Wednesday, March 31
Monday, Finn and I met auntie Becca at Rosedale to help her shop for jeans. She had done most of the work by the time we got there, so I just had to give my opinion between two! Easy, shmeasy. I was ever so slightly ticked off when I realized (about two blocks from the mall) that I'd forgotten the stroller! Ugh! So I lugged in Finn and the diaper bag. He may only weight 20 pounds, but man, he gets heavy fast. Luckily, auntie Becca gladly stepped in (once she was done trying on jeans of course!) and literally took him off my hands for me! It was fun to get out and I even bought a birthday present. Yay, check that off my to do list.
Finn's favorite twins came over to play yesterday morning. They were kicked out of their house because of some painting being done. We were happy to have them. I am so not used to fully mobile kids yet, though! Well, I guess there were three to keep any eye on and we don't have nearly as much space to play as they do at their house. The girls eat so well...some day Finn will feed himself, too...right?!?! And crawl and stand and walk?!?! I think they close on their new house today! Congratulations, guys! Now if you can just get through the next month or so, you'll be all set. Can't wait to see it.
Now that the weather is so much nicer, I've been trying to get outside and go for a walk every day (momma needs the exercise!). Man, Finn LOVES being outside and going for walks. I use it as my last resort when he is crabby and nothing else works, too! We went for a big walk yesterday. I started out in a sweatshirt and quickly had to take it off to air out. Holy hot in the sun! I think Finn pinched himself with his sunglasses because all of a sudden he just started bawling. I stopped, picked him up and comforted him and then he was fine. His sunglasses are his favorite new toy. I keep telling him to be careful because they could pinch. I guess he learned that the hard way yesterday...probably won't be the last time either!
After our big walk, we headed over to NeNe's house for the last time to help her pack up the last of their stuff. I'm not sure how much help we actually were as Finn was crabby and didn't think he needed to nap. Luckily aunt Kelsie was there, so she was on Finn duty. While we waited for the final walk through to be done, we all went to dinner at Davanni's and then Finn and I headed home (while everybody else went back to do the rest of the heavy lifting...oops!). So weird to think we will never go to that house again. They are unloading at the new house today. Can't wait to see it, too and hear about all the wonderful plans they have for it.
Monday, March 29
Oh, that is the other update, he all of a sudden LOVES books. I have to admit, Jim and I were not super good about reading to him on a regular basis. His books weren't positioned in places that were convenient to just grab and it is hard to read to a baby who just wants to grab the book and throw it around. Recently, Finn started sitting nice for reading time and now he asks for it! I love it. When I tell him it is "nigh night time" he reaches toward his room (where half of his books are) and says, "gak?" And I say, "yes, we can read a book before bed." So funny. Is he already learning stalling strategy? Ha, ha. His favorite bedtime book is Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton. I think I can recite almost all of it by heart already! I love that he likes books.
Friday night, the three of us went over to auntie Becca's for dinner and to play. Becky made home made garlic cheese pizza, which was awesome and she got to her use new garlic roaster. There is nothing like the smell of roasted garlic. Yumm-O. Finn had a blast, as he always does at auntie's house. Saturday we had swimming, which was fun as usual. I had mentioned Finn's swim class at ECFE last week and one of the mom's joined our class this week and another one may switch her lesson time to our time. Fun to have people you know in class with you. After swimming Becky and Austin came over for brunch. I made waffles and Jim mades eggs, bacon, sausage and hashbrowns. Again, Yumm-O. Saturday brunch has kind of become a tradition after swim class.
After the boys took naps, auntie Kristine came over and we dyed Easter eggs!
Finn didn't really like dying eggs and decided he would rather take another nap. Hey, who I am to argue. This year was a lot different from last year: Finn had been home from the hospital for 12 days, was hooked up to his monitor and just slept in the crook of my arm the whole time! What a peanut he was!
Yesterday was pretty quiet. We brought Jim to the airport around 3pm, he will be in Chicago all week. Boo. We were thinking about going with him, but this week is Katie's, Finn's physical therapist, last week and I really didn't want to miss his appointment. Kind of lame, I know, but it is important to me to say good bye. She has been there since the very beginning and I feel we owe her a lot. So, we'll just keep ourselves busy the rest of the week instead.
