is totally different when it is your kid screaming in court. As we approached Judge Tatum asked if this was my child. I told that I picked this up on the side of the road because no child of mine would ever misbehave in court. That got a good laugh from the judge and the everyone else in the courtroom. Then Judge Tatum asked Finn to approach the bench and he gave him a sucker. Finn was very pleased to get a sucker and then gladly went with a DCS worker while I presented my argument.

We arrived back at home fairly early in the day and Finn took a nap. When he woke up he didn't want to do anything but sit with me, so I took the rest of the day off and sat with my poor, sick baby. It was the most wonderful day. Finn sat quietly in my lap for almost three hours. First he fell asleep on my shoulder and then he fell asleep laying on my thigh. It was the best gift I could ask for.

For our Valentine's dinner Finn and I met Michael and Qdobas. They had a special running that if you kissed your "sweetheart" in line then you could get one dinner free. The three of us shared a sweet little kiss at the checkout counter and went home with a super cheap yet delicious dinner.

When we got home Michael and I gave Finn his present, a Mickey Mouse puzzle.

Then he grabbed his Farm animals puzzle and played with both of them together.
Then Gran and Pa stopped by for a few minutes to give Finn his present. Finn got a "Percy" train, mini Mickey Mouse books, a Thomas Outfit and black polo shirt.

He also ate a bit heart-shaped Rice Krispy cookie. Good day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I'm not sure why, but Finn has the worst eye boogers. I have cleaned green goo out of the corners of his eyes every hour for the last two (2) days. This has just started and it is nasty. I didn't really know what caused it so I assumed he was sick. After browsing around on the internet it doesn't appear to be anything to get alarmed about, but he may need some eye drops.

This morning Finn ate tw0 (2) bowls of yogurt all by himself and didn't really even get all that messy.

Then Finn helped me clean the house. My stock rises significantly every time I pull out the vacuum cleaner.
Since it was so nice out today we took Finn to the park. Gran and Pa met out there too. First he looked at the ducks.

Then we played on the bridge.

We also played in the kid's play area. It was pretty muddy. Oh, and Finn still hates swinging. He didn't even like swinging with me.
Finn's mama showed great foresight by packing Finn's remote control Jeep. I put it on the side walk and Finn ran after it for a while. He looked so cute waddling after that Jeep. When he finally caught up with it he spent some time driving it the traditional way - "rear" wheel drive.

Finn overall had a great day at the park, but of all the really interesting stuff he had to look at and play with his favorite thing was to run around in the wide open space.

The things that we do to make our children happy. Just for the record, I risked life and limb for Finn and he couldn't have cared less.

After leaving the park we stopped at Sonic to get Finn a grilled cheese.

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