Thursday, June 07, 2012

17 Months

This  one below makes me laugh.  Good MORNING sunshine.

 Dear Finn,

This last one is so YOU right now. You're so tactile and snuggly and addicted to your comforts.  With Sophia, since she was first, that stressed me out a little.  Always thinking of the big break-ups that will have to happen some day.  This time I kind of love it.  Whatever makes you happy, you know?  I mean let's be honest.  You'll need braces some day anyway.  And you certainly won't want to drag a floral blanket around forever.

  In this one above, you have one binky in your mouth, one in your hand for back-up, and you're trying to get your favorite blanket out of the crib.  You'll throw that thing down on the ground anywhere and snuggle up on it, one cheek burrowing into the soft side, arms tucked in at your sides, bum in the air.  I'd better get a good shot of that.  I know it won't last forever.

You're 17 months and you feel like such a real-- little person these days.  So much personality and humor and attitude.  You love your daddy and meet him at the garage door when he gets home, yelling "Dada! Dada!" with so much excitement your whole body shakes.  I think it's his favorite part of the day.  He looks like such a proud papa when he picks up his big, beefy, boy.

You still take two naps a day but I think you might be right on the edge of transitioning to the one.... just in time for summer.  We're gonna need more time to go have fun.  Your sisters have high expectations for this one. :/ I might need some serious help and decent behavior from you.

Speaking of which... sometimes you can be a serious handful.  I think your teeth are sharper or bigger than the girls' were or something, because teething seems to feel like ... well, exactly what it is-- on you.  Like you've got something ripping through your skin.  You get GRUMPY.  Also, you like to throw toys at people right now.  And mostly you aim for the head.  I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on this one because otherwise we're going to lose all of our friends here very soon.

You go through phases when you must be growing or something where you'll take a four hour nap and then another 2 hour nap and still go to bed a couple of hours later at 7:30 and sleep 'till 7.  Then after a week of that you'll switch to extra short naps.  You like to keep me guessing.  But mostly, you sleep great.

You love to have your finger nails clipped and your feet rubbed and small toy cars driven over your shoulders and head.  You get super still and smile and allow only your eyeballs to move left and right.  It's amazing.  You just love affection.  I LOVE that you love affection.  Occasionally you'll sit still on my lap for a minute, when I lean back so that you sink in and realize it's cozy.  I love that minute where I can smother my nose into those mysterious copper-colored curls on the back of your head.  I could live there.

You are so adored-- and we will do all we can to put the best parts of the world at your fingertips and keep the worst parts far far away.

Love you so much sweet boy,


Lindsay Griffeth said...

What a great post on Finn. He sounds alot like my Ryan in a lot of ways. Like binky in mouth and both hands . . . snuggles . . . chucking toys at his friends' head. :)

I heart boys.

kerwin said...

Any tips on getting them to love the fingernail clipping would be greatly appreciated. Annie HATES it. She's so mellow about everything else. And now it's such an ordeal I feel like it's making it worse. I might try the rubbing her hands and feet and not cutting her nails so she at least doesn't freak out every time I go to touch her hands. It makes me sad.

Finn is so sweet and his momma takes such wonderful pics and writes such loving things. You all are very lucky!

maines said...

I didn't know Finn was a never-nude. Those shorts are rad.

Tiffany said...

Cute floral blanket ;)

Melissa said...

Lillie I love your blog! Can you tell me what kind of camera and lens you use? Thanks!

Lillie said...

Hi Melissa, thanks! I use a Canon 5d mark 2 ... usually with the 50mm 1.4.

Katie Smith said...

hi lillie :) I hope you don't mind a complete stranger looking at your blog :) I love all your posts and photography. I was actually trying to create a collage of all my instagram photos in Photoshop Elements but I am having a hard time. I know you have templates on your blog for frames.. would you be willing to share you blog template for instagram photos? :) Thanks for reading! Katie

Lillie said...

Katie... sure! Give me your email address and I'll send it over!

Katie Smith said...

Lillie, thank you so much :) my email is, that is very sweet of you :)