9 Months of Cooper

Dear Cooper,

You are nine months old! You’ve been out here in the world now as long as I was pregnant with you. How can that be?

You:

-Enjoyed your first Christmas, I think! You are still at the age where you are happy to be held by most anyone (although sometimes you will cry when I walk away) so Christmas time was fun because you got to hang out and be held by so many family members.

-Love to eat. Like seriously love, love it more with each passing day. If you see someone eating food and are not able to eat it, you burst into tears. You probably eat more than Jack does at this point. And you, luckily, still take a bottle and love to nurse.

-Got one more bottom tooth, bringing your total to seven. Your teeth seem to come in pairs so we keep waiting for the eighth one.

-Still seem to have a cold. We took you to the doctor a week ago and they said not to worry, but this cold is lingering and it’s making me take a break from my plans to sleep train…again! But I’m thinking we will start soon because you are waking up about 3x a night now.

-Continue to nap like a champ for the most part. I’m not complaining.

-Move around so, so fast and want to do so constantly! You like to be down on the ground, ON THE MOVE. You like to put everything in your mouth. You love to pull up on to everything.

-You and Jack want to play with all the same toys! I mean, I knew sibling rivalry would start at some point, but I didn’t realize the desire to have the same toys would start so early! You still adore Jack even though he consistently takes toys away from you and pinches your cheeks. You love when he gets in your face and makes silly sounds; he cracks you up so much.

-Are adorable and love to smile and laugh.

 

I:

-Felt like we had a great Christmas that involved a staycation in December. We made it to Santa Barbara before Christmas to celebrate with the Taylor clan and I saw some friends. Then we did Christmas Eve at the Rosses, Christmas morning at our house, another Christmas morning/mid-dayish at the Butchers, and later a dinner at the Butchers.

Enjoyed Christmas break overall, and we all had a week of downtime where we hung out with friends and took it easy. At first, I worried a bit that we should be doing more with our days off, but ultimately I really liked our time. I felt ready for Christmas to be over when we took down all the decorations, which never happens, so I think the staycation was good! We also had fun celebrating the New Year. We had the Hoppers and Wammacks over for dinner on New Year’s Eve, and except for a brief incident where the fan on our stove caught fire (we put out), everything went off without a hitch! The next day we met neighbors and saw the tail end of the Rose Parade.

-Am trying to revamp my closet a bit and get rid of some stuff there and around the house. It’s a slow process, though!

-Have been swimming a little tiny bit since January. It’s not a lot, but it is more than December! I’m hoping to implement early morning walks with Cooper as well once I sleep train him again

-Have private practice in the back of my mind, but talk myself out of it constantly. I still really enjoy my current position.

-Have had fun getting together with friends recently, including a long overdue cousin date with Courtney. Courtney’s first is due in June, and I was able to give her a bunch of baby stuff and talk about pregnancy/newborn stuff. We went to lunch and got our nails done. Thank you Butcheq for holding down the fort!

-Am shocked at how many kid birthday parties we have in the coming month, one every weekend.

-Am totally excited to ride my new bike and take family bike rides!

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Hosting Baby Sprinkles in 2018

I meant to add some events that happened in 2018 before the new year, but that didn’t happen. But here we are in 2019, and I’m sharing some photos from two baby girl sprinkles Andi and I threw. The decorations were basically the same for each because the showers didn’t overlap socially. The first was in March of 2018 for our friend Katie. It was the bigger one, and I had hoped to have most of it in our yard, but it happened to rain that day. Our street was also completely crazy because it was getting paved, so I was worried about parking, but it all worked out. Katie’s best friend, Linda, helped Andi and I throw the shower too, and it came together well, I think! I didn’t get to edit these pictures because my computer is maybe the slowest computer on earth and keeps freezing every time I do anything, but I’ll post photos anyways, even if the quality is not great. Also, yes, Katie and I were only about three weeks apart in our due dates but I look like I’m 2-3 months ahead of her! I guess being 5′ 10” helps Katie look less pregnant. Side note: Both our babies ended up being over 9 pounds.

Then in July 2018 Andi and I threw a smaller sprinkle for our friend Emily. It was perfect because we had our planning down. It was too hot to have the shower outside in July so I was glad I got to do a trial run of an all indoor shower in March. If anyone needs Andi and I to host another baby girl sprinkle, we’re more than ready! I mean I think we could even make a few adjustments for a baby boy sprinkle or gender neutral sprinkle–just letting all of the 2 readers of our blog know!

8 Months of Cooper

Dear Cooper,

You are 8 months old. You are on the move and still have the sweetest baby smell. Your smile lights up the room. This sounds cheesy, I know, but it’s true. And I’m your mom so I can say these things! Also, you are already quite devout. We caught you praying in your 8 month photo shoot. Take a look after the update.

Cooper:

-Loves to crawl all around the house—no more army crawling—and get into all things that are dangerous: wires, the fire place, our plant stands, Christmas tree branches, to name a few. . . never a dull moment

-Had great first Thanksgiving celebrations in Pasadena and Thousand Oaks, and then a trip to Santa Barbara.

