Happy Monday, friends! I hope all of you are staying cozy and well at home these days! We've been trying to find gratitude and comfort during these strange times of having to stay at home through enjoying the wonderful quality time we're getting with each other. I was actually thinking last week how I'm getting maternity leave I wish I had with Kai. By the time I'm going to be back in the office, Finn is going to be over 6 months old. I'm able to nurse him and spend all my days watching him grow and do all the adorable baby things...which is truly incredible! Even though it can be overwhelming at times, it's also amazing to be spending this time with my little guys and Caleb. In a way, it's the best of both worlds...getting to do the work I love but also have all the quality family time in the world right now. Finding joy in the chaos...right!?
Finn turned 4 months old a couple of weeks ago! This is honestly my favorite age and I just can't believe how much I love him. He's so interactive these days and just so fun!
Weight: 15 lbs
Height: 25 in
Finn, you're my dream baby. You eat so well and sleep even better. You did another merge this month and now we're down to 5 feedings a day! You're still nursing and I'm so grateful that I'm able to be home with you 24/7 now to keep our journey going strong. You sleep all night long and love your naps, too. You rarely wake up early and are so good at just putting yourself to sleep. Literally...DREAM BABY! You are the happiest baby I've ever met and I know it's because you eat and sleep so well.
Adventures are pretty non-existent right now because of the whole COVID-19 quarantine happening. We did go to the botanic garden for my birthday though before all this stay at home stuff happened! You snuggled up in one of our slings and we explored the orchid exhibit. Other than that, we've just been hanging out at home! The weather is finally getting nicer out though, so we've been spending lots of time in our backyard. You and I snuggle up with a blanket while your big brothers explores.
Your relationship with Kai these days is incredible. Your first laugh was when Kai was straddle walking over you. You thought it was the funniest thing and your little laugh is so beautiful. You love laying on a blanket and having Kai bring you things to hold. Every night after you finish your bottle and we're done reading Harry Potter, Kai gets so excited to hold you and give you a kiss goodnight. You guys are becoming best friends already, and it is the most amazing thing in the world to see.
You are so good at tummy time these days! You stay propped up for so long now and you're almost rolling over! You like sitting up in between my legs, too. You're grasping lots of toys and you make the most adorable cooing sounds. We chat all the time and it never fails to make my day better.
Seriously Finn, these Wrigley photobombs are some of my favorite photos of all time...especially the one with your sly little smile and Wrigley in the background with the look of "this kid" on his face...ha! You are the brightest light in my life. I am so grateful for you and I still can't believe you're mine. I love you more and more every day...more than I ever thought was possible in this life. Thank you for being the amazing little human you are. I love you so much, little bug!
Two years ago I became a mama...your mama. Two whole years we've been blessed with you, Kai. You have truly amazed us in so many ways but one thing I always come back to is how sweet and loving you are. Your hugs, kisses, and I love you's melt my heart. You are definitely a rough and tough little boy a lot of the time and are a big bundle of energy but at the end of the day, you always ask me for a kiss and a hug before you lay down for bed. I softly close your door with tears in my eyes every night...tears of joy...because you are my son.
This was a BIG year for you! We started it off by taking you to Disney World for the first time! You met Mickey and it was one of the most magical memories I've ever had. You had so much fun going on the rides and you loved eating all the yummy snacks...churros, Mickey pretzels, and Dole Whips were you're favorites...the classics! Your favorite ride this time around was Frozen Ever After at Epcot, which is very fitting because Frozen aka Elsa as you call it, is one of your favorite movies.
Speaking of movies...your all time favorite movie is Cars. We watch it almost every day. You not only love Disney's Cars but ALL cars. They are your favorite toy. You have an awesome Hot Wheels collection and are slowly getting a good collection of large Tonka trucks. Cars is probably your favorite word, too. You yell "CARS!" at any opportunity that you can and it never fails to make me smile. Ironically enough, our song "Find Everything" by Brad Paisley is from the movie Cars. We picked this as our song back when you were only 1 month old. You know this song by heart now, too. Every time it comes on you come over to me and grab my hand so we can dance to "our song."
