May 24, 2017

The Many Faces of Cooper

This sweet boy has been in our arms for about 7 and a half weeks now and we just think he's the greatest thing ever.  And he also cracks us up with all of his faces.  I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was planning to do a post about the many faces of Cooper but he had an off day, so it didn't go as planned.  But I've been capturing different facial expressions over the last couple of weeks so I thought I'd share them here.

His waking up face.  He looks kind of upset, but really he had been wide awake and smiling--then I took his swaddle off his arms so he is stretching big

He loves to "talk" to us and make different faces.  This is the beginning of a smile

 This is what my heartbroken boy does every time we switch sides during his feedings.  He gets so very upset, but then is quickly content again once he's eating

After he eats he gets a little milk drunk and drowsy.  Usually he doesn't fall asleep he just chills for a while and then is ready to play 
Sometimes he snuggles with us while he's drowsy

He is very focused when he plays!  He has started really focusing on toys and tracking them with his eyes!

 This is the classic Cooper face.  He makes this face a lot.  When others hold him they comment that he must not like them or he might be upset about something because he furrows his little brow.  But that's just him.

Not too big a fan of being woken up from his car seat nap so we can take him out of his seat 
His "what in the world is happening" face comes out when his cousins are around!

 And that sweet pathetic pouty lip.  Oh my goodness it makes me want to scoop him up right away!

I love when I'm rocking him to sleep and he smiles up at me under his pacifier

 And then he gets super sleepy and drifts off to sleep

And of course, the big smiles we get when we talk to, kiss him and play with him are the very best.

I just want to capture all these sweet moments because he is changing so much all the time and I know he will be so different soon!  Love this sweet boy and all of his faces

May 19, 2017

High Five for Friday

Woohoo--Friday is here!

1. Lily and Coop took their first car ride together this week!  We took Lily to Petsmart for a bath and to get her nails cut/grinded, so we all loaded up Monday to take her.  She is used to jumping into the car and immediately jumping across to the other side, so she was a little confused by the baby in the middle, but she did really well. She actually mostly just laid on the floor underneath his car seat, but we had stopped here so David could run into a store so she was up on the seat looking for him in this picture.

2. This sweet boy has been having a pretty rough week.  So we've been doing a whole lot of this.  I haven't gotten much done at all, but I'll take the snuggles.
 3. Yesterday marked 5 years since our first date!  We celebrated by going out to lunch at BJs (where we went on our first date).  We enjoyed lunch and pizookies for dessert and of course had our cute 3rd wheel in tow.  It's been a fun 5 years of dating and I love that we still get to go on lots of dates together.  Time with him is my very favorite!

4. In his not-so-fussy moments, Cooper is becoming very engaged with some of his toys.  He has started really looking at all of the toys on his play mat and even will hit some of them.  He can stay entertained for a long time just laying here and looking at all of the animals hanging down.  He also likes looking at the precious baby in the mirror on the side of the play mat.  

5. Cooper and I are heading to my Book Club tonight at my friend Jill's house.  I finally finished the book this morning and I thought it was a good story.  Looking forward to a fun evening with friends!

Happy Weekend!

May 16, 2017

Mother's Day

We had a really great Mother's Day weekend thanks to our new little guy!  We were able to see both of our moms and spend good time with family.

We woke up Saturday and Cooper put on his Team Grandma onesie to go have breakfast with Grandma (my mom).  When he outgrew his Newborn clothes, his 0-3 clothes still swallowed him up--but there was 1 brand of onesies from Target that seemed to fit him well and seemed like they'd leave some room to grow so I decided to get another pack of them.  So I picked out a pack that had a baseball theme and it happened to have a Team Grandma onesie in it which I thought was funny!

We met my mom and my brother and his family at Breadwinners for breakfast Saturday morning.  My other brother woke up sick so we missed him.   Cooper's cousins were all about him that morning.  He was asleep in the car seat for the first half of breakfast, but they both kept coming around to see him and gently touch him.  And when he started waking up, Piper was quick to notice and yelled out "Cooper waking up!" as she jumped up and down excitedly.

This picture pretty much sums up Cooper's morning--lots of snuggles and 2 cousins who want to be closeby touching him.  It will be fun as he gets bigger and can play with them more, but I'm glad they are interested in him now too when he's pretty boring :)

 Grandma and her grandbabies

Sunday we got up and got ready for church.  I snapped a picture with my favorite little guy on the way out the door.
We were glad to get to be at Woodcreek for Mother's Day.  We've enjoyed getting to take Cooper in the Baby K'tan and he pretty much just crashes and sleeps through the service every week.  For Mother's Day our church did baby dedications and it was fun being there as some of our friends dedicated their babies, including Cooper's future best friends Eli and Maddie :)

After church we had lunch and then we headed to Cleburne to visit Cooper's Nanny and Pappaw (David's parents) and Aunt Rachel.  It was Cooper's longest car ride yet and he did great--he slept for the first half and then when he woke up he just cooed contently in his car seat.

 Cooper was glad to get to celebrate and snuggle with his Nanny for Mother's Day
 And he's pretty fond of his Pappaw too!

Before we headed home, I changed him into his footed pajamas (I didn't get a picture of the whole thing, but there are monkeys on the feet!).  You can't read it, but the square at the top says "Wild about Mommy."  I'm pretty wild about this little guy and was so glad to get to spend my first Mother's Day with him!

May 10, 2017

Baby Smiles

So I was planning to do a post about the many faces of Cooper throughout the day, but honestly today has been a rough one for him.  He is just out of sorts today and has been pretty fussy and needed lots of snuggles--if I'd posted about his faces throughout the day they mainly would have been sad ones or sleepy ones, so I'll save it for another day.  But as I've been enjoying the snuggles, I thought it'd be fun to look at some his smiles over the past month.

 This was the first smile we got from him when he was a few weeks old.  He smiled when I would put the pacifier near his mouth/cheek.

 Then he started smiling more in response to us.  He will smile when you talk to him as he watches you and he even has started smiling when he just hears my voice sometimes.

And today I captured this precious smile that he gave me while I was getting him ready for the day.

This sweet boy and his precious smile melt my heart!  I know the smiles will only get better with time.

May 1, 2017

Cooper's Cubbyhole: 1 Month

Cooper is 1 month old today, so we are starting the series of monthly blog updates for him.  Since we frequently call him our baby bear, David figured that the term cubbyhole fit this series well.  So here we go with the first installment of Cooper's cubbyhole.

Weight: 8 lbs 10.5 ounces

Height: 22 inches
Diaper Size: Newborn
Clothes Size: You are too long for your newborn footie pajamas, but still fit well into the newborn onesies.  Size 0-3 clothes still seem too big for you
Things you Love: Being Held, Being Swaddled, Your Pacifier
Things you Don’t Love: Bath time, Being Hungry
Milestones: You are doing so well when you play on the floor. When you are on your tummy you will lift your head and turn it to the other side!  You will smile at us sometimes, but are still mostly serious.  You also are a great sleeper and will usually go one 7 hour stretch at night between feedings which is amazing.

Sweet boy, we are just so in love with you. Both your Daddy and I feel like the transition from family of 2 to family of 3 has gone much easier than either of us expected which is largely because you are just so easy most of the time. You fit perfectly in our family and light up our lives so much. It's amazing to me to see God's grace in how much healing He has brought into my life through you. You are so special and we can't wait to see you continue to grow!

April 28, 2017

Newborn Photo Shoot

So as I mentioned before, we decided to forego hiring a photographer for newborn pictures and try to shoot some of our own.  We did a few rounds of pictures and we got some that we really like!

In the Hospital
 We actually had every intention of getting professional pictures done in the hospital.  The photographer came by on Monday (the day before we were discharged) and gave us all of the pricing info and we told her we were probably interested, so she said she'd put us on her list to check back on Tuesday before we went home.  Tuesday morning Cooper had his circumcision and due to some crazy complications we had to stay at the hospital a little longer for some lab work to be completed.  So we figured we'd have plenty of time for the pictures.  But no one ever showed up.  So after Coop got back from his procedure, we decided to get him dressed and try to shoot some pictures of our own.  David took these shots since I still wasn't moving around too well and I think he did a great job!

Fun fact-- we took this onesie to the photo shoot we did with our friend Amy back in November for our Gender Reveal Christmas cards.  It was fun having a baby to put in the onesie, I personally think he makes it look even cuter!

I ended up being so glad that the hospital photographer never showed up, because we would have paid for and probably gotten some great pictures, but I'm really happy with what we were able to take on our own!