Finn wanted to wish Memere a belated happy birthday. He wished her an early birthday last week in person, but didn't get to talk to her on her birthday, as he was already in bed when daddy called. Oh darn! Hope you had a nice relaxing day, Memere. It is a busy birthday week for us. So we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to Eric, auntie Vicky, uncle Bob, Sarah, Riley and our nephew Jordan!
Friday, March 26
Umbrella stroller (with hood/cover)
Baby gate for stairs
Wooden table/chairs set
developmental/learning toys for 1-2 year old
small jungle gym (for climing and sliding)
plastic picnic table
work bench with hammer
footed sleepers size 12 month or 18 month
Robeez size 12-18 month
size 4 Pampers diapers
Size 12 month or bigger clothes (he is ALMOST ready to switch into 12 month)
A donation to March of Dimes in Finn's name
Money for his savings account is always appreciate, too (but I know that isn't "fun" to give!).
I hope that helps! Don't forget to RSVP so we know how many to plan for! If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thursday, March 25
Finn still has his darn respiratory cold. He is good most of the day, but in the morning, he just hacks and hacks and has a lot of junk in his nose. I know these things can take a while to go away but when we brought him in a week and a half ago, they said he should feel better by late last week. Maybe a call to the nurses' line would at least put my mind at ease.
Wednesday, March 24
Jim and I started trying to teach Finn "so big" on Sunday. I think it is cute when kids can do that. Well, he already figured it out yesterday.
Tuesday, March 23
Jane, the PT, came with for the EI visit, too and Finn was majorly showing off for her. He got up on his hands and knees by himself and started rocking! Now, keep in mind it was only for a second or two, but he NEVER does that. He proceeded to "play" with her for over half an hour! He didn't get upset and frustrated like usual and he really worked hard. I said it is like "playing with lots of rules!" He was reaching over to the side when he was standing by himself next to the couch! Deb pointed out to me that he is making leaps and bounds at every visit. I need to remember that when I get frustrated that he isn't crawling yet. He IS progressing, which is what is important.
If you have noticed, our March for Babies link is broken, which means you can't make online donations right now to our walk. I have contact technical support and they are working on it. In the meantime, if you want to make a donation, just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can help you. Thank you for your patience. I'm hoping it will be back working in a day or two!
And a very special happy birthday to our favorites twins! Lily and Juliette are ONE today! I can't believe it has been a year already. I hope you get to eat some cake or do something fun today. We'll see you on Thursday to celebrate!
Monday, March 22
Saturday was our first swim class of the new session. Our last session only had four kids in it, so this class is double the size (not that 8 is big, just bigger than we're used to). Finn is working on blowing bubbles; he sometimes "gets" it and sometimes doesn't. He is getting really good at kicking and reaching and pulling. Saturday evening, we went over to Stacey and Sam's for dinner, drinks and games. It was a great evening. I don't know why we wait so long between visits. Okay, I do know why because life is busy when you have a family, but still! We better put the next one of the calendar now.
Yesterday we stayed pretty close to home and took a walk in the late afternoon. Finn just LOVES walks, so I'm really glad we are able to do it again now that the weather is getting nicer and it isn't dark at 4:30 any more. Plus, I love the family time. No interruptions. Just walking and talking.
Jim got me watching "16 and Pregnant" last night. It is a show on MTV that follows a teenage girl through her pregnancy and shortly thereafter. The show usually just makes me mad, but last night, one episode was so different from the others. Jim came in the house from starting the grill and I was bawling my eyes out. The girl chose adoption, which was wonderful and probably the right decision for the baby. But seeing her with the baby and handing him over to his new mom...I just couldn't take it. It was very powerful. And then when the episode was over, I couldn't believe a show on MTV made me cry that much!
