Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It started with football. Screams of "Go, Saints!" and "Touchdown, Saints!" would be followed by Finnan's body slamming to the ground with football in hand. Atticus' excitement of the Saints going to the Superbowl not only led to the birth of another diehard Saints fan and Finnan's parroting of his first swear word, but it seems to have led to the love of all sports, or at least all sports involving a ball. Recently, Finnan has been interested in baseball. He says, "I play baseball player now." When he started using sticks as bats and pine cones as balls, I thought I should get my parents involved. Unlike me, they love baseball. So, when they came in for Jude's birthday party, they took Finnan to his first baseball game.
Finnan's first baseball game was the Braves vs. the Diamondbacks. The day of the game I think I heard him say, "I go to baseball game, now" more than a hundred times. He did not even want to go to breakfast because he wanted to go to the stadium at once. The first Braves player to bat hit a homerun. And the Braves seemed to run up the score from there. According to my parents he seemed a little overwhelmed, but remained focused on understanding what was going on around him and figuring out how he should act. He clapped when everyone else clapped, watched the ball as it covered the field, and ate a hot dog. They stayed 6 innings, which was impressive since the game did not even start until around his nap time. Since the game I have heard about baseball players throwing and hitting. I have also had to "read" the program to him as his bedtime book twice. He wouldn't go to sleep last night until he brought his ticket to bed with him. Needless to say, I think this is going to have to be a Paw-Paw and Weggi tradition.
Friday, May 14, 2010
I went through my second pregnancy with less confidence about what lie ahead. Looking back, I was not prepared the first time around and with that experience I knew that I could not anticipate or expect anything. That is, until I held Jude for the first time, a year ago today. At that moment I knew he was meant to be with me and my family. In an instant, I learned that I was capable of infinite love. There is nothing better than that feeling.
Happy Birthday, Jude!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
This is what happens when you wake up at 5:30 am.
Since Finnan and Jude have started to share a room, they have started to get up early...too early. Most days I was able to successfully get Jude out of the room, nursed, and back down for a few more minutes (in the pack-n-play in our closet), without Finnan waking up. Unfortunately, this led to a 5:30 wake-up time for Jude and they were both still up for the day by 6:30. So, a sleep intervention was required, again. Since I have had some experience with this, I decided to arm myself with the proper tools: good ear plugs. I ordered them and waited until they arrived. My only goal this time was to get them both to sleep until 6:30. The first morning Jude fussed a little, but then I did not hear them again until 6:30. Perfect! And, since I was headed to the kitchen to make breakfast anyway, I decided to drop Jude's wake-up feeding. This morning was morning #2. Finnan came into our room at 5:30 and would not go back to sleep. Urgh. But, as you can tell by the video, he was not unaffected, so hopefully morning #3 will be better!
Otherwise, the shared room has been a success. They have both learned to sleep through each other's crying. Jude can now even sleep through Finnan banging on the door, screaming "another book!" I imagine it is coincidental, but they started to interact and play a lot more together after Jude moved in with Finnan. I can tell they enjoy sharing their room and I am already envisioning late night mischief in the months and years to come.
Monday, May 3, 2010
After three practice sessions (birthday parties this past month) of having to share his cupcake with Finnan, Jude proved that he can handle his own. He also perfected his style this weekend. He can go in with just his face or stuff it in with his hands. Either way, I know Jude's first birthday cake doesn't stand a chance.