You started walking at 15 months and said your first real words at 18 months. You love to talk and by now are saying some full sentences. One of my favorites is "I want to watch Star Wars!" You say "I love you" all the time, too, and it fills my heart right up.
We had a blast this past summer. You took swimming lessons where both me and your dad got to swim with you once a week. You had so much fun playing in the water that we even got you a little kiddie pool to play in out in our backyard. We probably played in it almost every day of the summer. We went to some carnivals over the summer and you discovered your love of funnel cake and ice cream, too!
Fall is your favorite season though. You LOVE pumpkins (orange is your favorite color, by the way), and you kept calling them balls all fall long. You eat pumpkin right out of the can and pumpkin pancakes are probably your favorite food...aside from blueberries. Blueberries are definitely your favorite food. You also loved going apple picking this year and picked the cutest little apples off the trees at Apple Holler. You were Boo from Monsters Inc for Halloween and we went trick or treating for the first time this year! Your favorite candy is Reese...a boy after my own heart!
We took you to your first movie this year, too, which was Toy Story 4! You were so captivated by it that we took you a few more times after that to see some Disney classics like Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. The most exciting movie we've seen with you so far though is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The joy your dad felt being able to see this movie with you in theaters was incredible. As soon as the movie started you were so excited and he read the rolling credits to you just like he always dreamed of doing with his son one day. You made that dream come true for him and it was so magical. You love Star Wars so much now and ask to watch it all the time. Any time we're watching it, you hum the opening song and it's the cutest thing ever. Your favorite characters are BB-8, R2D2, and Chewbacca...or Chew Chew as you like to call him.
Honestly though, my favorite moments with you are just the day to day ones. Every day after you wake up from your nap, we have a snack together. This past fall we started having apple cider together and now that it's winter we've started having hot chocolate together. I call them our hot chocolate parties. It is my favorite time of the day. Just spending quality time with you while we sip our hot coco and you play with all your toys in your room.
The biggest thing of this past year though is you became a big brother. You have taken on your role as Finn's big brother like a champ. Even before he was born you were so loving to him. You always gave my belly raspberries and would talk about "baby" all the time. You were so excited to meet him when he was first born and always asked to hold him. You went through a short period of jealousy, which is only natural, but you hardly feel that way anymore. You love Finn so much now, I can just tell. Every morning we both go in to his room and wake him up for the day. You always wait for me to pick him up so you can give him a hug and kiss before you run off to play. You bring him cars to share and always ask him to play with you. I didn't think it was possible to love you more, but seeing you as a big brother makes me love you a billion times more. You truly are the sweetest little boy in the whole wide world.
Thank you for making me a mama two years ago, Kai. Being your mama is the biggest honor of my life. I love you my sweet little boy, I love you with all my heart.
Happy February everyone! We had such a fun weekend this past weekend thanks to getting lucky with some decent weather! Who would have thought we would have had 50 degree weather + sunshine in early February!? Well thanks to the wonderful sunshine, we had a little family day on Saturday. We did a bunch of random things like go to Ikea, ABT, and Trader Joe's. Caleb and I just took turns randomly picking places we wanted/needed to go, which was so fun. On Sunday, we went to the Chicago Botanic Garden and took some photos of Kai for his 2nd birthday. I can't wait to load them on to my computer, edit them, and share them with all of you on here!
However, today is all about our little Finn Bug! He is already 2 months old! I can't believe how quickly this newborn phase is going with Finn. He is such a wonderful little baby, and we are so in love with him. Here's our monthly recap on all things Finn...
