Thursday, September 29, 2011

Project Toddler Bed

On Monday we decided to allow Finn to sleep in his new room for the first time. We put the shade and the curtains up so that the light wouldn't bother him. Even though Finn loves his new room he was very apprehensive about laying down in his bed. I sat next to his bed and rubbed his forehead until he fell asleep. It only took a couple of minutes before he was out like a light. I left the room, closed the door and felt very proud of myself.

At 11:00 I heard Finn yelling for me over the baby monitor. I went into his room and saw him sitting up in his bed. I laid him back down and held his hand until he went back to sleep. After I felt confident that he was asleep I went into the TV and fell asleep on the mattress. (We have the guest bedroom mattress in the middle of the TV room floor for the time being. ) Fifteen minutes later Finn was up again. This pattern went on until about 1:30 in the morning. When I finally got back into bed I was hopeful that I would be able to get some sleep. Then I heard the door open and a swishing sound. Finn had pulled both blankets off of his bed and walking down the hall with them. He spotted me on the mattress and jumped into bed with me. I was too tired to fight with him so I let him stay. He snuggled as close to me as he possibly could. It was so sweet, but I don't want to start any bad habits.

Needless to say "Night 1" was a disaster. "Night 2" wasn't much better. Finn only slept about an hour before the endless waking up started. Again at about 1:00 a.m. I threw in the towel and let him sleep on the mattress with me.

When we got up the next morning I asked Finn where he slept last night and he said "in big boy bed." He doesn't seem scared of his bed, in fact he is really excited every time he gets in it, but he doesn't have the discipline to stay in. He is so sweet at bedtime. He will ask me to hold his hand. Once I hold his hand he falls right to sleep. It only takes a few minutes for him to fall asleep at night.

"Night 3" was better. He slept in his bed until at least after midnight. When I woke up in the morning I discovered that Finn was next to me. I also saw both of Finn's blankets, his horse pillow and his stuffed Thomas in the bed with us. So at some point he crawled out of his bed, grabbed all of his stuff, and crawled into mine all without my knowing. Pretty svelte.

Thursday was Finn's first time to nap in his new bed. I was dreading this, but he actually did really well. He slept about an hour and half solid. I am hoping this is a good sign. If by the end of the week he is still not sleeping through the night we will be putting a baby gate up.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Today at 4:45 I picked Finn from JT's house. It has been since Friday at 1:30 since I had seen him last. As I walking up the front porch I heard the sweetest voice yell with enthusiasm "MOMMY." When I opened the front door Finn gave me the biggest, longest hug he had ever given. I was so overcome with happiness to see him. After he hugged me, he looked at me and hugged me again. It was sweet.

As I was putting him the car he gave me another hug. I kinda think that he missed me. On the way home Finn told me all about his adventures. He told me that had a picnic with Nana and that he ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, apples, chips and milk. He also mentioned that there was bug (mom had told me that there was a bee flying around). Finn told me that he petted cows and he saw the lawnmower. When I asked him about the nursery he responded "it'll be okay."

Once home Finn gave big hugs to dad and the two of them played trains while I prepared dinner. After dinner we all went outside. Finn played with his sidewalk chalk and the rode on Michael's shoulders. He also played with water balloons for the first time.

Tonight was also Finn's first night to sleep in his new room and new bed. He did not want to go in the new bed. I sat next to him and held his hand and rubbed his head until he fell asleep. In all I probably sat with him 15 minutes. I swore that I would not sit with him - I wanted him to learn to fall asleep without me next to him. However, 30 seconds into the process I caved. My hope is that he won't dread going to bed tomorrow since I made it all okay.

After Finn fell asleep I quietly ducked out of the room and closed the door. We are now waiting to see how many times he wakes up tonight.

Finn's Weekend O' Fun

On Friday Finn and I met Michael for some lunch at the "Bell" as Finn likes to call it before my OB appointment. While Finn was scarfing down nacho's and dip Michael and I unceremoniously decided on a name for the sequel - we have decided to name him "Samuel Hunt Begley" and call him "Sam."

After leaving Taco Bell Finn and I met Nana at my doctor's office. Mom was going to go with me to my OB appointment and hold Finn. Afterwards Finn was all set to spend the weekend at Nana and Papa's house. Unfortunately my doctor's office lost my appointment so we left with no ultrasound. We packed Finn up in Nana's car and then I spent the next three days chillin'.

Finn, on the otherhand, had a big, big weekend. First, he went to the fair with Nana and Papa were he sat on tractors, petted animals, ate fair food, and rode rides.