Sunday, March 21
When we got back from swimming, Jim talked to his uncle, who happens to have worked in heating and cooling for a long time. He thinks it is the ignitor or something. Great, but now we have to find somebody who works on our brand of furnace. I think we are going to wait until Monday. Is that wrong? We don't want to pay exorbitted weekend rates for somebody to come out and fix it on a Sunday. Finn is fine. He has a thermostat controled portable heater in his room, so it is always 73 degrees. During the day, the sun is warm enough to somewhat warm the house and during the night, it is always warmer than we want it to be upstairs, so it is kind of refreshing. I have three layers on right now, however, so we'll see if I can last the day. I also took the opportunity to auto clean the oven today because that creates a ton of heat (it needed it and this way I'm killing two birds with one stone!).
Friday, March 19
Alex dropped Grace off yesterday afternoon so Grace got to spend the night and all day today with us. Kristine stopped by before her girls night. She wasn't feeling 100% so she kept her distance from Finn and he kept looking at her, trying to figure out why she wasn't holding him and playing with him! Next time, buddy! Grace likes to carry Finn when we run errands, which I'm very happy to let her do. By the end of the errands today, she'd had enough. I tried to tell her how heavy he and his car seat are!
Finn got his last dose of Synagis today for this RSV season. Some insurances allow for one in April, but given the fiasco last year after we brought Finn home, I think this was our last. It should get him through the middle of April and RSV season is technically over the end of March. Fingers are crossed! He did pretty good with the shots today. I think I mentioned before but the medicine is thick and syrupy so it is extra painful going in. He cried right away to let us know he was NOT happy, but he forgave us quickly. That's my guy! He even let the nurse hold him and cuddle afterwards, so he obviously doesn't hold a grudge! We are done with Synagis until next fall!
Thursday, March 18
Today we had PT, which did NOT go well. Finn is getting over his respiratory problems but other than coughing and a snotty nose, he seemed to be happy, so I didn't reschedule. Probably a mistake. As soon as we got back there, he started crying and pretty much didn't stop until he was in the carseat and we were headed out to the car! I felt bad for him and Katie! She worked with him as much as she could. We tried these biker shorts-type things that make his legs stay together so he can't spread out like a frog like he normally does. He didn't like them, but I'd be interested to see if they would have a long term impact if we got him a pair. It helps develop his core muscles and makes him balance, since his legs aren't out there doing it for him. I actually remembered the video camera and taped him "walking" and crying on the treadmill. BUT I can't figure out how to download it from the camera and I don't think I have the software I need on this computer. Argh! I was hoping to post it today. Katie also told us she is moving to the St. Paul location. I'm bummed because we really like her and she has worked with Finn since day 1.
Wednesday, March 17
Finn's fourth tooth is FINALLY in! Oh, this one has been a doozy. It bulged the gums and caused lots of pain and problems. Jim said he pushed it through Monday night when he was watching Finn! Ouch! So, now Finn has his four front teeth! I don't really check the other ones, so not sure if they are coming in. I guess once you get the front ones, the others aren't as big of a deal! All four have come in very crooked, so I'm hoping that is just a baby teeth thing and they straighten out the more they come in. Oh, just think...some day in the very distant future, we'll be done with teething. What a wonderful thought! Just don't remind me that loose teeth won't be far behind...yuck!
Memere gave Finn a singing, hopping bunny when she was here this past weekend. At first Finn wasn't too sure about it because it is loud and jumps but now he loves it. He won't touch it except to play with the tag, but he wants to stand and dance when you turn it on. So cute. I really need to get a video, but I'm terrible at remembering to grab the camera! Thanks, Memere!
I rearranged Finn's room yesterday. For a while now, he has been rolling over and playing with the curtain and blinds when we change him on his changing table. I didn't overly mind (kept him busy) as long as I could still change his diaper, but Jim told him no, so I supported that. But it was really hard because Finn would look at you, then slowly reach for it like, "hmm, I wonder if she really means it?" So I had it yesterday and switched the chair and the dresser around (by myself! what was I thinking?!?!). I didn't notice how messy his room looks until I saw this picture. Oops! I like the layout a lot better now because the chair is over by the book shelf which makes sense. However, when I changed him after the rearranging, he just rolled over and played with the wall instead! Little bugger. Oh, well. I guess it is his job to keep us on our toes.
Finn playing in the sink at the doctor's office on Monday: What can you do? It made him happy, he wasn't able to turn the water on and he wasn't hurting anything.
