Friday, October 28, 2011

Hand Holding

Today (Friday) I had a few cases set so Finn spent the day at JT's house. I had to be in Nashville at 7:00 to meet with a client's psychologist. I had to leave the house at 6:00 which meant I needed to be up at 4:45. Around 5:30 I was standing with my back to the door digging through my panty hose drawer. Out of nowhere I hear "hi mommy" in a very loud and excited voice. I jumped a mile; he scared me to death.

After picking Finn up from JT's house we met Daddy at the Streets for dinner at Qdobas. Then we went took Finn down to the breezeway to let him run. Finn thinks the breezeway is a tunnel. Next we went to Barnes and Noble to play with the train set. After about an hour a five year old little boy came over to play too. Finn was inordinately pleasant and sweet to this little boy. He shared, spoke and played with him. When it was time for Finn to leave I asked him to give the Spencer train to Rhett (little boy) and he did. I couldn't believe it.

When we got back outside it was dark. I told Finn that we could either hold hands or he I could carry him back to the car. He immediately clasped his hands together in front of him, held them up to show me and looked very pleased that he had found the loop hole.

On the way home Finn started singing "Little Engines." About a measure in Finn stopped cold and said "Finn sing too loud." He seemed to have scared himself. Michael had reported this behavior earlier in the week - but I still got a big kick out of it.

When we got home I let Finn play with his Mickey Mouse stickers. He ended up decorating my laptop and my file. Luckily the client of the file he defaced is a five (5) year old girl - she'll get big kick out of it.

Two Year Appointment

Finn had a big day on Thursday. He started the day at daddy's office while I went to the OB to check on Sam - passed my gestational diabetes test with flying colors. Later in the day Finn went to the pediatrician's office for his two year appointment. We learned that Finn is doing great except for one small thing - he has gained a little bit more weight this year than he should have. They like for kids between their first and second birthday to gain about 4 pounds. Finn gained 7.5. We were told that we can start with skim milk, that we should switch to lowfat peanut butter and that we should nix the nighttime raisins. She has always given us great advise so I trust her judgment. I felt like such a bad mother sitting there listening - I wanted to cry. I have always struggled with weight issues and I don't want Finn to do the same.

At the end of the appointment Finn got a finger prick to check his lead levels and then he got flu shot - he screamed his guts out. He also cried when they weight him - not sure why. As for Finn's measurements - he weighs 34 pounds (95%). I don't exactly remember his height but he was in the 88th percentile.

In between my doctor's appointment and Finn's doctor's appointment we came home for nap. Before his nap Finn helped me unload the dishwasher. He does a great job unloading - he is very careful and extremely enthusiastic. Unfortunately he doesn't really care about where he puts things. Most of the silverware ends up on the top of the stove.

Next he helped me clean out Sam's closet. Finn has completely accepted the fact that his "old room" is now "Sam's room." The only thing that he still holds onto is his crib. He will walk over to it, give it pat and say "Finn's old bed." If you ask him which bed he likes best we will say "Finn likes old bed." He says it with such sadness that I feel sorry for him.

While I was going through the closet Finn went through Sam's toys. He stumbled across a stuffed dog with an antler (the one from "The Grinch.") He took one look at it and chucked it across the room as far as he could. Then he ran over and hugged me. I asked him what was wrong and he said "dog scared Finn." I tried to get him to see it again but he refused - he is absolutely terrified of that dog. He wouldn't even walk by the room if the door was open for fear of seeing it.

Around bedtime I gave Finn "mini-trash." Finn has never liked stuffed animals, but warmed up to mini-trash pretty quickly.

Monday, October 24, 2011

"Kir Plunk"

Late Saturday night Michael heard a loud thump from upstairs and then heard a scream from Finn. Finn had fallen out of his toddler bed for the first time. I was sound asleep in bed and heard about it the next day. Even though he screamed pretty loud he went back to sleep pretty quickly.

