Life around our house has changed dramatically in just the last two weeks! Cooper has been cruising around holding onto furniture for some time now, but on Monday he actually walked! When he started taking a step and lunging for us, we knew we were getting close. When he figured out that he can use his fire truck as a walker, and in turn, move all over the house with it, we could see the writing on the wall. Then on Monday morning, Cooper let go of the couch and took 5 steps to David...not holding on to anything, no lunging, and no falling! I haven't gotten a video of him walking yet, because he still prefers crawling and only walks a little bit, but I did get one of him pushing his fire truck around. We think it's funny how he likes to push it sideways instead of making it roll.
Last week we had our hardwood floors refinished, so we couldn't stay at home. We thought this would be a perfect oppurtunity to take a mini-vacation. We stayed at the lakehouse and explored the area around us a little. On Thursday, we went to La Cantera, where Mom got to shop some and Dad finally got to go to Bass Pro Shops. (David has been dying to go there for a long time.) There Cooper got to ride in the elevator that goes into a big fish tank and then we tried out kid-carrying backpacks for when we take Cooper camping and hiking this fall.
On Friday our friends brought their boat to the lake and Cooper enjoyed his first boat ride. Mom was excited because she got to water-ski. (She had missed out on water activities last year because she was carrying precious cargo.) Cooper did awesome on the boat...he didn't resist the life jacket and seemed to like the loud motor and water splashing in his face. Dad said Cooper thought it was funny when he saw Mom get up on skis. After a few hours on the lake, we
took our dog-tired selves back to the house for fajitas. Cooper and his few friend, three-year-old Emily, had a lot of fun playing chase and "where's Cooper?" (Bad Mom and Dad, we didn't get a single picture on this day...we really need a waterproof camera!)
On Saturday we attempted to have a picnic in Landa Park in New Braunfels, but a Saturday in the summer is no day to try that...there was absolutely no parking there at lunchtime, so we had to settle for lunch at Los Cucos. Mom and Dad enjoyed a margarita while Cooper enjoyed making faces at the kid making faces at him at the next table. (He is such a social little guy!) After lunch we decided to give the park another try, and low and behold, found a parking spot at the spring-fed pool. We were on the verge of heat stroke at this point, so swimming at the pool was a must. Cooper is quite the water baby, so of course he enjoyed swimming amongst the minnows and other kids, even though the water was COLD!
Today Cooper has reached 10 months of age! It is hard to grasp that we have made it to this point already! When I look at pictures of Cooper when he was brand new, I don't really remember him being that small. It went so fast, it seems like he has always been the size he is now (30 inches long, 20 lbs), and the way he is now...a happy, sweet, adventurous little pill that is trying to walk and climb on and out of everything! Yesterday he got really mad because he was trying to climb out of his high chair but I had strapped him in too well. He tries to climb out of the pack-n-play, and can almost do it, so I am going to have to find another way to take a shower!
Cooper now has eight teeth, and at least one more coming...I don't know for sure, he doesn't exactly let us look in his mouth. He has also widely expanded his repertoire of foods! I am loving the ease of just putting him in his high chair and giving him a handful of something to eat. He loves Cheerios, bananas, peaches, pineapple, wagon-wheel pasta, turkey, goldfish crackers, whole-wheat waffles, toast, and yogurt. He isn't a huge vegetable eater, unfortunately, but I do manage to get some broccoli or peas down him...if I sneak it into his pasta. I was worried we would have a hard time getting him off pureed foods, but if I do try and feed him something, he won't have it! He would rather feed himself, which is fine with me!
In the past month, Cooper has learned to clap his hands and say "Yea!", and he sort of whispers now! So cute! He is sooo close to walking! He can stand on his own for several minutes and sometimes will take a cautious step towards one of us...so I know it won't be long!