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October 31, 2005

pumpkin, meet pumpkin

Originally uploaded by lisabagg.

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October 30, 2005

finn in motion


So, Finn just started smiling and cooing and really showing us his personality. Doing adorable things that can't adequately be captured in still photographs. We made this little video so the world at large could see how Finn is even cuter now that he's started talking to us. Click the photo to launch the movie. (You will need QuickTime.)

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October 27, 2005

gotta dance

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This kid, he's got moves. He's recently started kicking his feet, moving his arms, and squealing with glee when you talk to him (especially when he's in his bouncy party chair). Could it be that the Baggerman gene that inhibits one's sense of rhythm has skipped a generation? Or is he fated to plod out an odd interpretation of the Electric Slide like the rest of us?

Click for the caption.

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Looks like you might want to loosen those waistbands there, pal.

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October 26, 2005


Originally uploaded by lisabagg.
Doesn't he just look like that guy who sits across from you on the train who dozes off and misses his stop?

Although Daddy has returned to work this week (booooo!), I'm pleased to report that Finn and I are acheiving new milestones every day. Monday, we went shopping and to the doctor's. Tuesday, we went for a stroll with our moms' group and went to Safeway without incident (I was particularly apprehensive about the potential for a poopxlosion in the produce section). And today, we are running some errands after getting a slow start. (Watching Gilmore Girls and nursing.) Tonight I will attempt cooking a home-cooked meal (enchiladas!) for the first time in weeks. No freezer food or takeout tonight!

While I hate to even mention this for fear of jinxing anything, the little guy has been sleeping for three and four hour stretches. At night! Monday night I got an unprecidented seven straight hours of sleep (Shawn took the midnight feeding). Last night, I got five straight hours. This so beats the every-hour to every-two-hour schedule.

The secret seems to be that he slept in his swing. While this is not ideal long-term, both baby and mama need sleep before we turn into real-life Halloween zombies, so for now, the boy swings. (Incidentally, if there was ever a fire, after saving the people, dog, and Tivo, the swing would be next in line.)

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October 22, 2005

bathtime just got a whole lot cuter..

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... thanks to this duckie towel from Uncle Kevin and Aunt Gretchen.

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yo finn, what are you doing with britney?

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I'd like to assure all concerned parties that any resemblance between Finn and Sean Preston Spears Federline is purely coincidental.

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October 21, 2005

six weeks and a day

finn faces
Originally uploaded by lisabagg.
I can't believe our little Finn is six weeks old! He's starting to hit some very adorable milestones, specifically smiling and giggling, as shown in these photos taken on his changing table. Click the photo to enlarge and maximize the cuteness

We're starting to learn his likes and dislikes. So far:

- cuddles, specifically sleeping in a lap
- milk, milk, and more milk
- watching the first season of LOST on DVD with mama and daddy
- belly tickles
- laying on his playmat and looking at his toys
- riding in the car
- his swing
- when you go "bbbbbbb" or "lalllalllalala"
- walks in the Baby Bjorn with Santie
- watching the duckies

Doesn't like:
- wearing a hat
- the hours between 5-7p.m.
- being stuck in traffic in his carseat
- trips to the pediatrician
- when it takes longer than 2 minutes to feed him when he's hungry

The jury's still out on:
- Santos (doesn't like it when he barks, but kind of likes the feet kisses)
- bathtime (screams initally, then thinks it might be OK)
- diaper changes (such a hassle, but who likes a dirty diaper?)

Also worth noting that last night, for the first time in three weeks, the boy slept for longer than 2 hours at a time! He took one four hour nap, followed by a three hour nap, followed by a two-hour nap. Ohhh, this was such a welcome development. Considering Finn's mama has been known to hold entire conversations in her sleep (seriously--ask her college roommates), and daddy can sleep through nearly anything including an earthquake (again, seriously), we're holding out for those sleep genes to take root.

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October 19, 2005

daddy goes back to work

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Unfortunately, this is the last week Shawn will be home with Finn and me. We're trying to live up all the daddy perks while we can, like help getting Finn into his car seat and trading off diaper changes during the day.

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October 17, 2005

The Finternet


Finn's full-on Web site is live. Tons of photos, if you haven't seen enough already. Click here.

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October 16, 2005

meet the robot nanny

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When all else fails, our robot nanny, Ms. Dyson, comes to the rescue. As you can see here, her soothing white noise lullaby can tame the most savage of baby wails.

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October 15, 2005

talking the talk

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Although I feel that I might have lost a great number of brain cells since having Finn (do they transfer to him through the breast milk?), I have built up quite a new-mom vocabulary. Below is a list of terms, brands, and concepts I had no idea existed until recently

- tummy time
- nipple confusion*
- my "breast friend"
- the difference between the "diaper champ" and "diaper genie"
- a diaper cake
- bugaboo
- fundal height
- a "nipple nazi"
- "boppy"
- pump and dump
- sleep sack
- ferber
- attachment parenting
- Robeez
- "Pump-in-Style"
- latching on
- the "no-cry sleep solution"
- a silent birth

More to come...

* "nipple confusion" would be a great name for a punk band, in my opinion

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October 14, 2005


His first nickname was actually "Houdini" because of his uncanny ability to escape from even the tightest swaddle. Here he is shown alongside his namesake, who's also about to be "contained"--but not for long!