Weight: 12.5 lbs
Height: 23 in
You are growing so fast, little man! You gained another 2 lbs in the last month! You're a champion eater and love Mama's milk. You mostly nurse but take a bottle from Dad at night before bed and for your dream feed. You've started sleeping through the night from 11:30pm till 7am! You made this transition all on your own at 5 weeks. You nap so well, too, and it makes you such a happy baby.
You LOVE your big brother and he loves you, too! Kai will always come in to your room with me to wake you up in the morning and from your afternoon nap. We both rub your belly and say hi and after I pick you up, Kai gives you a hug, a kiss, and tells you he loves you before running off to play. You smile at him all the time and always seem to calm down whenever he comes around. He always tells you "don't cry" and you're really good at listening to him ;). You're also still Wrigley's favorite right now and he's always there to protect you. He lays next to your crib and loves to cuddle with us when I'm nursing you.
We finally found "our song." We were having tummy time and listening to our fun little playlist on Spotify. The song “You’ll be in My Heart” came on and it always reminds me of your grandpa and Papa. I always get a little sad when I listen to it. You kept smiling at me while I sang it to you and I told you this can’t be our song because it makes me too sad…it’s saved for someone else in my heart, I’m sorry. It got me thinking though that I really wish I could figure out what our song was going to be. I didn't want to rush it, of course, but it had been on my mind lately to really pay attention to some songs and see how they resonated with us. For some reason, I started thinking of the song “I See the Light” from Tangled and longed for it to come on. I had this feeling it could be a great song for us but I wasn’t completely sure. Magically, it came on next…I couldn’t believe it. I sang the whole song to you and you smiled bigger than you ever had before…it’s almost like you wanted to laugh. I heard myself sing the words, “and now the fog has lifted” and it was so true. The horrible fog I was walking around in after losing your grandpa had lifted when you were born. You’ve brought me back in to the light and realizing that, that became our song…and it is so perfect.
We baby wear in a sling or in a wrap every single day. We snuggle up during your morning nap after breakfast and I read to you and your brother. Having you close enough to kiss is the most wonderful feeling and you love it, too. You mold in to me so perfectly and I am truly cherishing these days with you. I also really love having tummy time with you! For the most part, you love it and have so much fun. You're already holding your head up by yourself with lots of control. You like to look around and when you see me, you give me the biggest smile. You also really love looking at photographs, specifically the ones we have on the wall behind our couch of Mama and Dad's wedding.
You are the sunshine and refreshing thing I needed in my life, Finn. I love you so, my tiny one, I love you so very much and these last two months have been the best yet.
Let's talk baby schedules today! We are of course doing Babywise with Finn since it worked so well for us with Kai. However, it's obviously not as simple this time around because we have to consider Kai's daily schedule on top of Finn's. Blending the boys' daily schedules has been like a fun little puzzle for me though and it's not as hard as you might think it would be. So I'm going to share our daily schedule with you today! Kai will be 2 years old at the end of this week and Finn is 8 weeks old. I am currently on maternity leave, too.
