My baby boy is turning two on Saturday! I swear, it seems just like yesterday. I thought life was flying by before, but once I had a kid, it’s like two years go by in a blink. It’s unbelievable to think about everything that has happened in his short lifetime. He is the sweetest little boy with quite the personality. He is very independent, but is a total Mama’s Boy. He and his Daddy laugh like I’ve never seen David laugh before. And Juneau has finally accepted him as a pack member. I am so blessed to be Finn’s mom.
Being a parent is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and the job is never over. I second guess most every decision I make, I feel enormous guilt every day, I am physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, and I have no idea what I’m doing. The good part of all of that? I’m totally at peace with it.
I’m not going to pretend that I don’t have bad days, because I certainly do. I lose my temper, I pray for bedtime, and I feed him too many fruit snacks to be considered a balanced diet. However, I decided to stop seeing myself so negatively and reminding myself daily that I’m a great mom. Finn is so loved!
David and I have had a lot of conversations about parenting a toddler, which is much more proactive than parenting a baby. We’ve started implementing a ‘time out’ policy, which has been successful this far. We also make sure to spend the weekends together as a family since the work week can be quite hectic with all of us in different places. We’ve also talked a lot about making sure that Finn spends time with family and travels often, both things that we value highly!
Finn hasn’t been weighed in a while, but he is well over 30 pounds. He’s a solid kid, just like his dad. He is wearing 24 month/2T clothing and size 7 shoes. He loves to run and jump and climb on everything.
Finn is quite chatty these days, and we can make out approximately 10 percent of what he’s actually saying! HA! But it’s still amazing to watch him tell his stories and catch onto words and phrases. He loves to read, which I’m thankful for, and has recently started reading to us rather than the other way around. He still love Moana and playing outside. The kid loves water!
Gosh, I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t thank my lucky stars for the great sleeper that Finn is. His bedtime is between 7 and 8pm, depending on how long he napped that day. I go in with some milk and read to him for a little while, then give him a kiss, David comes in and reads a book, tucks him in and gives him a kiss. Finn says “night night” and rolls over. He sleeps from 7-8pm to 7am and naps from around 12:30-1pm until about 3pm.
Finn’s been a good eater up until about a week ago. He just doesn’t seem interested in anything. It’s been tough on David and I, but I don’t want food to become a thing. I know this is just a phase and he will get over it.
Things I Don’t Want to Forget
- The way he drags out “mm-hmm” when we ask him a question
- The way he puckers his lips for a good kiss
- The way he loves to help us clean. Finn loves to vacuum 🙂
- The way he wrestles with David
Happy Birthday Finn Ryan! We love you!