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Here's a list of Finn's ever-growing nicknames so far:

- Mr. Magoo
- Boo
- Boo Boo Bear
- Sir Poopsalot
- Lord Butteryham* (pronounced with an English accent: "butt-ry-hem")
- Doo-Doo, Baby Version (Santos is Doo-Doo, Dog Version)
- Shay-Shay Jzu Jzu

... It's early yet, but we will be adding to this list throughout the day.

* "Butteryham" originated because when he needs a bath smells something like butter meets ham. Or how we imagine buttered ham might smell.

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October 13, 2005

he loves the night life

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When we went to the pediatrician for Finn's one-month checkup, the doctor warned that starting about now is when some babies "find their voice" and start being a bit more fussy and demanding.

At the time, I thought, "Well, Finn is not 'some babies.'" This was reinforced by the fact that he really didn't even really fuss too much after getting a shot and being poked and prodded in a cold exam room. All while a less-civilized newborn in the room next door wailed with wild abandon.

Well, homeboy has found his voice and then some. All of the sudden, it's like he's making sure we know there's a new sheriff in town, even if he weighs just under 10lbs. He was up last night from about 1am to 7am, which is great if you are a member of Motley Crue, but not so great if you are a new parent and dying for more than two hours of sleep at a time.

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October 12, 2005

sleep is for suckers

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I was getting pretty cocky for a while. When Meg was over the other night, she was marvelling at how little Finn just hung out in his swing, peacefully awake for her entire visit. And when the Chronicle Girls came over last week, the little guy allowed himself to be passed from lap to lap, looking longingly into each girls' eyes. And like a good little boy, when it was time for us to watch America's Next Top Model, he dutifully fell asleep in someone's arms. Finn was doing some powerful PR in support of adorable newborns everywhere.

While still undeniably adorable, the Finnster was up and partying like a Hilton sister last night from 2am to 9am. When he wasn't nursing, he wanted to be rocked. When he tired of rocking, it was put-the-binky-back-in-his-mouth game. Then, like a belligerent drunk, he'd be all, "Where the heck is my next drink, people?" like he hadn't just eaten.

When Finn exhausted my milk reserves, Daddy came in with the pumped stuff. And when that ran dry, Daddy brought in the formula. Hours later, when the child had practically eaten his weight in milk, he was fussy as he dealt with his milk hangover.

If he thinks he's going to sleep it off all day and then start up again tonight, he's got another thing coming.

PS: Adorable blanket in the background was crocheted by one Nancy Barretto!

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October 11, 2005

so hungry he could eat a horse

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Today, we went for Finn's one-month checkup and the guy has grown an inch and a half and put on nearly a pound since he was born. We did that math, and that's gain of 10% of both weight and height. (Gaining ten percent of your body weight per month is something mama here could relate to while pregnant.)

I talked to dear Margot for a long, long time the other day and she said that one of the things that is most amazing about being a mother is that these little ones grow literally in your arms every day.

Here he is in all his ever-expanding adorableness, chewing on a stuffed horsie. (A gift from Allison and Bryan.)

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October 10, 2005

little man finn

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We're back, Finn Fans. I've been sick for the past couple days and have finally do what everyone told me to do before Finn was born--sleep when the baby sleeps. Day and night were blurred completely there for a while, but I now actually feel like I've caught up on some much-needed sleep.

More photos soon, but we took this one today of Finn and I sitting on the back porch. He's clearly contemplating something of great significance like quantum physics or when the next feeding will be.

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October 06, 2005

you can't tell me this is just gas

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So, all the books agree that it's a little early for Finn to be smiling (he's almost 4 weeks). But ever so often, he comes up with these adorable gummy grins that just melt your heart. And yes, to be fair, these grins are often followed by some serious adult-caliber pooping noises. (I'm telling you, the boy is quite advanced for his age.) But, poop and all, I'll still take the gummy grins when I can get 'em.

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oh no they DIDN'T!

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Finn reacts with surprise and horror to the news that Tom Cruise and Katie (sorry, now it's "Kate") Holmes are expecting a Scientologist baby (and future peer). By the way, Access Hollywood is currently the nursing program of choice.

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October 05, 2005

the Shawn and Finn ventriloquist act

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Auntie Julie took this adorable picture of Finn perched on his daddy's lap. Doesn't he look wise beyond his age--he's only 3-1/2 weeks! I'm happy to report that he's finally bulking up--he just got back from being weighed and put on nine ounces in a week! I'm glad those hours of nursing are finally paying off.

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October 04, 2005

sizing up the new guy

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Santos has decided that if he can't beat 'em, he'll join 'em. To demonstrate that he's on board with the new baby, he kisses Finn's toes and sits with me while I nurse. Santos' ears do go flat and he looks as if he would roll his eyes if he could when Finn starts crying, but you can only expect a spoiled dog to have so much patience with a newborn baby. For his part, Finn has taken a passing interest in his big, furry brother, but clearly, there is room for this relationship to grow. I predict this will happen right around the time Finn can pass food to Santos from the highchair.

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October 01, 2005

growth spurt

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Right on schedule, Finn seems to be undergoing a growth spurt. To say this is to say that the kid is attached to my hooters the better part of the day. When I finally think he's sated, he does one of those cartoon baby wails (where you can practically see his tonsils quiver) and goes for more. It's a good thing he's so darn cute, because hooter duty at 4a.m. is really starting to get old. I feel like I'm wearing chain mail, I'm so tired.

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