-Naps like a champ at home, but sleep training has only worked in increments. He caught on for a while, and then we went on a trip and we had some room switching around; then Cooper got a cold. We know he can make it through the night though! He also allows people other than me to put him down for a nap and down for the night, so that is a plus! The middle of the night is a different story–mom only! He doesn’t nap as well in the pack anymore, but I will take what I can get!

-Loves to eat his solids. Carbs are a new favorite and he’s now had egg, both scrambled and hard boiled. A new trick is that he is easily distracted by eating Cheerios!

-Still loves putting anything and everything in his mouth, and no new teeth this month (6 total for now!).

-Babbles constantly and almost sounds like he is saying something.

-Puts up with a brother that hugs quite aggressively and sometimes takes his toys away. At the same time, his brother loves making sure our whole family will be present together; Jack does not want to leave Cooper out!

-Finds Christmas lights exciting and came with us to get our tree, the Christmas Tree Lane lighting, and Descanso Garden’s enchanted Forrest light viewing.

-Still takes a bottle! Thank goodness.

I:

-Have had a great time this holiday season. I’m never as organized as I want to be, but I feel good about a lot of the activities we have done. Some things may not happen, though, and I’m not sure if cookie-making is going to make it this year! Honestly, I don’t need the extra sugar this year! And every year I say I’m going to buy an awesome nativity set, and it doesn’t happen. Also, I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping, but I have done a good amount of it. I got a few great items at the Renegade Craft Fair and Amazon has helped too.

-Am trying to initiate more get-togethers with friends. The holidays make schedules more hectic but this will continue to be a goal into the New Year. I feel like Brandon and I have gotten out more lately on our own, which has been great.

-Have fallen off the workout train. I was swimming three times a week when my parents were in town and doing a few workout videos the month before, but life has gotten in the way, and I don’t have my parents in town to babysit anymore. I’m determined to get back on track.

-Am feeling good about finishing another semester of teaching with a baby and preschooler. Also, Jack finished another semester of PCC and his first whole semester of preschool (actually this Friday is the last day of preschool—I can’t wait for his Christmas show). We did all of this with A LOT of help.

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Jack Photo Series Pt.2

Jack Shots Header (1 of 1)There are days where Jack will come up to me and say “can i take pictures?” I can’t help but indulge him and let him take helm of the camera and only time will tell if the lens and camera survive with him at the helm.  He’s moved beyond using the screen and now actually uses the view finder.  I’ve tried to include some of his best shots over the last 4 months (some which I think are great) as well as some shots that give you a more real taste of what the bulk of his shots are. I haven’t cropped any so you get an idea of his composition but I did do some basic post edits. Here’s about 30 (of what was probably 300 shots) photos that include – a dodgers game, walking in SB, playing can jam, going on a hike in spain (like mimi and papa) and our trip to Underwood Farms.

Jack’s First Trip to Disneyland!

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Well, we finally did it. We bit the bullet and took Jack to Disneyland, and let me tell you it was absolutely worth it.  We decided to time the trip for a day when the ever-generous Mimi and Grandpa could watch Coop.  We had just been through the Halloween and Thanksgiving season, and Jack had loved those two holidays, so we thought his first trip to Disneyland coupled with X-mas decorations would make an ideal first trip.

We didn’t let Jack in on the plans until the morning of, and we got some hilarious video of him saying he didn’t want to go, without any idea of what he was getting into–I can totally understand!  Luckily, as we drove closer to Disneyland he got more and more excited.

Seeing Disneyland from a 3-year-old’s perspective was exhilarating as even little things like parking on Donald Duck’s level meant pure excitement.

Once in the park we made sure to snap a quick intro photo, which were rushed as we had been warned to try and get over to It’s a Small World as soon as possible to avoid a long line there.  We popped into the first little store, though, in order to make sure we got Jack his 1st Visit pin.  For a kid that’s overly partial about his shoes and hats and rarely keeps either on for an extended period, Jack never once tried to take that pin off.

Once properly pinned we bolted over to It’s a Small World and if you follow the photos, Jack’s face told an amazing story of bewilderment to awe to excitement as he got comfortable on the ride.  Next we stopped in for the Tea Cups and Jack had the time of his life riding that, laughing over and over again about us possibly spinning into another cup.  He loved getting to pick the color of the tea cup, a theme that lasted throughout the day.

While going from ride to ride he started talking about characters, and for whatever reason, he decided that Pluto was the character he wanted to meet that day.  While Sarah took care of business at the Baby Center (thank you Disneyland for having a place for moms to pump), Jack and I cruised over to Toon Town where Jack had a hilarious interaction with Pluto, that character knew just how to get a timid kid laughing.  While there Jack then decided to also meet Mickey and Donald.

