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Rooney & Finch: a side-by-side comparison

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When I was pregnant with Rooney, I couldn't imagine what she would be like. Then she was born and I realized I had given birth to my mini me. :-) So then I couldn't imagine Finch being any different than Rooney, even though everyone told me that all kids are different. It was just hard to wrap my mind around! When people first see him, they say, "Oh boy, don't you look like your _____" and instead of "mommy" or "daddy," they always say "SISTER!" Physically they are very similar, but personality-wise they are very different! We love them both (of course) and they bring us immeasurable joy! So just for fun, here's a fun look at our kids and how they compare ...



Rooney: suddenly realized I was 7 days late
Finch: "knew" immediately, then had spotting and couldn't button my pants a week later


Rooney: never threw up, but was exhausted from weeks 6-12
Finch: never threw up, but had cramping, slow digestion and was exhausted from weeks 6-12


Rooney: 27 pounds
Finch: 27.5 pounds


Rooney: 39 weeks
Finch: 39 weeks, 1 day


Rooney: Friday
Finch: Friday


Rooney: 9:48 am
Finch: 9:43 am


Rooney: 8 lbs 8.2 oz
Finch: 8 lbs 9.2 oz

BIRTHDATE (do you see the pattern?)

Rooney: 3/2/12
Finch: 6/5/15


Rooney: 4.5 hours
Finch: 6.5 hours


Rooney: Yes
Finch: No


Rooney: 50 minutes
Finch: 12 minutes


Rooney: rock 'n play, crib
Finch: my chest, our bed, rock 'n play, swing, pack 'n play, crib


Rooney: Yes
Finch: No


Rooney: 7 weeks
Finch: 7 months


Rooney: 6 months
Finch: 6 months


Rooney: 9 months
Finch: 7 months


Rooney: 15 months
Finch: 10 months


Rooney: 3 weeks
Finch: TBD, still going strong at 12.5 months


Rooney: serious + introverted
Finch: smiley + extroverted


P.S. Here are their birth stories, if you'd like to read!

When I took this photo, I laughed at how much it showcases my little introvert and extrovert :-)

When I took this photo, I laughed at how much it showcases my little introvert and extrovert :-)

Finch at 1 year!

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Gosh, would you look at that sweet face? I am so, so thankful to be his mama. He is so expressive and brings me so much joy each day (and I get a front-row seat to watch him light up the faces of many others, too!). Here's what Finch is up to at 12 months!


  • Weight: 24 lbs 2 oz (86%)
  • Height: 30.25" (62%)
  • Clothing size: 12-18 months
  • Diaper size: 4 during the day and 5 at night
  • Teeth: 6


  • Incident report at daycare
  • Birthday!


  • Mommy
  • Eating
  • Nursing
  • Baths
  • Being chased
  • His Nod Chair


  • Swinging at the park
  • Diaper changes
  • Getting cleaned up after meals


He is on 100% table food now (no more purees) and will eat almost anything we put in front of him! I love it, even though it's quite messy.

Some of what he's been eating the past month:

  • Mexican rice
  • Black beans
  • Peaches
  • Chicken
  • Black olives
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Tomato
  • Apple slices
  • Raisins
  • Whatever sister leaves within his reach ;-)

We are also still breastfeeding! It is surreal to me that we made it a year. That was my goal, and we did it! I'm really proud that we persevered through the tough early months. Since then, it really hasn't been hard, just takes time and dedication! It's actually one of my favorite things. I'm an introvert, so it's nice to have a dedicated time to sit down in a quiet place a few times a day to process. Of course, every now and then I would like a break and have someone else do it just once. When he wakes up at 5:00 am and I have to drag myself out of bed, my first thought is usually "I'm ready to be done with this!" ... but by the end of the feeding, I'm thinking, "I never want to stop doing this!"

I was feeding him 4-5 times a day (every 4 hours), but the day before his birthday he went almost 7 hours, and he was fine (he is really good with table food)! Now that he is almost 12.5 months, we are already down to 3-4 feeds per day. I envision us doing this for at least a couple more months, possibly longer! Who knows!



  • Takes 1-2 naps
  • Bedtime: 5:00-7:00 pm (depends on his naps)
  • Eats once in the early morning (between 4:00-6:00 am), then goes back down
  • Wake-up time: 7:00-8:00 am
  • Longest sleep stretch: 13.5 hours


  • oooh (this is his favorite)
  • oh
  • dat
  • hi
  • dada
  • nana
  • baba
  • mama

None of these really mean anything, except sometimes he will point at something and say "dat" like he is asking "what's that?"



  • He was healthy this month!
  • We bathe him once a week


We had a scary moment a few weeks ago when Finch trapped himself in our guest bathroom. He went into the bathroom and somehow the door got shut behind him (I think Rooney shut it). Then Finch opened a drawer inside the bathroom, which prevented the bathroom door from opening. He wasn't in there very long (maybe 30 seconds) - thankfully he just eventually shut the drawer. But what if he hadn't? And what if he had fallen or something while in there? I don't know how I would have gotten to him. It was scary and we have now baby-proofed that drawer!



  • Using sign language instead of screaming when he wants more food :-)
  • Dropping to 1 nap in the next few months (and hopefully napping longer than 20 minutes)

taking a toddler to lunch

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Eating out is one of our favorite things to do, and eating out with kids is always an adventure. We actually don't eat out much right now because Finchy goes to bed so early, but we usually try to get out for lunch at least once on the weekend. And even then, it's best to choose somewhere quick and/or low-key (although our kids did survive a two-hour meal at The Cheesecake Factory on Easter weekend!). With Finch, you just have to keep the finger foods coming, and Rooney does well with coloring or games on the children's menu.


One of the most stressful parts of eating out with kids is when the table gets full of breakable plates and full drinks. I can't tell you how many times we've spilled a glass of water while eating out as a family. One particular outing to Buffalo Wild Wings, I ended up with a lap full of huckleberry lemonade, making the rest of the meal very uncomfortable. So when Boon reached out to see if we wanted to try their new silicone cup lids, I was thrilled to say yes.


That little Finchy is such a little flirt! We caught him making eyes at our waitress.

(I always keep a few disposable bibsย in our diaper bag.)

(I always keep a few disposable bibs in our diaper bag.)

The whole concept of the lids is that they fit snugly over any regular cup to turn it into a sippy or straw cup. And I have to say, they work! Cheers to upright cups and dry laps! Boon SNUG lids are available in-store and online at Babies"R"Us, if you'd like to give them a try!


P.S. If you have a Bar Louie near you, try the California Chicken Club Sandwich!

planning a donut birthday party

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Finch is turning 1 in two weeks! I'm not exactly sure how I feel about that yet...but planning his party has been super fun! I've known I wanted to do a donut-themed party for his 1st birthday since the day he was born -- National Donut Day!

These adorable Donut Miss This Party invitations are perfect! They are from Minted and also come in pink and maple. I've teamed up with them today to give away $150 Minted credit! So many great things you could spend it on - invitations, photo cards, art, home decor! A winner will be chosen Tuesday, May 31. Click here to enter!

For party food we will have donuts (of course), little boxes of cereal, bananas, yogurt parfaits and waffle cones filled with fruit, as well as juice, milk and coffee. The party is at a splash park, so decor will be minimal. We are praying for great weather!


A few other donut party ideas I love (click picture for source):

(plates available in Walmart stores)

(plates available in Walmart stores)

Eek! I am getting excited. Have you thrown a donut party? I'd love to hear any ideas you have! And don't forget to enter the Minted giveaway!


Invitations were provided to me courtesy of Minted. The giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsor, the judging organization (if applicable), or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited.