Another busy month for the Fincher family! Nothing really too big and crazy happened, but having two kids in the house is definitely a change of pace. Having a “real world” job where I have to be in the office all day has definitely been a big shift from my Postdoc days! Lots of new challenges, but we are making it through hehe.
Still growing fast! 12 lbs 6 oz at his 2 month checkup. The boy likes to eat!
Unlike his sister, it looks like his full little head of hair is here to stay
Lots more smiles, and even some giggles!
Better at holding his head up and looking around. Follows people around the room all the time (especially his entertaining big sister)
Starting to get a few longer sleep stretches, but none too crazy yet
Started the baby babbling. Definitely seems like he has a lot that he wants to say.
Made it almost to 2 months before getting his first cold. Being stuffy hasn’t helped the sleeping, and he still wavers around 3-4 hour stretches for the most part
Shots! At his 2 month checkup, they ran out of one of the combined vaccines, so he had to get one oral then 4 shots! He was a trooper and definitely slept well that night.
Our handsome 2 month old
“Hey, you aren’t the one who is supposed to be feeding me!”
“Fascinating” the baby
Checking out his loving big sister
Daddy bath = fun hairstyles
The “that wasn’t a fart” face
Getting a little big for the bath sling already!
Oh… hello hand. Nom nom nom.
Not too sure about this carseat situation
Oh the joys of having a big sister
The attention that Arlo still requires has been noticed by his sister, so it has become a more challenging balancing act to make sure both still get plenty of time with the parents. It’s a big shift for someone who had us to herself for almost 4 years 🙂 We are still working on getting things coordinated so that Mom and Dad can have some time to take care of the basics around the house, but hopefully we’ll get into more of a routine soon. Regardless, we definitely feel more “complete” as a little family of four and can’t wait to see this little kid keep growing and maturing!
Doing my best to keep up with these blog posts, at least for the first year! It has been a little more hectic with me having a regular job and having a 4 year old running around! Given everything though, things have been going pretty well! We definitely do not miss the days of 2-3 hour sleep segments, but little Arlo has mostly been pretty chill. It was around the 1 month mark when Ruby got her first cold (that destroyed us), but somehow, even with a toddler coming home from daycare every day, Arlo has been able to remain healthy. It has been great getting to know the little guy, and we have been settling in to being a family of 4!
“What shall I bake next?”
Advantage to having so much hair
I will give you all the hugs!
Outtake – I think I scared him
“Who cares about the photo op? Give me my leche!”
Why so serious?
Loving big sister (and scared little Arlo haha)
Getting ready for Halloween. I think Arlo wanted to be Peter Pan.
Big sister helping with bath time
While he started small, he’s been growing like crazy. 9lbs 2.5oz and 22 inches long at his one month appointment!
Ruby has been an amazing big sister and loves her baby brother so much!
Dad started off with a cold, so lots of mask wearing around the baby.
While Ruby has been a great big sister, she too, has had a cold. This means not much time close to the baby, which is really difficult for her. She just wants to snuggle/hug/kiss her little brother!
Still trying to find our balance with a family of four while I work full time. It’s coming together, but plenty of room for improvement!
The blog fell into a bit of disrepair as Ruby got older and life got crazier, but I am determined to at least try to do the monthly posts! I don’t want the little guy looking back and feeling left out 😉 We are already behind with the non-documentation of the pregnancy, so here’s hoping I can keep this up!
This little one appeared to be following in his sister’s footsteps and didn’t appear interested to make his appearance out here. At 40 weeks on the dot we got him motivated and finally got to meet our little one! Arlo Julian Fincher was born at 8:51 AM, October 20, 2016. He was 6 lbs 6 oz and 19.75 inches long. A little guy! (at least in comparison to his sister). He marked what is hopefully one of the last big changes of 2016, and we’ve loved getting to know the little guy.
Getting used to these bright lights
Not enjoying his first bath
First gathering of the whole family. Ruby wanted to give him sooooo many kisses.
So much hair!
Those Fincher toes are just the gift that keeps on giving
Ready to hit the road!
We had a great little newborn shoot with B&B Photography. We Loved the way she captured our newly expanded family.
Fincher! Party of four!
Already being a great big sister!
Our little baby model
Welcome to the world Arlo!
The hospital suite was pretty nice, so we didn’t get home at the same detriment that we were at with Ruby. First couple nights were still a bit rough, but we are getting into the swing of things. We already are in love with our little addition, and we can’t wait to see the fun we have as a little family of 4!
