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Finnterrogation

As I’d been unable to capture Finn’s auto-face-dunking on video, I tried to inspire him by blowing some bubbles of my own. Oh man, little did I know what I was getting into! See for yourself:

Now Finny periodically says “Bubbo!” and tries to drag me to the bath tub (regardless of time of day) for another session. I’ve been substituting regular viewings of this video, blowing his mind in the process. 🙂

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Der Bomber

Lately Finn has taken a crazy shine to my ridiculous “Der Bomber” jacket, peering excitedly at the coat rack every time he walks past. Here’s a little video of him discussing “Bomb-O.” 🙂

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Little Luchadores do Vegas

The Finnster (our little Mexican wrestling enthusiast–more on that later) had a great time meeting his Southern Hemispherical counterpart, little Bruno “El Pompín” Rozenfeld. Our pal/Brunito’s dad Adolfo snapped this little gallery (HTML) plus a short video of the boys playing together. (Okay, at this age “playing together” mainly consists of Finn trying to sweep Bruno’s head with a paintbrush while Bruno works to master sitting… but hey, it’s a start!)

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Din Din with Da Da

Ah, I should have known better than to tempt Finn’s maw with the camera right before dinner! (Rest assured, the inevitable ensues.)

Too bad I didn’t manage to capture the little guy saying “dinner.” He’s really getting quite good at it, along with saying things like “milk,” “cracker,” “noodle,” and more.

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Geepity Good Times

Finny’s Liggett Grandparents arrived on Wednesday to spend a week with their youngest grandchild. Finn instantly warmed up to both Grandma and Grandpa, and has been having some high times (literally!) the past few days. Since John was in Boston for a Photoshop show this week, it was good timing for me–extra hands and extra entertainment for the little guy.
Finn has become Grandpa’s little shadow, always making sure that he knows exactly where Grandpa is, so he can be sure to get in lots of good lap time, cuddles, and horseplay. In fact, Grandma and Mom have taken a bit of a back seat to the dudes! Happily, Grandma has gotten in some good storybook reading and lap time, too. Here is a tiny gallery (HTML) of recent adventures.
And here is a little clip of the aforementioned “high times” with Grandpa:


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Stunt Buddy Leo

Daddy with the cam, Mama with the *SLAM*! Little Finn gets bounced around the couch (much to his evident delight) together with his wee wingman Leo. 🙂

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Squirrel Trapping!

Oh, the Finnster can run, but he cannot escape Mom’s ever-lovin’ clutches! 😀

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Fun with Pea Pea

You know, normally I wouldn’t call a bag full of Pea Pea “fun,” but I’m happy to be surprised. 🙂
A couple of days ago I got an unexpected treat from my colleague Chris Cox: he’d been at an art show in San Francisco, and he recognized the super-cute characters made by Conduct Happiness. He’d seen their work on my Adobe blog, and it turns out these guys got a lot traffic from my mention. To return the favor, they loaded up Chris with some great loot, including some stickers and a big stuffed pea-man we’ve dubbed “Mr. Pea Pea,” all earmarked for the Finnster. Thanks, guys!
Long story short, here’s our little guy learning to party with pea pea (plus a balloon). 😉

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Bathtime Stylings

Q. What’s more fun than bath time?
A. Not too much! 🙂
We recently snapped a few frames of our little trio partying in the tub (HTML). The only problem is that Finno is a little too fond of gulping down the suds. (You can see him planting his face into a pile on Mom’s hand.)

On a related note, Finn has really been enjoying the tub toys his Nack GrandP’s brought out at Christmas, and during their visit we captured him taking them for a swim:

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Sunday in the Park with Jim

My dad & I accompanied Finno to the park near our house during their visit for a little quality time with the swings, not to mention the *delicious* woodchips :-). Here’s The Swinging Nut-Quest:

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Penguin-upon-Mouth

Finn now recognizes the word “penguin” (an important skill around our house), and he’s been having a ball with a new little stuffed buddy. In this video clip, Finno forcefully answers Grandpa’s question of whether he’s still sticking everything into his mouth. 🙂

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Puppy Book

Finn is starting to turn a fun corner & is seeing little inanimate objects as creatures. Whether we’re walking little Fisher Price characters into the awesome new bus from our friends Matthew & Lori, playing with Jacques the Monkey (with apologies to Peter Gabriel), or checking out lots of other characters, you can see Finno’s little imagination starting to fire up.
On Sunday we took him to the mall (hey, it’s San Jose–not many alternatives), and he took a *huge* shine to a little board book that features a built-in finger puppet. Each page has a hole in it where the puppy can come out and do some antics. Finn is just fascinated, and he keeps flipping the book over, trying to figure out the connection between finger & puppy. (His little paw is just too small to work the controls. :-))
Here’s a video of the small guy enjoying a Mom-powered puppy show:

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Walking to DaDaDa!

I know we’re kind of an easy crowd, but every day the Finnfatha blows us away with some new skill. His walking just gets more and more fluid. Milestones include no more goosestepping (okay, less goosestepping), pivoting at will, and now using a hand to steady himself while crossing obstacles (e.g. the 1″ lip at the bottom of the baby gates).
Oh, and did I mention that he’s saying “Da da da” like crazy?? I can’t quite swear that he’s referring to me, exactly, but as Margot will attest, I just beam when he goes off on these little spiels. 🙂
Check out this evening’s festivities:

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Undercover Chuckles

*See* Mom and Finn hide under a baby-blanket tent!
*Listen* as Finny chuckles when the tent is lifted!
*Remember* how much fun it was to be a little kid doing goofy stuff with your parents!

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Tube, tube, tube, Tube of Squirrel…

Grandma Nack let us open Finn’s Christmas present early, and boy, is he enjoying it! Said gift is a “Thomas the Tank Engine” tunnel for him to crawl through. It’s about five feet long, and he makes his way from end to end in no time! Here are a few pics (HTML) of our man “choo-choo”ing his way towards his dad.
Super mega ultra bonus: The tube navigator has been caught on video:

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Random Acts of Hilarity

We never know what’s really going to tickle Finn’s funnybone. In this video, turns out that fake yawning and tugs-of-war over a plastic donut were just the ticket!

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Bubble Beard

Finn’s bath tonight turned out inadvertantly super-sudsy. I must’ve gotten distracted while I was squirting in the soap! Our boy quickly turned into a snowy, sudsy-bearded baby as he started picking up the bubbles and trying to eat them. Hilarity, of course, ensued. 🙂

[He’s the C. Everett Koop of babies! –J.]

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Tiny Bubbles

We recently let our living room go the way of Lawrence Welk, blowing bubbles everywhere. Bubble Boy Finn seemed to approve. 🙂

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Halloween Leftovers

We refer to our friend Maria as “Maria-upon-Hallmark” due to her employer (and to distinguish her from my boss Maria). As you might imagine, Maria (-upon-Hallmark) is a master card-sender, and she recently sent Finn a Candy Corn-infused greeting. I snapped a few frames of him opening it (HTML), while Margot captured him trying to feed it to me (one of his new tricks). A careful observer can see how much gnawing he’d done by that point. 🙂
Meanwhile Mom captured our flightless-but-cute buddy going on his very own March of the Penguin on Halloween:

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Squealin’ 4 Praties

When our friend Maria visited a couple of weeks ago (man, time is flying), she decided to try her hand at a little squirrel-feeding. Finn sang for his supper throughout, then sought to wash down the potatoes (aka “praties” in our book Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato) with a delicious bite of video camera.