June 22, 2017

Cooper's Baby Dedication

Sunday we also had Cooper's Baby Dedication!  Our church does Baby Dedications on Mother's Day, Father's Day and then again in the Fall.  Since we were still figuring out our schedule, we didn't sign up for Mother's Day, but by the time June rolled around we were feeling a little more confident in our ability to get to church.  We got Cooper up and ready Sunday morning and headed to church early.

Cooper was dedicated alongside a few other babies and we pledged to teach him about Jesus.

And our church gave him a little gift with this verse.  

June 21, 2017

Father's Day Gifts

For David's first Father's Day, I spent some time searching for good gift options.  I had been planning to make him his own set of suck pads for our Lillebaby carrier, which is part of the reason that I made the first few sets the week before--because I needed to try out the patterns first!

So I picked up some Rangers fabric and sewed up this set.  I figured it might make him more likely to help wear Cooper in the carrier :)

When I was searching Pinterest and Message Boards for ideas, I found this one to spell out DAD with 3 different pictures and put them together in a frame

So one day while David was at work, Cooper and I had a photo shoot with the letters that I painted.  David seemed to really like this gift and he took it to work to put at his desk.  

Here's our sweet boy closer up:

Had to get one with his serious face in addition to the smiles because this is how he looks a lot of the time! 

And we finished off his gift with a few books for him to read with Cooper!

We're so thankful for David and I had fun putting together this gift for his first Father's Day!

June 20, 2017

Father's Day

We had a good time celebrating Cooper's Dad and Pappaw over the last few weeks!

 David's dad had to work Father's Day weekend, so we went and saw them the weekend before to celebrate Father's Day and David's birthday.

 Cooper was a content little guy most of the day and did well to show off his smile for Pappaw and Nanny.

 And he crashed and took a nap with Pappaw holding him as well!

 This past Sunday we got up and got Cooper dressed in his plaid shorts and turtle shirt.  We actually had bought this outfit before he was born.  When he started measuring big, we bought a bigger outfit as an option for Easter.  Two and half months later, it finally fits!

Cooper is a lucky little one to have this guy for a dad!  We spent the morning and lunch with family celebrating Cooper's baby dedication.  Sunday night we went out for burgers and custard just the 3 of us!  It was a good weekend together.

June 11, 2017

Reunited with my Sewing Machine

Before Cooper was born, I spent a lot of time crafting and sewing.  I knew I wouldn't have the same amount of time once he was here, so I was glad to get a lot of projects done while we waited for him.  But I was starting to miss sewing.  Last week, Cooper took a few good naps (longer than his usual 30 minutes) so I sat down at my sewing machine for the first time since he was born.

I decided to make some suck pads for our Lillebaby carrier.  Right now we don't necessarily need them, but Cooper is starting to drool a lot so they will be nice to have.  And they add some fun color/patterns to our gray carrier.

The first set I made followed this pattern for straight suck pads.  I used this cotton fabric for the front, the light blue flannel for the back, and a cut up towel for the inner lining.  I decided to use Velcro for the enclosure because I already had some.  I also added a few ribbons along the bottom to attach toys, teethers, or pacifiers as needed.

This set was very easy to make and I was able to knock them out during 2 of Cooper's naps last week.

Here they are on our Lillebaby: 

While I was looking for a pattern for suck pads, I also came across this pattern for curved ones (I used the pattern for the Tula since it is similar in size to the Lillebaby and the Ergo).  The curved ones fit more tightly along the curves of the carrier, but I've read they can make it difficult to raise the headrest.  But I decided to try out a set of these as well and then see which ones we liked better. 
 I found this fun dinosaur printed cotton for the front of the suck pads and  used 2 layers of flannel for the inside.  I again used Velcro for the enclosure and added a ribbon to attach things as needed.  These ones were definitely more difficult to make than the first set.  The pattern was more complicated and it involved more steps of sewing different pieces together to get the curved look.  They were still fairly easy to make, but definitely took more time than the first set.  I did a lot of this one while David was home to help with Cooper.

I think they turned out well:

I think if I make another set I will probably stick with the straight version (the first pattern) just because it was so much simpler and I still think they fit well and look cute on the carrier.  But maybe once I use them more I'll really like the curved ones better.  Either way, it's fun to have a few options to "dress up" our carrier.  And I really enjoyed being back at my sewing machine creating things!

And thanks to this precious burrito baby for taking a few awesome naps so I could get these done!

June 5, 2017

Walmart Grocery Pickup

Today we tried something new and decided to experiment with the Walmart Grocery Pickup.  If you're not familiar with what that is--basically you place an order online and then go to the store and they have a place to park outside and they will come bring your groceries to your car.  A few Walmarts in our area started doing this a while back, but none that were super close to us so I had kind of brushed it off.  But when we went to Walmart a few weeks ago, I saw that the grocery pickup had come to one closer to us so I tucked that away for future reference :)

Now I'll admit that I actually like walking around the grocery store.  Cooper does pretty well in either his stroller (if we only need a few things) or in the K'tan (if we need a lot and I need a full cart available).  And it gets us out of the house and gives us a little time walking around not in the Texas heat.  But I still thought it'd be nice to try out the grocery pick up on occasion.

Since I've been trying to do better at meal planning, my shopping list has been pretty well planned out.  And this week we are taking dinner to some friends one night so we have a few more groceries than usual.  So I decided last night to try out an order for the Walmart pick up.  I placed the order and chose a pick up time between 11 and 12 today.

On our way to Walmart we actually stopped at Target because there were a few things I needed there that I didn't/couldn't get at Walmart. 

My sweet boy along for the ride in his stroller while we went for our walk in Target.

The Walmart confirmation email I got said to check in about 10 minutes before we would arrive, so I checked in as we were leaving Target and it showed me my route ;)

We pulled in and found the pickup spot.  They were helping someone else so we waited our turn

And about 5 minutes later the groceries were loaded in the back of the car and we were ready to head home!
The Walmart associate reviewed everything with me and told me any substitutions they made (the only one on our order was a different type of grapes).  It was very easy and relatively quick.

The downside?
 Since the car was parked (not in motion) for about 5-10 minutes and Cooper was awake he was NOT a fan.  He got upset and I replaced his pacifier several times while we waited.  He was a little fussy when we left, but I figured once we got moving he'd be fine.  But it was just too much for him so he cried the whole (short) drive home and this was the sad little boy that I got out of the back of the car.  He needed a nap badly and usually will take one in the car, but today he was not having it and the wait at Walmart made it even worse.

Of course I still had groceries to unload, including quite a few cold and frozen things. So I loaded Cooper into the K'tan so I could hold him and unload everything.  He calmed down once I put him in and patted him a little.  And in less than 3 minutes he was asleep.  

So our overall experience with Walmart pickup was fine but not as amazing as I imagined :)

A few positives:
1. It's FREE.  The fact that they offer this service and don't charge for it is so awesome!  And the minimum order is only $30 so you really don't have to get too much to make it worth it
2. We definitely saved money.  As much as I love strolling around the store, that definitely means I end up with things I do not need and spend way more on our groceries.  This would be a main reason I might likely do the grocery pickup again!
3. They were quick and efficient.  Even with someone else ahead of us in the "line" we still were on our way with a loaded car in 10 minutes or less

A few not so positives:
1. Whenever I've tried to set it up, you can't do same day pickup, you have to reserve a time for the following day.  Which overall is probably not a big deal for a weekly shopping trip.  But with a baby who has no consistent schedule, it's hard for me to know when is going to be a good time to get out every day.  So it can be easier to just go to the store when it's a good time for Cooper rather than having to get out at a specific time
2. Overall they are really good about getting the exact amount of what you need--they measure out produce by the pound and everything.  So my list today probably had one of the few exceptions.  I needed a chuck roast for one of our dinners this week.  And it's the dinner that I'm also taking to friends so I need a little more than usual (about 3-3.5 lbs).  When I ordered the chuck roast, it says it will be 1.5-4 pounds and you can't really specify beyond that.  So I only got 1 thinking I didn't want 2 huge roasts and the 1 I got is only 2.4 pounds.  It might work for what I need, but if I need a certain amount of meat like this roast it's easier for me to be able to go to the store and pick the right one.  I think ground meat, chicken breast, and other meat have a much smaller range of size/weight, but it just so happened that this meat that I needed couldn't be specified as easily.  

Overall, I'd definitely recommend Walmart pickup to others.  It is an awesome service.  My order was completely correct.  It was easy to set up the order online and quick to pick it up.

But for us, we'll probably continue to do our shopping in store or use it on a day when David can pick it up or I can go while he's home with Cooper.  I do know a day is coming (maybe quickly) when it will be much harder to take Cooper grocery shopping.  It was always hard when we had our foster kids and had a 3 and 4 year old with me.  So I can definitely see us using this service in the future!  Cooper just says not right now :)

June 1, 2017

Cooper's Cubbyhole: 2 months

2 months old!

