Dear Finley: 2/52


Dear Finley James:
We hit the 3 week mark over the weekend and to be honest I keep waiting/looking for something to go wrong. I don’t know why. I just keep thinking it can’t be this easy. You can’t be this good. You are such a little angel. I know we are still in the newborn, sleep a lot stage but you are so easy going. Every one keeps telling me to stop worrying when there is nothing to worry about. I know they are right. This week I am trying to focus on just how wonderful you are, instead of waiting anxiously for something to go wrong.

This weekend we got to drop your sister off with your Meme and Papa for an overnight visit. On our drive out to meet them, both you and your sister fell asleep in the back seat. It will be a moment I always remember. The sun was warm and shining on me. The catskills were off in the distance and your dad and I were holding hands and listening to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- first time in forever we actually got to listen to something that wasn’t Dora or Yo Gabba Gabba. For some reason in that moment I felt overwhelmed with gratefulness. Gratefulness for our family. I don’t know what it is, but driving around with both of you girls in the back of the car makes me feel like such a parent. In that car there was so much love. I sat in the car- soaking up the sun and day dreaming of adventures all of us could take. I am just so excited to watch you grow up. To see who you become. I know you will be one in a million just like your sister.

We have been trying to get back to a pretty regular schedule around here. You sat through your second gymnastics class today. You slept through the whole thing like a champ while I helped Rowan tumble and climb around the gym. You are also nursing and sleeping great! You slept almost 8 hours straight through the night 2 twice last week! Boom! You love having baths- your hair gets so fuzzy and soft afterwards. You don’t cry all that much, but boy do you like grunting! I like to think it’s your way of talking to us at the moment. You hate being changed. I’m pretty sure it makes you feel too vulnerable because you do that baby reflex that looks like Frankenstein arms like whoa when we are changing you (and yes I just said “like whoa”). It’s always sad when babies grow out of that reflex because it’s my favorite. It’s like the funniest thing ever to me. I know you do it because you are slightly scared but it cracks me up every time.

Here comes the embarrassing part… So you aren’t much of a pooper. You know you are a parent when your kid finally does poop (we waited 10 days!!) and you pretty much have a little party upstairs in their bedroom as you change them. I am all for not having to change dirty diapers every day, but that was a little too long for me to not start freaking out (and yes, I had talked to our midwife in those 10 days and was reassured you were fine). Well, I better wrap up this week’s letter. I can hear you upstairs starting to fuss. I love you sweet girl.







A few last photos from our photoshoot with Aimee.

  1. Oh my goodness, her squishly cheeks!!

    xo Jennifer

  2. Madeleine •

    Those CHEEKS!

  3. Oh Jen,
    Your words are so beautiful…and I do know that feeling–just full on gratitude, and realizing that you never could have imagined how amazing it is to have your own family. I’m with ya!
    Really beautiful photos. She is a perfect doll.
    aloha, and keep enjoying–things won’t ever go wrong if you keep such a great attitude!

  4. Ah! She is so wonderful. So glad things are going well for you and that she finally pooped! hehe

  5. Ohhhh what a little sweetie! I remember the poo obsession!x

  6. Love, love, love these pictures…you are blessed.

  7. look at those amazing chubby cheeks!!! holy moly! i want to squish and smooch them! xox

  8. Gorgeous!!! I want to squuuueeeeeeze her! (gently of course)


  9. Jack was never a big pooper once he got past the newborn days; his average was once a week until he started solids.

  10. She is stunning!
    My second little girl is 10 days old and sleeping so well too.
    The big question- how do you manage 8 hours without feeding?? Do you not feel like you will explode?! Tricks to fix? X ashley

  11. Beautiful post 🙂

  12. Alainna •

    She’s gorgeous. Like her Momma & big sister. So sweet 🙂

  13. Sweet photos! I greet:)

  14. Rowan is a mini-Kev and Finley looks like a mini-you!

  15. Can you tell me where you got that adorable braided/flower headband??

  16. Oh, how I miss those baby reflexes. I will never forget the moment when I realized that my son was no longer doing them! I used to giggle when he slept at the anticipation of something startling him enough to do it!

    She’s such a doll! Congratulations! 🙂

  17. Oh sweet Finley is going to love these letters when she’s older, even the part where you mention her poop 🙂

  18. Oh my gosh. Look at those pics. She’s gorgeous.

  19. Mary Ann •

    Finley is gorgeous. I LOVE that last photo of her all curled up – so sweet. You have a beautiful family, the pictures are perfection. Congratulations!

  20. Cate Sullivan •

    Congratulations to you and your family! What a beautiful little wonder she is.

  21. Can I please tell you how much I love your blog? I am expecting baby #2 in 8 weeks (maybe 6, a girl can hope, right?) and this post makes me so excited! I can only pray that our baby boy is as easygoing as Finley!

  22. Pinkyspages •

    Cuteness personified.
    She’s going to treasure these letters when she’s older…

  23. Goodness she is beautiful!!!!! Congrats to you, Jen!

  24. Where did you get those precious headbands?

  25. Oh what lovely and sweet baby photos. Especially love the one with the sweater material in it.

    Bonnie Rose
    The Compass Rose

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