Tuesday, March 16
I went out to dinner at Bennihana with Matt, Kelsie and John last night. So yummy, I think I'm still full, though! While I was gone, Jim said that Finn started inching forward! He said Finn went about a foot, which is HUGE! Maybe he is finally buying into the benefits of this whole crawling thing. I'll have to keep an eye on him over the next few days to see for myself.
In all the excitement yesterday, I didn't get to mention that Finn is now 11 months old adjusted! Here are the development milestones for 11 months and how Finn is doing on each point.
Most babies should be able to . . .
Say mama and dada to the right parents yes, but also says mama to other women and dada to other men
Wave goodbye yes, when he is in the mood
Clap hands yes and often claps for himself for no reason!
Understand the word no but doesn’t always obey it yes and often obeys, too (I'm sure that will change!)
Stand alone momentarily I suppose, but not well unsupported
Play ball and patty cake yes and can now even throw the ball!
Some babies will probably be able to . . .
Say one word other than mama or dada yes! Finn can say "Austin" and "up"
Drink from a cup independently yes, although we don't give him one very often
Indicate what he wants with gestures other than crying yes, he loves "directing" me by pointing his arm when I'm walking around and holding him
Imitate others yes, all the time!
Put toys or object into a container we are working on this, he likes to take them out, more than put them in
Some babies could possibly be able to . . .
Stand alone well nope
Babble that sounds like her or she is talking a foreign language yes, constantly
Say two or more words other than mama or dada Austin and up for sure, not sure about other words that it sounds like he is saying, but could just be mimicking us
Understand simple instructions yes, to some degree, but he is really stubborn
Walk well obviously, no
Monday, March 15
We took Finn to the doctor today for his labored breathing. They said that usually if you have troubles breathing in, it is croup and troubles breathing out, it can be RSV. Well, he was doing both on and off at the appointment. The doctor really didn't know what to do with him but could tell something was wrong. He was breathing about twice as fast as he should be and it was pretty shallow breathing. They decided to use the nebulizer to see if that helped. Nope, not at all. So she decided to test him for RSV and give him a dose of steroids. Have you seen a child tested for RSV? Yuck. They poor saline into the nose and suck whatever is in there out! Gross. And of course, Finn hated it. But he was in one of those moods that he hated everything that involved a nurse or doctor. He loved looking outside, playing on daddy's lap and playing in the sink. Yup, kept him busy for a long time (Jim has pictures on his phone!). Well, like I said, the RSV test is negative. They send it in for a culture, but by the time that comes back, if it is RSV, he will be over it. The doctor said to just give him tylenol and/or mortin as needed and be watchful, especially through the night tonight. She is going to call back tomorrow to check up on him and discuss his symptoms. So, for now, I guess we'll just see.
Finn sounds absolutely terrible at times, depends how deeply he is breathing. But he is pretty happy and even played with his toys when we got home. Oh, the best part of the doctor visit (if there can be one, right?)...Finn fell asleep on my chest while we were waiting for the steroids to arrive from the pharmacy and be administered! He NEVER does that and I just soaked it in. It was a great "mom moment" for me.
Later on Saturday, we headed to Burnsville for a surprise birthday dinner for Jim's aunt DeAnn (aka NeNe) at El Loro. She was completely surprised, which is always fun. Finn was okay, but a little crabby. He got some of daddy's Chori Pollo (chorizo and chicken), which he loved (of course, right?). After dinner we went to DeAnn's for some pie and then John, Kelsie and Jim's cousin Matt came over to our house for drinks and to play games. We all had a lot of fun and a lot to drink. We went to bed at 2am, which was really 3am! Who does that! Made for a tired mommy and daddy on Sunday.
On Sunday Jim smoked some ribs for dinner and Finn "helped" him. I still can't believe how beautiful the weather was. Too bad we couldn't eat outside, too. Memere and Grandpa came in the afternoon and John, Kelsie and Matt came over later. Dinner was amazing. Smoked ribs, smoked baked beans and Famous Dave's cornbread muffins.
