Finn turned 2!

I can’t believe Finn turned two. These two years have flown by in some ways, and really have been so delightful. He is such a ham, tender-hearted, kind of a scaredy-pants, loves to make us laugh, a sleeping champ, has an awesome Dino rawr, and loves his “BEE-va” almost more than he loves his “mom” and “daddy.”

We threw him a little party at the park with his cousins and neighbors. The evening had great weather and the kids just played their hearts out on the playground.

When I said, “Happy Birthday, Finn,” to him that morning, he replied, “No! Happy Birthday, DINOSAUR!” He also wore his dinosaur hat all day long. But don’t let that fool you, he may act tough, but when I took him to the farm for his birthday that afternoon, every animal scared him, even the chickens and baby goats.

Finn is now down to 95th percentile for his height and weight, coming down from 97th last year. We did cold turkey no bottles (or binky) right after his birthday, so he will probably be thinning out a lot this year! I love my lil chunky hunk!

Bath Time with Finn

This kid loves taking baths and one night he was being extra cute in the tub.

97th Percentile

Finn had his 18 month check up a month or so ago and we learned is in the 97th percentile. I literally asked what happens if his weight goes about the 100th percentile and we had a good laugh. But his height (I think it’s the 60%) has increased as well, so the doctor said he’s just a big boy and it’s fine!Oh, and the funny thing is, Finn had been sick a week before this and I felt like he was losing his chub a little bit. Then when we found out he weighs over 30 pounds, I realized it’s all relative hah! The bigger, the better, I think! Love this hunk!

Another Haircut

Finny got another haircut and it looked so cute! His hair just grows straight out, so the trick is to keep it short, I’ve finally realized. The bottom (before) picture makes me laugh so hard!

Our Little Pumpkin is One!

Finn turned one on September 18th! I’m still a little behind on his monthly posts, so that will come another day. We had a little pumpkin theme and celebrated with cake with family and some close friends. Finn got some cute clothes, trucks, a spin and sit toy, and a bunch of new books! It’s been so nice to have some new boy toys around here! It’s been adorable to see him figure out the new toys and even make sounds for his trucks and airplane.

Well, I couldn’t chose just one picture of Finn eating birthday cake because they were all so cute, so here are like a dozen photos of Finn doing the same thing from different angles. Haha!

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Finny Babe: 10 Months

At ten months, Finn changed his look from a baby to a big boy. I think part of it was his hair. His hair lightened up a lot from being outside so much and just grew like crazy. He has had two haircuts in the past three months and already needs another.

Finn started pushing his walker toy around like crazy at the end of July and walk walking around the furniture, then he took a couple steps here and there, but didn’t officially start walking until about a week before he turned 11 months.

He started slowing down in eating around ten months. Suddenly he was a little pickier about what I was feeding him, which was so strange. But on the upside, he got really good at ten months at using finger foods.

Not much else happened, but he still was the sweetest and most easygoing baby ever! He smiles at EVERYONE. Says Dada all the time and occasionally will say mama. Time is flying by!

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Finny Babe: 9 Months

I’m so behind on Finn’s monthly posts but I have hundreds of photos and don’t want to forget these precious moments, so I’m going to try my hardest to remember how he was back in June.

Finn started crawling in June, about half way through the month. It was pretty crazy how he just started crawling and then just didn’t stop! Suddenly my little sweet infant was so curious and wanted to get into everything and anything. The pool opened in June so we also took him swimming quite a bit. He loves the water but it tires him out, he would even fall asleep on me on some days (something that Eva never used to do).

Another first for Finn in June was that he got a haircut! It was getting quite long, so I couldn’t wait any longer. It made him look like such a big boy!

Some other memories/favorites: being carried in the Ergo carrier, everything his sister does, splashing in the water, eating all food, standing up and moving along the furniture, smiling at everyone, seeing dad when he gets home from work, saying DADADA, saying “aaah duh” when he’s all done with something.

I’ve got a bunch of videos of Finn but that will have to come on another day. Finn is honestly one of the sweetest and happiest babies I’ve ever seen. 95% of the time he has a smile on his face and is just SO easygoing. I’m grateful for my happy baby to remind me of all the goodness and light in the world.

