Monday, September 22, 2008
Cooper is no exception. He is a handsome boy and is getting more handsome everyday. I wish my camera could capture his beautiful blue eyes. I love his skin. I love to cuddle with him. He loves to cuddle and touch other people's skin. He is so warm and loving.
Babies have a magic that accompany them. The magic is that they just left God's presence and the spirit is so strong within them. They represent all that is good and right with life. Being a mother is an amazing experience. I am extremely grateful for the gift I have to be a wife and mother. Being a co-creator with God is absolutely incredible and divine. As I look at these pictures, my blessings are so visible. I love my family. I am blessed!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Cadence showed Cooper how to jump on the brand new trampoline. She jumped very softly so he could just feel a small bounce. He seemed to enjoy it!
Then we put him in the tire swing. Cadence wanted to show him how to do it, but he didn't like swinging with her. I think it was very uncomfortable for him.
So Cadence got out and we let Cooper swing by himself. He thoroughly enjoyed the large swing of the pendulum. Much better and larger than his baby swing at home.
Cooper has already been to Chuck E. Cheese, the aquarium and the usual places we go when we visit. We love Grammy and she loves us. It is fun that she lives in Sandy because we have mini-vacations everytime we see her. Grammy, Cadence and Cooper after church. Cooper in 2 of his cute outfits!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
First, I painted Cadence's nails. She is very good at holding still while I paint. Then she wanted to paint my nails. I see no harm in that. Building confidence and exploring is an important part of growing older.
Even though I was making a funny face, she did a pretty good job of only painting my nails.
She only painted a little part of a few fingers and didn't quite get all the nail, but I think she did well for the first time!The next morning (notice no make up), we decided to paint our toe nails. I painted hers and then she painted mine.
Now when we stick our feet in the water on our walks, we can do so in style!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
While we stayed at Grammy's, I thought we should visit at least one friend of mine. I chose to call a religiously wild and crazy friend I lovingly refer to as RUMBLE. Eight years ago, I worked at Oakcrest, a LDS run summer girls camp, as a counselor. For 12 weeks, I was in charge of a group of 8-14 different girls between the ages of 12-13. We participated in outdoor sports, read scriptures, camped, hiked, floated down rivers on our bums, played pranks, and experienced the gospel of Jesus Christ through fun and spiritual activities. I loved it!!! One of the best parts of this job was the friendships I made with other counselors. My camp name was DISCO. RUMBLE was a fellow counselor who is very similar in personality to me. We are both outgoing, loud at times, looking to prank, and crazy. Yet, when we needed to be, we could be spiritual, sensitive and downright serious! Just thinking of some of the fun activities we created and the serious discussions we had make me smile!
Anyhow, I called Mindy (her real name) and invited myself over to her house. She hasn't changed much except she is married with a kid now. We had a great little chat and caught up on life while Cadence played with her son, Eli. Talking with her almost made me want to relive the best prank we played on each other while at camp. She tied HICCUP (another great friend) and me up to a fence and dumped syrup, pudding and other slimy consistencies over our heads. She and DIXIE got us good. We got them back better with a 8 course meal consisting of things like punch, pudding, spaghetti noodles, vegetables, cocoa powder and all sorts of other stuff dumped over their heads. The visit also made me want to play dress up and zipline down a hill. Oh, the memories!
RUMBLE, thanks for the chat. You rock! And to all the other Oakcrest counselors that read this, I am still inspired by you all - especially the ones whose blog I know about. I love you girls!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We put a step ladder next to the washer. I take the clothes out of the laundry basket and she stuffs it in the washer. She absolutely loves it when I turn the water on and pour the detergent into the lid. She likes to pour the detergent from the measuring lid into the washer. After a few minutes of the washer going, she likes to open the top and see the bubbles!!! Wow!
This is what her scissor cutting hobby looks like! Wish us luck in trying to ensure that the only thing she cuts with the scissors are paper!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This is Lauren, Evan and Cadence. We take turns having the kids at our house for an hour and a half. Cadence is really enjoying it so far. I was in chargs of the group last week and the biggest thing I learned is that 2-yr-olds only have a 5 minute attention span. We probably did 20 different activities in the 90 minutes the kids were at our house!!! Ya gotta love it!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Monday was Cooper's 2 month appointment. We were very excited to see how much he weighed. I knew he would be big. The scale said he weighed 14 lbs. 9oz. and that is only in the 75%. I expected the percentile to be larger. Cooper has gained 6 pounds in 2 months!!! He measured 24 1/2 inches tall and is in the 95%. The doctor says he is a healthy, growing boy.
Cooper is outgrowing his clothes too quickly and has cute fat rolls. He is now wearing size 2 diapers and is mostly wearing 3-6 month clothes. He is getting harder to carry around for long periods of time. (Thank goodness for the baby wrap I have.)
Cooper is a strong little guy. He holds his head up quite well when he is sitting on our laps. He lifts his head when he is on his belly. (Note: he doesn't like tummy time.)
Cooper loves his mommy. He is definitely a momma's boy at this time. He is starting to smile and always wants to be in the same room and within arms distance of someone. Cooper is a social little guy.Cooper is tracking objects and making eye contact very often with us. His cooing is so precious and he enjoys talking to me when I change his diapers. He likes to swing and bounce.
Cooper has a nice double chin. He is mild tempered and LOVES to be held and cuddled. We love our chunky monkey.