Sarah here: When I joined the crew in Toon Town we were able to head over to to the Christmas parade. Jack got a nice view on Brandon’s shoulders, and we all treated ourselves to Dole Whips after the parade. Soon after, Jack also got a chance to try his luck at the sword in the stone. No luck this year! We were able to go on more rides as it got darker, and it was such a treat to see all of Disneyland covered in extra lights for Christmas. It was a pretty magical day.

Rides – we never waited more than 25 minutes for any rides and most were only 10-15 minutes.

  • It’s A Small World – Our first ride that was all decorated for Christmas
  • Teacups – Jack had a blast wondering if we would hit the wall
  • Buzz Light Year Ride – Jack may have gotten more points than me (Sarah)
  • Autopia – Jack got to drive, and he was very serious about it
  • Tiki Room – Jack was enthralled the entire time by singing birds and plants
  • Jungle Cruise – There is still some element of thrill in this ride for kids
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – Jack admitted it was scary but didn’t ever say he wanted off the ride or wanted to close his eyes
  • Who Framed Roger Rabit – Surprisingly had one of the longer lines and tougher fast passes.
  • Pinocchio – This ride was scarier than I remembered; luckily Jack didn’t seem to phased by it
  • Alice in Wonderland – We learned that this is one of the top kids rides at the park. It has an indoor and outdoor portion which, admittedly, was cool
  • Some non-ride activities we got in were trying the Sword in the Stone, watching It’s a Small World’s Christmas lights turn on, going into Mickey’s House, playing in the Tarzan Tree House, and lunch at Bear Country.

So all in all an incredible day at Disneyland not just for Jack but for all of us.  We should also mention that the night before Coop had slept awfully and I’d guess we didn’t get more than 4 hours of sleep that night.  Amazing what some Disneyland and copious amounts of coffee and sugar can do for you.

 

7 Months

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Dear Cooper,

You are seven months old! And we love you so! You got your four front teeth, seemingly in a two week(ish) span. However, I suspect that they were bothering you for a bit because your naps and night sleep went downhill for a bit. After you got your teeth, we started sleep training—hoping that you would have a break from teething for a while. Overall, I have positive things to say about sleep training and the method we used (you definitely don’t cry as hard as Jack did—poor thing!) but the jury is still out. It’s only been a week. One thing that has been nice is that you have never seemed to have a problem falling asleep on your own. It’s always been the middle of the night that proves a challenge. You love your thumb and are comforted by using your sleep sack as a blanket. This has been helpful.

Mimi and Grandpa were in town this past month and so you got to spend a lot more time with them than usual. Mimi watched you while Dad and I were at work. They both watched you and Jack when Dad and I went out on some date nights, when I went to swim laps, and when I needed to rest. I think we both enjoyed our extra time with them. You seem to be napping better and hopefully will continue to do so for JoJo when she starts watching you once a week again.

You are able to push into a seated position and not wobble as much now. A couple of times you even pushed to a stand, but you don’t do this often. You still do your army crawl, but you often get up on your knees and hands and rock back and forth—as if you want to try and crawl that way. You don’t really like to sit in the mamaRoo anymore or the bouncer that you enjoyed so much a month or two ago. You like to be on the move instead! You also don’t really like any of your baby toys; you much prefer spoons, bowls, and water bottles.

You started solid foods very gradually, baby-led weaning style at six months. Your fist food was avocado. You’ve had sweet potato, carrot, broccoli, cooked egg yolk, banana, and toast. You still mostly make a mess and hardly get anything in your mouth, but you are really enjoying the process of eating.

You also smile and laugh all the time. And Jack is still your favorite subject. We put you in the swing for the first time in October and you loved it. You are also still pretty happy to go in the pack, which is very nice when you attend Jack’s PCC class with me or I have errands to run. You definitely prefer to look out at the world instead of be positioned in towards me.

We love interacting with you and watching you interact with the world!

Love,

Mom

July 2018 Recap

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Well it has certainly taken me long enough but the July recap is finally here.  I received numerous emails, calls, texts, faxes, you name it, and the constant nagging finally got me to sit down and upload these shots.  Part of the problem is that July had so much going on. We already posted about Jack’s 3rd birthday party, our Cambria trip, and Jack and Elodie’s burgeoning love affair.

July had us in Santa Barbara getting to take advantage of Grandpa lullabies, drinks in the funkzone, night time stories from Mimi, pant-less biscuits and so much more. After that it was pack to the ‘dena to celebrate Brycie’s birthday and lots of pool time at JoJo and Papa’s house.  The biggest take away from summer being over has to be how much fun we all had just popping into the pool nearly daily for even just 30 minutes or a few hours.

We sadly had one last cousin hangout before my cousin Gavin and his girls shipped off to Portland to focus on craft brewing, pour over coffees, and facial hair growth. It’s been sad with them gone but we’re looking forward to the time together over the coming holidays. The girls were especially interested and sweet with little Coop.

Hopefully this post provides some momentum and I’ll get the August recap up soon, but who knows I might pull a George R.R. Martin and take my sweet time on the next installment.