It’s been a busy holiday/travel season, and I am going to use that as my excuse for not making any posts since our little munchkin turned 1 over 2 months ago. 😉 We have had a lot of fun galavanting all over with Ruby, and she has been a wonderful traveler. Sleeping in new places isn’t her forte (especially when she gets sick like she did over Christmas), but she does great in transit. After our last trip, she was pretty close to averaging 1 flight per month of life. Needless to say, I don’t think we can maintain those kinds of numbers, haha. We are definitely glad to have a little travel hiatus and just plenty of time to hang out with our adorable, growing girl! Now for pics!
Gearing up for yet another plane ride!
Learning computer from Tio Mikey
Trying out some turkey
Family photo #1
Someone knows how to make herself comfortable
She enjoyed her new stroller so much she just wanted to hang out in it sometimes
Group photo of the little ones
Pull-ups at the playground
She spent a lot of time making sure she was the right size to carry on.
Checking out a light snow flurry
Someone thinks it’s funny to run from mom when she’s trying to put her hood up
Enjoying eating at the Ruby-sized table
Someone didn’t feel too hot
Family photo #2
Mom helping prepare one of Ruby’s big presents
Tio Josh getting in on the decorating
Casa de Ruby
Helping mom open presents
Modeling her new cowboy boots
Excited about her first baby doll
Taking a wagon ride
Checking out the decor
“Were you knocking on my door?!”
Our tired, sick little munchkin
Beaver Creek Ski Trip
“So I get my own seat on this one, right?”
“This doesn’t look like Florida”
Lots of hands involved getting a munchkin bundled up
Family Photo #3
Checking things out with Grandaddy
“Now that you are all here, let’s begin our meeting on snow. ON snow! Get it!?”
Grandaddy wrangling while Ruby watches the skaters
Riding the shuttle
Running around on the snow with dad
Not so sure about this snowsuit
Playing in the snow with BB
Such a good little traveler
I can’t promise that we will be much better about posting while we are home for a while, but we shall see how things go 🙂
It is so crazy that our little Rubydoo is already one year old! In some ways the year has flown by, but somehow, it has also been the longest year of our lives (probably something to do with being awake for more of it than any other year ;-)). It has been so much fun to watch our daughter grow into the little person she now is. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, but I think we are finally getting into a better groove, and while still hectic, life seems to be running a little more smoothly. Now to recap the last month!
We definitely have a walker. It was not long after figuring it out that she has really taken to it and wants to walk all the time, even if she doesn’t necessarily have somewhere to go.
Ruby has been doing a good job of getting the hang of wearing shoes while walking around
She has gotten especially excited when we let her walk outside. She’s always loved being outside, and I think she’s especially intrigued by the ability to now explore the great wide world on her own (with much supervision of course, haha)
We have all remained a little healthier this month. With daycare always comes on-and-off sniffles, but nothing too major this month.
Sleep has gotten a lot better. She is never ready to stop the fun, so we still get a little fussing at bedtime, but for the most part, she’s been doing very well.
She’s been babbling more and more and has really taken to pointing at things of interest.
We’ve been working on using utensils, and she is starting to get the hang of her spoon (i.e. every 10th try she gets a piece of food in her mouth, haha)
She touched her first frog! (a milestone I’m sure her mom loves, haha)
We have been dealing with lots of teething this month (finally!). While we thought she was teething earlier, we are finally actually seeing some teeth break through! She’s going to need them with all the food she has been eating. 🙂
We decided to try egg a little early, and Ruby wasn’t quite ready for it. Within minutes, she had broken out in itchy hives all over. Luckily, it started clearing up fairly quickly and wasn’t bad enough to cause any wheezing or breathing problems, but it was still a bit of a scary moment. It was sad too because she really seemed to love them!
Combining the teething with another cold has lead to a bit of a regression in sleep on the cusp of her birthday, but we’re still chugging along.
I couldn’t really decide if I wanted to do a full year recap or just a 12 month post, so I think it will be a little bit of a blend. For the most part, it will be the last month, but I’ve extended her 6 month video to a year (so get ready because it is kinda long!) and recapped her monthly photos to really see the progression. 🙂
Grocery shopping with my little hippie
Our adorable little munchkin
Egg allergy 🙁 This is after it had started clearing up a bit
“Don’t mind me. I’m just going to contemplate life while I eat this apple”
Ever the voracious reader, even on the go
“Well hello there good lookin’!”
These little “jeans” make her look like such a big little person!