Weight: 10 pound 7 ounces
Height: 22.75 inches
Diaper Size: 1
Clothing Size: 0-3 months
Things you Love: Mommy--you’re definitely showing a preference for mommy and want her to hold you most of the time, Your playmat--you’ve become more interested in the hanging toys and will stare at them for a long time and hit at them; Pacifiers, Music
Things you Don’t Love: Tummy Time--it seems to have gotten more difficult for you this month and you have trouble lifting your head so you just get mad.  Evenings--you are fussy most of the evening and just want to be held and fed most of the time.  
Milestones: You laughed for the first time this month.  You’ve been doing a lot of cooing to talk to us and definitely recognize Mommy and Daddy and smile for us!  Your visual tracking has become much more consistent and you will follow toys with your eyes.

Sweet Cooper, you have been so fun this month. I love that you are already showing a preference for us and that you save your biggest smiles for me. You've been sleeping a lot less this month, but in exchange we get so many fun smiles and lots of talking and cooing from you. We just think you are the best baby and you fit so perfectly into our lives. I can't wait to see what this next month brings!

May 31, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

It's the last Wednesday of May, so I thought I'd link up with Mix and Match Mama for a little What's Up Wednesday.
What we're eating this week
This is the first week since Cooper was born that I've planned out meals for the entire week!  We lived off of people bringing us meals for the first 6 weeks or so and since then I will plan a few meals.  This past weekend I sat down and wrote down meals for every night of this week.  We grilled burgers and I made a steak and veggies sheet pan dinner (which did not turn out as well as I'd hoped unfortunately).  Tonight we're enjoying one of our freezer meals (Tuscan Chicken Pasta), and tomorrow is BBQ Country Ribs.  

What I'm reminiscing about
Sleep :)  The first month Cooper was home he slept abnormally well.  He would nap most of the day and would give us a 7ish hour stretch most nights.  Well starting in May he would only nap about 30 minutes at a time during the day but still mostly slept well at night.  But the last week or so he doesn't sleep super well day or night.  His longest naps during the day are 30-45 minutes unless I'm holding him and some nights he sleeps through the night and others he's up which is no big deal since that's more normal for his age.  But last night he was up every 45 minutes unless we held him, so he and I slept in the recliner.  So I'm reminiscing about the good sleep we once had.

What I'm loving
The absolutely sweetest baby smiles

In exchange for sleep, we're getting lots of smiles and it definitely is a highlight of life with Cooper.  He has even started laughing a little bit at times.  He smiles almost immediately whenever I talk to him or kiss him and it just melts me.  I sure love being this boy's mom.

What we've been up to
We had a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Saturday we went to a going away party for our friends Aaron and Lydia.  They have been heading up the International Student ministry at our church this past year and have also been in our Community Group.  Aaron just finished his Master's so they are moving back to the Atlanta area to be closer to friends.  We will sure miss them, but we had a great time at lunch and got to introduce Cooper to some of our international student friends.

Sunday we went to church and then had dinner with our Community Group.  Our friends Amy and Chad hosted us for a potluck and we enjoyed BBQ and great time with friends

Monday we spent just the 3 of us.  We went out to breakfast and then spent the rest of the day at home getting ready for the week.

What I'm dreading
Tomorrow is Cooper's 2 month check up and he will get his first big round of shots.  I am definitely not looking forward to that for my boy, but glad that it will bring some better protection from illness so we can feel better about getting out more!

What I'm working on
A few top secret Father's Day Projects. :)  More details to come... later

What I'm excited about
It's been so fun to watch Cooper get more interactive this past month, so I'm excited to see him continue to learn more and more!

What I'm watching/reading
I have 3 different books that I am just now starting
Cooper isn't quite old enough where we want to try sleep training, but I am reading up on a few methods so we're ready when the time comes.  For now I'm just enjoying all the snuggles--during the day and night :)

 I've had a few people recommend this book, including my best friend who was on the launch team.  I just started it last night!

And a fiction book which I also just started last night, but so far am really enjoying

What I'm listening to
Still lots of Amazon music playlists/stations and some podcasts.  Cooper had a particularly fussy bedtime over the weekend and we found that he likes when I sing to him so I was singing him some hymns which led me to look up some albums with hymns on them so I can get some ideas for material

I also found this new podcast that I am loving called Risen Motherhood.  They tackle several parenting topics, but frame them in light of the gospel and it is just so refreshing and gospel centered.  I've already listened to several episodes and I've really enjoyed them.

What I'm wearing
Still lots of yoga pants and nursing tank tops.  I've also picked up a few new dresses from Walmart that I am really loving as the weather gets warmer.

What I'm doing this weekend
No big plans.  David is going to the Ranger's game on Friday night and we have church and Community Group on Sunday.  Otherwise we will probably be home.

What I'm looking forward to next month
Celebrating Father's Day and David's 30th birthday.  We also are having Cooper's baby dedication at our church!

What else is new
Not a whole lot.