Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cooper's Creepy-Crawlies!

Yesterday Cooper met another milestone...he CRAWLED! He has been able to scoot forward and get up on all fours for a few weeks now, and he finally put the two together yesterday morning. While he IS crawling, he also creeps, I think maybe because it is a little easier on our slippery hardwood floors. Below is a video of his creep-crawl combo! video

Monday, April 27, 2009

Cooper's First Airplane Ride

This weekend Cooper and I took a trip to Dallas for some SHOPPING with Grandma and our friends. Cooper was a flying angel! He slept on the plane on the the way there and hardly even fussed the entire trip. Even though we were completely out of our normal routine and in a new place, he didn't seem to have any more trouble than usual sleeping or eating. I think each of the three nights he may have woken up once or twice, and only for a few minutes. That is a great night for Mr. I-don't-want-to-go-to-sleep-because-I-might-miss-something! Even riding around in the stroller for the better part of two days didn't seem to phase him...if anything, I think he enjoyed being wheeled around all day while he got to see new things! The plane trip home was somewhat uneventful...if you don't count Cooper "talking" and laughing with the people behind us and him banging on the window as events. We had so much fun...but I think we wore the poor little guy out because for our first night back home, he SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Cooper's First Swim

A couple weeks ago, when we had some nice HOT weather, our friends heated their pool and we were able to take Cooper swimming for the first time.  At first he wasn't sure what to think, but after only a few minutes, it occured to him that water is FUN!  He liked just hanging on to whomever was holding him, splashing, and riding in his float.  Some pictures of our little water baby:

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

For Cooper's first Easter, we "camped" in Fredericksburg with his Grandma's side of the family. We had planned to introduce Cooper to sleeping in a tent and roughing it, but we quickly changed our minds when we heard about a chance of rain. Sleeping in a tent on a cold and rainy night with a 6-month-old that doesn't sleep through the night anyway DID NOT sound like a good idea. We opted to spend the day at the campsites with the family, but retire to the comforts of the Super 8 motel at night. Good plan! It got COLD on Friday night and of course rained on Saturday night. We had a lot of fun visiting with family and walking around Fredericksburg, making our required trip to Dooley's. Sunday was windy, but beautiful!
Some pics from the weekend:
Brrr! Hunkering down in Grandma's tent on Saturday
Coop and Dad...look what the Easter Bunny brought!
Coop and Mom

Monday, April 6, 2009

Six Months Old!

Cooper has reached that half year milestone and it really is hard to grasp that he was born half a year ago! So many changes have taken place, even in the last month, that he is hardly the same baby.
Growth
Cooper has grown to be such a big boy, though his growing has slowed somewhat from when he was younger. He went to the pediatrician today and got another clean bill of health and more shots! Not fun, but at least he doesn't have to have anymore for another six months. He is now 16 lbs, 15 oz and 26 and 3/4 inches long...in the 50th percentile for both.
Teeth
While we thought his top incisors would come in first since they had been there ready to come out for months, his bottom front teeth came in a few weeks ago. Baby teeth are so cute!
Food
In the last month, Cooper has been trying new foods. He loves green beans, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and bananas...in that order. He doesn't care for rice cereal anymore, and he made the funniest "ew gross" face when he tried carrots. Oh well, I don't like mushy, cooked carrots either! This month we will be trying more stage one foods, namely fruits and a few more veggies. Our pediatician said to go slow but to have him eating protein by seven months.
Movement
Cooper is a rolling expert now, but doesn't do it as much now because he is trying so hard to crawl! We think he is a week or two away. He can get up on his hands and knees and sort of lunge forward, but hasn't quite gotten there yet. He can also sit up unsupported and play for several minutes. He has been trying some to sit up on his own also, but it doesn't seem as important to him as getting across the room!
Sounds
Our little man loves to make sounds! He has learned to say ahhhh while hitting his hand across his mouth, making a sort of wild indian sound. He also says ah-gee, Baa, Gaa, Laaa, and much to MY delight, Maaa, and something that sounds like MOM! Hee, hee.
Sleep
As you may have read in an early post, we had decided to use the Ferber method to get Cooper sleeping better. While we have succeeded in getting him to go to bed at night without much fuss AND sleep in his own bed, he still wakes up most nights one to two times. He has slept through the night a few times, so we know we aren't far from it being the norm. Hooray for Mom and Dad!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Up, Up and Away!

I think Cooper is only a week or two away from both sitting himself up and crawling! He has been trying so hard the last week or so to do both... Step 1: Get feet in position
Step 2: Push up with hands
Step 3: Steady, Steady!
Step 4...Well, maybe later!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

More Please!

Cooper, enjoying his morning oatmeal. David is rarely even in the room when I am feeding it to him, because the mere sight of oatmeal makes him queasy. I just love that babies don't have the same biases we do!