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First Week On Our Own

2014 November 16
by Becky

So here we are rounding out three weeks with Finn and I’m FINALLY getting a few side-by-side Ethan and Finn pictures together. I look down into Finn’s eyes when he’s nursing, watch his little body squirm as we change his diaper, listen to his “Naaa naa!!” cries when he’s hungry and think of Ethan…these two boys are like little twins.

See for yourself…

Finn Two Weeks PhotoFinn – Two weeks

EthanBirthPicEthan – One Day

Tough to find pictures to compare since most of Ethan’s early shots include a nose tube and a lovely jaundice hue, but I thought these did the trick. The one of Finn is at two weeks, Ethan’s is from day one. You’d never know there was a four pound size difference between them!

Last week was our first without help and it went swimmingly. Stu was back to work, Ethan was his usual patient, big-helper self, and Finn ate, slept and pooped. Finn’s little belly is rounding out and his awake periods are getting longer, usually about twice a day. He’s got to be over 7 pounds by now. We had visitors almost every day, bringing food and coffee, spoiling us, and getting some baby snuggle time in return.

Though most of our outings were school drop-offs and quick errands, we did venture out on Friday for a very fun morning at the zoo! The Wild Wonder Outpost at the zoo’s North entrance is our favorite winter hangout. It’s pretty much the perfect place to take a four year old and newborn as Ethan needs minimal supervision and there’s plenty of comfy baby holding/feeding/stroller space. Also a great place to meet friends. Plus it’s only $2 for members. Score.

St. Louis Zoo Wild Wonder Outpost Discovery Room FunEthan, Saelin, and Corwyn feeding the alligator some bugs

St. Louis Zoo Wild Wonder Outpost Discovery Room FunEthan and Corwyn playing in “snow”

Seriously, you will find us here a lot this winter.

We even ventured outside to check out the zoo’s awesome holiday decorations and a stop at the ape house—probably the only corner of the zoo we had never explored and just so you know, it’s awesome. Orangutans, chimps, and gigantic gorillas right up in yo face.

StlZooApeHouseSome love from the “Queen” Orangutan

Finn had breakfast #2 at the zoo room and slept for the remainder of our time there. He missed the sea lion feeding, ape watching, and lunch but seemed pretty snugged up in his fleece-filled carseat. It was the first time in about two years using the good ole Bob stroller on anything other than a walk/run in the park…weird pushing a stroller around the zoo again! But wow will it be helpful now that we have hats, scarves, and coats to drag around with us.


Finn continues his rock-star sleep status each night. I fill him up at around 9:45pm again at 2am, and again at 6am when Ethan climbs into bed with us. Not too shabby! We’ve given him a few tub baths, during which he screams a little less each time. Washing Finn’s dark, fuzzy hair causes more flashbacks to Ethan’s first few months—it’s just uncanny.

Finn Bath

I can’t wait till Finn is big enough to take baths with Ethan…they will have a blast. Till then, we’ve been improvising.


Another first this week? Snow! Finn’s first snow fell all night Saturday and is still coming down today. It’s a perfect winter wonderland outside. Ethan couldn’t wait to wake up to “piles and piles of snow!?” but seemed pretty happy with what we got.

Snow Swinging

This snow just solidifies my holiday mood…it’s officially the season! We’ll be here for Thanksgiving and plan to do a turkey and all the fixins for just our little family for the first time quite a few years. Fires in the fireplace and hot chocolate with marshmallows will be the daily theme from now till the end of the year.

The days seem to be flying by faster than ever. It will be nice to slow down in hibernation mode for a while.

3 Responses
  1. Grandpa & Grandma Voboril permalink
    November 16, 2014

    Finn does look a lot like Ethan. They are both so cute!
    I’ve got to say I love Finn on the boppie in the bath room.
    So was Stu thinking “wet snow, the trees still have leaves” while pushing Ethan on the swing. That’s the look on his face.
    Can’t wait to see you guys at Christmas.

  2. Linda Johnson permalink
    November 17, 2014

    I agree with Patti and Greg, Finn sure does look like Ethan. The bathroom shot is adorable!!
    St. Louis has so many wonderful places for families to visit, and so reasonable.

    I look forward to seeing my new grandson and Ethan. We too got snow, 3″ and it’s been cold……
    A big heat up this week to mid 30’s.

    hugs and kisses all around.

  3. November 17, 2014

    The boys really look alike!! We thought that from the beginning. So glad you’ve had lots of company bringing lots of goodies. The zoo playroom is the perfect place to hang out on these cold wintry days. We want to get in on the hot chocolate and snowman building when we’re there in December. Don’t think we’ll have much of that here in Florida. That’s okay!!!

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