October 31, 2005
pumpkin, meet pumpkin
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.)
October 27, 2005
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October 26, 2005
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.)
October 22, 2005
bathtime just got a whole lot cuter..
yo finn, what are you doing with britney?
October 21, 2005
six weeks and a day
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
- 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.
October 19, 2005
daddy goes back to work
October 17, 2005
Finn's full-on Web site is live. Tons of photos, if you haven't seen enough already. Click here.
October 16, 2005
meet the robot nanny
October 15, 2005
talking the talk
- tummy time
- nipple confusion*
- my "breast friend"
- the difference between the "diaper champ" and "diaper genie"
- a diaper cake
- fundal height
- a "nipple nazi"
- pump and dump
- sleep sack
- attachment parenting
- 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
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!
- Mr. Magoo
- 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.
October 13, 2005
he loves the night life
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.
October 12, 2005
sleep is for suckersMeg 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!
October 11, 2005
so hungry he could eat a horse
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.)
October 10, 2005
little man finn
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.