Thursday, May 25, 2017

Finn's Football Bash

I love planning & hosting parties, but I also hate big groups of people.  So I like to keep things small & intimate!  With no family living here in Utah, we just invite some of our closest friends & neighbors to help celebrate on birthdays.  I knew our little sports fan would love a football party, so our theme was born...and easy!  I had a little creativity in my own mind, but I also went straight to pinterest for help with some of the details!  The goody bags were put together mostly with Amazon finds (eye black stickers for the win!).  But I particularly loved making footballs out of the icecream sandwiches & having Conor write up some "plays" on the butcher paper table.  We kept things easy (for the first time ever) and served pizza (Finn's favorite), chips & dips, and some fruits & veggies for a health factor.  Little gatorades for the kiddos, beer for the adults.  Note: blue gatorade stains faces.... in the most adorable way ever!

I also asked Conor to put together some field goal posts.  I thought all the kids would have a blast putting together a little pick up game.  And of course we needed a field, so a few cans of chalk spray paint later and we had yard lines and an end zone with FINN written across it.  It turned out perfectly and was the big hit of the party.  There was also plenty of tackling happening over certain footballs and what not.  Fun was surely had by all, but most importantly the birthday boy!  He loved it!  Every part of it!  He kept talking about his football party and gave me the sweetest surprise hug in the middle of it all.  That was worth all my efforts right there!

It was a great evening celebrating our little Finny.  He was the happiest boy being surrounded by many of his favorite people.  Days like these leave me full of joy.  Those final minutes laying with him before he fell asleep, reliving his party, were some of the best!  Welcome to 2 buddy, I have no doubt you'll keep being the little loveable pistol that you current are!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

25 & 26 Weeks (Bump #3)

I'm seriously loving pregnancy these days!  I have energy!  I feel good!  The bump is adorable, albeit large.  It's around now, the 6 month mark, that people start asking if the baby is coming soon.  Yes my belly is big, and yes it looks like I've "dropped" since I carry low, but nope... 3+ months until baby arrives!  I can't believe the third trimester is a mere 2 weeks ago.  I'm hoping to keep my energy up and continue to enjoy this pregnancy.  It could possibly be my last, and I'm already getting sad about this journey and time in my life coming to an end!  

Total Weight Gain:  18 lbs. Which is about two more than I would like to be at right now, but I'm trying to give myself a little grace after being on vacation for so long.  Making extra healthy choices this week and trying to avoid too many treats!

Symptoms:  Lots of hip pain!  And Braxton Hicks when I'm particularly active, such as when I'm hiking.  I'm really looking forward to our water park opening up this coming weekend, because being in the water will feel sooo good!

Maternity Finds:  I'm practically living in this new dress.  I love how light weight it is, as well as being the perfect length!  I also have a dwell + slumber dress on its way to me!  Many mamas rave about these dresses, for both during pregnancy and after.  I can't wait for it to arrive!

Movement & Position:  More & more frequent.  And now I can feel his whole little body move, it's not just a random hit or kick anymore.  I also learned that he is currently head up, although I'm not too worried about this.  I have lots of amniotic fluid (so plenty of room for him to move) as well as lots of time.

Liam's Thoughts:  I (or Conor) always snuggle Liam to sleep at night.  Lately, he always falls asleep with his hand on my bare belly, just waiting to feel kicks.  But also just to have that closeness.  It is such a sweet little thing that I adore about him right now.

Finn's Thoughts:  Still as in love with my belly as ever!  Our midwife commented on how wonderful it is to see both boys so interested in my pregnancy and the baby.  She said that many of her clients' boys are far more interested in playing than anything going on with mom during appointments.  My boys are the opposite; they so look forward to midwife appointments and getting to help as much as possible!

Name:  Kane Daniel Keenan.  Thank you for all the sweet comments about baby boy's name!  We think it fits right in with the family!

Swimsuit Shopping:  This was seriously a joke.  I knew I would need a new suit to help hold in the ever growing boobs, belly, & booty, but I assumed just upping a size was all that was necessary.  Um... no!  Nordstrom had absolutely nothing to offer me, so Target was the next stop.  Two sizes up later, I found two bikinis (this & this) that I think will do and last me through the summer, even though I still have 3 months of growing left.  I may also order this maternity one piece just to have options!