Finn was sounding a little congested in his chest yesterday and had a very slight runny nose, but I didn't think much of it. Well, he woke up a few times last night...but he wasn't really awake. I think he was having troubles breathing. By this morning, his breathing was so labored that we could hear it over the monitor. When he got up, he had a slight fever, so I called the nurses line. They want to listen to his chest, so we have a doctor in about an hour. Memere, Finn and I sat in the bathroom with the shower running, but the steam didn't really help (made for daddy to have a cold shower, though...oops!). He has obviously been sick but we haven't really had respiratory issues before, so I (and the nurse!) didn't want to take any chances. Based on what I told her and what she could hear on the phone, she is thinking it might be croup, which I know nothing about. Better go google it!
Sunday, March 14
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Friday, March 12
Wednesday afternoon we had our first ECFE class of the spring. There were 8 babies there, which is more than I'm used to. Jim joined us since he was heading out for a business trip right after. I kind of feel bad because the two main issues that the other moms brought up were sleeping and eating...two things we do NOT have problems with! We were supposed to go around, introduces ourselves and tell some recent challenges we've had. When it got to our turn, I said, " This is Finn and, um, we don't have any challenges right now!" Honestly, he is so good. I guess I could have said he isn't crawling...that is definitely a challenge. Oh, well. Looking forward to next week.
Then after class, Stacey and Dillon came over to drop off some fun toys that Dillon had outgrown. Score! Finn got a "Flintstones" type Fischer Price car where you use your legs to go forward, an art desk and a puppet show stand! I can't wait until he is old enough to use them. They stayed for a little while and, as always, it was great to catch up.
Thursday we had a play date with our favorite twins. As usual we had a great time. I love these pictures because they are like a flip book:
Finn with his bottle. Juliette grabbing it. Finn grabbing it back. And Juliette finally getting her turn! And they weren't even mad with each other. They just took turns taking it from each other! You gotta love that. This is one of the many reasons why I love going over there so Finn gets interactions with kids his own age. Hey, he needs to learn how to stick up for himself!
Then we got home, got ready and headed out again over to Auntie Becca's house for dinner! Like, I said, we've been super busy. Becky made a yummy dinner and Austin and Finn got lots of play time. It was very relaxing and both Finn and I had a great time. We didn't get home until around 8:30, well after Finn's bed time, but he was fine and I just changed him and put him to bed.
Today we went over to Jaleah's house. I met her mom, Rebecca, online because both Jaleah and Finn were preemies and born very close to each other (Project Mommyhood blog on our blog list). Jaleah has the bubbliest smile ever and just loved me the second I walked it (who could resist?!?!). Rebecca also watches a little boy, Blake, who is two weeks younger than Finn's adjusted age. Finn looks like he is being attacked in this picture. I love it. Finn was a little crabby, but other than that the play date was a huge success. It is nice to talk to other mom's of preemies. You have a common bond that others don't fully understand. Hope we can do it again soon!
Wednesday, March 10
While Jim and John were assembling the grill, I got to go to the Wild game with Ryan and Leah! I had so much fun, although I have to admit not THAT much hockey was watched by me! The tickets were on the club level, which means it isn't crowded, no long lines and yummy food. Oh and of course...beers! The Wild lost in OT, but since I didn't have too much vested in the outcome, I wasn't heart broken (although don't you always want to see your home team win?). Thanks for inviting me, Ryan! I'll take your gimpy seat ticket any time, although Jim said its his turn next time ;)
Daddy made an executive decision last night and moved Finn from 9 months sleepers to 12 month ones! That's what I get for leaving them alone! Ha, ha. I know his 9 months ones were getting too small, but the 12 month ones just look so freaking huge. But it wasn't that big. I sadly switched out all the 9 month ones this morning for the 12 months ones. He is just on the cusp of needing to move into 12 month clothes (shirts and onsies for sure) soon. Probably a good thing since spring is on the way!
Tuesday, March 9
But he was a rockstar with crawling! Don't get me wrong, he is not crawling yet, but when she propped his knees beneath him, he stayed in the position and rocked back and forth! Before this, he would push his legs straight out and go down onto his tummy. He also impressed her with his ability to get to sitting from the crawling position...another thing that he hasn't shown us before. So, our munchkin is definitely progessing.
