*I wrote most of this post yesterday but never got a chance to finish or add pictures.
One year ago, I was in the hospital in labor. My water had broken the night before, and I was on Pitocin. At 11:53pm on June 19, Finley was born.
I just reread my birth story, and it seems like yesterday but also like ten years ago. Funny how time can be like that.
Life is pretty darn awesome in this area. Finley takes two naps a day of about an hour and fifteen minutes each. Sometimes she wakes up after 45 minutes, but that’s only if she has a dirty diaper. Her first nap is around 9am, and her second starts around 1:30pm. Finley goes down for the night at 7pm and wakes up between 6am and 6:30am. Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night, but lately, if I hold and rock her for a minute and put her back down, she rolls on to her belly and falls back asleep.
Finley loves food (still). She eats three meals a day and a snack or two. Her favorite foods are meat, fruit, roasted broccoli, eggs, toast with butter, cheese, and yogurt.
Up until today, I had been nursing Finley four times a day. She nurses for the longest right away in the morning, but the other three sessions are quite short. Starting today I’m going to cut out the mid-morning one and replace it with food. Eventually we’ll probably get down to one or two feedings a day.
Summer makes everything SO much easier. Finley went swimming twice this week, went to a new play group sponsored by United Way, had a play date with her friend Braxton, and will “host” a play group at our house tomorrow.
I’ve started watching my two bonus babies again (25 months and 3 months), and Finley loves having kids around. She follows the oldest, Adalyn, around everywhere, and I bet she’ll walk (and maybe talk more) earlier because she wants to imitate and/or keep up with Ady.
Right before we went to Switzerland, it seemed like Finley’s mobility took off. Brody and I really saw it progress on vacation. She crawled (on her hands and knees) everywhere and pulled herself up on everything. Lately her balance is improving, and she often pulls her hands off and stands unassisted for many seconds at a time. She hasn’t taken any steps yet, but we’re okay with that.
Finley has eight teeth, but she may be currently teething. She’s been a little cranky for the last week, and she keeps putting her hand in her mouth. I’ve given her Tylenol and given her the paci.
A couple weeks ago, I weighed Finley on our scale, and she was almost 25 lbs. I’m not sure how long she is, and we don’t have her one year appointment until next month (I forgot to schedule it – whoops!). She’s a big (but proportionate) girl and wears lots of 12-18 and 18-24 month clothes. We’re still using size 3 diapers but will switch to size 4 once this pack runs out.
-pulling books off shelves
-standing and cruising
-climbing the stairs
-taking baths and putting the toys in the mesh bag
-throwing the books she doesn’t want to read out of our hands
-diaper rash (but who does?)
-some books (see the last like)
-the sun in her eyes
-being hungry (just like her mama) or tired
For her birthday, Brody came home from work early, and we opened presents. Finley got a couple dolls, a dump truck, a tricked out Radio Flyer, and a couple other small toys.
Aunt Erin gave her three adorable outfits from Mini Boden, and Grandma Lee gave Fin a wooden matching game with pictures of animals and stackable blocks. Thanks for all the gifts!
We prepared what we thought was her favorite meal: veal, and had roasted sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli on the side.
To our surprise, Finley was not interested in the veal…like, at all. Good thing I spent $30 on 1.5 lbs of veal from Whole Foods. One thing she did eat with gusto was a cupcake.
The rest of the night was normal: bath, nursing, books, and bed. This birthday girl was asleep by 7pm.
I love you Finley Marie.