Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mini Vacay and first week of "school"

I have gotten really behind on blogging lately, so I decided to do a catch up blog post.  This is what has been going on with us lately….

First of all, Justin completed his summer semester of grad school and had the entire month of August off school.  Hallelujah!  We wanted to take full advantage of the free time since he would be back in Grad school, working part time and then we will have a newborn!  We were so thankful to be able to go on a short mini vacay together!  It was originally supposed to be a family vacation, but Cooper caught a stomach bug the night before we were supposed to leave.  We were so bummed, but were able to go the following week since Justin still had time off school.  My parents graciously were able to watch Cooper for us so we could getaway by ourselves.  We went to the Marriott resort in San Antonio.  We had such a great time together and it was so nice and relaxing!

It's not a road trip without a stop at Bucee's!

View of the pool from our hotel

Our favorite spot by the pool

Chillin by the pool with book and drink in hand 


Playing some checkers in the evening after a wonderful dinner together

It was the first time we left Cooper overnight, but he did great!  He loves going to Granna and Ga's house!  We definitely did miss him though and it was good to be back together again.



A few weeks after that, Cooper started a Mother's Day Out program 2 days a week.  I was really nervous about it because Cooper can be very shy and I have never left him that long (5 hours) before with the exception of my parents who he knows very well.  I just didn't know what he would think about me leaving him with strangers for that long!  We talked to him about "school" a lot and we met his teachers and classroom the week before and I loved it.  We started the morning off with some blueberry muffins...


Then we tried to take some traditional first day of school pictures, but Cooper wasn't too thrilled at first...



Then Daddy held him and made him smile of course



I was surprised how hard it was for me to take him and how nervous I was.  I know my pregnancy hormones weren't helping since I'm crazy emotional right now, but I was crying on the way there the first day!  Thankfully, Justin came with me to drop him off so that helped and I got my emotions all out before we got there.  I'm sure they would think I am super crazy mom if they saw me cry for just a 5 hour program!  Thankfully, he didn't cry at all when we dropped him off which helped so much.  The 5 hours flew by as I tried to get way too much done in my free time.  I was excited to pick him up and happy to hear that he had a great day!  He played, ate all his lunch and even took a nap.  They say he is so good and very easy going.  Easy going?  Hmm, I'm sure glad they think that!!  :-)

After we picked him up, we decided to do something fun with him and went to get some frozen yogurt.  It was a fun family time together since Justin was off that day.


Cooper's first artwork at school….sweet handprint

He's been in Mother's Day Out for 3 weeks now, just 2 days a week and it's going so well!  I LOVE his teachers and love all the fun things he gets to do there, while making new friends.  I know it is good for him and it is great for me to have some down time before Baby #2 comes…only 3 months away!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cooper is 22 months!

Cooper turned 22 months old this week!  Only 2 more months and I'll have a 2 year old.  Wasn't I just pregnant with him?!?!  He will also be starting up at Mother's Day Out next month for the first time.  I have mixed emotions about it but I think it will be so good for him.  He really is turning into a little boy!


My brother had his son and Cooper take some pictures together last week.  Cooper was very shy and didn't want to take pictures at first, but then after we brought the football out, his whole demeanor changed.  The boy LOVES balls.  Any kind of ball, he will find it and throw it.  I know I'm his Mama, but he seriously has an incredible arm on him.  He can throw any type of ball extremely well and hard.  We think he will be a great baseball player…maybe even a pitcher like his Daddy and Uncle, but we will see :)


Cooper also really loves our dog, Bella and to be outside.  I say that his 3 favorite things are to be outside, throwing balls, and playing with the dog.  That is pretty much all he needs!  There are at least 4 times a day he will go to the back door and say "side, side"  over and over again for outside.  We do go outside everyday and he loves to play with the water table and chase Bella around.  I still try to take him on walks and go to the park even though it is crazy hot out.  It actually hasn't been too hot of a summer for Houston, but it can still be hot.  We both like getting out of the house and a little sweat and sun won't kill us :)


He is still a great sleeper and not much has changed there.  He has been going to bed a little later in the summer since it is so nice to be outside in the evening and doesn't get dark until late.  He wakes up around 8am and then he will take a 2-3 hour nap.  His naps have been mostly 3 hours lately since he has been going to bed a little later, but it has been working well for us and I get a nice break in the afternoon to get stuff done.



