Friday, March 14, 2014

Fynn is ONE!!

My little man turned ONE at the beginning of March! I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by. Soon he's going to be an all out toddler, and my sweet baby will be all gone. We celebrated by having a circus-themed party at our house, with family and friends. Fynn enjoyed all of the colored paper, the big box, and especially the cupcake! Without hesitation, he grabbed it and dove right in, then proceeded to decimate the entire thing. The rest of us enjoyed pizza, beer and wine, and "shows" by the older kids in which all of us had to shuffle into Mia's room, turn off the lights, and watch them sing or lip-sync to random Sophia songs on her karaoke machine! The day of everyone had to work, but we made sure to celebrate again with cupcakes that night.

Fynn is doing lots of standing unassisted these days, but hasn't made any strong efforts towards walking - unless it's with his walker or a stool or some other object he can push and walk behind. He's much more interested in climbing - he climbs onto the chair of Mia's little school desk, then up on the desk where he reaches for the light to the deck and flicks it on and off at night. He's recently figured out how to open the bottom drawers in the kitchen, and he just realized that if he does this he can crawl on top of my pans in the bottom drawer and reach the counter. We'll see how long the drawers hold up! He would crawl into the dishwasher whenever it was open if we let him. He really likes being on the couch and reaching for the items that are stashed on the back of it (mostly remotes, which he is fascinated with). He's big into balls, and I think we may have a basketball player on our hands as he loves playing with his mini hoop! He even has a Gophers hoop attached to the side of his changing table, and every morning while I'm getting him dressed, he reaches over and puts his pacifier directly through the hoop. We were watching the Gophers bball game last night and not only does he get excited to watch the players, he likes to cheer along with me - so we were hollering and clapping together.

He's drinking cow's milk and eating all sorts of food these days (no peanut allergy here as he tried PB right after his birthday and loves it!). He's big into cheese (he'll actually holler for it if he sees it!), avocado, strawberries, grapes, peas, and carrots. He and Mia are both hooked on Fruit Loops (that was probably a bad move...I think Mia may have eaten 3 bowls worth the other night for her nighttime snack! and she shared plenty with Fynn!). He's started sleeping through the night fairly consistently, so we'll see if that lasts or not (considering the first time he slept through the night was exactly 1 week before his birthday, I'm not holding my breath). He busted 4 top teeth through in January, and in the past month or so has broken out 2 new bottom teeth (so he has 4 on top and 4 on bottom now).

He's been such a good baby (minus the not-sleeping issue!) - so mellow and sweet and happy. He loves his big sis, and I think he misses her quite a bit during the day when he's at daycare and she's at preschool. He likes to wave bye-bye to her when he gets dropped off and always is ready to give her a big smile when he gets picked up. Currently, he appears to be suffering from him first ear infection (boo! Mia still hasn't had one...), so we've got a fussy baby on our hands. Here's hoping we can get some antibiotics and get him better soon! At the doctor last week he weighed in at 22 lbs, 8 oz, and 31 inches - big boy!

I remember a random conversation with a friend's mom (Adam, this was your mom at the wedding rehearsal in Georgia!), in which she told me that she was worried that she wouldn't be able to love the second child as much as she loved the first, but she assured me that when that second baby comes your heart just expands to make room for that new little person in your life. I have constantly thought about that conversation as it is so incredibly true and it is such an amazing aspect of parenthood. Fynn, my little sweetheart, I know that you don't have as many photos and blog posts as miss Mia did, but know that we love you every bit as much and are so proud to be your mama and dada. We can't wait to see what the next year will bring!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fynn is 11 months old!

Okay, okay, so he's turning ONE in a few days and I'm woefully behind on posting about the 11 month mark, but here we go! Lots and lots of crawling - up on all fours knees now and sometimes bear crawling on his feet with butt up in the air! Stair climbing has been mastered (to say the least!) and we've been living with random pieces of furniture blocking our open stairway for a couple of months. He's eating plenty of solid foods - faves are cheese, peas, avocado, egg, yogurt, and cheerios. Other than that, I'm going to hold off or a big ONE YEAR update hopefully not too long after the birthday festivities this weekend! For now, some photos...

 The only photo from his 11 month birthday!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mia's FOURTH birthday!

Our baby girl turned FOUR this month and it's hard to believe how we got here already! On the day of her birthday, David and I took the day off and took Fynn to daycare so we could spend the day with just her. We took her to her first movie at the theater - Frozen - which was so much fun! She was in awe at the big screen and loved the movie itself! We ate popcorn and Skittles and had a blast! Then we went out to lunch - based on her choice of quesadillas, we hit up La Casita. They had a kids menu that included frosted drinks, so she had a blue raspberry drink with an umbrella in it and she loved it! Then it was back home for a nap, then supper and cupcake/cake making time!

 Her first microscope!
 She was really excited about her princess Sophia doll from nana and papa B!
 David was on paper duty as Fynn put every piece in his mouth!

