Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Finn is 3 months! (and has been now for a week)

Swimming on the bed.

HOLY MOLY time flies! Finn is 3 months old, and I feel like I have a toddler already. I'm sure those with toddlers are saying, "you just wait, woman." But he is SO BIG. He weighs almost 13 lbs and is like 8 feet tall now. ;) I am so amazed each day by how much he learns. He literally wakes up every day with a new talent. I swear he learns them in his dreams. Sometimes he wakes up and looks different. Overnight! That's just crazy to me.

Things have been smoothing out a bit around the Urban household. We're establishing a routine now that is being led by Finn. We have bedtime at night in a good routine and the morning nap all set. The only thing left to work out is getting him to go down for his afternoon nap at the same time each day. I figure that will come with time. He's still not sleeping through the night, and I don't expect him to until he's on solids. I get up with him about 4 times each night for feeding and changes.

So far, we're still doing great with nursing (knock on wood cuz there were some rough times I didn't think we'd get through.) Finn is breastfed full-time right now as to avoid nipple confusion, which he was starting to get when we giving him pumped milk in bottles at night. I would say it was confusion though. It was more like "screw you, mom. I want the fast method, and I know you are going to give it to me if I freak out on your boob and scream for an hour." It took one day of only putting him to the breast, and he was back to normal. I was so proud of him. He's an amazing learner (and relearner!).

And to all those nay sayers that said we would give up cloth diapering in two weeks, I say "I told you so!". We've been 100% cloth 100% of the time, and I find it extremely easy to manage. I'm quite proud of our diaper stash. He's just now pretty much grown out of his newborn Kissaluv diapers and we're moving on to our stage 2 and beyond stash of BumGenius, Fuzzibunz and GroVias. So far, the GroVias (which I had high hopes for because they are uber cute and a righteous idea) fall short of impressing me and the Fuzzibunz are winning. We do have 3 types of BumGenius, all of which I'm super happy with. All in all, I think we are set with diapers for life....all for around $450-500 total. Sweet!

Enough of that. Let's get to the fun stuff! Here's all the stuff (that I can think of right now) that Finn can now do.

1. He smiles and laughs like crazy! I gave him his first airplane ride and he laughed and giggled so hard he could barely catch his breath. It was so funny. When he wakes up and sees me, he smiles so big, which makes it a-okay for me to wake up 4 times a night for him. ;)

2. He kinda sits up on his own now. I video taped it yesterday, because it was the first time he sat up and played with a toy. He can't do it for a very long time, but will for a few minutes.

Just the dudes being dudes.

3. He talks. He loves to have a conversation. I talk, he talks, I talk again, he talks back. He's quite the conversationalist.

4. He digs his walker. Seriously, he's been in that thing for a month now, which is insane! He loves to play with the toys that are fixed on the tray. He has always been able to move the balls from one side of the arch to the other.

Walker = fun times!

5. He holds his own bottles. No joke.

Holding his bottle

6. He can pick up objects and loves to rub his crinkle blanket in his face. Anything soft he'll rub on his cheeks.

7. He loves to hug.

8. He's saying consonants as of yesterday. They are clear letter sounds instead of just unrecognizable babble.

9. He's doing great with strangers now. He went from not tolerating other people (other than me...not even Eric!) holding him to (since Thanksgiving) loving other people holding him. He even let Aunt Tina babysit him for Eric and my first night out. :)

With the Troubadours of Divine Bliss. They came to see him when they were in town.

10. He now acknowledges the cats and follows them with his eyes as they walk by. Up until this week, he never knew they were there.

