Thursday, March 31, 2011

Finn says the "F" word

When I was growing up I loved the "Ramona" books by Beverly Cleary. In one such book there is a chapter called "Ramona says a bad word." As an eight (8) year old girl, I was stunned to see such an obscene and inappropriate chapter title in a childrens book. As it turns out the "bad" word referred to was "snot." A bit of a disappointment to a girl who thrives on controversy. Well, that was until my own flesh and blood started a little controversy of his own. . .

Today began like any other Thursday; it was a home day for me. As I do on most "home" days I dragged Finn along to the courthouse to get the Judge to sign an Order. On our way into the courthouse I stepped in a muddy patch and said (fairly loudly) "YUCK." From the parking lot to the courthouse Finn starts yelling his version of "yuck" on the top of his lungs. Unfortunately his version was the "f" word. I was mortified! Everyone in a 10 mile radius could hear him and it is safe to assume that they didn't know what he was actually trying to say.

Other than that major slip up Finn was well behaved at the courthouse. He was pleasant to the Magistrate, he only wandered into one office and even pretended to sweep the floor with my umbrella.

After leaving the courthouse we ran up to Nashville for a few minutes to visit daddy before he left for his overnight trip to Nashville. Then Finn and I ran over to my old stomping grounds to drop of a few legal papers for a former co-worker and present client. Finn hammed it up good. On our way home Finn took his only nap of the day which only lasted thirty (30) minutes.

Since Michael was out of town I decided that Finn and I should do something special so the two of us split a kids meal from Dairy Queen, complete with a vanilla milkshake. I made the mistake of giving Finn a sip of his milkshake while in the car. As I was trying to rip the cup out of his death grip the lip popped off and milkshake spilled all over Finn and the carseat. He looked so shocked.

Since he didn't nap well today Finn was especially tired and sweet at about 6:30 tonight. He crawled up in my lap and said "Chess" (our newest wind down musical). So the two of us cuddled up on the electric blanket and watched Chess. Finn even sang a little to his favorite song on the video. I can't say that I surprised that Finn likes Chess as it was composed by the guys from Abba and Finn LOVES Abba.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Peas and Potatoes

Today Finn got a new cup. While wandering around Wal-Mart I thought it might be fun to get Finn a cup with a straw. He is always wanting to sip out of our straws so I thought he would love to have his own cup complete with a straw. Well, I was right; he loved the cup. The only problem was he didn't quite get the mechanics. He would tip the cup up as though it were a sippy cup and try to drink. When nothing would come out he would hand me the cup and say "more."
These are just a few pictures of Finn eating dinner; peas and mashed potatoes. Finn LOVES peas. He will eat as many as you give him and love every minute of it. In fact, while I am typing this he just pulled the empty can out of the garbage can.

Earlier today when I went to pick Finn up from Victoria's house, Finn saw me coming and ran to the door. He got there a little bit before Victoria did and started yelling "mommy, aam it" (open it) as in the door. The door was locked so there wasn't much I could do but stand there any talk to him through the glass. It was so sweet.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Big Scare

Today Finn spent the whole day at home with Gran. The pictures show that Finn really enjoyed his day. While he was having fun at home I spent from 8:30 to 6:30 in Lebanon - really long day.

When I got home Finn was bathed and ready for bed. Before starting to settle down Finn pushed his big Thomas around. I got the bright idea to sit on Thomas and let Finn push me around. He thought this was great fun - I found it to be quite uncomfortable.

Next it was time to rock Finn to sleep. Right before going to bed he always eats an apple; this night was no different. However, on this night Finn got choked on a piece of apple. For a split second I thought Finn would be able to get it up himself. When it became evident that he couldn't, I started patting him on the back with no success. Then Michael stuck his finger in his mouth to get the piece with his finger. He told me it was really far down there and that he couldn't get it. I have never felt so scared. I told him to call 911 even though I knew it would do no good. I then went in after the apple, but couldn't get it the first time. The entire time Finn was biting down on my finger as hard as he could (it broke the skin and and now has swelled just a bit). Thankfully, the second time I was just able to get a finger around the little piece and pull it up. I felt so bad for Finn; my finger was as far down his throat as possible - it had to be so uncomfortable. The whole thing couldn't have taken more than 15 t0 20 seconds but it felt like a lifetime. It was awful. After we heard him crying, my body went completely limp. It took a few minutes to calm him down, but seemed to be fine. I on the other hand wasn't. After putting him to bed I cried for a long time. Then I got Finn back up out of bed and held for a while longer. I'm sure he will be a little sore tomorrow, but I am thankful that he is okay.

