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Monday, March 28, 2011

Are they twins?

Any time Katie and I go out with our boys, people always ask if Cooper and Maddox are twins.  They are so close in age and are such good friends, that they really do seem like twins.  Well tonight, Matt and I got to babysit Maddox for a little while.  It was like having twins for a time.  Matt took care of Cooper while I took care of Maddox.  It was so much fun!  Maddox was so sweet and such a good boy!  Can't wait for many more of these nights!





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Friday, March 25, 2011

Please don't tell me...

That we are entering the phase of one nap a day. I just don't think I could handle that! Cooper has never been a good napper, so when he does go down for a nap, I rejoice! Well today, he has only taken a one-hour nap. (The picture is of me trying to rock him to sleep. He doesn't look too happy about it either!). So basically all the things I usually get done during his second nap, have not gotten done today. Needless to say, he will be going to bed early! Anyways, for those experienced Moms out there, when did your child transition from two naps to one?
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

We've Got a Walker!

Cooper has now officially entered the world of walking!  He is by no means ready to hit the road by himself.  But he can take several steps without assistance.  He first started taking steps at our Small Group Sunday night, and ever since then, he has gotten better and better!  It is really amazing at how fast they catch on once they figure things out!

I decided to take you through Cooper's walking process.  He first started with pushing objects around.  This first video is of him pushing his highchair across the kitchen.

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He also has a toy lion that plays music whenever you push it.  He LOVES this lion.  He would literally push this lion for an hour if we had the stamina to keep up with him!  And he can go so fast with it now!  Practically runs with it these days!
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This video is of him "cruising" from the fireplace, to the recliner, to his activity table which he then pushes around like a walker.

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This video was taken last weekend when we were at the zoo.  He loves to push his stroller around.  We did this for about 20 minutes while we were there!
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Matt had the great idea of taking his lion out to the road in our neighborhood.  At first I was kind of nervous.  Number one, he had to wear shoes since he was walking on the road, and he has never done that before.  I thought for sure he would fall alot.  And number two, I thought that the lion would get away from him, which would cause him to fall and skin his knees.  Neither one happened.  He had very good control of the lion!

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Here he is taking his first steps.  As you can see he can't go very far without falling.  This was taken on Monday.  Already, he can go so much farther!  It's scary to think what he will be able to do by his first birthday!  He might be running.  :)  Sorry for the bad lighting!

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The youth group comes over every other Wednesday night, so last night several of them were at our house.  Cooper decided to show off for them.  He was so excited to have visitors to walk to!  He gets really excited in some of these and tries to run to them!  So cute!

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I took these last two videos today.  He is already improving so much!  If he can't keep walking, he will slowly sit down.  He still hasn't just stood up and started walking.  I always have to pick him up or he has to pull up and then walk.  But I know it's not far off!

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Hope you enjoyed the videos!  I know it is a lot for just a kid walking, but it is so weird to see him doing it!  It just seems like he is ready to be a little boy and not a baby!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Why is it...

That babies love things that aren't toys? As you can see, Cooper has a ton of toys in his bath. Yet what does he LOVE to play with? The faucet. He loves to play with the knob that turns the shower on and off. He also loves to play with the bathtub stopper. Why do I even invest in toys!?!

A funny story that involves bath time occurred Monday night. I decided to make bath time a little more fun, and added some bubbles as I was running his water. Now I have put bubbles in his bath before, but for some reason this time was different. He FLIPPED out! He grabbed hold of my neck and would not let go. He wouldn't put his feet in the water. I was halfway laughing and halfway frustrated. I just never know how he is going to react to things these days! Oh well! This too shall pass!
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mobile Blogging

Did you know that you can blog from your phone? I had been wondering ever since I got my Blackberry. I thought surely there had to be a way. I looked at different apps, but never found one that worked for me. Well tonight I was fooling around with my blog and found a " mobile device" option. I clicked on it and here I am! You can update via email or texting. Interested in setting yours up? Go to your Dashboard and scroll to the very bottom. On the bottom left there will be an option for "Mobile Devices". Click on it and follow the instructions. You have to set up your account using your computer first. I kept trying to use my phone, but it wasn't working. It will send you a new blog URL, but if you follow the instructions till the end, there will be an option to switch the URL to your current blog. If you have any questions, just ask!

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11 months old

Cooper turned 11 months old on Sunday. Only one more month until Cooper is a year old! Man how time flies! I was looking at some of his videos from when he was a newborn and have a hard time remembering when he was that little. It just seems that he is always in the "right" stage for me. I always think that he is so much fun, and have a hard time picturing him any older. But it happens, and I've turned around and he is 11 months!



I've been slacking lately on picture taking. Don't know why, but it just seems that I don't ever think to get it out. Really need to improve on that! I know it will be so much worse when we have another baby, so I need to get in the habit now of trying to take pictures every week.



Here are some things Cooper is doing:


  • He is wearing 12 - 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers.

  • Nurses 4 times a day. Eats majority table food. Can now drink independently from a sippy cup, but likes to throw it off his highchair, so we monitor his use! :)

  • Still waking up after 10 hours to nurse and then going back to sleep for 2 more hours. - There were two nights where he slept all night, and I thought that was going to be a trend, but no go. Overall, I think 10 hours is pretty good!

  • Takes 2 naps. Still an awful napper! Kicks and screams going down and is not consistent with how long he'll nap.

  • Loves to push the garage door button.

  • One of the highlights of his day is checking the mail. He likes to sit on the living room floor and throw the mail around and chase after it.

  • Can say "dog", "duck", "quack", "meow", "woof", and of course momma, dadda, and bye-bye. Of course you have to know what he's saying, but they are very close to the real thing!

  • Is SO CLOSE to walking. He can stand by himself without holding on to anything for as long as he wants. And if he wants to sit down, he will squat down now, instead of falling back on his bottom. Sometimes he will even take a few steps, but nothing that would be considered walking. He does walk all around the house using furniture and any other item he comes across.

  • He can clap, wave bye-bye, blow a kiss, shake head "no", give a kiss, play peek-a-boo, all on command

Friday, March 18, 2011

You Got a Friend in Me

Today Cooper and I went to play with Katie and Maddox. We always love going to hang out with them. Since the boys are so close in age, they have a blast together. They are both crawling and getting in to everything. We met at Katie's house and headed over to Monkey Park. When we got there, we went over to the slides to let the boys slide down. Cooper decided to do a new trick. I had him sitting on the bottom of the slide, and he took off climbing up the slide the wrong way. He looked like a little monkey. I didn't get a picture, because I was following behind him in case he slipped. He made it up to the top several times! I can see this being a part of our future! After sliding, we headed over to a shady spot to let the boys crawl around. I'm so thankful I have such good friends here in Auburn. It really helps when I have to stay at home all day to go out and get a break!






Showing us those teeth!






Cooper kept giving Katie kisses over and over again. He is definitely going to have to learn that he can't just kiss anyone. At least he's loving!


I think the picture below is funny. Cooper is making the funniest face as Maddox tries to grab his sippy cup.



Both boys drinking their water. It was a hot day!