Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A few days of "FIRSTS"

It seems like over the past couple of days Cooper has experienced several "firsts".  He stayed over night for the FIRST time at my parent's house on Saturday night. He went to his FIRST birthday party on Sunday (actually he went to 2 parties). On Monday, he got in the pool for the FIRST time, and he really liked it.  Thank goodness Brad's mom got pictures of this first because Cooper sure looked cute in his little speedo looking thing.

I can't wait to get him in the pool again.  He'll learn soon enough that his mommy LOVES the pool and spends A LOT of time there in the summer. 

This next first might be a little too much for some of you, but I have to mention it anyway.  When we got back from the pool Cooper has his FIRST major diaper blowout.  Yes, it was going up his back and ended up getting on just about everything.  Brad got lucky and was out mowing, so it was just me and the little man.  I ended up throwing away his onesie because I wasn't about to figure out how to get that mess off of it.  I held him under the running bathtub water (which he hated), but I feel like I got most of it cleaned up pretty well.  Brad still owes me big time for that one! :)  Oh, and don't worry, I didn't get a picture of this first!  haha

Today, Cooper went for his FIRST shots.  It was his 2-month appointment, but he's closer to 3 months now.  This was just the earliest day they could get him in.  I felt like such a bad mom because I actually had to work today so Brad and his mom took him.  Let me just say that even though I hated to miss it, I am really glad I wasn't there.  Brad said the sound he made was something he had never heard before and never wants to hear again.  The doctor said Cooper was perfect...but we already knew this.   He's doing everything she asked about (grabbing your finger, following you with his eyes/head, smiling), and he's even doing most of the things that she said he would be doing in the next couple of months. 
Cooper's 2 month and 21 day stats:
Weight= 10 lbs. 15 oz. (11%-ile)
Height= 24 in. (61%-ile)
Head Circumference= 15 3/4 in. (27%-ile)

We definitely have a very long and lean baby, but he is 100% healthy! Brad took a couple of pictures after his shots.  He made sure to wait until the little guy was happy again.

I was a little disappointed to see that he didn't get any fun, colorful band-aids.  I didn't think he'd just get the plain, boring tan ones that big people get, but I guess he doesn't know any different.

Cooper is growing way too fast, but I am excited to see what other "firsts" will be in the near future.  

Monday, May 30, 2011

Birthday Party Sunday

Yesterday we had a FULL day celebrating three birthdays in Owensboro, and Cooper got to go to his first two birthday parties.  He had a great time, of course, and he loved getting to see everyone and meeting some of the family for the first time.  My cousin, Allison, celebrated her 12th birthday with my grandfather who turned 80. 
The birthday girl and boy

As soon as we got to the party my cousin, Camille snatched Cooper right up and he LOVED her holding him...

I didn't get a picture of Cooper with everyone, but here are a few I was able to get.

Hannah Kate and Cooper

Cooper's ready to play ball with his new glove!

Cori and Cooper

After we left the first party, we walked down the street to the next birthday party for Carson. I can't believe that he's already one! It seems like he was just Cooper's size, which is pretty scary thinking about how fast time flies. Carson looked adorable in his "1" shirt made my his very crafty mommy.

Cooper was worn out by this point and slept through most of the party.
But when he did wake up, he was able to wish Carson a happy birthday!

I'm so glad we were able to see so many people on this very busy, but very fun day!

Storm Warning

I think this has been the year for thunderstorm and tornado warnings, and they all seems to come in the middle of the night.  This is not fun when you're trying to sleep with a baby in the next room.

We have four HUGE trees in our yard (two in the front and two on the side) that I love, but I must admit, when storms roll in they do make me nervous because they are so big and pretty close to the house.  We've been pretty lucky up until now and only lost a few little limbs and branches, but after Wednesday night, that all changed.

We were under a thunderstorm warning, but for those of you that watch WBKO in Bowling Green, the weathermen were not breaking in so we didn't think the storm was going to be bad and we went to bed.  Brad put Cooper down about 10:45, and then about 11:30 they finally broke in on TV with the weather.  After about 30 seconds of listening to the weathermen say "Bowling Green is starting to get the high winds" we heard the loud wind outside and then a cracking, popping sound coming from the trees outside our window.  The next thing I knew I heard a big crash and I was on the floor.  Yes, I rolled onto the floor thinking that could save me if our roof was caving in.  Too bad we didn't have a video camera to capture this because I'm sure it was quite hysterical.  Brad and I jumped up, I grabbed Bailey, and he ran and got Cooper, and we headed to the basement.  When we came back upstairs we looked out the bedroom window and could see through the flashes of lightning that we had lost a huge part of our side trees and they were laying against the house.  Brad went up to the attic to make sure our roof didn't have any holes in it, which it didn't.  We knew there was nothing we could do since it was still storming so we went back to bed.  (Cooper slept through the whole thing, by the way.)  At about 2:00 we heard another crashing sound of another big branch coming down.