Kai + Finn's Daily Schedule
7:00am - Kai: Wake up, drink milk, play
7:05am - Finn: Wake up, diaper change
7:10am - Finn: Nurse
7:45am - Mama: Pump; Finn: Wake time (bassinet hangs)
8:00am - Kai: Diaper change/Breakfast
8:30am - Kai: Play; Finn: Sling nap
9:30am - Kai: Quiet time; Finn: Nurse
10:00am - Kai: TV time/play; Finn: Diaper change/get ready for the day
10:15am - Finn: Wake time (rocker)
10:30am - Kai: Get ready for the day
10:45am - Finn: Crib nap
11:00am - Kai: Outside time
11:30am - Kai: Lunch
12:00pm - Kai: Play
12:30pm - Kai: Clean + cozy time (clean up, diaper change, read a book)
12:45pm - Kai: Nap; Finn: Nurse
1:15pm - Finn: Diaper change/Wake time (outside time, tummy time, read a book)
2:00pm - Finn: Crib nap
3:30pm - Kai: Le goûter (snack)/play; Finn: Nurse
4:00pm - Finn: Diaper change/Wake time (play mat time)
4:45pm - Finn: Crib nap
5:00pm - Kai: Diaper change/play
6:00pm - Kai: Dinner; Finn: Nurse
6:30pm - Finn: Diaper change/Wake time (swing)
7:00pm - Kai: Dessert
7:15pm - Kai: Clean up; Finn: Crib nap
7:20pm - Kai: Bath (every other night)
7:30pm - Kai: Get ready for bed (vitamins, brush teeth, PJs)
7:45pm - Kai: Read, prayers
8:00pm - Kai: Bedtime
8:30pm - Finn: Bottle; Mama: Pump
8:50pm - Finn: Bath (every 3 days)
9:00pm - Finn: Get ready for bed (vitamins, moisturize, PJs)
9:05pm - Finn: Read, prayers
9:15pm - Finn: Bedtime
11:00pm - Finn: Bottle; Mama: Pump
So as you can see, it's a lot. I constantly feel like I'm doing something for a little person but it works. Kai finds so much comfort in sticking to a schedule so we try our hardest to follow this daily routine for him every day. There's always some variation and the timing is never perfect throughout the day, but it's pretty close. The key factors for Kai are his daily wake time at 7am, quiet time at 9:30am, a little bit of outside time before lunch, and a solid nap between 12:30 and 1pm. I've also been very diligent about having Kai clean up all his toys whenever we are done playing in a certain area. I feel like this is teaching him good habits and it also helps me to keep big messes under control all day long. So by the end of the day, the house is pretty tidy and it makes the nightly clean up that Caleb and I do much quicker.
For Finn, I try to stick to these feeding times and nap times as best as possible. If he wakes up early from a nap and it's within 15 minutes of a feeding time I will feed him early because I know he is waking up from hunger. However, if it's before that, which is honestly rare, he usually just needs his pacifier or to get a burp out. Finn has been a very good sleeper so far. He didn't need any help with dropping the middle of the night feedings and was able to merge the 2 middle of the night feedings (1am + 4am) to just 1 middle of the night feeding at 3 weeks. He then dropped the 1 middle of the night feed (3am) at 5 weeks all on his own. He was over 10 lbs at his 1 month mark, so we felt it was safe for him to sleep longer stretches from this point forward. He would barely wake up at 3am and it was really hard to get him to eat at that time. So one night I decided to experiment and see how long he could go. He made it all the way till 7am within 3 days of trying and I never looked back. I'm glad I allowed him to merge early as now we didn't create a habit of him wanting to eat in the middle of night. He clearly doesn't need it and has done a great job at rearranging his ounces throughout the day to ensure he is getting enough milk all day. We bottle feed him before bed and for his dream feed because he was a very sleepy baby early on and would fall asleep at the breast a lot. We found that bottle feeding him for these feeds worked best for ensuring he was getting enough to eat in order to sleep well at night. This definitely helped him find his days vs nights. Plus, we need him to be able to take a bottle for when I go back to work, so we like to offer it to him every day so he doesn't reject it when my maternity leave is over.
Both boys are very familiar with our daily routine now and can tell what's coming next. They both have great days if we stick to the schedule and it also provides Caleb and I a sense of comfort. We know what to do with each of them and when and we also get a nice little window during afternoon nap time to have some time to ourselves. I'm able to get some things done around the house and take a short nap if I need one, too. We get all of our cleaning done after the boys go to bed and this is when Caleb will go to the gym or we'll spend some quality time together. Having the schedule also helps us with when we need to run errands or if we want to go out and do something fun as a family. We know when the boys need to eat and when they need to sleep, so it makes planning things so much easier.
Hopefully this helps anyone that needs help managing two different schedules or if you're about to add a second little bundle of joy to your family, too! Make sure you like the Tiny Dapper Fox Facebook page so you never miss a post!