I had my glucose test done yesterday, and I'm really hoping I passed!  It hasn't been an issue before, so fingers crossed.  We have our first camping trip of the season coming up this weekend, and I'm hoping that I can still manage to sleep okay (pretty sure my Snoogle won't fit in my sleeping bag), and that I can manage crawling in & out of our tent with a bit of ease & grace.  I really want to have a summer full of camping before baby arrives; I want to love it as much as I usually do, massive belly & all!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Finnaroo Turns Two

We are finally back from traveling 3 out of the last 4 weeks, whew!  I feel like I'm playing catch up in every single aspect of life right now.  It's busy!  And moving fast!  Liam is about to finish preschool!  And the third trimester is approaching.  And I just want everything to slow down a little bit!  The good news is I always have my camera with me, to capture everything I want to.  All the memories I want to keep.  The day to day, as well as the big stuff.  But then sometimes they just sit in the abyss that is my "photos" with no real organization.  That will happen another day, but for now, I try to keep it all organized in blog posts.  So be prepared for lots of journal style posts from me, as I remember all the fun & events that have happened over the past month.  Photography is my way of documenting.  It's how I story tell.  It's how I plan to share all my boys' childhoods with them.  First up, Finn's birthday!

We celebrated a day late, since we were traveling on his actual birthday.  And I didn't want Liam to be thrown off by the Balloon Man arriving a day late, so we just pretended his birthday was later.  Nobody knew the difference!  Finn was in awe of his balloons in the morning, a highlight from my childhood and hopefully my boys'!  It was followed Finn's favorite breakfast of pancakes & bacon.  The boy seriously loves his bacon.  On birthdays I love tailoring their day to be perfect for just them!  The traditional happy birthday sign was hung, the letter board rearranged ("Finnarro turns two!"), and the presents wrapped!  We kept things simple as far as presents were concerned, since he is always so spoiled by friends & family.  However, he was thrilled for some new Duplos as well as his own sleeping bag!  With my growing belly (and now that Finn is weaned), he has been booted to his own sleeping bag for camping!  Can't wait for him to use it next weekend!

After a morning of running around outside with all the neighbor kids,  we had a birthday nap, and then the big event!  Finn has been talking about going to another Bees (baseball) game ever since we left the last one.  We kept telling him we would go on his birthday.  Well, the weather was really messing with us.  Rainy & stormy just a couple hours beforehand.  We nearly decided to skip it, but the thought of letting down the birthday boy just sounded awful.  So we all rallied!  We rode the train to them game (another of Finn's favorite things) along with every other Salt Lake City sports fan, since there was also a Jazz game as well as as Real game that night!  The train ride was really the full experience with a crowded, eclectic group of Utahns.

Finn hunted down the Bee mascot with Conor, only to want to say hi from afar.  While he is seriously obsessed with the Bee, he does not want to touch him, hug him, or stand near him.  But we sure do talk about him nonstop and love looking at pictures.  Finn proudly walked back to our spot with his own hotdog in hand, just living the baseball fan dream really.  We had far too many treats than normal, because.... birthday!  Cotton candy (he was very unsure of this) & cracker jacks!  But the real highlight came when he got to run the bases at the end of the game.  He was fast & knew exactly what to do!  However, now he thinks he gets to run the bases at the end of every game.  If only buddy!

It was truly a special day for Finn which is exactly what I wanted!  His joy is my joy!
Happiest of birthday Finnaroo!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Liam. Finn. Kane.

We're excited to finally share that baby boy has a name...

Kane Daniel Keenan

When we found out that our third baby was a boy, we knew that, once again, we would use an Irish name, as well as a family middle name.  Kane is a name that we had discussed back when naming Finn, so it was quickly put on the list again.  We took the longest we ever have to name a baby this time, with list after list, but we kept coming back to this name.  We like how it's short and sweet, and really just fits in perfectly with Liam & Finn.  Plus hearing it out of both boys' mouths was just so sweet.

