Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our week

The boys and I were playing in Cooper's room, and keeping watch out his window for the storm to roll in. Jack thought he'd make us some "storm helmets" for protection.

Haircut for my big boy. Of course, he protested because he like his hair long, but he did great! Once he found out there was a treasure box of candy to choose from afterwards, he didn't complain.


Getting decorations ready for Cooper's big party...


...which unfortunately had to be cancelled because little man got the flu the night before his party (for the second time this year). :(


Chase has the flu also, and Jackson and I are not feeling all that great. We've slept in, stayed in pajamas, and we've watch entirely too much Netflix. The boys daily cartoon allowance has been exceeded every single day, but I don't even care. I'm just ready for us all to be healthy so we can enjoy this nice weather!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Swim lessons 2013


I decided to put Jackson in swim lessons this summer again. He is such a cautious kid, I knew he wouldn't be thrilled, but he also tends to take a little more risk for people other than Chase and me, so I figured it was the only shot I had this summer of getting him used to the pool. 


Can you tell how excited he was?

The first day was rough, but he gradually warmed up to it. 2nd day was great, but right at the end he got water in his mouth, and I think he was ready to call it quits for good. Which probably explains why the 3rd day was a nightmare. But we just came home from the 4th day, and it went significantly better! I'm hoping our 4 days next week go well. 


We also discovered that a friend's little girl was in his class too, so it's been cute to see them have fun together. 


He's so funny, that every time an instructor comes to get him in the pool for his turn, he hesitates, and half the time, instead of swimming or floating, he just tries to talk and have discussions with them. I think he spent the whole 3rd day talking to them about Angry Birds, as if he were trying to distract them from actually make him practice swimming, ha! Too bad they caught on and used it against him. I think I heard and instructor today say "Kick your feet like the bad piggies are chasing you and you're and angry bird!" It worked though!

Cooper has gone with me a couple times, and that kid just wants in the pool! I have a feeling that he won't be quite so cautious when he's old enough to take lessons!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jackson funnies

3 year old are so funny :)

Jackson, watching me sweep the kitchen: "Momma, did you know that a Swiffer broom works better than a regular broom?"

While I'm brushing my teeth...
J: Are your teeth yellowing?
Me: yes, everyone's teeth get a little yellow.
J: Do you need some Colgate Total?

-maybe he'll go into advertising when he gets older??? Ha!-


J brought me a truck: "Do you know what this is on the back of the truck?" Me: "It's a cage!" J: "No, it's a triangular prism." And he was right. What?!

J: Am I little?
Me: Well, your smaller than me.
J: So you're big?
Me: Bigger than you.
J: So that means Daddy is extra large!

Jackson saw me wearing a pair of socks I had borrowed from my sister...
J: Why are you wearing those socks?
Me: Remember, I borrowed them from Aunt Ali.
J: Borrow means you're going to give the back. I think you just stole them.


After going to Petsmart to look at animals...
Me: Ok, it's time to go.
J: But we didn't get to see the horses, unicorns, and cows!
(He was completely serious)





Monday, March 11, 2013

Cooper - 10 Months

Cooper - You are 10 months old!

You finally hit 15 lbs (barely) and you're probably still around 28 in (40%). We're still watching your weight, but you eat so much, and you are SO ACTIVE, I'm not too concerned. You are such a fun baby!

Baby food is dead to you. Actually, you pretty much dislike anything that I have to spoon feed you (you'll still let me feed you yogurt). You are such a good eater! You will eat any veggie or fruit I give you. You love the pouches that you can feed yourself. You're still nursing about every 3-4 hours, and you still take a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.

Sleep is getting better. You usually go to bed around 8 p.m. And only wake up once to eat, around 4 am. Then you sleep until around 7 a.m. Naps are good. You take 2 2-hour naps, as long as we're at home. You don't like to nap on-the-go. You want your bed!

You are walking. practically running. Most people could tell by the time you were a couple weeks old that you would be a mover, and we couldn't have been more right. I don't see us taking down the baby gates anytime soon, because you want to get into everything. You have a new bruise every other day because you don't slow down, which ultimately means you fall. A LOT. But you're pretty tough, because you rarely cry about it. You are so full of personality! You have started dancing to music, and you wave and say "bye-bye!" you will also kid of say "Dada," "Jack Jack," and "Yaya." You light up when your daddy gets home everyday. You also love when you're brother wakes up in the mornings. I'm pretty sure that your disappointed on the mornings that you get up before he does. You look for him and babble about him until he wakes up. It's pretty much adorable.

You are so much fun, Cooper. You teach me something new everyday, and I'm so glad you're a part of our family. I can't wait to see what the next few months are like!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cooper - 9 Months

Cooper - You are 9 months old! Time is flying.

