9 months

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Dear sweet Finley,
These past nine months have been so incredible to watch you grow and develop into a spunky, joyful little boy. You give our family so much entertainment as we see you transform from a helpless little infant into a very active, mobile, and determined little boy.
My favorite moment is when spontaneously stop playing to exuberantly clap your hands and shout with excitement. You also sing along with mine and Carter’s new game, “Introducing…(insert your name)”, a fun little talent show sparred from a 10 cent microphone garage sale find! We all have a blast playing in water, which you love. I love seeing you splash about screaming and laughing in the bubble bath with big brother. You adoringly smile and burst with surprise when I say, “Where’s Carter?!”. You love crawling as fast as you can towards Harley and then fling yourself on top of him as to say, “come on, wrestle with me!”.
You now have 6 teeth and enjoy all kinds of food. You love sweet potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, squash, and apple puffs. You still love to snuggle best with mommy and chase after daddy just as he is leaving for work. But you love playing with your big brother best. I know it is rough and may hurt your feelings when he is not so kind to you, but remember he does love you and you two will be the best of friends someday.
We love you with all of our heart, sweet boy, and I can’t wait to see you grow even more. I pray that God will give you a spirit of joy and happiness and a sense of comfort that you are a child of His.

With all the love in the world,
Mommy, Daddy, and Carter

8 Months

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Here we are at 8 months. Happy doesn’t really describe how we feel when you look up at us with those pretty “baby blues”. You are too cute for words. Our lives are filled with joy at the sound of your voice, even though it’s just babbles.

Daddy and I love how you love to give kisses, how you reach out for us, and I guess how you cry undyingly as we leave the room. You definitely know when we are around and when we are not. It is known that you love your family, especially your big brother. You love the special times when we all play on the guest bed in your room. You are really crawling and pulling up now and can even dogpile on top Carter. All smiles, you and Carter wrestle and fight as I sit and watch adoringly.

You are my sweet little tub and I love you more and more each day. I truly am the most blessed mother and I thank God every night that I have another day with my boys to watch the two of you grow and learn. Please don’t grow up too fast and know that my goal as your mommy is to always show you love and comfort and that you will always be my sweet boy.

With the greatest love,

Mommy, Daddy, and Carter

7 months

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Watching you grow these past seven months have been the best gift a mother could enjoy. I was thinking to myself the other day, there is no greater joy that I have experienced in my life like being you and Carter’s mother. I feel like I am truly the luckiest person in the world just to get to be at home all day, every day with the two of you. I love being the one to help you grow up. It is my cherished privledge!

You are turning into the most fiesty, stout, and active little boy. You and Carter wrestle all of the time and you enjoy every minute of it with a grin from ear to ear. You are sitting up unsupported, crawling backwards, bouncing up on all fours, and pulling yourself across the floor to get your favorite toy, which is whatever Carter is playing with at the time. I love the cool little break-dance spin you have mastered. You have two bottom teeth, love eating applesauce and sweet potatoes, love pulling Harley’s dog hair out by the fistfuls, love giving mommy and daddy kisses, and of course, you LOVE everything about your big brother.

I love you from your spikey hair down to your plump little toes. I can’t wait to see you grow somemore tomorrow, or the next day.

With all the love in our hearts,

Mommy, Daddy, and Carter

The half-way mark!

Dear Finley,
Happy 6 months old, sweet boy. I can’t believe how fast life is moving! You are so pleasant and happy most of the time. I love playing with you on the floor, talking with you on the changing table, blowing raspberries with you, and watching you laugh at Carter. You LOVE your big brother so much. You are all about what Carter is doing, saying, or playing with.
You are getting your first two teeth on the bottom (watch out Carter!). You roll all around the living room floor and are just about ready to start crawling. You are plump and juicy and you give mommy the best wet kisses.
We love you soooo much, Fin, and pray that you always stay sweet and loving and know daily just how special you are to us!

With all of our hearts,
Mommy, Daddy, and Carter

Finley – Five Months

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Happy 5 months old! I know I say this a lot, but my o my how fast this has flown by. I remember this being my favorite time as I am cherishing the infant years before you become a very demanding and active toddler. You are pleasant and happy MOST of the time. You have become very fond of mommy these days. You only want to be held, rocked, held, fed, held, played with, and did I mention, held by mommy. Although I am flattered by your undying admiration for the one who gave birth to you, you do have a wonderful daddy who loves you very much as well. You also don’t mind big brother coming around either. You are rolling over both ways now, sleeping through the night (most nights), talking, laughing, smiling, and eating a little bit of solid food.

I love how you smile and laugh all of the time, especially when you are tickled. This truly is music to our ears. I love how you gaze into my eyes when we snuggle as to say, “please never let me go!”. I smile each time that you reach out and touch Harley’s dog fur and track him around the room. But seeing you interact with Carter makes me the happiest. You adoringly stare at your big brother, taking in his voice, as he shows you his newest dump truck or as he reads you his favorite books. We pray that you and Carter will become the best of friends someday.

Though you give us fits some days right now, Fin, we love you with all of our hearts put together. I pray that God gives you the same kind of joy you bring us.

We love you more than you know,

Mommy, Daddy, and Carter

Finley – Four months

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You are now 4 months old. Around the corner and off we go! We went to the doctor for a check up the other day and you tipped the scales at 16 pounds and 6 oz. You are 27 inches long which pretty much makes you a very hefty little boy. It seems like we eat all of the time and there is no mistaking just exactly when you are hungry. You are all smiles and giggles one minute and then the next you let the whole world know with the highest, most shrill cry one’s ever heard, that it is time to stop everything and eat!

I love how easy it is to make you smile. You think the changing table in your room is the greatest place on earth. We strip you down to nothing often and watch you talk and giggle for hours. You are developing your own little personality and we love you more and more each day.

I pray a special scripture over you each night and one of my favorite’s is, may the Lord give you “the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control” (Galatians 5:21-23).

We love you sweet boy,

Mommy and Daddy

How I share Google Reader items in Twitter

So, I wanted to be able to tweet items from Google Reader. I know things like twitterfeed exist, but I decided I wanted to be able to tweet items from Reader, or share items into my standard shared items, or both. I found http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/10169 which descibed how to to it using a Greasemonkey script.

However, the script used tiny.url to shorten URLs. I wanted to use bit.ly, so I rewrote the getTinyAndInsert function and added a function.

If you want to use this script, you’ll have to sign up for a bit.ly API key. After you sign up, you should get a bit.ly login and API key. Replace the getTinyAndInsert function in the Greasemonkey script with:

function getTinyAndInsert(event) {
  var thelongurl = url;
  var bitlyLogin = "BITLY_LOGIN";
  var bitlyAPIKey = "BITLY_APIKEY";
  var commandurl = "http://api.bit.ly/shorten?version=2.0.1&history=1&longUrl=" + thelongurl + "&longUrl=" + thelongurl + "&login=" + bitlyLogin + "&apiKey=" + bitlyAPIKey
  urlinput.value = "making url tiny...";
		method: 'GET',
		url: commandurl,
		onload: function(responseDetails) {
			if (responseDetails.status == 200) {
				var myFoundArray = responseDetails.responseText.match(/http://bit.ly/[a-zA-Z0-9]+/g);
				if (myFoundArray != null) {
					urlinput.value = myFoundArray[0];
				else {
					urlinput.value = "error shortening";

Be sure to use your BITLY_LOGIN and BITLY_APIKEY. Save the google_reader_twitter.user.js and reload Google Reader.

The function can probably be improved, but it works for me. YMMV. Good luck.

If you use this, please follow me.