His vocabulary has really taken off the past couple of months.  He can pretty much repeat almost anything you say.  When he says please and thank you, it just melts my heart.  He can also say I love you, which is soooo sweet!  He doesn't talk much around other people because he is shy but he talks non stop at home.  It is so fun to see him connect the dots and learn new words everyday.


Cooper still has a shy personality and is very cautious around strangers.  When he is in a new environment, it will take him awhile to warm up to it and he will stay right by mom or dad until he gets comfortable.  He used to be very scared of the pool, but we have had a great break through this summer and he is getting better at going in the pool!  We have a baby pool in our backyard that he loves, so that has helped a lot.  He is still a very sweet and affectionate little boy.  He gives such great hugs and kisses and loves to cuddle, most of the time :)


He really does get more and more fun each day.  I love that he can play by himself and I don't feel like I have to watch him as closely as I used to.  He LOVES his books and will go in his room multiple times a day to "read" and look at his books.  They are always spread out all over his room.  I used to pick them up and put them in the book basket, but he will immediately take them all out to look and read them.  I gave up on that and want to encourage him to read, so I don't mind the mess in his room.  He also loves to "help"  Mommy make the bed.  Every morning, I say "lets go make the bed" and he runs in our room and then lays in the middle of the floor so I can throw pillows on top of him.  He does this every.single.day.  It is so cute!


Here he is ready for the pillows!  Notice he is sucking his fingers in both pictures


Then, here comes the pillows!  I always throw all the pillows off the bed so I can make it first.  He loves it when I throw them on top of him.



After he plays with the pillows on the floor he will help me by putting the pillows back on the bed.  Usually he does the smaller throw pillows, but he is still a good helper!  He also loves to feed the dog and will help fill her bowl with food, and also help unload the silverware in the dish washer.  We are still working on him helping cleaning up his toys though :)



Poor Cooper also got his very first stomach bug this week.  It was awful!  He randomly started throwing up Monday evening, the night before we were supposed to leave for our family mini vacation.  It came out of no where and he wasn't acting sick one bit, so at first I thought it was just random and maybe he was okay.  Well, 20 minutes later he was throwing up pretty much non stop for 2-3 hours.  It was terrible to watch him be so miserable.  I didn't know when it would end.  He finally fell asleep on us and thankfully was able to sleep through the night.  I thought maybe he would be okay the next morning but once he ate again, he started throwing up again!  Poor Justin got the brunt of it. It was ironic that every time he would throw up unexpectedly, Justin was holding him and it ended up ALL over Justin.  Thanks goodness I'm married to a nurse!  We then took him to the Doctor, where he threw up again in the waiting room (yuck) and they gave him some medicine which helped tremendously!  He slept the rest of the day and then woke up the next morning back to normal.  Thankfully it was just a 24 hour bug!  Cooper is still a very happy boy for being sick…he has always been tough.


I know the "terrible twos" are coming, but I'm really looking forward to 2!  I know he will learn so much and his vocabulary will explode.  I think it will be a really fun age, though I am sad my baby is growing up.  Thankfully, we will have a new baby coming soon!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

20 Weeks and a Name!

I am officially over halfway through this pregnancy!  Woohoo!  Yesterday, we had our 20 week big ultrasound where they look at all the anatomy of the baby and make sure everything is developing.  I always get nervous for this ultrasound, since I have heard many complications that are found during this ultrasound.  My mom came over to watch Cooper so Justin and I could go together and enjoy the day.  I'm so thankful that the ultrasound went so well!  She confirmed that the baby is definitely a GIRL!  It was fun to see the girl parts since we looked away last time to keep it a surprise until later.  Baby girl was growing and healthy, Praise the Lord.  She was also measuring a few days ahead which I was happy about…much better than measuring behind!  She was moving around a lot, but the ultrasound tech said she's not as active as some babies can be.  I'm not sure why I seem to have non active babies in the womb because Cooper was also super chilled and not active in the womb.  My placenta is also on top, which is also cushioning her kicks more.  But she was just so precious and it's amazing to see her!

We also chose a name for our sweet girl….