Hello hello everybody! I can't believe this is the last week of 2019! Where did this year go?! I feel like every year flies by faster and faster but I am so looking forward to what this next year is going to bring.
Now that Finn is here, it's time to do our monthly baby dates again for the next year! I'm so excited to be sharing these kinds of posts again...I really missed them after Kai turned one. I'll be titling them "Little Finn Bug Dates" and my goal is to most them monthly as close to the 23rd as possible. We call him our little love bug, so that's where is nickname of Finn Bug comes from. I ordered these fun little wooden monthly signs from Juniper Engraving and plan to use them for the monthly photos we take of Finn, too! So let's dive right in...
Weight: 10 lbs 4 oz
Height: 21 inches
Your birth was truly miraculous, Finn. Within days, I was feeling wonderful and from the moment I held you, I felt like it was the perfect fit. Everything felt so natural with you! You latched within the first 45 minutes of your life, you fit like a glove in my arms, and you were just so calm and peaceful with both me and your dad. We had to stay in the hospital for an extra day because of how quickly you came in to this world but it all worked out for the best. You had a little bit of jaundice after your first day of life, so it was a bit of a relief to have the doctors and nurses close to check on you for that extra day. Our hospital stay was so relaxing and peaceful, so I was grateful for the extra time to snuggle and bond with you, too. We came home on Monday, November 25th and started our journey as a family of 5!
You of course met your grandma within the first couple of hours of your life along with your big brother. They came to visit us every day in the hospital and were there to welcome us home. You also got to meet some of your great aunts and uncles as well as your Nana at your big cousin's birthday party! Nana held you all night at the party and you absolutely loved it. We wish your grandpa could be here with us, too, but we know he is smiling so big and looking down on you from Heaven.
You fit right in with our little family. Kai absolutely adores you. He gently pats you and loves to give you kisses. He gives you hugs in the morning when you wake up and enjoys holding you on the couch. He asks you to play all the time and likes to bring you his cars to share. You might be Wrigley's favorite right now, too. He loves how tiny you are and how you aren't a little terror on him, ha! He loves to give you kisses, too, and is always close by to keep you safe.
You're a bit of a lazy eater and love your sleep. You liked to fall asleep while nursing a lot and it was a bit of a challenge keeping you awake, especially that first week of your life. You lost a little too much weight by the time we took you to your first doctor's appointment so we turned to supplementing with some formula from a bottle to bring your weight back up. We only needed to do this for a couple of days though as my milk came in after only two days of nursing and pumping at home. You're nursing and drinking from a bottle like a champ now and gained two pounds in your first month!
Right off the bat, you got to celebrate your first Thanksgiving! We stayed home and celebrated this yummy holiday with just our little family. Grandma came over in the morning for pumpkin pancakes and we watched the Thanksgiving parade. Dad made a mini Thanksgiving dinner that we all enjoyed and just had a nice little cozy day at home. We've had plenty of adventures since then though! The following day, we went to the mall and you and Kai met Santa! We've had a good amount of trips to Target, went on a drive to look at the Christmas lights around town, and went to your big cousin's birthday party. Our favorite thing to do though is to just stay cozied up at home and enjoy our Christmas decorations and watch lots of Christmas movies.
Your favorite things to do are eat, sleep, hang out with your big brother, baths, slinging, and tummy time! You love being on your belly and I love getting down on the floor with you. You always open up your big beautiful eyes and look at me. You enjoy being in your rocker or swing and having Kai come say hi and bring you cars. You've been a wonderful sleeper and have given Mama and Dad some good stretches of rest during the night. I love snuggling you and watching all your cute facial expressions all the time. You like to make grumpy faces and you have the cutest little side smile right now.
You've brought so much more love and joy in to my life, which I didn't think was possible until you were here. Sure, I've been a little apprehensive this month but mostly it's because I love you so dang much. We're in a great groove now little one, and you truly fit in so perfectly with our family. We all love you so much little love bug, welcome to the crew!
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