The next morning we got up, went outside, and surveyed the damage. 

We were very lucky that this was the only damage we had.  Our bedroom is in this corner of the house and Cooper's is right in the front of the house, so it is very scary to think that the WHOLE tree could have fallen on the house. 

I normally love storms, but after this, I think I've had enough for this year. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Like Father Like Son

I don't know how many times I've heard people say how much Cooper looks like Brad. In the hospital, the baby nurse even made the comment that she didn't even need to check our armbands because it was very obvious that Cooper was ours because he's Brad's mini me.

See for yourself...what do you think?

Tummy time

Watching basketball

Splish Splash Cooper was taking a bath!

The first couple of times we gave Cooper a bath starting when he was 5 weeks old (yes, I know that is a long time to wait but if you remember from a previous post, the kid just wouldn't let go of his stump!) he hated it!  We did discover that if we left the water running during the time he was in his tub he would sit there but he looked miserable.  If the water stopped then he looked like this...
Because of this reaction, bath time lasted maybe 2 minutes each time.

After a trip to Kohl's I stumbled upon what I just knew might be the perfect solution- a body washcloth thing! The first time we used it, bath time was a success.  Cooper now LOVES the bath and smiles and talks the whole time.  See for yourself...

I just love this picture, and I love that you can see Cooper's reflection in my glasses!

In between smiles we get tons of yawns!  I'm not exaggerating when I say that he yawns at least 15 times during each bath.
I think Cooper loves baths as much as his mom now! :)  So I have to say thank you to that mom out there that invented Cooper's favorite bath time accessory!

Friday, May 20, 2011

It doesn't get any better than this...

I just love how Cooper's starting to get a little personality of his own.  It's crazy how much he's changed in the past month, and I can't even begin to imagine what next month will be like!  :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Last Thursday, Cooper and I took a little roadtrip to the big town of Russellville to spend the afternoon with McKense and her 2 kiddos (Riley and Piper).  McKense and I are both on maternity leave so it was GREAT to get out of the house and do something different...and talk to another adult.  It's amazing how crazy I feel at the end of the day when I spend my day talking to a baby and a dog all day!  HAHA!  I think we're going to make these little playdates a weekly thing so that we don't go crazy over the next few weeks! 
Cooper got to spend a little time getting to know his girlfriend, Piper.  Here are a few pictures to show how their official meeting unfolded.  *These pictures took place in about a one minute time frame.
"Umm...what is this leaning on me?"

"Mom, can you help me out here?"

"I think she's trying to snuggle with me."

"This girl is giving me cooties...YUCK!"

"Is she serious? How can she take a nap at a time like this?"

"I don't think I like this too much."

"Nope, I don't like it!"


I just love these pictures of our two sweet babies.  It's so weird to think that just three short months ago this is where we were...

And now we have two precious babies that are going to have so much fun together on their future playdates.  Hopefully their next dates will go a little better! :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our 2 Month Old

Yep...I can't believe it either!  Cooper was 2 months old on Tuesday ! Of course we had a couple of photo shoots in between naps, and I was able to get some great pictures.  He makes taking great pictures so easy since he has so stinkin' cute. :)  Here are a few of my favorites.

At 2 months Cooper is sleeping through the night about 6 out of 7 nights.  YAY!!!  He usually eats around 9:00 or 9:30 and then he'll get up about 6:30 or 6:45.  During the day he'll eat about every 4 hours.  He eats about 4-4 1/2 ounces of formula at every feeding. 
He started smiling several weeks ago, but I would say in the last 2 weeks or so he's really got the smiling thing down.  I love getting to spend my whole day with this little guy, but my favorite time of day would have to be as soon as he wakes up in the morning.  He doesn't really cry when he wakes up.  He just makes little noises like he's yelling for us to come get him.  As soon as we walk in his room he'll look up and start smiling.  When we put him on his changing table he'll continue smiling and start "talking" to us.  His noises are starting to get more frequent and louder, and if you talk back to him he seems like he'll respond with his baby talk. Right now he's really making the "goo", "oo", and "oh" sounds.  I've been really trying to get a video of him doing this, but everytime I get the video camera out, he just freezing and wants to stare at it.   I feel like I have a camera in front of this kids face the majority of the day, so you would think it's be used to it. 
Something else I have noticed in the past few days is that he's starting to use his hands more.  He LOVES his pacifier, and I've noticed that when he doesn't have it, he'll grab things (his shirt, blanket, burp cloth, bib, etc.) and pull them to his mouth.  Yesterday he was in his swing, and I was putting his pacifier in, and he grabbed my hands and pulled them to his face like he was trying to help me.  I also noticed that he was kicking his legs and staring at them while they were moving.  It's amazing how much more he notices now.  He also loves to be outside and look around at everything.  I think his favorite things outside are the green leaves on the trees and the telephone poles.  He'll bend his neck in all kinds of different ways just to look at these things.

It's amazing to think back to where we were a year ago. I definitely can't imagine my life without this little guy in it!