Meet Callie Grace!  We chose the name Callie mainly because we think it's a very pretty name and it's not super common.  It's also really cute with Cooper.  I originally did not want to choose a C name because I didn't want to be stuck with having to name our kids with a C if the Lord gave us more children.  But I don't think I have to continue on the C name, unless we just love another name with a C.  I don't think there needs to be any "rules' with naming your children and you should name them what you want! So we loved Callie and now I love how it sounds with Cooper :)

Her middle name is Grace which we love that name.  We like to choose family names for middle names. Cooper's middle name is James which is Justin's middle name, his dad's name, and also my grandfather's name on my mom's side.  We had his middle named picked out way before his first name.  :)  My grandmother's middle name on my dad's side is Grace.  She passed away unexpectedly when I was 2 years old, so I never got to really know her.  I think it is special to honor her in our daughter's name since I know my dad was very close to her.  

Grace of course has also a beautiful meaning in scripture.  Grace means the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.  It is by GRACE we have been saved through Faith (Ephesians 2:8).  I'm so thankful for the graciousness of our Lord and pray that Callie will hold this verse dear to her heart.  This is how we chose the name Callie Grace.  


I really have no complaints about this pregnancy so far.  I'm feeling great, as I did with Cooper.  I have always loved being pregnant and I'm thankful that I've had an easy pregnancy so far.  I do have crazy, outrageous dreams every night.  I wake up and feel like I just went on some crazy adventure!  My dreams are so vivid that I remember every detail when I wake up, when I usually don't.  I have also been very emotional this pregnancy, more so than I was with Cooper.  I guess that's the difference with having a girl!  My only big complaint is that I do get headaches often which I had them with Cooper too.  I try to drink a ton of water everyday, but I still get them a few times a week.  Other than that, I'm feeling great and am so thankful for this precious girl!



Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Big Reveal: Baby #2...

In case you haven't heard….


IT'S A GIRL

We are so thrilled and excited to be expecting a girl this Christmas!  I think I am still in shock a little!  I really have pictured a girl the whole time but was preparing myself for a boy so I wouldn't be disappointed.  We would have been overjoyed either way, but it is so exciting to add a little girl to our family!

We had a very fun gender reveal that day.  We had our Doctor appt that morning and Cooper came along with us.  He did great reading his books and waiting patiently in the waiting room. 




He wore his big brother shirt for the special occasion :)  I still get pretty nervous before a Doctor's appt and was praying that there would be a strong heartbeat.  Thankfully there was!  Our sweet baby was moving around and it was amazing to see her on the ultrasound…her feet, hands, face, just so precious. We didn't want to know then what the gender was so my sweet friend made me a card to give to the ultrasound tech…



When she opens the card, there is an option to circle BOY or GIRL.  At first our baby had her legs crossed so she was trying to get her to move as we were looking away.  Then before we knew it she said "okay I know the gender".  She was fast!  This led us to believe that maybe it was a boy?!  After the ultrasound, we took the envelop to Gigi's cupcakes who were waiting for us.  They went into the back, opened the card and then piped pink icing into the already made cupcakes.  We had to wait about 5 minutes, and then the cupcakes and envelop were in our hands! EEK!  I did notice that one of the girls was trying so hard not to look at me and kind of smirked and smiled while looking down.  Since she saw Cooper and knew we already had a boy, it made me suspicious that maybe it was a girl.  LOL as you can tell, we were trying to figure it out!  It was so exciting to build the suspense and I was dying to know!  

Then later that afternoon, we drove to my parents house for a small family gender reveal.  Everyone was so excited to know!   My mom, brother and Justin all thought it was a girl, and my dad, nephew and myself were guessing boy.  Almost all my other friends were guessing girl though.  I was actually surprised by how many guessed girl.  But almost everyone guessed girl for Cooper too, so again, it doesn't mean much.  

We were going to wait until after dinner to find out, but we all decided to go ahead and do it.  So here we are right before we bite into the cupcake:


And here we are biting into the cupcake at the same time…


And there was PINK!  My brother got it all on video and it was so fun to watch our reaction.  We were so excited.  Justin yelled "oh my gosh!" and I just screamed.  And Cooper…well, he has absolutely no idea what is going on.  He really doesn't know what's coming in December.  


My poor nephew wanted a boy so badly that he put his hands over his face immediately and cried!  We got that all on video and was so funny to watch it.  We could really put it on America's Funniest Home Video.  He didn't think it was that funny though….one day he will.  Then about an hour later, Peyton told Justin and I, without any prompting by anyone, "I'm sorry I wasn't happy it was a girl, I really do like girls.  I play with girls at school."  hahaha so glad he came around :-)



It really was so fun finding out with other people and getting pictures and it on video.  I loved the surprise and this is the first granddaughter on my side of the family.  The next day, I couldn't wait to search for girl nursery ideas and bedding!  I'm also dying to go and buy my first girly outfit.  Having a girl is going to be so different and so much fun!  We are thankful for this wonderful surprise and blessing!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Baby #2 Boy or Girl? What's Your Guess?

It's that time again….we find out the gender tomorrow!  If you are friends with me on social media than you know how crazy excited I am to find out!  Once again I feel like a little kid the day before Christmas, so excited for the big surprise.  I really love finding out early, its gives you and extra fun day besides the actual day of birth.

To back up a little, I had a rougher 1st trimester than I did with Cooper.  I had the regular symptom of  being completely exhausted which was what I had with Cooper.  I had to take a power nap every single day during my 1st trimester or I felt like I just couldn't make it through the rest of the day.  I was also a lot more nauseous with this baby than I was with Cooper.  It still wasn't near as bad as most people, as I never actually got sick, but I felt nauseous off and on every day with this baby.  It started at week 5 or 6  and went through until around week 12.  With Cooper, reading back my nausea lasted just a couple of weeks and it didn't seem as severe.  This makes Justin think it's a girl, but I'm not so sure.  Everything in my pregnancy seems very similar so far which makes me think the baby might be a boy.

Thankfully I am feeling GREAT now!  I feel like a whole new person.  I don't have to take a nap at all and still feel good throughout the day.  My nausea is completely gone and I don't have any aches and pains yet like I get in the 3rd trimester.  I do worry that something is wrong, even though I just heard the heartbeat 2 weeks ago, but I'm trying to just relax and enjoy this 2nd trimester as it is the BEST!  I looked back on my blog about Cooper during this time and I was also feeling great and was worried that something was wrong because of it.  It definitely helps to have already gone through this once before.

I will also say that this baby's heartbeat has been a lot higher than Cooper's.  At 9 weeks, the heart rate was 178 which is very high and then it was in the 160's at 13 weeks.  Justin even asked the Doctor if there was any truth at all that the high heart rate is more likely mean a girl and she said not at all!  LOL of course these wives tales aren't true, but it's fun to guess right?

People ask me a lot of what I want to have.  I know this is the PC answer, but I truthfully don't have a preference!  At the beginning I was leaning more towards girl because I have always wanted to have a girl…but Lord willing this is not our last child so I also think it would be SO fun to have another boy.  I would love for Cooper to have a brother close to his age.  I really do love being a boy mom too and so I think it would be fun.  Either way, this baby is a blessing from the Lord and we will both be thrilled to have a boy or girl.

At the beginning of the pregnancy, I was guessing girl because I seemed to be more nauseous…but now I think I have changed to guessing boy.  The pregnancy seems so similar to me in every other way.  Justin has guessed girl pretty much the whole time.  I will say this….Justin was right about Cooper and I was wrong…so if that is the case again, maybe we will have a girl?!?!  We will find out tomorrow! What's your guess??


Monday, June 16, 2014

Cooper's BIG News!

Cooper has some exciting news to share…



That's right…he is going to be a BIG BROTHER!!  Baby #2 is due December 22, 2014.  Merry Christmas to us!



I am 13 weeks along and absolutely thrilled to be starting my 2nd trimester.  I will probably do another post on my 1st trimester but I am definitely feeling like myself again!  I feel like I have been pregnant forever but it was so fun finding out I was pregnant again 2.5 months ago.  It's funny because when I first had Cooper, I didn't know how I could love another child as much as him, but right when I saw "pregnant" on the test, I was already so in love!


Though we were really wanting to get pregnant, I was still shocked that I was!  I am not the most patient person, so I went ahead and took a pregnancy test super early just to get a negative so I could go about my day and not think about it. I took the test, honestly thinking it would be negative, and to my great delight and surprise it said "pregnant"!  I was thrilled!  Unfortunately, Justin was working that day and he had no idea I was going to take a test (I hadn't planned it at all), so I had to wait until he got home that evening around 9pm to tell him.  If you know me, that was so hard to not tell anyone that day!  Of course, I did tell Cooper and kept telling him all day "you're going to be a big brother!"  I'm sure he was thrilled inside :)

I was so excited for Justin to get home, I could hardly stand it.  He finally got home and I made him dinner and had it ready at the table for him.  I also put the pregnancy test on the table hoping he would notice it on his own (don't worry, I did wash it off for your germaphobes). Of course he was so hungry he didn't notice it at all!  Finally, I said "what is that thing by your water?" And he picked it up and had the most delayed reaction ever…he really was in shock!  I can't remember exactly what he said, but his reaction was priceless and we were both so excited to be expecting again!  It was a memorable evening.


