Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! We have had a lot of fun celebrating Cooper's first Christmas. While we were too busy living the moment on Christmas day to remember to pick up the camera, we did think to video ourselves helping Cooper open his presents early Christmas morning. Santa brought many new toys, books and an Exersaucer. Waking up early to open presents is exhausting! Cooper took a nap until it was time to go to Grandma's and Grandpa's house, then he slept through opening presents once we got over there! He was very happy to wake up to his new toys that he received from Grandma and Grandpa, and Uncle Clint. The day after Christmas we drove to Houston to visit Nonnie and Papa. Again, Cooper slept through presents, but he loves his johnny jump-up and Mom and Dad love the high chair!
Cooper also got to meet his aunt, uncle and cousins for the first time! His cousin Brianna thought that Baby Jesus looked liked Cooper, only without the big head! Ha Ha!
Cooper and Cousins!
Now we are back home again, gearing up for the New Year! We have a living room full of new things to take out of boxes and put away, and Christmas decor to take down. I am going back to work part time next week so I am trying to get everything in order before then! 2009 is going to be a good one, folks! It will be full of new adventures as Cooper grows and meets new milestones!
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Lake Weekend

This weekend the three of us went to the lake house so David could try and sell his boat and to attend my cousin's engagement party. We really enjoyed our quiet, relaxing weekend. Cooper decided to give us a little more insight into his personality. We had fun watching him respond to us with more and bigger smiles and new sounds that I think are standing in until he figures out how to make that laugh-out-loud sound we are dying to hear. We felt overwhelmingly blessed to have Cooper because he is such a good baby! We was in a perpetual good mood almost the entire weekend, and he took almost a two hour nap early Sunday morning, so Mom and Dad got to feel like real people for awhile as we enjoyed our quiet cups of coffee. He barely fussed, even on the way home...sleeping off the entire trip. He must be growing! Here are some pictures from the weekend:
Saturday night bath:
Drooling over boats in a catalog....Coop was NOT the only one!
Sleeping in Sunday morning:

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Good sleep, cute feet, and Aggies!

This weekend we took Cooper to College Station for the first time. Our good friend (and Cooper's middle namesake) James was graduating from A&M and we were eager to share in the celebration. We were a little apprehensive about having Cooper in the car for over four hours (since he eats every two to three hours during the day) and about having him sleep in two different places. (First at Christie and James's house and then the lakehouse on Saturday night.) We were extremely pleased at how well he did. We only had to stop once on the way to College Station and he seemed to enjoy the car ride. He slept through most of the graduation ceremony, and stayed asleep for a total of five and a half hours. After his middle of the night feeding, he slept another five hours. While Cooper will OCCASIONALLY sleep one interval for that long, he has NEVER done two in the same night! He also did well on Saturday night. I felt sorry for the poor little guy...he had been in the car seat over 12 hours in one weekend and was a little fussy in the car on Sunday. One plus to all that time in the car seat...we think he may have discovered his feet! He has been staring at his feet while he moves them ever since we got home. I'm so glad...he has some CUTE feet!
Anyway, some pictures from the weekend:
Aunt Christie and Uncle James:
Cooper, a little overwhelmed by an Aggie graduation:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The real reason for the season...

While I AM feeling much more rested and more like myself these days (thanks to Cooper's new sleep/eat routine), I am having trouble with all this holiday bruhaha. SO MUCH TO DO and everything is ten times more time consuming and difficult with a 9 week old in tow. I have been having trouble the last few years anyway with what I call the Christmas Crazies. Everybody just goes nuts this time of year. The gross display of materialism with the packed stores, the internet slow with all the online shopping, and the TRAFFIC! I want to do all the Christmas stuff for Cooper's sake, but really this is not the year. Next year he will know more what is going on and it will be FUN! I made a choice this year...I opted to spend time with my little baby over spending hours upon hours decorating, shopping, and baking. Yes, I decorated a tree (a borrowed artificial one), and yes, I will shop at some point (but NOT like I did last year). And most likely I won't be able to stand it and will throw together some cookies and a pie or two. It isn't Christmas to me if I don't at least bake something. I have cut major corners this year, so I could actually play and interact with Cooper...just meeting his basic needs (feeding, changing, putting to sleep) isn't enough for me or for him. Seeing him smile because I said or did something amusing to him is all the Christmas I need.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Two Months Old!

On Thursday Cooper officially turned two months old! With this milestone came a few tears, since he had to get his first round of shots yesterday. When he got his first shot, I got to hear a cry that I have never heard before, and I cried a little too. Lucky for me, he didn't cry for long, and slept off his discomfort for most of the day. He is feeling much better this morning, flashing his bouncy seat toys some gummy little grins. At the doctor's office yesterday we also got to find out how much he has grown...A LOT! When Cooper was two weeks old, he weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz and was in the 25th percentile for his weight and height. At two months old, he weighs 12 lbs, 13 oz and is in the 75th percentile! Wow! We are enjoying other changes in our growing boy. We are finally beginning to fall into a loose routine, as he not only has stretched how long he can go between feedings and how long he sleeps, but now he is learning how to soothe himself to sleep. The last few nights have been somewhat of an experiment...I have put him down in his bed for the night while he was sleepy, but not asleep. Each time I was able to lull him to sleep while not in my arms. Early the next morning, he woke up and entertained himself for nearly an hour without crying to be picked up or to eat. While it makes me a little sad that he is growing and changing so fast, I am pleased that he is beginning to take on some independence and give us a glimpse of his personality.

Monday, December 1, 2008

It happened!

Last night I only had to get up once to feed Cooper! He has been sort of working towards that for a little over a week now and it finally happened! First I was in awe when I woke up at 2 a.m....I had put him down at 9 and was expecting to get up again around midnight. Then I was shocked when I woke up this morning to discover it was 6:43 a.m. Needless to say I am in a VERY good mood this morning! I hope everyone has a great week!
Just for fun:
Sweet Baby vs. GRRRR Baby