On Saturday Nana informed me that Finn had a picnic under the big trees in the front yard.

On Saturday night Finn surprised everyone by crawling out of Emily's tall, four poster bed, crawling all the way downstairs and making a late night appearance in the TV room. I have no idea how he did it, but I wish I could have been a fly on the wall.

On Sunday, Finn went to Church with Nana and Papa. Finn tried the nursery for a little while, but decided it wasn't for him. The nursery workers ended up bringing Finn up to mom during the services.

After church Gigi came to pick up Finn for a sleep over at Grandad and Gigj's house. I learned that Finn played in the woods, went to the barn and visited the horses.

Dad brought Finn back to Hendersonville this morning (Monday morning). Since I had to be in court out of County Dad brought Finn directly to JT's house. On the way there Finn told Grandad and the wanted to go to Mama and Daddy's house. After discovering that he was going to be staying at JT's house Finn decided that he wanted to go with Grandad. He apparently pretty upset about Grandad's departure.

Thank you to Mom, Greg, Dad and Gina for keeping Finn this weekend. He had a ball and Michael and I had a nice relaxing weekend.

Finn's New Backpack

Finn has a new favorite thing - this James the Train backpack. He uses this backpack as a place to store is most precious toys when he goes away from home. Before leaving the house I tell Finn that he can put two (2) toys in his backpack. He will start with two (2) but when I am not looking and sometimes when I am he will stuff every toys that he possibly can in the bag. When Finn is not looking I will take them out.

Before we leave the house I will hand Finn his backpack and he will carry it to the car. Last week Finn took it to JT's for the first time. JT was pretty excited to see it.

On Thursday Finn and I made a trip to Toddler Town to visit two (2) of my younger clients. Since we were going to a daycare anyway I thought it would be okay to bring Finn. Finn, of course, asked to take "james bag." When we got there I put the backpack on Finn's shoulders and he walked into the daycare. He was greeted by about ten (10) very friendly toddlers all very excited to see Finn's backpack. It was like vultures on road kill. This did not sit well with Finn so he hung pretty close to my thigh the entire time.

Thank you Chelsea for the James backpack. I love watching Finn wear it - he looks so cute.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Side Walk Chalk

After dinner tonight Finn, Daddy and I went outside and played with Finn's sidewalk chalk. We had a lot of fun, but I didn't realize how messy it is. See Exhibit A.


While we were outside, I drew a really lousy picture of Mickey Mouse - however, Finn thought it was great. He got really excited.

This is a picture of Finn watching the little girls next door jump rope.

This is a picture of Finn looking at an airplane.

When we came inside Finn had a bath. After his bath he asked to play with his kitchen. While Finn was playing I went downstairs to get a diaper. By the time I got back upstairs Finn had urinated all over this kitchen. So we spent the night decontaminating the kitchen.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Aftermath

Well today was tough. Michael and I both overslept but we were able to get to church on-time at 8:30. Finn walked straight into the nursery and didn't look back.

After church we came home and Finn opened his presents from me and Michael. We didn't give them to him yesterday because he was too preoccupied with everything else. He did a little bit better today. We gave Finn a "Victor" train and "Dash" train. Finn was pretty excited and immediately put them on his train track. Finn got this track last Christmas, but we put it away until Finn was old enough. Well he is old enough now and literally sits and plays with the track for hours. We also got him a "Thomas" coloring book, sidewalk chalk, a sound block puzzle and a Thomas play book with tiny characters. The book was a big hit.

After opening his presents Finn played with them for a while and then we went to the store. Then we went to Gran's house for a few minutes. Micheal and James changed the break pads on Michael's car over there. Finn played "EIO" which means farm animals and then ate strawberries and oreos on the patio.

After the car was fixed Finn went home to take a nap. After he woke up he asked to play with his kitchen. He loves the kitchen. He moves from one thing to the next over and over again. It so interesting that kids Finn's age know exactly what to do in the kitchen. The only thing he hasn't quite mastered is the microwave. He calls it the microphone. He loves to make, stir and pour coffee.

I ended up taking a long nap this afternoon so I don't know exactly what went on, but I heard that Michael and Finn went outside and played with the sidewalk chalk.

Right now Finn is eating yogurt and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

2 Years Old

Today Finn turned two! It is been a busy and stressful week preparing for the big day. For Finn's big birthday present from us we decided to give him a new room. We ordered a toddler bed and painted and put his toys in his room. The painting wasn't a problem, but we couldn't get the queen sized bed apart that served as the guest bed. In order to put Finn's room together we had to get the bed apart. Thankfully my Dad came up on Thursday and got the bed apart.