Cooler weather = tackier outfits for walks
Beautiful sunset walk with my girls
Halloween Parade at daycare
Noticing her parents
Our little lady bug
Someone really wanted to explore Fright Night all by herself
My beautiful girls at Fright Night
Best pic of the trio from Halloween that we could manage
Checking out all the trick-or-treaters
Getting the hang of the candy bowl thing
Checking out her loot
Practicing for next year
Quite the dresser
Teeth are finally appearing
Bundled up for a trip to Target
Eating can be exhausting
Playing can be exhausting too, but not so much that one has to stop, haha
Our beautiful little shopper
Our punkin surrounded by pumpkins
Our ad for the Pumpkin Patch 🙂
“How about this one?”
“This one looks pretty good too”
“Hmm… though I DO like the way this one sits”
“Let’s keep looking mom”
“Hey, a ME-sized one!”
“Let me make sure this is the best one”
“Got it Dad. Let’s go!”
Story time with Mom
And now the video! It is on the longer side (~16 minutes), but it includes most of our favorite clips from our first year with our munchkin! I added a little background music (all songs with “Ruby” in the title of course), and if you want to just watch the last 6 months, you can jump to about 7:00.
And before her official 1 year photo (which has become quite the production, haha), here’s a little recap! 🙂
1 Year Old!
And we made it! There were times that I wasn’t sure that we would keep up with our monthly posts, but we actually held it together. 🙂 After this, we’ll probably post a little more randomly (event-driven instead of time-driven), but we will definitely try to make sure we never let it go too long without some kind of update. Still hard to believe that we no longer have an infant!
What a hectic month 11 has been! This post will be a little shorter on pics than usual, but the reason will soon become apparent 🙂
Lots more finger foods! She is really enjoying feeding herself and has started to become less and less interested in purees
Some of her favorite finger foods include chicken, black beans, watermelon, and peas
We pretty much have a walker! She has been taking more and more steps on her own and gets so excited when she actually covers some ground
She’s also started communicating and mimicking more. She knows the sign for “more” (which she uses often during mealtimes), holds her hand (or whatever she is holding) to her head when she see’s someone on the phone or hears it ring, and has gotten better at waving goodbye.
After hitting a low with regard to sleep (as I’ll describe in a second), we have finally started to get things back on track and her sleep has definitely improved
I think I caught the cough/congestion that Ruby had and, since me getting it was soon followed by about 3 nights of really terrible sleep, it really got a hold of me and I was sick for the better part of about 2.5 weeks
Ruby’s sleep got worse to the point where she was waking up and needing soothing about every 2 hours. Especially not good when sometimes the resoothes could take 1-2 hours. This pushed us to finally look into some sleep training
As if sleep training wasn’t enough, her cough and congestion turned into her first ear infection
Not long after I recovered and was able to fully help Maricruz again, she managed to contract Strep throat.
In addition to all that, we are finally seeing some changes in Ruby’s gums that look like some teeth are imminent. The fun just didn’t want to stop this month!
While this has been a really hard month with everything going on, it has still been awesome to watch the munchkin spend more and more time on her feet. She’s really starting to be a little person! Hopefully things will continue to be a little smoother sailing, and I’ll be able to put together a nice big post to celebrate a year. I can’t believe we almost have a 1 year old!
A tutu seems appropriate for turning 11 months old
Sometimes the neighborhood watch gets contemplative
Enjoying her new toy from BB and Grandaddy
Someone is enjoying their visit!
Rocking the pig tails at Toys R US
More finger food = more mess
“Dad, you so crazy!”
Sometimes the little finger pieces just aren’t enough
Making sure mom didn’t miss the distraction she was providing during the photo shoot, haha
“Nevermind the pic Dad! There are me-sized cupcakes over here!”
Nothing helps time pass on a road trip like a good book (even if it’s upside down)
The write-up of this post will be a little shorter than normal. Month 11 has been a heckuva month so far and pushed me a little behind on keeping up with these posts. From what I recall, month 10 was a pretty good month with continued growth and development of our little munchkin! Hopefully I can get it together a little better since, after this, we’ll only have one more post before our little one turns 1! So crazy!
She has continued pulling up and tries to stay standing for as long as possible without holding on to anything. We might have a walker soon!
New foods this month include garlic cauliflower, chicken, and black beans.
First time at the beach during the Rahaman family vacation. She was definitely intrigued by the sand.
She got a new car seat this month, which I think helped her be a pretty good little traveler to and from the beach.
As she has become more mobile, we have started getting incident reports from daycare. Nothing serious, but we never like to receive those calls!
Sleep has become a pretty big issue this month. We hoped she would get back into a rhythm like she used to be with the magic suit, but she just can’t seem to deal with all her new mobility.