I'm sure this type of scare happens to all parents at some point and with this knowledge I have been dreading our turn since Finn was born. Despite the awful feeling, we all got through it and thankfully Finn is just fine.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Copy Cat

This morning Finn woke up to see Grandad and Gigi. Gigi got back from Denmark late last night and instead of going all the way home just to get up then next morning to come back to Nashville to help Em and Zac move, they decided to stay with us. After getting up Finn hopped in the car with Grandad and Gigi and headed to Em and Zac's.

Today was a fun day for Finn. He got to play in Cooper's new playroom, crawl up and down the stairs, ride in the wagon, hang out in the uhaul, smush cheese into Em's new floors, and drive his mother completely batty! We were there from about 9:30 t0 2:00 without a nap, so Finn was less than cooperative. Once we got in the car he was sound asleep before we even got out of the driveway.

At home Finn ate take-n-bake pizza and then played hide-n-seek with daddy. He read books with Mama and then watched Chess until he fell asleep.

On a side note, Finn is starting to repeat eveything we say. While getting Finn ready to go pick up the pizza, Michael said something or other "sucks." Just as clear as a bell Finn said "sucks" twice.

While at the pizza place, Finn's hairdresser Danny walked in to get pizza too. Michael said that Finn was very sheepish and wouldn't let Michael put him down. After Danny left, Finn was fine. He got into everything. Wow, those haircuts have really messed him up.

The Vet

Today Finn and I took Kodiak to the Vet. He had a nasty puss pocket under his skin that was oozing and stinking. I internet diagnosed him as having an absess - thus it was necessary to take him to see the Vet as soon as possible. He was so miserable, but I shoved him in the cat carrier anyway and threw him in the car.

Finn was on cloud 9 that his kitty was in the car with him. When we got to the Vet's office I got Finn out of his carseat, grabbed the diaper bag, grabbed my purse and then grabbed the cat carrier. Even with locking the car door and opening the door to the vet's office I managed to not drop anything. When we got inside Finn immediately ran for the big black cat that lives at the office. We were called back to the see the vet pretty quick - my guess is because they were afraid Finn would drive all their animals crazy. The Vet shaved off some of Kodiak's hair and confirmed that he had an absess. Then she prescribed an antibiotic and an anti-inflamatory. She told me to watch him over the weekend and call her Monday to see what our options are.

When we got home Finn helped me clean up. He grabbed one of the dish rags, leaned over and mopped the floor with his hands (he saw me mop on my hands and knees the day before. It is so funny to watch him rub the floor with such vigor and concentration.

Then Finn took a nap. After he woke up we went to the Post Office. When we pulled into the parking lot Finn told me "mail." He is really catching on to being a paralegal. Then we went to Kroger to get drinks for daddy. By the time we got home it was almost time for Gran and Pa to stop by. Michael and I went to see an early movie (The Adjustment Bureau) so Gran and Pa sat with Finn for a little while. After the movie I rocked Finn to sleep.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Harry Potter

Today Finn demostrated that he is a boy after his Mama's heart. While patiently waiting for Finn to decide that he was ready for his morning nap, I allowed him to empty the TV cabinet. After removing a few DVDs he got stuck on one imparticular - Harry Potter. He held it out to me and said "Harry Potter"! Well, it sounded like Harry Pod, but it was adorable. Then he brought over the DVD and and wanted to read it. He climbed up in the rocking chair with his new "book" and settled in for a long read.

And thus it begins . . .