At your check-up, you were 14.12 lbs (<1%) and 28 in (40%). Your doctor isn't too concerned about your weight, because you are so active and hitting all of your milestones (early, at that!) but we're going to keep an eye out, just to make sure you continue to gain weight. You eat like a little piggy, so I really think you just burn off everything you eat, because you are SOOO active. You definitely keep me on my toes.

You have started eating table foods pretty much full-time. Spoon-feeding you is a challenge these days, because you prefer to feed yourself. You let me feed you yogurt, but that's about it. The baby food and applesauce pouches that you can hold yourself have been lifesavers. You love eating cheese, broccoli, and pretty much anything I set on your tray. You're still nursing as well, but you would probably quit if I let you. You still take a pacifier, and breaking you of that is going to be tough...I'm not looking forward to it!

Sleep is still, eh, not great. I would love to let you fuss a little at night to see if you coould go without eating, but since you're so small, I really feel like I need to get up and feed you if you wake up (and your doctor agrees). I definitely don't mind, but it does make for one tired momma! You're still waking up every 3-4 hours, but usally I have you back in bed within about 10 minutes. But you are becoming SUCH a good napper! You're taking 2 naps a day, usually about 2 hours long. It's so nice because I can get some stuff done around the house and play with Jackson.

Before you were born, I told people that I would be perfectly happy if it took you 18 months before you started walking. Well, that did NOT happen. You are practically walking now, and I'm pretty sure you will be running a marathon within the next few weeks :) You are in such a hurry to go everywhere! You have also really started to try to climb on anything. We have to keep all the bedroom doors closed, we have 3 baby gates up at all times, and pretty much anything breakable is out of your reach, because if you can get into it, you will. But you are SO MUCH FUN! You are such a joy, and you make me laugh all the time. You are still absolutely crazy about your brother, and watching you two interact is so fun. You notice when he's not here, and will look around the house for him. You've also started cuddling with me and your daddy (just a little bit), which is just so sweet.

You are such a happy baby. You rarely ever fuss, and have such a sweet personality. You are nothing like I imagined you would be, and you are teaching me so much about being a mommy (even though I thought I knew everything after I had Jackson, ha!) and I'm so glad you're ours!









Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cooper - 6 Months

Cooper - You are 6 months old! I can't believe we are halfway to your first birthday. I hope the next 6 months go by a little slower, because I just want to keep enjoying your baby-ness for as long as I can.

You did great at your check-up. You were 14.1 lbs (4%) and 25 3/4 in (48%), I think. We had to measure you twice because you wouldn't stay still, and I cant read the nurses handwriting. You are a skinny boy, but so strong. The doctor ordered some extra bloodwork (watching you get your blood drawn was pure torture!), just to make sure you were growing healthy, but he really wasn't concerned because he said you had such great muscle tone. Your Grammy said I was built the same way, so you may just take after my family in stature.

We're going to start you on some veggies this week. Hopefully you like them, because I can tell that you are hungry. You get so mad when we are eating dinner and you can't have some of our food. I think you'll get tired of baby food and move to table food pretty quickly. You are still nursing, but getting less interested, so that worries me a little bit. You still don't have any teeth, but I figure you will in a month or so.

Oh, Cooper. If only you understood how great it is to sleep! I try to enjoy the middle of the night feedings, because I know that one day I will miss snuggling and rocking you while the house is quiet, but your Momma is tired! The doctor said because you're small, you probably just aren't quite big enough to sustain yourself all night, so maybe once we get you eating some veggies, you'll put on some weight and sleep a little longer. You're sleeping in about 3-4 hour stretches, with an occasional 5 hour stretch. (EDIT: the night of his 6 month bday he slept 8 1/2 hours straight!!) You take 2-3 naps a day, usually between 1 1/2 - 2 hours each. You are not a hard sleeper, and do not like to nap when we're out running errands. You want your bed, and you want your room to be dark, cool, and quiet. Pretty much the polar-opposite of how your brother was. It's so crazy to me how different you two have been as babies.

Your biggest accomplishment this month - you are CRAWLING!!! Its just crazy. I'll right a separate post for that, but you are going everywhere. You are so busy, you still can't sit up on your own. You'll also be pulling up very soon. You try so hard, you don't quite have the balance yet. You are a happy boy, and you love your brother. Your favorite thing is to crawl on top of him if he's on the ground playing with you. You are a momma's boy, but you smile so big every time you see your daddy. One of my favorite times each day is when we go in to wake your daddy up. You may have been fussy all morning, but the second you see him you start smiling and talking like crazy! It's so sweet! You are so incredibly busy, you don't like to cuddle much, so I soak up all the sweet smiles and coos I can get.

