December 30, 2005
Finn received a late Xmas gift today, that being a nice light blue BMW onesie.
Unfortunately the shipping information only said that it was from BMW of North America. If someone sent it please let us know so we can thank you, and if it was BMW-NA who sent it then that is really clever.
December 28, 2005
Every day after taking a soothing bath, Finn wraps himself up in a duck suit for the amusement of others.
As you can see wearing a duck suit can be quite becoming and also warm winter attire, but to see the full duck face one would need to take a photo from above or behind...something not considered during this shoot. [oops]
SIZE UPDATE: Finn is now 15 pounds. The holiday season may be to blame, though we did try to keep his consumption of brandy sauce to a minimum.
December 22, 2005
Big shout out to Finn's main honcho Jeffrey T. Cappie who mentioned that he just might be the most regular visitor to this site.
Jeffrey can be seen here with his main man Finn sporting the latest in Kennett Square skate board attire. Right after this photo was taken he took the Bronze performing a successful 1080 half-flex rope-a-dope stale fish melon poke giegermeister with a double twist pike crippler off the high beam. Jeff...did you watch the Dogtown & Z Boys DVD yet?
December 20, 2005
Finn has been having a tough time with a cold though manages to smile through it most of the time. His daycare is inundated with the Black Death (or possibly the avian flu) and their lack of a 14 step plan for changing a diaper has him looking round for a new daytime venue.
He has in fact plonked down some cold hard Benjamins as deposit on a new place closer to Mommy's work which does indeed have a 14 step process for changing a diaper (Step One is to admit that you have a problem).
The new place also asks parents in the application what word to use when talking poo with the respective child. While we thought about going with "doody", "number two" or maybe even "poo-poo", in the end we decided to have them refer to it as "shorts-o-sh*t". Let's see how far their professionalism goes.
As you can see from this image, Finn has taken up French. He likes to fill in the holes in the letters with red ink, which we must admit his father also used to enjoy.
December 12, 2005
It is a rite of passage for those with small kids to dress said new child(s) up in a crazy animal suit, make copies and then send the photo out as holiday cards for the amusement of others. Finn was no exception, though he went the high-tech route...having a digital photo shoot (well three actually) and then uploading the image to a website to have the cards pressed.
As you can see we had some trouble at first as it seems humans dressing up as deer can get quite warm...it's the fur you know. Further once we seemed to get Finn both happy AND awake, the first shots (and the first suit) were marred by a formula throwing up incident (as captured with images 18 through 20).
Also, before you write in to complain that we picked the wrong one, many of the other images were blurry when shown bigger as Finn was on the move.
December 10, 2005
If you rocked up to the local hospital in search of a circumcision it would cost you $390 [and it would hurt]. We ended up paying $21 and our health insurance paid $180. For some reason that was enough for the hospital, who it turns out really were not expecting to ever get the other $189 and we are all squared away. Curious way to do business...no?
December 7, 2005
The other day Finn received his birth certificate. He is now official and we can say he was birthed, which explains all the hospital bills we have been getting. The Commonwelth of Pennsylvania certificate notes that "It is illegal to duplicate this copy by photostat or photograph." Of course duplicating it using a Xerox or scanner and changing all the letters around in Photoshop is just fine. Further investigation points out that the design for this document was most recently revised in June 2004...back before they had Xerox and Photoshop.
Finn also received his Social Security Card. This Federal government presentation had much more stupidity attached. For instance, the envelope it came in had some text on the outside to make it less appealing to those who might want to steal your identity: "This envelope contains Social Security Card only". Like thieves would not find use for a card with your SSN on it.
Further once opening the envelope, the card had instructions and warnings: "This card belongs to the Social Security Administration and you must return it if we ask for it." Immediately following that statement...the very next sentence, it says this: "If you find a card that isn't yours, please return it to Social Security Administration [address etc]." Seems to me that they first tell you the card is not yours, and then if the card is not yours to send it back. Seems fair since they warned you in the first sentence they might be asking for it back, but surely this means everyone who gets a card must then immediately send it back. To hammer home the point, they mention if you don't follow these rules you will imprisoned. See you in the slammer Finn.
