Archive for May, 2013

Seven Days of Finley***

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***You can see Seven Days of Ellie here

Big Sister

Big sister Ellie has had quite the week.

She went from this last Sunday:

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Finley gave Ellie a present (a camera) when she came to visit the first time at the hospital.

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Every step of the way Ellie has wanted to pat and hold “her baby.”

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She’s also made a few astute observations:

–To Daddy: Look, Finley doesn’t have very much hair like you do.
–To Mommy: (Rubbing her belly and looking around for the baby) … Didn’t the baby come out already?

First Visit to the Doctor

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ImageThe stats for Fin were excellent:

Height: 21.5 inches (95-98%)
Weight: 8 lbs. 8 oz. (90-95%)
Head: 36 1/4 (98%)

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She made weight, looked great, and luckily doesn’t have to go back until her one-month check-up.

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Grandma had grandma duty for the blood draw part of the visit.

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Where the Anders Comes In

Eleanor’s middle name is Ann — after her maternal grandmother’s middle name. Finley’s middle name is Anders — after her paternal grandmother’s middle name … and her uncle … and a long line of Anders’. Grandma Mary gave us the rundown (unabridged below!):

Here’s how it goes, starting with the youngest and going back in time:

Finley Anders Kaye, b. 5-22-2013    
Anders Jacob Kaye (uncle)
Mary Anders Mortenson Kaye (grandma)
skipped generation
Anders Nils Mortenson (Finley’s great great grandfather from Sweden)
–and now the strange Scandanavian way of naming starts–
Morten Anderson (great great great grandfather in Sweden)
Anders Mortenson (great great great great grandfather in Sweden)
Morten Andersson (great great great great great grandfather in Sweden, using the old spelling)
Anders Mortensson (great great great great great great grandfather in Sweden,using the old spelling)

and so it goes, probably back to the beginning of scandinavia!!!

To make matters even more confusing, sometimes names were spelled ending in -sen  (like Viggo Mortensen, who may be some degree of distant cousin) instead of -son.

This entire scene, including even more Anderses, also takes place in Norway, Denmark and Iceland (they all used to be one big tribe.)  

(In Iceland they still use the old naming system, adding “dottir” and well as “son” or “sen.” Finley would be “Finley Ansonsdottir” or “Melaniesdottir” depending on whether the parents are married or not, which is considered optional in Iceland. Try figuring out the telephone book of Reykevik Iceland for fun some time.)

Love,
Grandma Mary

Finley’s Playbook debut

Today’s announcement in the Politico Playbook:

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Anson Kaye, senior vice president at GMMB, writes: “My wife, Melanie Kaye (Dr. Jill Biden’s comms dir.) pulled off a pretty spectacular double play this week, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, Finley Anders Kaye (weighing in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces) on Wednesday (who joins her equally beautiful big sister Eleanor), and then celebrating a birthday of her own on Thursday.”

Finley’s arrived!

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Finley Anders Kaye
5.22.13
3:17 am
8 lbs, 7.7 oz
21.5 inches
Origin of Finley: Irish and Scottish
Meaning of Finley: “fair-haired hero”
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Daddy’s email announcement sent 3.22.13:
Finley Takes the Stage
Finley Anders Kaye arrived at 3:17 am this morning, an 8 pound 7 ounce bundle of dynamite.Like her sister, she took her own sweet time getting here, but when she decided the time was right she came on like a runaway freight train.

Mom was spectacular.  Finley’s a star. And Ellie displayed her unflappable style, sleeping through the whole thing.

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With Dr. Seidel, who we had to wake up to COME QUICK in the middle of the night.
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Finley’s first room number.
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Not loving her first photo shoot.
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With Daddy less than two hours old.

Still Waiting

Still Waiting

Similar to her big sister, Baby K 2.0 remains comfortably on the inside more than a week past her EDD. Not for long!


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