After skimping on a birthday party last year, while I was pregnant with Fynn, we hosted a party down at nana and papa EIO's lake house the next night for the combined family and some friends. Of course, it was Sophia the First themed! We decorated tiaras, played games, ate lots of pizza and cake, and enjoyed the time together. Mia was in full costume for the thing, until she opened a gift containing new Sophia pjs - she was ecstatic! I was going to make purple cupcakes, but she decided (last minute, after seeing a photo that I had pinned on Pinterest) that she wanted a princess cake. So we picked up a bundt cake pan, attempted to dye yellow cake mix purple (it didn't work so well!), then ended up buying a bunch of purple frosting on our way out of town as I realized I didn't have any butter in my house to make the buttercream frosting I had planned on! All in all, it worked out just fine and she liked her princess cake! Her and Jenna had a fabulous time playing together and we had to pry them away from each other at the end of the night!

Mia has grown 4 inches (or so) in the past year! She's getting tall and big and just looks like a big kid now, no longer my baby girl. She's loving preschool - she started going twice a week to Hand in Hand, the daycare center at Concordia. She's loving it enough that she wants to go full-time and when I was attempting to explain to her that daddy and I needed to figure out money and the situation with her current day care provider, she said "Mommy! I know! I have that dollar bill, plus money in my piggy bank, so I can pay for preschool!" It nearly broke my heart. She then proceeded to find those thing as soon as we got home and didn't understand why she couldn't go back to preschool the next day. Needless to say, we'll be figuring out a plan to get her full-time soon! 
She's obviously into Princess Sophia, still likes Minnie and Mickey (but definitely not like she used to) and likes Doc McStuffins, Sheriff Callie, and Word Girl. She's definitely in the princess stage and loves all of the Disney princess movies and dressing up like a princess. She's also going through a no jeans stage! She just wants to wear comfy pants and leggings, which is a bummer since I have some super cute jeans that I found for her. Since I'm currently typing this in my sweats, I can understand. She's getting more into having her hair done and wearing headbands and bows (yesterday, she picked out her Christmas dress to wear to church and then added a headband and a big Gophers hair bow!). She's getting pickier about what she eats, which is frustrating for us, but luckily we can usually depend on some standards (hot dogs/corn dogs, potstickers, chicken fries, mac and cheese, quesadillas, cheese tacos). She would eat frozen mango and avacado by the ton (both were favorites as a baby, so I find it fascinating that she still loves them!). She's got a bad spot of eczema on the back of her leg and proceeds to show it to people whenever she gets the chance (sometimes this is at swimming so she's already in her swimsuit, but other times she just drops her pants to show it off!). Speaking of swimming, lessons have started back up for her and her confidence in the water was immediately leaps and bounds ahead of where she was at last year! She's jumping in, swimming as much on her own as daddy will let her, and loving every minute of it! (Fynn is also taking 'lessons' and almost fell asleep in the water on his first day!) She's also still in dance, but she doesn't seem to like that one nearly as much - although I can't tell if it's because it's more structured and she's will older girls or if it's because we can't stay and watch like we can with swimming and gymnastics. We're going to make it through this year and re-evaluate if she wants to do it again next year. She'll definitely do gymnastics again this summer as she keeps talking about it! We're hoping to also get her into some other sports this summer, too. She still loves doing science experiments with mom (or dad, as was the case this weekend), and she got her first microscope from us for her birthday. It's so much fun to encourage her curiosity!

She would go outside and play every day if we let her - she LOVES the snow! Unfortunately, the weather has been so cold that it's hard to get much time outside - and made harder when there's only one parent around to field both kids outside! She got a sled for Christmas and has enjoyed going sledding a couple of times since then. She, of course, has no fear and will catapult herself down the steepest hill she can find!

She still loves reading books, and frequently requests extra books every night before bed. She still loves Piglet and has made multiple wishes (blowing out candles on her birthday cake, tossing pennies in a fountain) that Piglet would become real and play with her. (Yes, this breaks my heart!) She's also started wishing that Fynn were big enough to play with her, so at least that one will come true soon enough! She moved into her own bedroom on the main level and has helped me to decorate and organize it - and is very specific about what she wants in it and where! Currently she has Sophia stickers all over, construction paper garland and number 4s from her birthday decorations, paper lanterns that she made in preschool, and a couple of princess Sophia birthday banners on her walls! She said, with each new addition, that it was finally feeling like 'her room' instead of the office. She's such a good big sister - she watches Fynn for us, gets hims cheeries or puffs or a pacifier, plays with him (and then usually ends up stealing whatever they were playing with - so we're working on sharing a bit right now!), and loves making him laugh. I can't believe how quickly time is moving - before we know it she's going to be in SCHOOL for real!
 She made me play-doh cookies for my birthday!
 Nutella face!
This is what happens when it gets too quiet in our house...