You are so sweet natured, and just a precious baby. It's hard to believe you're already 6 months old because you still seem like such a little baby to me. You are a ball of energy, and you provide so much fun and laughter to our family. Love you, Wiggle-Worm.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cooper - 5 months

Cooper, I can't believe you're already 5 months old. This year is just flying by! I'm not sure how much you weigh, but I'd guess around 14 pounds. We just moved you into a size 3 diaper, and you're also starting to fit into your 6 month clothes. We've started trying the rice cereal again. Some days you like it, and other days, you don't want any. We'll probably try to introduce some veggies in the next couple of weeks.
We're still working on getting you to sleep better. You go to bed around 9:00, but you wake up at 10:00, and 11:00. After that, it's usually 3-4 hours before you wake up to eat again. You're napping okay though. Some days you fight it, but if your daddy is home, he can always rock you to sleep.
You just can't stop smiling at us lately! You've really started laughing at Jackson a lot. He loves to talk to you and tickle you, and you seem just taken with him. You also LOVE when you see your daddy in the mornings. You have such a big smile! You are still so squirmy. You just don't want to stay still. You are starting to push up onto your hands and knees, so I think you're going to be crawling pretty soon. You've kind of started the army crawl, and seem a little more content since you can make your way to the toys you want to get to now. You really don't want anything to do with the swing, the bouncer, or any baby gear that makes you sit. You do like the exersaucer though, and that has been a lifesaver! You've also started sticking your toes in your mouth. It's pretty hilarious. You were getting so mad in your bath the other day because you kept trying to grab your foot and it kept slipping out of your hands. Such a silly boy!
It's so hard to remember what our family was like without you. We love you, baby boy!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cooper - 4 Months

Cooper, you are 4 months old!You weigh 13 pounds (9%) and are 25 inches long (50%). You're a skinny little guy, but you are healthy and growing, so I'm sure it's just a matter of time before some little fat rolls show up on your legs. You are still in a size 2 diaper, and still nursing exclusively. We may try some cereal this month, but we may hold off for a while. You don't seem to be super hungry, so I think you will be fine without it for a while. You're not sleeping very well these days. Your naps are about 1-1 1/2 hours long, and you're waking up every 2-3 hours at night. To say I'm tired is a big understatement, but that's okay! Hopefully you're just going through a growth spurt. I finally moved you to your room at night. You were getting way too big for the co-sleeper, so I knew it was time. Maybe you're just adjusting to being in a different room. You are still such a happy boy! And SO busy. You literally never stop moving. Everyone that holds you asks us, "Does he ever stay still?" You're our little Wiggle Worm. :)You are so ticklish. W can always get you laughing by ticklng your ribs, or playing peek-a-boo with you. You roll over in both directions now, so I know it will just be a matter of time before you are moving around everywhere. You want to see what Jackson is doing all of the time. And Jackson is just crazy about you! He is so good with you, and loves to give you hugs, or get you a toy to play with. I know you two will be such good friends. We love you, baby boy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cooper - 3 Months

Cooper, you are 3 months old!You probably weigh about 12 pounds, but I won't know your stats until your 4 month appt.You are in a size 2 diaper. You are still nursing exclusively, but you're not a little piggy like your brother was, so I probably won't start solids for another few months. You are sleeping pretty well at night. I usually get a 5 hour stretch, then you wake about evey 2-3 hours after that. You take a few short naps during the day, but usually take a 2-3 hour nap in the late afternoon.You take your naps in your crib, but you're still in mommy and daddy's room at night - for no reason other than the fact that I just don't want to put you in your room yet. :)You are such a happy boy! It doesn't take much to make you smile. You love to be tickled, especially right around your neck. We can get you laughing pretty easily that way. You LOVE to watch Jackson play, and listen to your daddy whistle and sing to you. The only times you really get fussy is when you're sleepy, or when you have gas. You are still a wiggle worm. I don't think you ever stay still! You don't cuddle much because you just want to face outward and see what everyone is doing. I soak up the rare times that you let me snuggle with you. You do let me rock you to sleep, and I just LOVE to do it!Your big brother thinks you are just the best. He can't give you enough hugs and kisses lately. He tells me pretty often that he wants you to "be bigger" so that he can play with you. You are the sweetest baby and I'm so happy you're ours!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Silly Jackson :)

Jackson has been so silly lately. He really keeps me laughing all of the time! These are just a few things he has been doing lately that I don't want to forget :)


Last week at Cooper's check up, J told Dr. R that he was "as brave as a dragon." so random.

Every time Cooper gets the hiccups, Jackson says "oh, goodness!" or "Excuse you!" after every single hiccup.

When he gets out of the bath, he is so concerned about his "prinkly" fingers (we think he means "pruney"). He always says, "They look like raisins!"

He is constantly singing. This week B-I-N-G-O is his favorite. He has the sweetest little singing voice!

He's been working on understanding who is a "he" and who is a "she." He pretty much has it down, but has been insisting that Jesus is a "she." It's driving me crazy! We have some work to do...

Listening to him talk to Cooper is probably the funniest thing, because he talks EXACTLY like me! I need to get it on video.


I love this boy so much!