It was a good visit and it was good for mommy to see all that he is doing. I just feel like he hits plateaus some times and so when he takes off again, I get so happy. We talked about that and Jane said that where other babies just "get" these gross motor skills, we have to teach them to Finn, so of course it is going to take a little longer. On the other hand, he demonstrated a congitive skill for her today (without prompting) that is usually in the 16 to 18 month range! Not bad for a little 10 monther!! I'll take what I can get.
On a fun note, Finn's photo is currently in the running to become a weekly winner on Parents.com Photo Faves. You do not have to sign up for ads with this contest...just vote! No pressure, don't feel like you have to. The photo with the most votes will take home the honors. Click on the link to vote DAILY! Voting ends 03/14/2010.
I know this is silly and with all the entries he probably won't win, but it is fun! Let's see how many votes he can get.
Monday, March 8
It was probably a "good" thing that Jim didn't leave work early on Friday to head to Ortonville...since he was there until 9pm! Once he got home we watched a few episodes of Friday Night Lights (LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!) and called it a night. I got up Saturday morning to make Jim buttermilk waffles. We both love waffles and I had some extra buttermilk from another recipe, so I thought, "why not?" The texture was a little too soft, but the taste was good. We ended up heading out around 11am, which if you know Jim at all, is quite the feat to have him up, breakfast eaten and ready to go before Noon!
We had a great time at my mom's. It was kind of nice that it was just us because normally things can get a little crazy when everybody is there. My grandma and grandpa Smith came over Saturday afternoon, which was wonderful. Again, when we see them, there is usually 30 other people around (not that I don't love those 30 people!).
They each got tons of Finn time and of course, Finn loved the extra attention. I don't think they minded the attention from Finn, either! Then on Sunday, the four of us headed to church...and Finn was super tired. He was ready for a nap when we left, so church was a little difficult. But we managed by constantly shoving snacks in his mouth to keep him quiet (you do what you gotta do!). Afterwards, Renae and Nick joined us for brunch back at mom's until we left to head home.
We stopped at Emma's birthday party for a bit on our way home (I can't believe my little princess is SIX!!) and then crashed once we got home. It was a great weekend, but it seems when you are away from home, you need another weekend to relax when you get back!
So, even though the weekend wasn't how I planned it would be, it was a great weekend.
Friday, March 5
Jim wants to get Finn's hair cut! I am not ready yet and really want to wait at least until after his adjusted one year birthday (6 weeks away!), but I really want to wait until after his next set of pictures. Well, now that the helmet is gone, his long hair is much more noticeable and I have a feeling that Jim won't be nearly as patient as he had been. Darn! It is just super long in front. The sides and back are a normal length still. I'm going to hold out as long as I can! Once you cut it, they never look like a baby again and I'm not ready for him to look like a toddler yet. My baby is growing up.
We stopped at the car dealer yesterday after PT to get some dents and scratches removed from my car. It was our first outing without the helmet and a few of the ladies stopped by to talk/look at him while we waited. I felt NORMAL! Other than still having to say his adjusted age instead of his actual age, I felt like a normal mom with a normal baby. And from a germ point of view, I even let him sit on the floor and dig through the diaper bag (the carpet wasn't nasty and he wasn't really touching it anyway). That was a first for him AND me! I just had to stop for a second and take a big sigh. It was a nice feeling. Dare I say that the thick bubble surrounding him is getting thinner?
I watched Grace yesterday and today and she even stayed over night last night. It is nice to have her around because there is always something to do! Oh and Jim came home last night around 1am a day early. We are planning on making a "grandparents' voyage" this weekend starting tonight. Agenda: driving to Ortonville Fri PM, spending time with grandparents Thomas Saturday, driving to Murdock Sat PM, spending time with grandma Kathy Sunday, driving back to the Cities in time for Emma's birthday party at 4pm on Sunday. Crazy busy, I know. But we don't make it back very often and it just seemed to work this weekend. I know Finn will be on attention overload by Sunday night, but that is what grandparents are for, right?