That's all for this month. Stay tuned for more Finn updates (hopefully) each month. Although I might skip a month here and there like I did for month 2. What can I say.....it's crazy busy with a baby and there's always more fun things to do than put the baby down to type on the computer. ;)

Happy holidays from the Urbans!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Finn's first photoshoot

my cutie patootie son
He's quite the model! My good friend Shannon offered to shoot him, and, of course I jumped at the opportunity! She did an amazing job! In fact, I would highly recommend her if any of you need photos for ANYTHING (she does it all!). Check out her blog http://shannonmillerphoto.blogspot.com

Just look at this amazingness! Don't you just want to eat him and squeeze him and love him to pieces? I do. Well, I do that anyway. :) I'm so blessed to know this little man. He's growing up so fast! Updates on his "can dos" to come soon!

Finn kept petting Kaia's urn, which led to this picture "We are Family".


Who can resist those eyes?

Nakedness rules on soft fuzzy rugs!

Discovery channel - NICU

I was just flipping through channels and, to my surprise, heard the name "Dr. Ross Ungerleider" mentioned. Holy moses! That was Kaia's surgeon. He was on this show on the Discovery Chanel called "NICU". Apparently, the show went to University Hospitals in Cleveland to shoot this episode about a heart baby and her surgery....the same place Kaia had her surgery. I found it quite interesting that, for the show, the baby that was operated on got to go back to the NICU after her open heart surgery. In real life, they put these babies in the PICU after surgery, where, I believe, they receive a much lower quality of care. I watched the remainder of the program and it just made me angry. I still have a lot of anger over the situation. I listed to the mother of the child speak about her experience. Her words were so familiar "Numb", "It's hard because I can't hold her", "all I can do is be her mom and love her", "You can't believe it's part of your reality", "I've never had to deal with such uncertainty in my life", "I've never had to dig so deep for strength in my life". All thoughts and emotions we felt day in and day out. I watched her break down overtop of her baby as she dug deep for that strength to go on. I heard all the beeps of the IVs ... a sound I never wanted to hear again. It's haunting. I found myself crying for this woman in her pain, as well as for me in my own. I'm left angry, knowing that they allowed this baby to remain in the NICU because of tv, when Kaia was put in the PICU. These emotions spilled over into thoughts of my relationships (or non-relationships) with my estranged family. Ugh, and I still want to sue the pants off the hospital. Damn that show for dredging all of this up. I'm leaving it here and moving on with my day.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New schtuff!!!

Well, I finally did it. I finally got prints of my artwork made and ready to sell. Get any one of your favorite LLD pieces now in an 8x10 matted print. These prints are matted to 11x14, and have a crisp black bevel. They come complete with backing and in a bag with the title of the piece and artist's signature on the front and an LLD sticker on the back. They are GORGEOUS! You can see the details of ...the fabric beautifully, and the color is very true to the real thing! I have over 70 prints ready to ship right now! Order yours today on my etsy site. Here's the link to the prints http://www.etsy.com/listing/61302364/little-lion-designs-prints-fully-matted

And new pieces are up! All are for sale on my etsy site.

Lastly, I have another show coming up this Saturday at St. Bernadette's in Westlake. If you're interested in coming, there's a facebook page set up for it here.
Here's the details:
Time: Saturday, November 13 · 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: St. Bernadette School/Parish Activities Center
2300 Clague Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145

That's all for now. LLD will also be in 3-4 locations during the entire month of December. All of my work will be out and about town so I can concentrate on finishing Christmas orders and taking our little trip to VA Beach. :)

In Light & Love,

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I need not say a word. Total gangsta cuteness! Wha wha??!!

4 generations

I'm so behind on my updates. About a month ago we headed to PA to see my Grandparents before they headed to Florida for the winter. It was so great to have four generations of us together. Having kids has shown me the importance of family, and I cherish these moments. What an amazing thing to ssee my grandparents hold my son. Pictures! Pictures!

Finnegan and his Great Grandma

Finnegan and his Great Grandpa

Great Grandparents have lots of love to give!

Naptime with mommy.

Finn and his great Aunt Jodi

Finally we got a complete 4 generation picture.

Just the dudes!

Gram, me & Finners

Hey ladies! My cuz Beth, mamma Jackie, Auntie Jodie & Grams!