Later in the evening Michael put Finn's new bed together which was a headache in and of itself. After the bed was in we started the process of bringing everything else in - his room looks really cute.

On Friday, Nana came to spend the night with Finn and to help me get ready for the party. She also brought Finn's present and we put it together the night before; it is a really cute walk-in kitchen set.

The next morning we got up and did a few last minutes things to prepare for the party. We served breakfast again this year so we started at 9:30. We had lots of guests in attendance; Emily, Zac, Cooper and Hank; Nana and Papa; Grandad and Gigi; Gran, Mimi and Aunt Donna; Monica; Chris, Regina, Micah and Haley Beth; Victoria, Lindsey and JT; Brandon, Carissa, Addison and Ella; and Greg, Shelley, Macey T. and Gabrielle. The kids all played really well together.

First we had breakfast - the food turned out great. Then Finn opened his presents. He opened Grandad and Gigi's first. After about three presents Finn was on information overload and really tuned out. He looked at everything but didn't really sit with me and open. I think JT was more excited about Finn's birthday than Finn was.

Last Finn opened his kitchen set present from Nana and Papa and we took Finn upstairs to see his kitchen. The kids loved the kitchen. Finn, Micah and Macey cooked for a while.

Next we ate cake. Finn's cake was shaped like Thomas.

After cake everyone left and Finn sat in the floor and played until his nap. I was pretty emotional after the party. Finn was sweet playing with this trains in the floor. He would look up and me and smile and my heart hurt just a little bit. I am having a hard time believing that Finn is two already.

After his nap Finn played with this kitchen. He loves his kitchen set! He cooked me supper and then poured me coffee. He is so precious playing in his kitchen. He will take the food and put it in the microwave and then in the fridge. He will sprinkle cinnamon on everything and then give it me to eat. He is really proficient in the kitchen.

At around 7:00 we went to the shop to pick up Michael's car. While in the car Finn asked to go home. He told me that he wanted to "fix supper." Then he said "mommy, I love you." And I lost it all over again.

When we got home Finn went straight to his train track and started to play. We told him that it was time for bed and he, for the first time, did the "fake" bottom lip pucker. Where do they learn these things?

He also has started saying "yes." Finn has known "no" for a while, but Finn's way of saying "yes" has always been to repeat what I say. He is now actually responding with "yes." The way he says it is so sweet - he really emphasizes the "ssss".

Overall it was great day. Finn received a lot of really wonderful gifts. To everyone who came, thank you so much. He are very blessed to have such great friends in our lives.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ride Along with Thomas

This morning Finn woke up at 7:45. Why is it that when I have to get up early Finn decides to sleep in? Anyway, we were up early for a good reason - we went to ride on Thomas today. We put on Finn's train overalls and headed to the Nashville Central Railroad museum. Finn was very excited to go.When we got there the first stop that we made was to "Imagination Station" where Finn played with blocks and watched other children playing with miniature train set. They had the trains sets everywhere - I have never seen so many.

Next we headed over to stand in line to board Thomas.

Finn and Daddy right before boarding.

Here we are inside the train. We had a nice little corner in the back next to a picture of "Diesel." The ride was really nice - it didn't go too fast and they played Thomas songs the whole way. Finn really enjoyed being on the train.

Next we waited in line to have our picture taken with Thomas. Michael and I took turns holding our spot in line while the other one took Finn around to look at Thomas. The first Finn saw Thomas he looked over and me and his mouth fell open. Then he pointed, smiled and said "Thomas!" Then he said - "go see Thomas." I put Finn down and let him walk over to the chain dividers - which he subsequently pulled down in a mad rush to see Thomas.
The wait wasn't too terribly long before it was Finn's turn to stand on the platform and have his picture taken in front of Thomas.

One happy little boy.

Next we went to the petting zoo area. Finn did not want to touch the animals, but the animals really seemed to want to hang with Finn.

Then we stopped to have Finn's picture taken in front of the "steamies."

And then in front of the "diesels"

Afterwards we went to the gigantic gift shop to look around. I had one mission and that was to buy a "Gordon" but of course they were completely out - instead we bought a book for Finn before we left.

Next we went to the information next desk to pick up Finn's prize for making it to all the stations. Finn calls it his Thomas plate. It is a large, circular picture with pictures of all 50 or so trains on it.

Finn was a little fussy when we left, but overall it was such a fun experience. I am so glad that we were able to do this with Finn.

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