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Finny Babe: 8 Months

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Finn is 8 months! Crazy. I can’t believe that just in a few short months, he will be one. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I love this age, just like last month. When babies are sitting up but not quite mobile, it’s the best. They’re in their prime-time chubbiness and cuteness. Their personalities show through and almost everyday they’re doing new tricks.

New tricks this month consisted of crawling! Well, it’s a half crawl/half scoot/sometimes roll. But he definitely is getting it! It’s slow but steady and I’m sure we’ll have a full fledged crawler next month. I’m not too eager because that means baby proofing will have to occur at home (he’s already pulling stuff out) but it really is exciting to see him learn!

He also got two teeth this month! He really wasn’t too fussy for them, nor did it disrupt his sleep, thank goodness! All of a sudden I just noticed something pokey in his mouth, then a couple days later, there were two little teethies! He’s got two more coming, the gums are swollen but I don’t feel anything quite yet.

Finn has stopped nursing as of this morning. It’s kind of bittersweet. I’m very sad it’s over but so grateful for the great experience I had with it this time around. I really tried harder this time, plus he was just so good at it compared to Eva. I wanted to go to a year or more but I was losing milk on the right side, pumping like crazy to try and keep up, but once the teething happened, I couldn’t keep up with demand and felt that pumping wasn’t worth my time anymore. So, it’s sad. But I’m trying not to get too emotional about it. Thankfully he eats so much solid food, he’s not drinking as many bottles Eva was at his age and soon enough we will get to switch over to whole milk and save money on all that formula!

Finn wakes up around 6:30 or 7 for a bottle, goes back to sleep afterwards until about 8:30 or 9. Then wakes up for a big breakfast (I’m talking an egg, oatmeal, and a link of sausage), then goes down for his first nap around 11. Depending on our day, he’ll take two or three naps. The first two usually are about two hours and the third is a catnap, but perfect because it’s usually when I make dinner. He goes down around 7 or 7:30 and doesn’t wake up until the morning. It feels so good to have a schedule now, I can totally tell a difference in my life because I’m not nearly as anxious and feeling so much better than just a couple months ago.

This little boy is the sweetest. He smiles at everyone and anyone. Finn has mastered the syllable “DADA”… which as you can imagine, TJ loves and I’m over it! Ha! He loves to laugh, play with new toys, cuddle against my chest before he goes down for a nap (which is amazing… Eva never did that!), be tickled, watch his sister (his ultimate favorite person), gets excited when his daddy comes home each day (so adorable!), swing on swings, splash in his bath, and be sung too. He hates changing clothes, waiting for his next bite of food, and getting back into his car seat if he was just in it (he does the arched back, it’s awful!). He’s such a content, happy boy, that is, if he’s been fed. Everyone comments about his chubbiness and little (well, big) legs. He’s in 18 month clothes somehow!

Finny Babe, you are so loved.

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Finny Babe: 6-7 Months

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Finn turned seven months on April 18th… these past couple months have flown by. I felt the same way with Eva, but around six months is my favorite baby age! They are sitting up, but not crawling yet (at least not my babies), sleeping better, super chubby, and absolutely adorable. Any minute now Finn is going to start crawling and life is going to get so much harder. But I do have to say, it’s pretty exciting to see him try harder and harder each day to scoot around. He scoots backwards, rolls all over the place and just today started inching forward a bit. He mostly just doest planks, but every now and then, he scoots up a bit. Oh and now that he’s moving, Eva thinks it’s acceptable to try and ride him like a pony. Sorry, kid. He puts up with a lot. I always try and tell her not to do things or not to be so rough but then I find him smiling SO big and laughing at it. He really loves Eva so much.

Finn also is a daddy’s boy! I mean, he’s definitely a mama’s boy too, but when his dad comes home, he wants to be held by him and will go to him over me. It’s making TJ’s day recently!

Last time I posted I said we had started sleep training, well the doctor said I could take out his night feedings so I first started with the 11 pm one (only took one night of crying!) and then miraculously he started sleeping until at least 6 am each morning! If he wakes up before 8 am, I nurse him then put him back down for a couple of hours. Since sleep training him, he also sleeps in his crib for his naps, and they’re long naps! I never thought I’d see the day back when he was a newborn. You know, in the moment, those times seem so horrible and never-ending and somehow he is now 7 months and sleeping like a champ! When my kids sleep, I’m a happy camper!