Towards the end of the month, she finally caught the “black lung cough” (as Maricruz calls it) that has been going around with all her daycare buddies. Throw a little congestion in there too for some extra fun!
Trying to work on using the spoon herself (with little success haha)
Going for a walk in with the stroller/trailer
“Hey. Hey Dad. Hey. Whacha doin?”
Giving Dad some driving lessons on the way home from the beach
She loved being in the water and being able to touch the bottom
Someone really enjoyed hanging out in the pool
She also loved munching on the little foam toys that came with her float
Ready to hit the beach with Abuela
Styling at the beach
“Well hello Mr. Octopus”
“This stuff is… interesting”
Hanging out after a little ocean swim
Rahaman Family Vacation group photo
Ruby loves being on neighborhood watch
Playing a little duet with Dad
We love this raised eyebrow face she makes when “evaluating” things
Hanging out with Mauricio
Her face cracks me up in this one
Dad having fun with a sleepy baby’s hair
Sometimes, parents are just obstacles between you and what you want
Yet another month has flown by, and our little munchkin is 3/4 of a year old! This month held some decent ups and downs, but overall Ruby is becoming more and more fun. It has been a blast to watch her personality develop in addition to all her skills. 🙂
While it seems like more a game to her, she has started turning and grabbing the person who is holding her when it is time to be handed to someone else. Not a big deal, but it can hurt feelings! 😉
First plane rides! 4 in total going to and from Bristol. Slept through 2 and did great for the other 2, even when Delta destroyed our carefully crafted schedule
We have a crawler! She started pretty slow and methodically, but has really started taking off
While she just started crawling, she has already started pulling up on things. Geez Ruby, slow down a little!
This month she tried more new foods including eggplant and banana-spinach smoothie.
First eye infection. While she didn’t seem too bothered, she looked so sad with super bloodshot eyes. Luckily the medicine seemed to clear it up fairly quickly
Started to become a bit of a fussy eater. She progressively has been fighting eating her veggies (but not her fruits of course) more and more. This has made for some pretty stressful meal times and has thrown some wrenches in our meal plans
Started what seems to be a sleep regression, though it has been (at least in part) probably tied to her new sleeping arrangement (she has gotten too big for her magic sleep suit so is now sleeping without any major sleep aids like it or swaddling)
Still quite the happy little baby
Fist bumping Tia Julie
Getting ready for splash day at daycare
Enjoying her first splash day!
“WANT TO TOUCH THE WATER!”
First outing using the trailer as a running stroller
PJ day at daycare
Rough nights of sleep don’t seem to have the same effect on the munchkin as her parents
“Now I know I left that giraffe in here somewhere…”
Taking it all in on her first plane ride
Such a good little traveler!
Chillin’ with Aunt Lauren
Amazed by all the wine choices!
“Now what would pair best with that pureed zucchini I have at home?”
Enjoying some Grandaddy time
First test of the Jenny Jump Up. Success!
Upgrading from the Baby Bjorn to a full backpack and trying it out with BB
Giggles in Bristol
Enjoying some time at the lake house
One of the only pics of the session where she wasn’t blurry. She’s getting pretty active!
Swallowed by her little life jacket
Even though it is her first time in the lake and first time with a life jacket, she still has to keep an eye on Grandaddy
Lounging in South Holston
All dolled up and playing with a new toy
Checking out the Budweiser horses
Not so sure about these guys
Had a great visit with BB and Grandaddy
Trying out this straw thing
Someone didn’t waste time going from crawling to trying to be on her feet
Enjoying her first swing ride
Working on some downward dog
Helping Daddy play some guitar
Someone thought it would be funny to blow raspberries right after having food put in her mouth
A mobile critter = different tactics to give us time to eat dinner
Outtake from her photo shoot
And her official 9 month photo! Since she is getting more mobile, it is more and more difficult to get these photos. Hopefully we can still hang in there and get some decent ones for 3 more months! 🙂
This month was a little blurry because we got a little behind on last month’s post, but I don’t think it has encompassed anything too substantial. Here’s a small recap from the best of my memory.
Continued to try new foods including carrot, peach, asparagus, and puffs (her first finger food)
We have been working on tummy time, and she is definitely showing signs that she wants to be more mobile
While she doesn’t seem to interested in her sippie cup anymore, she enjoys taking sips of water from regular cups
Went out to dinner with us for the first time and did great
A good amount of family time this month. We had visits from Tia Julie, Abuela, and BB and Grandaddy!