At Home
We did the majority of the newborn photo shoot the Saturday after we got home when Cooper was exactly 1 week old.  I looked through a bunch of tutorial and pose ideas on Pinterest.  I used a lot of tips from this post, mainly the setup ideas and positioning suggestions for how to place the props and camera in relation to the window.

I started with a few of him swaddled while we figured out the lighting.  I basically positioned myself/the camera and then took several shots in several different modes.
Then I unswaddled him a little so we could see his precious hands--he likes to bring them to his mouth and suck on them
Since he was good and asleep, I was able to move him around a little to get this sweet shot
My Aunt Beverly bought him this bear and brought it when she visited us at the hospital.  I plan on using it in his monthly pictures (which will start in just a few days--I can't believe it!) so we grabbed one of him at 1 week old with the bear too.

We also took the Baylor and OU baseball cap pictures during this photo shoot.  

We used a combination of these pictures and the ones from the hospital shoot to create Cooper's birth announcement.  And then we ordered a few extra prints for some family.  I felt pretty good when the photo center at Sams called to verify that we had taken the pictures and that they weren't taken by a professional photographer before they would release them.  I know a professional photographer would have probably gotten a lot better shots, but I was happy with how they turned out

Family Pictures
We also wanted to get a few pictures of us with Cooper.  When looking at different pose ideas, there were several for taking pictures in the nursery and several for taking pictures on the bed.  Cooper's nursery does not get very good light any time of day because of the trees in our front yard, which will be awesome for him sleeping, but not so great for pictures.  Our bedroom is usually pretty dark with our blackout curtains, but when I opened the one on the East side of our house up it brought in a lot of natural light, so we shot a few pictures on our bed.

Daddy loves his boy
And I'm pretty fond of him too
First picture of all 3 of us taken outside of the hospital!

We sure love our little guy and are glad to have these pictures to capture this special time for our family.

April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

It's hard to believe April is almost over!  I'm linking up with Mix and Match Mama today for What's Up Wednesday

What we're eating this week
Our friends and church family have so generously been bringing dinner a few nights a week since we got home from the hospital, so we are eating well AND we're not having to cook.  We've had lasagna and chicken spaghetti, takeout from some of our favorite places like Chiloso and Tom and Chee, and last night we had a Pork Tenderloin with a Cherry Chipotle sauce and some delicious roasted vegetables and baked potatoes.  We are definitely eating well!  We haven't even used any of our freezer meals yet!

What I'm reminiscing about
Currently, nothing.  I think these are the days I will end up looking back on and reminiscing about

What I'm loving
Baby Snuggles with my little guy

What we've been up to
Tummy time

 Lots of naps

 Reading books

And going on a few walks

What I'm dreading
Nothing at the moment!

What I'm working on
Cooper's baby book and documenting his first days and weeks.  I have a goal to take at least one picture of him every day for the first year--which so far has not been hard.  So I've been organizing those in a folder to put together after the year is up to see how much he changes.  I know it'll fly by!

What I'm excited about
This big guy has his Pre-K graduation next week and his little sister will be in her first school performance.  Cooper and I are looking forward to going to see his cousins then!

What I'm watching/reading
I'm about to start this book for my Book Club that meets again in a few weeks.

We've been watching a lot of TV since we got home from the hospital.  David made a comment about not realizing how much time we'd have to just sit and watch things, but we really do. We've been watching through Scrubs on Netflix and catching up with the current season of Scandal.  I also watch a lot of news and talk shows during the day when I'm home.

What I'm listening to
Still going strong with podcasts, but I am also loving Amazon Music.  There is so much available through our Prime Membership.  We've listened to a few fun playlists that Amazon has as well as these albums:
 Such a beautiful worship album
 Fun lullabies and songs about babies
Brad Paisley's new album!

What I'm wearing
A lot of yoga pants and nursing tank tops.  I also got a few nursing tops from Old Navy that I am really loving these days.

What I'm doing this weekend
Spending time with my 2 favorite guys.  We've been going out to get breakfast on Saturday mornings, so we may do that again.  We'll probably try to make it to church.  David's parents are coming through town Sunday evening so we'll spend some time with them.  And David is taking Mondays off for the next month, so we get an extra day with him each weekend!

What I'm looking forward to next month
First Mothers Day with Cooper!  

What else is new
Just in case you were wondering about her--Lily is adjusting just fine.  She is very interested in Cooper and likes to be closeby all the time.  She has been good with him so far and she is enjoying having me around all of the time.