Cooper and Baby #2 will be a little over 2 years apart (26 months to be exact) and we are so excited for Cooper to have a life long best friend close to his age.  We thank the Lord for this blessing and can't wait to meet our bundle of joy in 6 months!!



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cooper is 20 Months Old!

Today Cooper is 20 months old!  It's hard to believe that he is getting so close to being a 2 year old.  He  is so much fun and is learning new things everyday.  (I didn't take any pictures so I'm just putting up random iPhone pictures over the past month)

Playing in the mud


Cooper "talks" and babbles non stop at home.  I love when he comes up to me and is speaking in his own language and is genuinely trying to tell me something but I have no idea what he is saying.  He is more shy around other people so he won't "talk" as much unless he is more comfortable.  He seems to learn new words everyday.  His main words that he says all the time are:  mama, dada, dog, bella (belba), all done, amen, elmo, baby, bye bye, night night, and thank you.  He says a lot of other words too, but these are his main ones.  He just started saying thank you a few weeks ago and it is the cutest sound in the world.  He says it when we give him something and he will also say it when he gives us something.  When he plays outside with Bella, he will give her tennis balls (when he is feeling generous) and then he will say "thank you" to her over and over.  I think he doesn't understand why she doesn't tell him thank you for giving her the balls.  He will look at me and say "thank you, thank you" like I should do something about her not telling him thank you.  So cute.

Cooper and "belba"

Granna with her grandsons


The biggest issue we are having right now is he is an incredibly picky eater.  I really don't know how he is in the 65%ile in weight, because the kid doesn't eat.  I remember before I had kids I thought "my kid will not be a picky eater, I will make them eat everything."  hahaha never say what your kid will or will not do before having children.  It always comes back to bite you.  After he turned one and could eat regular food, he ate everything!  I was pretty proud (like I had something to do with it…) that he would pretty much eat anything we gave him.  I even said how glad I was he wasn't picky.  Then a few months later he decided he didn't like food in general.  Okay not really, but it can be frustrating when he won't even try something that I cooked.  His favorite foods right now are grapes (though he has been refusing them lately), yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, cheerios, pancakes, peanut butter, chicken, guacamole and tuna.  He also likes cheese,bananas and zucchini, but it depends on his mood because other times he will refuse to eat it.   He loves tuna and eats it everyday for lunch which is odd since I don't like it.  

Summertime by the pool

Cooper's sleeping schedule hasn't changed much.  He goes to bed around 8pm now and usually sleeps until 7:30 or 8.  He takes an afternoon nap after lunch around 12:30 or 1 and will sleep for 2-3 hours which is awesome.  Sometimes he will only sleep 1 hour but will usually make up for it the next day by napping 3 hours.  It's hard when I have plans in the afternoon and am not sure when he will wake up.  It is a nice break for me in the afternoon though.  I am thankful that Cooper has always been a great sleeper!

picking blackberries with friends!

He loved eating them more than picking them

Look at that face!

Cooper is still a very shy little guy.  I can't tell you how many times he has glared at a stranger who is trying to talk to him or make him smile and I have to tell them "He is shy and is like that to everyone" so not to offend them!  But once he gets warmed up to you, he will love you and give you the sweetest hugs ever.  At least I won't have to worry too much about stranger danger with him :-)  He also gets nervous around new environments but then can get warmed up pretty quick once he feels comfortable.

Cousin Fun

One of the sweetest things about Cooper is that he is extremely lovable and affectionate and melts my heart everyday.  He gives the best hugs and kisses and will give them to Justin and I freely without us even asking.  He also blows kisses to me before he goes to bed or if I leave for whatever reason.  And when I pick him up from the church or gym nursery, he can act like I've been gone all day as he is so happy to see us.  He of course gives daddy the best greeting ever when he comes home from work.  He is just the sweetest little boy and I am so thankful to the Lord for choosing me to be his Mommy!

Cooper "praying" for his rice crispy treat on his own