December 5, 2005
Finn is today 2 months old so it's time to update his statistics. He is now over 13 pounds in weight and 22 inches long. He gained 4 pounds in 4 weeks which is most likely thanks to the fine folks as Nestle's, Switzerland who prepare his meals.
You can somewhat see from this image that Tom is now 3.36 Finn units long (and closing). Turns out Jenny is not enough Finn units tall to get the angle required for this shot to look right...but you get the idea. You can also see that Finn units get quite upset when you refer to them as Finn units.
December 1, 2005
Finn started at day care today as Jenny went back to work. 2 months flew by very quickly. His daycare is called The Ducklings (he is now an official Duckling™) and they LOVE him there. He is the newest and hence by far the most popular baby there (until the next one comes no doubt) and has 5 or 6 under-six month old friends to play with. He arrives each morning with 4 bottles of forumla, a change of clothes and a smile, and when he is picked up we get a report card with feeding and diaper change logs. For those of you interested in the price of daycare in our neighborhood, working from various world indices, it costs about 280 Big Macs a month, 9 iPod Shuffles a month or 1.5 BMW lease payments a month.
As a tribute to trixieupdate.com here is a visual representation of Finn's eating habits over the pre daycare (and hence trackable) period. You can see why we have been so tired lately, though it looks like there is a little space to take a nap between 17:00 and 20:00 hours...maybe.
It looks a bit to me like the map of the London Tube system.
November 27, 2005
Finn spent part of the evening chatting with one of his four legged buddies, Noah. Noah lives with Finn's maternal grandparents and is a very large golden retriever. He's quite kid friendly despite his size.
The topic of their discussion is not known, though it's probably safe to assume they discussed Google's market capitalization, the situation in Mongolia and Charlize Theron's pitch perfect impersonation of Julia Roberts in the situation comedy "Arrested Development".
November 22, 2005
Coming up to 7 weeks of Finn, the diaper total since he came home from the hospital now stands at 423 (in 42 days). Those math greats among you will note this is an average of 10 per day. Finn averages 7 feedings a day, which leaves the curious behaviour of 1.428571428571 diapers per meal.
Take some time to calculate YOUR average and send the results to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will receive 1.42857142851 diapers.
November 12, 2005
Finn was making noises like he wanted a bigger ride, so we took him to test drive the latest in station wagon technology AKA the Touring model (that's Finn's car seat in the middle of the shot).
While Finn dislikes the ugly maroon exterior, he quite enjoyed the double moon roof which gave the car a more open and airy feel. He's going to think about it a little, but he's pretty convinced this is what he wants.
November 6, 2005
Many Finn fans write in asking “what is Finn listening to these days?” Simple to answer, Finn currently enjoys Bloc Party, Matt Pond PA, Death Cab For Cutie, The Foo Fighters and most recently The Willy Wonka soundtrack (original version...nice try Danny Elfman). His favoite though are the Finn Brothers (minus the crappy brother). [ALL these links are iTunes links]
October 22, 2005
October 6, 2005
Both Finn and Jenny are doing very well. He will be moving over the weekend to Jenny's mom's house for a week to live the high life. Then he'll come home to his new room which has just been finished. We had been working all year on renovating some of the rooms of our stinky house knowing he was coming and his room and the new laundry were completed just in time to give him a nice place to sleep and a nice place for Jenny to keep washing all the dirty clothes! You can see here that his room includes a wall-o-cousins (Emily, Jay, Jeffrey and Julia) and a newly sanded oak floor (thanks to his grandfather).
Finn's getting dual passports so that he can be ready for a life of global visits, especially important as Great Aunt Posie and Great Uncle Andrew just missed meeting him...they were here for the weekend, which turned out to be two days early.
October 5, 2005
It is with great fanfare around the world that we announce the debut of Finn McLeod Blaxland, the first born heir to the Blaxland Crown™. Like his parents, he is somewhat of a late and stubborn fellow and would not come out...so a c-section was required. Mother and baby are both doing well. Jenny will be in hospital at least through Saturday. Finn wonders why all the other babies are crying, has big hands and likes to suck his thumb.
Stats (let's hope your bets were accurate):
- Born October 5 2005 7:45am, Chester County Hospital
- 8 pounds 2 ounces
- 20 inches long