Finn eats anything and everything! We started off with table foods, then switched to baby foods for a bit for the convenience factor but he was eating like five of those a day (what the heck?? Eva at five a week at that age!) so we have now put him back on table food. I just pull out my food processor and chop up whatever we’re eating. He ate tilapia this week… I can’t get over how different he is from Eva when it comes to food. So nuts. She always has been such a picky and small eater, and he’s the complete opposite.

Hmm… what else… he loves playing with toys, will throw a fit if Eva takes something away from him that he wants, LOVES baths and the pool, likes being sung to, and still enjoys being worn in my ergo and moby. He loves the attention of strangers and can turn tears into a smile instantly, same goes the other way. No teeth yet, sitting up great on his own, and still nursing although he begs me for bottles. He’s about 20 pounds now, is as chubby as ever, and most of all, has the key to my heart!

Love you, little Finnegan!

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Finny Babe: 5 Months

Finn turned 5 months old on February 18th. It’s unbelievable to think that he’s almost half a year old! These five months, as I’ve said multiple times before, have flown by but also felt like the longest months ever.

When Finn finally got over all his colds and coughs, we decided it was time to sleep train him. With Eva, I was able to let her cry it out and it worked amazingly fast and ever since she’s been a wonderful sleeper. So, I’m 100% for that method. BUT it turns out I’m a complete softy for this sweet baby so at first, I had planned to just close the door and let him cry to sleep but I couldn’t do it. I don’t believe it’s going to hurt him or make him psychological problems or anything, I just wanted to grab him and snuggle. But one day he wanted to nurse like seven times or so through the night and so I realized something had to be done. I had a friend who said to try the method where you go in every three minutes, then five, the ten, etc, until they finally go to sleep. I tried that with Eva and I felt like it made it worse going in to check on them but not picking them up (she didn’t take a binky though, Finn does). But I figured I’d give it a shot this time around too. It actually has helped a lot. I think it’s more for me so I know he’s doing okay, make sure he’s swaddled up tight with his binky, I try to shush him and soothe him and if it doesn’t work, then I leave and come back in a couple minutes. Each time I’ve done this, he falls asleep within 30 minutes and finally is starting to learn how to go back to sleep by himself. He’s doing pretty good overall, and now that we’ve established this pattern and put enough work into it, I’m not going back. And thankfully it’s also helped with naps. He sleeps in his crib for most of his naps unless we have to take Eva to school, and will sleep swaddled in there for at least an hour. Oh, the joy of sleep. It’s amazing how it makes life SO much better. I’m not a constant hot mess any more and life is finally feeling back to normal!

Moving on, that sleep stuff is boring to read about, I know, but I like to have it written down so with the next baby I can remember what helped/didn’t help! Finn at five months has now started rolling around. I’ll put him on his play mat and he’ll end up across the room somehow. He also can scoot out of his swing, so I’ve got to buckle him. He loves his jumper and his exersaucer, and loves playing with some toys. He’s got a couple rattles and a car that is easy for him to hold. He sucks on them and shakes them up and down pretty vigorously. He also LOVES his Sophie the Giraffe. What is it with those expensive giraffes that babies loves so much? It must be the texture because he gnaws on it constantly. He’s still a big binky sucker, which I love because he rarely whines or cries, especially compared to Eva.

Finn has started eating solid food, as I posted about earlier. He tried and loved avocados and yogurt this week, and still loves bananas and crackers mushed up. He doesn’t love baby food, so for now I’m just mashing up foods and going that route for now.

This baby is just so content and really easy going. He doesn’t mind being in his car seat, which Eva used to hate at this age and would scream her head off whenever we were in the car. He loves being held and doesn’t care if he’s in the baby carrier which faces inwards. He adores his sister and all little kids, for that matter. He finally will take breast milk out of a bottle but still loves nursing. Finny babe is such a sweet heart but is growing up way too fast! He’s wearing 9-12 month clothes, hates for me to change his clothes, but blows out his diaper everyday still so lots of outfit changes still occur.

Click here for his photos from this month.