Monday, December 20, 2010


...he's pretty awesome most of the time. But today he has thrown several tantrums. I tell him no - he rolls on the floor and screams. I take him away from something - he rolls on the floor and scream. I put him down - he rolls on the floor and screams. It's my one day off this week and I was hoping for a fun day full of playing and having fun. Oh well...what can I do? I'm working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Thankfully I work from 6-2 so we can still celebrate this holiday. On a happier side... Look at Cooper's eyes in this picture? He has really cool eyes. And they are bigger than Brady's or mine. Another cute thing he has been doing is calling for mama and dada when he's in bed. During his morning nap yesterday we put him to bed and we hear "mama dada" perfectly clear! It was adorable and made us both giggle.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


With our busy schedules and much needed family time...the little things like grocery shopping, dishes, laundry, etc. are put off. They are usually put off until we desperately need to get it done. The other day we ran out of milk. Brady LOVES milk and has cereal for breakfast every day. When I was at work he ran into the store to grab a few things. He came home with some wonderful surprises!

- milk
- cereal
- pizza rolls
- oreos
- two different types of chips with two different types of cheese dip

I can't remember the rest but he bought these few things just for me! We don't usually buy these snack type foods but he deserves "the best husband in the world" award! It was a nice surprise after a long evening at work.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

the FASTEST 10 Months

Cooper is 10 MONTHS OLD!!! I still can't believe it! It has been an AMAZING 10 months. So much has happened! I can barely remember what it was like before we had the little guy. Even though we are super busy with work, being parents, and house work...we have more "down" time than we used to (if you can imagine that)! Here are some fun recent facts on Cooper:

- he says "mama" a LOT when he's hungry! He says "dada" when he's playing with his soccerballs. He used to say them appropriately but he hasn't for the past week or so.
- he likes to open the cupboards and drawers
- he can stand by himself but is always too excited to do it for very long
- loves food. All kinds of food. Especially strong flavors (like garlic bread). He prefers ham over chicken. And the chicken that he will eat is flavored with the fajitas. The only thing I find he doesn't like to eat is peas (he'll eat baby food peas).
- he still LOVES bath time!! He still gets frantic when he hears the tub running.
- he doesn't like to be near the Christmas tree. The branches are too "poky" for him I guess! The ornaments he likes but he'd have to get past the branches to get to them.
- he doesn't like to watch TV. He'll spin around real fast when the Office theme song comes on but that's about it! haha
- he still LOVES LOVES LOVES little kids! He does this noise when he wants someone's attention - it was cute at first but now it's annoying.
- he has 3 teeth...2 bottom, 1 top.
- he's wearing 12 month clothes now and almost growing out of them.
- sleeps through the night like a champ!

Well, that's all for now. I'm sure I can go on and on and on about all the amazing things he's doing. He is so much fun and full of energy! We actually think his energy level is calming down (or maybe we're just getting used to it?)

*no pictures. I just got my Mac back!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

natural beauty

Yesterday I had a guy I work with tell me I "looked different".
Our conversation went a bit like this:
Me: "well, i've been sick so maybe i just look ill."
Guy: "no, do you usually wear makeup?"
Me: I laughed and said, "yup, but with my pink eye i am not wearing any."
Guy: "oh, well you look a lot different."

NOT even 10 minutes later a woman i work with told me I looked better.
Me: "thank you. I'm not wearing any make up so i take that as a good compliment."
Woman: "many women have natural beauty and i think you look pretty without makeup."

So many people have different opinions. I knew this little fact but it struck me hard yesterday. The days where I feel ugly and down someone else (besides my amazing husband) thinks I'm beautiful!

Isn't that a little comforting to know?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Blog editing

I see a lot of other blogs with cute fonts and gadgets. I haven't had any time to play around with it. HOWEVER today I thought instead of taking a nap, doing the dishes, or watching a movie (while Mr. Coop is sleeping) I would play around. I think I did good!!! First attempt without any only took an hour or so but hey it's cute!


This past week has been interesting. I will start from the beginning...

LAST WEEK: I felt like I was coming down with something. Aches, chills, exhaustion, sore throat, red eyes

SATURDAY: I called work (I was supposed to go in at 2-10) because I thought I might have pink eye. The pinkish eyes, itching, burning, yuck! I went to the doctor and sure enough it was pink eye. So no work for me and a day to rest at home.

SUNDAY: I went to work that evening. Brady told me on my way home he thinks Cooper has pink eye both eyes! Cooper slept for 13 hours that night.
MONDAY: He woke up Monday morning with nasty, green goup in his eyes and extremely red, puffy eyes. I took him to the doctor right away and he too was given drops for pink eye. He started to cough a bit throughout the day but nothing serious. So Cooper's not doing well and I am EXTREMELY hoarse! I sounded awful and felt awful. I was called into work that evening because so many people called in and no one could go in. They knew how sick I was and still needed me. So I went in for a few hours and ended up being sent home. I could barely talk and was exhausted. Brady had the chills, sore throat, aches, and exhausted. He could feel a head cold coming on.

TUESDAY: I went to work first thing in the morning. I felt awful and still sounded awful. I was scheduled but no one was able to come in and cover for me. Brady stayed home with Cooper in the morning until the 24 hours on the drops were up. He went to the doctor and picked up a slip that said Cooper was no longer contagious and took him to daycare. When I picked Cooper up at daycare he looked terrible! He just stared at me and could care less about what was going on. He coughed all the way home. Once we go home he was so clingy and wouldn't let me put him down. I gave him some tylenol and tried everything to get him to calm down. The only thing that worked was if I was standing and he was laying his head against my chest with his arms between us. Not fun! My arms were exhausted and I just wanted to curl up and sleep myself. Of course, as soon as Brady got home he was happy and cheerful like nothing was the matter. REALLY? I was a little upset about the whole thing. He went to sleep before 7 and slept until 8:30!

WEDNESDAY: I had called my work yesterday telling them that I would not be able to come into work becaue my baby was really sick. They were able to get someone to come in for me!! So I am home with Cooper. We are both feeling better than yesterday. Cooper is happy, cheerful, playing, and eating! His eyes look a million times better and not much of a cough today. Here is a picture of him this morning. Brady is still feeling sick and getting worse. I feel bad that he has to go to work today :( He's coming home for lunch so hopefully he can sit and relax for a few minutes.

So hopefully we all start feeling better. It's a crazy time at work for the both of us. Without family or friends we struggle juggling work, a sick baby, and our own sickness. All of this will pass!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Catch Up

Pictures in no paticular order:
Cooper playing with his first cell phone and in his new hat from Grandma!
New hat from Grandma!
New toy!
opening his presents
with mommy and presents!
our Christmas tree this year. I love our tree! My Great Grandma crocheted the tree skirt and this tree is from my Grandma. All the ornaments are from my mom, grandma, or a few that we've made.
Cooper putting on the star. He thought it was awesome!
The other day I gave him a pile of waffles and puffs. He divided them up and only ate the waffles!
Thanksgiving/Christmas with his cousins! We were trying to get a picture of them in matching PJ's. Cooper was not having it.
Bath time at Grandma's. He slipped and ended up with his first black eye!
Opening presents with Daddy
With Mommy opening presents