Monday, January 31, 2011

Finnian's First Week

Wow, Finnian's first week has flown by...makes me dread the coming days because before I know it, he will be as big (or bigger) than his brothers!

Relaxing with Daddy. Finnian loves being held and cuddled - I love it too!

Latham is all about Baby Fin-a-fin.

Kisses from big brother.

The first "smile" that I was able to get a picture of.

Tummy time! Finnian decided to use the opportunity to get better acquainted with his hand.

This is the reaction I got when he heard his brothers stampeding down the hall to where we were.

A sample photo from the "photo shoot" we did this afternoon for the birth announcements.

Latham says that Finnian is "mine baby" and he always wants to hold him. Excuse Latham's hair - he had just woken up from a nap during which he was wearing a hat.

Mommy with two of her favorite boys.

I love this stage!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Baby Bean is here!

Around 5am on January 24th, I woke up from contraction pain. Truthfully, it had been a restless night since I had been up several times before then, but I didn't want to rush to the conclusion that I was in labor since we had had two false alarms the previous week.

Shortly before 6am I woke up Collin since the contractions had gotten stronger and closer together. I wasn't sure about exact timing since I was in too much pain to figure it out. We called our friend over to watch the boys, and at 6:30 am we headed to the hospital.

My advanced state of labor was evident to the check-in nurse, who decided I should skip the usual triage room check, and instead called to the nurses at the nursing station, "We got a live one here!"

Our little one was born aproximately 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital after only an hour and a half of labor!

Welcome Finnian Bruce McLoughlin!

9 lbs 2 oz, 21.5 inches long

6:59 am on January 24, 2011

One tired Mama!

He came out rather fast and was greyish purple at first. He definitely pinked up though!

Proud grandparents! Nana and Bubba (Holte) arrived shortly after the birth, and Papa (McLoughlin) was introduced to Finnian via Skype.

Finnian's got quite the round face and chubby cheeks. He has his own look - no resemblance (yet?) to Latham or Ronan.

Proud Daddy!

The boys came later in the morning to meet their new brother. The nurse that was in charge of cleaning Finnian up was really great - she let the boys "help" with his bath.

Daddy and his boys. How many more do we need for a hockey team?

Latham was sure interested in the baby, whom he calls "Baby Fin-a-fin".

Ronan was excited too, but was intially more excited that Finnian brought presents for him and Latham.

After my first two babies, I finally clued into the fact that my larger-than-average newborns don't fit into newborn clothing, so this time I packed a going home outfit that actually fit! On the other hand, the pants that I had packed for me to wear home definitely did not fit, and I was forced to wear the outfit that I had arrived in - my bath robe. In my defense, I read that I'd still look 5-6 months pregnant after the birth, so I packed maternity pants that I wore when I was 5-6 months along. Apparently, it doesn't work that way.

Now the fun begins raising three boys! Imagine the cost of groceries at our house in about ten years!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

40 Weeks!

Well, I made it! Full term, 40 weeks! The due date that my doctor gave me was three days ago, and today is the day that I calculated is my due date - we shall see if I'm right. I am huge, I am uncomfortable, but somehow I will manage to stick it out a few more days...if I need to!

I am fortunate that my little sister Delta is here helping me with domestic tasks, including helping with Ronan and Latham, who are anxiously awaiting their new sibling.

Keep looking back for an update on Baby Bean's arrival!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Bedtime at our house is not the serene, winding-down-the-day time that it is in most households. Nope, quite the opposite in fact; many days wrestle-mania erupts as soon as it is time for the boys to change into their pyjamas.

Of course, it is always the boys versus Daddy and Daddy plays the "victim" role quite well.

"We got him! We got him!"

I love the baggy leg holes of Ronan's big boy undies - so funny.

A Thomas the Train pj shirt and Cars undies - what an outfit!

Monday, January 10, 2011


Last night Collin asked Latham to bring him a diaper so that he could change him. Instead of just one diaper, he returned from his room with his arms full of as many diapers as he could carry. When Collin asked him if he should put on all the diapers, Latham gave him the typical American answer, "Uh huh."

This was the result, which we found quite hilarious.

A back view of Collin's creative diaper styling.

Life with boys (big ones and small ones) is definitely never dull!