Around 12:00 we went to Danny's to get Finn's haircut. It was so awful - I stayed stress out the rest of the day. He screamed/cried the entire time. He seemed to be scared to death. Then to make matters worse he had to go to the doctor's office to get shots for his 18 month well baby check-up.

The check-up went well. Finn weighs 29.5 pounds and is 32.5 inches tall. He was also screened for autism at this visit, which went well. Finn was a terror during the appointment. While I was filling out the paperwork for the autism screen, Finn pulled all the baby pads out of the cabinets and then started on the paper gowns. Thank goodness for the "clean up" song. When I started singing it Finn immediately stopped wreaking havoc and started putting everything back in the cabinets.

After the appointment Finn took a quick nap and then we hung out with Dad the rest of the night. We really had no intention of taking Finn outside since it was so cold, but ended up doing it anyway to make him feel better after falling on his face. I have no idea how Finn still has his front teeth.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Last night Finn fell in the bathroom. I had just gotten him out of the bathtub and sat him on his towel. When he stood up his foot immediately slipped out from underneathe him and he came crashing to the floor. He bumped his head pretty hard and cried his little eyes out. Michael was out of town so I had nobody to freak out with. I was pretty nervous the rest of the night. I probably woke him up every hour from 8:00 through midnight. Around that time I put him in the bed with me, just in case. I tried my best to wake him up, he would stir and open his eyes, but he wouldn't wake all the way up which made me a nervous wreck. I next decided to stand him up in the bed. That didn't work, he just fell over on me. After a little while, and talk with Michael I felt better and put him back in his crib. He did just fine. He woke up at 6:30 just like normal and had a good day.

When we got home from Victoria's today we took him outside and let him play on his lawnmower. He ended up just pushing the mower around. Next we took a bath. During his bath Finn would fill a cup from the running water and pour it on his chest and stomach. While he wasn't looking I turned the water all the way to the cold side and waited for the reaction - it was good.

Near the end of his bath he tee-teed in the water so we pulled him out. While we were getting his diaper and jammies ready Finn ran off into our bedroom. And yes, he finished on our bedroom floor. The second he was finished his put his hand into it - yuck. After washing his hands I brushed Finn's teeth. When I am finished brushing Finn's teeth I give him the toothbrush to let him start learing the process. When he was finished brushing he walked over the garbage can and through his toothbrush in - lovely.

Hank's Big Weekend.

This weekend was dedicated to the "soon" (as opposed to late) Henry Issac Cox, or as Emily learned this week, Coopers worst enemy. Cooper acted a little jealous this weekend when Emily held Campbell. It was a really nice shower and Finn had a great time.

Cooper and Finn spent a lot of time together. Finn was pretty friendly and spent a good deal of time with his cousin

The Lady Cousins (minus Anna who was having labor pains)

The Sisters

Don't let this picture fool you - they are only pretending to be on their best behavior.

Cooper reading his new book.

Eating his new Nerf football from Aunt Tracey

It didn't take long for my child to strip down to his diaper.
After the shower was over Finn, Cooper, Mom, Em and I went to church while Mom practiced the organ. Finn and Cooper ran around the empty sancuary.
Later than night we had pizza. Finn ended up sitting up until almost 10:00. He was wild as a buck - crawling on furniture and yelling "oh man." When he finally did go to sleep I laid him up in the trundle bed. After a few minutes I heard whining from downstairs and then I heard Finn banging on the door. He had found his way out of the bed, through the dark and to the door. I decided to go ahead and go to bed with him. He laid down next to me and hugged my neck as tight as he could. Later on in the night I was rudely awoken by Finn head butting me. All night he tried to sleep as close to me as humanly possible. At times he was sit straight up in bed and would throw his body onto mine. This particular time he head butted me and it hurt.
The next morning Finn went to Sunday School with Nana and then he went to church. Finn talked way too much during church and we had to take him out. Coop ended up having to go out too, so the boys ran around in the parlor.
After lunch while I was getting everything ready to go Finn pulled my old "Bearenstain Bear" books out of the shelf. When I told it was time to go he held his arms out walked over to Nana and told her bye.
When we got back to our house Finn got a big surprise, Grandad came to spend the night. During his stay we took Finn for a ride in the car through the neighborhood. Unfortunately for the rest of the night Finn yelled ride. Finn had a great time with Grandad and did not want to go to bed while he was here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Rockin' Out