Sunday after church we met James, Brandon, Carissa, Addison and Ella for lunch Chili's. Finn didn't eat a whole lot and instead opted to dunk french fries in his water cup. After we got home I took Finn upstairs to bed for his nap. He asked about his Uncle James who was watching football downstairs with Daddy. I told him that he could see Uncle James when he woke up. That seemed to appease him enough to allow him to drift off to sleep. When he woke up he went downstairs to see that Uncle James was nowhere to be found. He kept asking me "where James." I pointed to his James train and said "he right there Finn." Over and over he would ask. It finally hit me that he was talking about Uncle James. I told that James had gone home and he whined a good bit.

After Finn's bath we put on his "Cooper shirt." He loves his Cooper shirt - he was very proud of it.

Eating apples.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Buddy Walk

Saturday the Begley clan went to join Super Coop for the Buddy Walk at Centennial Park. I told Finn early in the day that we would be going to the park and he was thrilled. When we got there We took the stroller out but as it turned out Finn wanted to walk the whole way. I though the walk was a mile, but it was a half a mile. Both Finn and Coop were great - they didn't get tired and they didn't complain.

Zac and Coop getting checking out the sign.

Hank getting ready for the Walk

Throwing "stuff" into the pond. Dad found a perfect shell and showed it to Finn. Finn took one look at it and threw it in the pond. Oops.


Super Coop crossing the finish line.

The only swing Finn has ever enjoyed.

After the walk we found a nice shade tree to sit under and eat lunch. It was a wonderful day for a picnic.

Exhausted after the grueling walk.

Hanging Out with Grandad and Gigi

After the Buddy Walk Grandad and Gigi came back to Finn's house to play - or at least that's how Finn would put it. When we first got back Finn opened a new "Sir Top Hat Caboose" and Mickey Mouse Shapes and Colors flash cards.

Then Finn decided that he wanted to play outside - as if he hadn't played outside all day. First we played with the sidewalk chalk. We played the CSI version.

Next Finn created his own game - he would go to the top of the driveway (the driveway is sloped) and roll a tennis ball under the front of his Daddy's car.

Next he would run down along side the car. . .

And try to catch the ball as it came out the back end. Finn was not quite fast enough to accomplish this goal.

While I was at the post office, Finn, Grandad and Gigi walked down to the common area to play.

After I got back, Lauren came to visit for a few minutes and then we all went out to eat. Finn was pretty good during dinner. He ate peanuts and a roll. When it was time for Grandad, Lauren and Gigi to leave Finn gave them all big hugs and then watched the car drive away at the window.

Then he went straight to bed. It was a long, fun day.

Bear Hugs

Within the last few weeks Finn has become the sweetest little boy. He is no longer selfish with his hugs and tell us he loves us all the time. This morning I put Finn's polar bear shirt on him, he took one look at it and said, "I love it." He will also ask me to "love" his blanket. This means that I am to hold the blanket up to my cheek.

This has been an eventful work week for me meaning that Finn's blog has been neglected. In an attempt to remember a few things, I am randomly writing things down.

Last Sunday Finn went to play basketball with Daddy. I was on a home visit so Michael had to take Finn to the gym for a few minutes. When I got there Finn was having so much fun. He would run around the gym with Micheal and would try to get on the court. When it was time for us to leave Finn was devastated. I decided that it would be okay for us to hangout a few more minutes and play. The only problem was when Michael actually started playing Finn would try to run onto the court and he would cry. I guess the thought that something awful was happening to his daddy.

Later in the week while Michael was turning on the lights off in preparation for bed, he turned around and saw Finn standing in the kitchen. I guess he had got out of bed and made it all the way downstairs without making a peep.

On Thursday Finn spent the evening with Gran while Michael and I went to see Wicked for my birthday. We met Mom and Mrs. Cyndi at TPAC. It was wonderful!

On Friday Regina and Micah came over for some breakfast and some play time. Before they got there Finn and I snuggled up on the couch and watched VeggieTales and sang. Finn did a pretty good job of playing and sharing for the first hour and half of the visit. The last thirty minutes he was pretty fussy. Later that evening we met Gran at Qdoba's for dinner and then Finn went back to Gran's house to play for a few hours.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ghouls at Grassmere

Friday Finn, Michael and I met Gran, Kim, Katie and Jake at the Nashville Zoo for the Halloween event. Finn was pretty keyed up the whole night. He took to jumping for some reason. He would just jump up and down in one place over and over while saying "look mommy." He is really starting to take on the characteristics that are synonymous with being a two year old.