Thursday, March 4
We had a great afternoon and evening yesterday. Austin and auntie Becca came over...well need I say more? Finn loved it. I took the boys to Target for a while, and since Finn was refusing to take a nap (me thinks he wanted to play instead?!?), it was a good distraction and both boys were fantastic. Apparently the funniest thing in the world is when Austin "bangs" his head on something. Finn laughs hysterically and if you know how stingy Finn is with giggles, that is saying something. Austin also LOVES our basement because it is kind of a big play space perfect for a little boy. So we played "bomb each other with the nerf football over the couch and love seat." Man, he tired me out. Then Becky made a great chicken dinner and finally it was time for Finn's bed time and for them to go home. I'm so glad Austin (and Becky when she isn't cleaning!) comes over every Wednesday!
Wednesday, March 3
I also took the opportunity to discuss Finn's weight and feeding schedule with her. I've been receiving feedback that he is too heavy and that he eats too much. I honestly don't think he is TOO heavy, just chunky, which is normal for pre-crawling/walking babies. And I feed him healthy things and I feel like if I fed him less, he would be starving all the time, which I'm not willing to do. She sat down and we went through everything, what he eats, his hungry/full cues, how often he eats, his weight/heigh ratio, etc. She said she is honestly not concerned AT ALL about his weight or what he is eating and that I shouldn't change a thing. I needed to hear that. I'm glad I asked. She said that we do need to keep an eye on his height because he is so short, but that would start being a concern closer to two than right now. He has stayed on the same height curve, but it is still around the 3rd percentile, I think.
And I decided it was such a nice day when we left for the appointment that I didn't grab my coat. Um, well, I keep my wallet in my coat! I realized it as I was waiting to check him in for his appointment. You have to have ID and your insurance cards every time. I explained what happened and she thankfully said that was fine (and asked me other questions to make sure I was me). Well, I didn't think about it again...until we got in the car to leave the parking ramp. Yes, parking ramp...that costs MONEY, that I didn't have! I was freaking out because I had NOTHING. I found some change in Finn's diaper bag and then decided to go back to the welcome desk to ask what I was supposed to do (Jim is out of town so it wasn't like he could just drop some money off for me). As we were walking back in, a doctor walked in behind us and I asked her if she had $2. She THANKFULLY did and we had just enough to pay to get out. I hope that never happens again. One of the worse feelings in the world. I think I will put $10 into Finn's diaper bag so I always have something for "just in case!" Lesson learned the hard way, I guess.
Then aunt Kelsie came and spent the afternoon and evening with us. Finn loved the extra attention and she even got to give him a bath. I appreciated the help and the companionship. Hopefully we can do it again soon!
Tuesday, March 2
Today we have Finn's follow up doctor appointment for his ears. I haven't made the appointment with the ENT yet. I'm just wondering if the fluid has cleared up, if it is really necessary. So, we'll see what the doctor says. Then Aunt Kelsie is coming over to play after the appointment! I know Finn will love that and I'll appreciate the company.
And the rest of the week is full, too! I like having things to do when Jim is gone. It just gets a little difficult for me when I'm home with Finn all day AND all night for SIX days in a row. Not that Finn is hard to take care of. I just need some kind of break from the monotony and routine. Speaking of, ECFE starts next week! Can't wait.
Monday, March 1
For a small "fee" they guys even brought the old couch and love seat downstairs for me. The last thing I wanted was for it to be sitting in my dining room until Jim gets home on Friday!
It looks great and fits perfectly in the space with plenty of seating. The left picture is the view from the kitchen and the right is the view from the front entryway. It is a little higher than I'm used to and the seats are a little deeper which means my feet don't really touch the floor when I'm sitting back...but that isn't a big deal for me. I like to curl up anyway. So glad we didn't get the dark brown! Jim was right, this is much lighter. Now I just have to figure out a way to move the rug over about 8 inches. Hmmm...
Finn's EI teacher came by today. He was crabby from being so rudely woken up by the vacuum, but eventually got over that. The next "skill" we are working on is having him drop toys into a container. He can do it but it usually seems more like an accident than intentional. So I brought a mixing bowl into the living room and we put some soft blocks in it. He thought it is a new toy and just swiped at the blocks until they were all out! We also "play" handing toys back and forth. He hands it to me. I say thank you and hand it back. The other "game" he loves is, "Mommy builds a "tower" and I knock it over." I usually only get two or three stacked before he grabs for it so "tower" might be an overstatement. Keeps him entertained for a long time.