The middle name was tougher.  There just didn't seem to be a family name that we both liked.  So we briefly considered other names, especially Pierce, just because we liked it.  But I really wanted to stick with a family name, so I proposed Conor's middle name, Daniel.  It took a bit of convincing, but here we are finally with a name!  And I just love seeing them written side by side.

Liam.  Finn.  Kane.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Going Home

When Conor somewhat unexpectedly had two long work trips on back to back weeks, I decided to take the boys up to Washington to stay with my parents.  While lately, I've done much better being alone when Conor travels, two weeks is a l o n g time.  And I always miss my parents!  So we jumped at the opportunity.  We quickly fell into a nice routine during our stay.  My mom always hits the gym early in the morning, so during that time the boys & I would have slow lazy mornings.  I'd actually read the paper, the real newspaper, not just an app on my phone.  I'd make my way through the crossword & anxiously wait for my coffee to arrive, hand delivered by my mom each morning, along with bagels for the boys.  It was nice not to ever be rushing out of the house to this or that.  We explored many of the parks near my parents, just enjoying being outside.  And come naptime, I got to take some glorious 3 year hour naps with Finn while Liam and my mom had their special time together.

I know Liam so treasured their nap time adventures, whether it be gardening, games, or simply running errands together.  On one of our last nights together, as Liam was falling asleep he told me: "I don't want to leave.  I love Nana.  I wish I was born here."  Break my whole heart.  Me too, buddy!  Me too!  It is so so hard living away from family, so it's always incredibly difficult when our visits come to an end.  Each time Conor travels internationally, he gets this huge to desire to live abroad for a couple years.  And each time I go home, my longing to move back gets stronger & stronger.  Our hearts are all over the place!

It also just so happened that my best friend was in town also visiting for the week!  She joined us for many a coffee morning and park playdate.  This was the first time we got to meet her 8 week old son, which has us all itching for the arrival of our baby boy.  Liam was obsessed and couldn't get enough.  My heart seriously swelled seeing him with a baby.  It was also so sweet to see my best friend as a new mom!  A new stage of life for her that we are both in together.  Somehow we have managed to make our phone calls even more frequent during this busy stage of life; love being on this motherhood journey with her.  Especially the boy mom journey!

Fortunately, Conor was able to meet us at the lake house over the weekend.  Finn especially has a really difficult time when Conor travels.  Some evenings as he was falling asleep he would tell me: "Daddy.  Work trip.  Go see him!"  So these few days were oh so needed.  The lake house is always so good for the soul.  We spend most of our time outside, with this visit involving lots of worm digging & fishing!  Still not a single fish caught this year though.  I swear my children will lose interest soon.  Where are the fish?!  The treehouse and sandbox saw plenty of action, and many a maple bar were eaten.  Way too many treats at Nana & Pops house!  And while I apparently didn't capture any pictures (how did that even happen?!), there was lots & lots of cousin time!  A couple dinners together as well as a night at the lake house.  We may have even found some fireworks leftover from last summer and had a little mini show from the deck before bed.

In the evenings the boys anxiously waited for Pops to arrive home (again, how did he not make it any pictures?!), and closely watched the news every night, sitting right on his lap.  Liam has a newfound love for the weather as well as breaking news.  So.  Many.  Questions.  I don't like to shelter him too much, but wow does he absorb it all in.  The backyard was a mini oasis, with the temps finally being warm enough for some sprinkler action.  There were late night icecream runs, & lunch dates with Pops.  I also got to visit with my Grandpa who is 97 years old!  Love seeing him and taking the boys to his house!

A seriously wonderful visit that I am so so thankful for.  Our time together is never enough, but memories are constantly being made.  I know the boys already do, and will continue to, look back on these visits so fondly.  I want their childhood to full of some of the same things that made mine.  Somehow Nana & Pops give better baths & read better stories.  And this pregnant mama couldn't appreciate the help more!  And lucky for us, we'll be back again in early July for another visit!  Cannot wait 'til then!

 On another note, my children were the absolute best travelers.  Which was a complete relief since I was doing it all solo.  I'm not sure how I'll do this when there are three of them, but I'm sure I'll find my groove.  Because goodness, a newborn is so so worth it!

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