Our first stop was to the Meer cat lair. All of the animals had been put away for the event, but there was one lone Meer car out and about. This is Katie, Finn and Gran looking at the Meer cat. Katie and her new brother Jake are the children that Gran keeps during the day (Kim is their mother).

All over the Zoo there were little scary huts set up where people in costume would give candy to kids. I think I ate most of Finn's.

This is the best picture I could get of Finn while on the hayride. Pretty rough. The hay ride was really fun and not too scary. Finn was more impressed with the fact he was riding on a tractor than he was with the decorations. About halfway through the ride Finn decided that he wanted off. I told him that he was welcome to get off, but that he would leave him. He opted to stay on the ride.
Next we rode the carousal. While we were waiting in line Finn told me over and over that he wanted to ride on the lion. When we got on the ride the couple in front of us ran straight for lion. Looks like somebody poached our idea. Finn settle for the wolf right next to Katie's lion.

Finn, Katie and Jake's group photo.

Finn Learns to Make His Bed

Today (Thursday) Finn learned to make his bed. He liked the process so much that the minute he made it up he would immediately throw all of the covers off the bed and start again.

The finished process.

Today was a stay at home day with mama - meaning that we drove all over town to keep busy. When we got home we played with Finn's sidewalk chalk. He is getting pretty good at recognizing shapes. I drew a square, rectangle, triangle, and circle on the driveway and he properly identified three out of four. When I asked him what shape the circle was he said "Mickey Mouse." While the answer wasn't necessarily wrong it wasn't the "most correct" answer. Just like his parents, Finn is proving to be bad at multiple choice, standardized tests. What is most impressive is Finn's ability to properly identify the shape of a stop sign. Octagon is a tough word.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sugar and Spice and Everythig Nice

This morning Finn woke at 5:45. I went into his room to coax him back to sleep by laying my head on the foot of his bed. He decided to turn his entire body around and lay his head directly on top of mine. We decided to get up instead. It wasn't so bad though - Finn only woke up one time last night and it was at 2:00. I took his nightlight out of his room hoping that the darkness would help him stay asleep. He never had a night light in his crib - so why mess with a system that was wildly successful. We'll see how it goes.

After getting up we went downstairs for some breakfast. It was freezing and Finn let me know about it. He has never whined about being cold before. All I have to say is "get used to it son." Those that know us well know that we keep a cold house in the winter months. Since Finn was so cold I let him eat his eggs on the couch wrapped up in a down comforter.

After breakfast Finn helped me cook a sour cream coffee cake for Sunday School. We had a ball. I put all the ingredients, measuring cups, spoons and bowls in the floor. I would measure everything out and hand it to Finn who would dump it in the bowl. Then he would stir. He was so happy to help mama cook. When were done Finn liked the spoon and then the bowl.

When we picked Finn up from Sunday School this morning we were told that they played on the playground. Finn was so keyed up after church this morning. He was super sweet and super talkative. We went for Daddy's cheat meal to Zaxby's were Finn didn't stop talking for the entire hour. Once home Finn took a nap and then played with his puzzle pieces on daddy.

Michael and I were talking today about how much independent Finn is becoming. He will play on the floor with his toys all by himself. Today he looked at his books and then stacked him up on his dump truck. He still would prefer that we play with him, but he can entertain himself now.

The first part of our weekend was great too. On Friday we all went to a Sunday School party at John and Victoria's house. I didn't see a whole lot of Finn that night - he was running around after JT most of the time. The only time I really noticed Finn was when he was pitching a fit - which happened several times for some reason.

On Saturday we went to Sparta to have family pictures taken. We meet Mom, Greg, Em and Zac at McDonalds. The pictures went really well. Afterward we had some pizza at Papa and Granny's house. Finn pushed around one of Granny's big trucks while wearing a yellow fireman's hat. He looked so cute.

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