We had a bit of a regression on sleep for a couple of weeks where she was rarely sleeping for any substantial continuous time, but luckily it was fairly temporary
Some on-and-off tummy issues. It appears that Ruby may have inherited her dad’s weenie stomach so we’ve had to be conscious of making sure to balance the stop-you-up and get-things-moving foods
Ruby has started becoming more and more interactive, and she never ceases to be constantly inquisitive about what is going on around her. Here’s hoping her sleep doesn’t have too many more hiccups, but her awake time has definitely become more entertaining. Now to the fun part!
Our little aspiring seamstress
Sometimes there is such thing as too much affection
Enjoying some puffs, her first finger food
Rockin’ the Snuggie
Working on her splits
“Whacha doin’ up there dad?”
A bit more mobility = makeshift playpen
Enjoying the jumparoo in her bathrobe? Why not!?
First Father’s Day present
Definitely gotten better at feeding herself the bottle
I love how she braces in preparation for the food
Always having a good time
My little hippie
Playing with the water mat and rocking her monkey slippers
“I’m a big girl so I want to sit up no matter where I am”
First time going out to eat in the high chair
She looks like we just gave her an awesome surprise, haha
Hanging out with BB
Her pose makes this look like an ad for her little watermelon
Set her down in the middle of the blanket, played piano for a few minutes, turned around and someone had crept up on me
Her reaction when we sat her on the bed but had left the TV on
Getting more comfy in crawling position
4th of July
Clap those hands!
Sometimes, when she is on something soft like the bed, she won’t sit up for more than 3 seconds before she flops down face first
Yikes! Ruby is almost 8 months and we haven’t recapped month 7 yet! While Justin has been awesome enough to keep up with writing the past few months’ happenings, I decided it was time for me to finally write another post! Things have been pretty hectic for me as of late. Everyone tells you how hard it is to be a working mom, but let me say, this hard? I had no idea. Between the sleepless nights and growing list of work assignments, I have had a pretty difficult time remaining sane. But alas, enough about me, let’s get to the star of this blog, and of our hearts, Ruby-doo (a.k.a. the Rubester, Ruby-licious, Miss Ruby, etc…).
This little baby was very busy during month 7. It is truly incredible to see her developments and how much her curiosity is peaked. We call her our “supervisor” since she looks very intently at anything we do, almost like she’s making sure we are doing it right.
Almost clapping her hands – I say almost because she bangs them together but keeps one in a fist the whole time. She does it pretty hard so it looks like she’s threatening to beat you up!
Can shimmy on her tummy backwards and around, always in search of new toys.
Month 7 brought much needed sleep to our house. Like a lot more. There were a few nights were she slept 10-10.5 hours without waking up. Crazy town! On average though, she woke up at least once a night, but still slept 9-10 hours overall. That was my favorite part about month 7.
She mastered sitting up on her own. She loves to sit and play with her toys. It’s still her her favorite thing to do.
She tried a splash pool and real pool. Loved both.
She’s still trying more solid foods. She tried peas, squash, apple, zucchini, and banana during this month.
Hosted/attended her first happy hour.
Not so great moments:
She had a cold on and off for the better part of the month. We took her to the pediatrician and had her checked out. Apparently, when babies start daycare it’s not uncommon for them to have back-to-back colds or for their immune system to just be “dealing” with little things. Luckily, she had no other symptoms so it was just dealing with lots of congestion and snot.
So for the most part, everything is going well with our little butterball. We are amazed every day at how much we love her. It’s insane. As for mom and dad, well, we are also doing great. Since she’s started to sleep better, we are back to feeling like human beings again. We even hosted happy hour one night! We are also getting better at finding time to spend with each other. It’s not a lot of time, but 30 minutes here and there where it’s just the two of us. We talk, talk like we used to, about absolutely nothing and laugh at the ridiculousness of our conversations. The last two months have been the hardest so far (for me) in our baby journey, and I’m so grateful for the help we have received from family. Also, as hard as it got, I was always thankful that it was Justin beside me. I really can’t imagine going through this journey with anyone else. <3
Now let’s recap this month in pictures! My favorite part!
Hanging out having a good time!
Hanging out before bath time.
Reading with Dad. Apparently there was something very shocking in her book.
My lunch time date
Ruby-made Mother’s Day card <3
My favorite candid
Love this little face!
Ready for daycare… Now just take me already!
Going for a walk with Mom
Someone wasn’t a fan of peas the first time she tried them.
First time riding in the shopping cart
Um, hey, where did everyone go?
Second try at peas was much more successful.
Yay! Sippy cup!
After one of our lunch time nursing sessions. She looks like she ate too much, hee hee.