Today while I was at rork and Michael was watching basketball with his friends, Finn went to Target with Gran and ate a whole bag of popcorn.
After I got home from work we three went to zaxby's for dinner where Finn begged for frenchfries. One the way home he sang the "Bushel and Peck" song. Later on in the night Finn and I went to grab something from town and he rocked out to Abba in such a way that I have never seen before (and who can blame him). He got this serious look on his face, bopped his head to the beat and swung his arms like a crazy person.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

18 Months

Today Finn is a year and a half going on thirty (30). In honor of this day I have decided to post a list of all of Finn's words. Nana gave me this idea a couple of weeks ago. I know I will not be able to get them all, but I will do my best. He can mimic just about anything we say so I am only going to list the words that he knows, uses consistently and uses properly.

Mama, which for some reason Finn is switching to Mommy.
Daddy, which used to be Dada.
Gran (Dan)
Grandad (Dan Dad)
Cooper (Coofer)

Oatmeal (ott-mall)
Peanut butter (peddie-baa)
Milk (Mick)
Water (Wadoo)
Chicken (bock bock)
Eggs (Aaggs)
Yogurt (gocurk)
Crackers (Dadu)
cereal (cirral)
Rice (hice)
Teddy Graham (Teddies)
Grilled cheese. Every time we pass by any Sonic anywhere, he yells for grilled cheese
Drink (dink)
Bread (bed)
Popcorn (pop pone)


Thomas (Domas)
Mickey (Meennie)
Donald Duck (Don Duck)
Percy (Perdie)
Daisy Ducky
Oh Toodles

Animals: With appropriate animal sounds
Kitty Cat (Kee cat)
Elephant (eh-nat)
Giraffe (jaf)
Fish (ba-loop)

Body parts:

Outside (I die)
Big Truck (big duck)
Glasses (as he pulls them off of your face)
Please (pees - while he signs)
Jump me (jump ee)
Pen (pen pen)
Shapes (from his shapes book)
Pookie (from his pookie book)
Brown Bear
Medicine (medi)
Lawn mower (Ma More)

Songs: Granted, it is a little rough
ABC - he can so the whole thing except for "MLNO." He can even do the now I know my ABC part
The Bunny
Twinkle Twinkle (only the first line)
Back and Forth

He can count to ten (10) too.


Today is the first day of the NCAA Tournament, meaning that Daddy is home for two (2) straight days! In order to let Michael enjoy some basketball games, Finn and I went to the Davidson County courthouse to get a summons issued. I was a little worried about how Finn might behave as it is a long walk from the parking garage to the courthouse. Much to my delight, he was a perfect angel. He was friendly to eveyone on the elevator, he was nice to the officers at the metal detector and he was very polite to the clerk. He even let me hold him the entire time which is unusual. The clerk's office only took about five (5) minutes but after just a few seconds, Finn started hamming it up. He would lay his head on my should, saying "mama" in his sweet voice, and pull my face towards his for a kiss. He did this several times. It was so sweet, but after a few times (with on end in sight) I had to put a stop to it.
Once we were done I let Finn run around in the huge courtyard in front of the courthouse. All was going well until discovered that Finn was collecting used cigarette butts.

When we got home Finn went outside to play with Dad. It was at this time that Finn discovered the hose pipe.

The water was absolutely freezing! Every time it would touch him he would gasp just a little. Nevertheless he ended up soaking himself. He even managed to spray us a few times. Before putting the hose pipe away Finn decided to have a drink. I would spray the nozzle for just a few seconds and then he would grab it and shove it in his mouth. To each his own.

Finn also made great strides towards potty training. Without prompting, he got a diaper, grabbed his wipes, laid on the floor and said "diaper change."

By the way, Finn is 18 months today!

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