Friday, May 30, 2008

2 Months!

Can you believe it has already been 2 months? I wonder if you miss your quiet world inside my tummy? Or do you enjoy everything going on around you?

I am going to tell you what I have learned about you so far. You will NOT sleep in your crib. You sleep in your bouncy chair and we gave up on trying anything else. But I guess technically you do sleep in your crib, because we put your bouncy chair in your crib. You love your swing, 9 times out of 10 that will calm you down. You also love baths and your binky. We have been spending more time outside and when you are actually awake you love looking around and I think you like how the breeze feels.

I lay you under your activity mat but honestly I think you could care less. We also do tummy time and you are indifferent about that too. You are also pretty selfish with your smiles.

You don't skip a meal! In fact I think you add meals. You will eat 5-6 ounces every 2 to 3 hours. Your doctor told us we could try rice again at night. And we did and for a couple of nights you only got up once. Last night you go up a lot more but I am assuming that was a fluke.

This week you started school and you are already a favorite. All of your brother's teachers come visit you every day and they bring Samuel in sometimes too, but he gets a little sad to leave you. The teachers all agree, you look like your Daddy. Mommy was doing pretty good going back to work until today. Today I got a little sad because I caught glance of your picture and couldn't stop looking at it. I just wanted to hold you.

You weight 11 pounds 11 ounces (50%) and are 22 inches long (40%). And you are loved 110%!

Cooper, we love you so much!!!!!!

Just Lookin...

Samuel decided to look down his teachers shirt. When she asked him what he was doing he said.....

"Just Lookin'"

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rookie Mistake

I took Samuel to get his haircut after school and since he did such a good job I decided it was treat time. I don't know why I thought it was a good idea to take Samuel to the bookstore with Cooper in tote...BY MYSELF! Samuel was in book heaven and taking them all off the shelves. He opened a box of flash cards, and between us I didn't buy them I left them on the floor. I know, horrible. We left with five books instead of the one we were suppose to get. Samuel also picked out a book for his friend Caleb's birthday and wouldn't you know it that is the ONLY book he remembers. So now we are going to have to go shopping again for Caleb. I then decided to stop at McDonald's on our way home for dinner. I ordered him nuggets and apples and myself a cheeseburger and fries. Well, he wanted nothing to do with the apples and had a major fit for my cheeseburger and fries. Which isn't so bad I guess, I should have ate the lean cuisine instead.

We are home now and he is quietly playing with Caleb's present. Sorry Caleb!! How long until bedtime?

Needless to say work was the less chaotic part of my day. I am only working half days this week and it is going pretty good. I feel like I made the right choice to go far.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Heading Back

Tomorrow I go back to work. I can honestly say that I am okay with it. I am not thrilled, but okay. I can't believe how fast this went by. Cooper is 8 weeks old already. When I went back to work when I had Samuel I had a rough time! I was literally sick over it and that wasn't a place I was willing to go back to this time. But I am happy to say, I didn't. I know that the choice for me personally to be a working Mom is the right choice. I feel I am a better Mom this way. But I have no idea what it will be like be a working Mom of two. Will I still think it is the right choice? That means that in the short time I have after work before bed I will have to divide my attention between two boys. I worry about being able to keep the house clean, making dinners, keeping up with laundry, and even finding time to blog.

On top of all that I need time with Dave and alone time for me. I am sure it will take some adjusting.

But the best part of all, if I don't like it I can quit.

Wish me luck!

Friday, May 23, 2008

My Failed Attempt At A Picture Of Me & My Boys

After pricing professional photographers and two failed attempts at taking Samuel to get his pictures done I decided to try it on my own. My Mom also suggested it a few months ago. These two pictures are the first ones I ordered to give it a try. I like the more candid pictures rather than trying to get them to pose. Seriously, who can get a toddler to pose???? I have a long way to go, but maybe I can convince Dave that I need a better camera?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Woke up extra early this morning and decided he NEEDED butter. In fact, he frantically wondered the house screaming for butter at 5:00 AM!!!!!!!

Dave wouldn't let me give him butter. So I waited until he got in the shower and gave Samuel some bread and butter.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

So Serious


Breakfast With Daddy

And all the while I couldn't help but think, please don't get that on his shirt!

Friday, May 16, 2008

You Talking To Me?

I know it may seem like I have more pictures of Cooper on here lately; but you try getting a picture of a boy who doesn't stop from the moment he wakes up!!

Tummy Time!

I am a stickler for tummy time this time around.

Little Man


Nothing Worse...

Then not knowing what the heck is wrong with your baby. Cooper was up ALL night last night not feeling well. I took him to the doctor thinking it was an earache and his ears looked fine. So what the doctor thinks is he isn't digesting his food. How do we figure that out? No food for 24 hours! All he can have is pedi-lite. Then we will go from there....I hope they figure it out. I hate seeing him so sad.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One Step Forward, One Step Back

Monday night you slept ALL night in your crib. Your internal alarm clock still woke you up every 3 hours to eat but you would go back to your crib. Last night; however, you would not sleep in your crib. But, you did go 5 hours between feedings.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Guilt Free!

I have a weight lifted off my shoulder. I found a way to make a book out of my blog. This means I no longer feel guilty that Samuel's firsts have not been recorded in his baby book and his baby album only goes up to 5 days old. He will have his blog. And as for Cooper, who even needs to start a baby book???

Some Pictures From Texas Trip

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I Swear He Smiled For This Picture

Cooper met his Great Grandma this weekend and he wasn't being stingy with his smiles for her. She could seriously make him smile! If the first smile wasn't for me I am glad it was for her!

Not Sure What He Is Thinking.

Happy Mother's Day

As a special treat for Mother's Day I locked the door while I took a shower this morning. That meant Samuel didn't remind me that I was taking a shower every few seconds and I didn't have to listen for Cooper crying. I let their Grandparents and Dad occupy them.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mommies!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Teacher's Week

This week is teacher appreciation week and Samuel's school is celebrating it. This year, like last, they sent home a note telling us it is teacher appreciation week and then give a list of gifts for each day. The instructions aren't very clear, but the impression it gives us is that they are telling us what to bring the teachers each day. Which, I must admit I find weird. I think they should say to choose a day. Or maybe have a day that is have your child make something for the teacher. And it isn't that I don't appreciate ALL they do, I just don't like them telling me what to buy :o). Does that sound horrible?? Here is what is on the list:
Monday- Flowers
Tuesday- Gift cards and cards
Wednesday- Lunch provided by them
Thursday- Sweets
Friday- Special gift

Well, I do appreciate his teachers and you all probably know this since I always say such good things about his school. So we are of course we are helping their celebration. But, Samuel is spending his time in two rooms each with two teachers. And I feel he gets as much from both rooms. Each room also has two afternoon girls which I think deserve a little something too. So teacher's week results in 8 gifts a day. And we couldn't leave out Annie, the cook. She LOVES Samuel so she needed a special gift too. I couldn't do their job! I think it takes someone special to spend 8+ hours a day with 8 one-year olds!

Samuel won't be at school on Friday so I have to bring Thursday and Friday's gifts with me tomorrow. The pictures above are EVERYTHING I need to bring.

9 Pounds 5 Ounces

That is how much you weighed yesterday. The doctor prescribed zantac for you since you seem to have reflux like your brother. You also got a shot which resulted in a bandaid. Your brother decided he needed a bandaid on the old scratch on his knee too. He has been pointing out his "ouchie" since yesterday. He even has a little limp :O).

A Well Balanced Meal

I am sure I am not the only Mommy out there that struggles with getting their toddler to eat balanced meals. My only saving grace is that at daycare they serve balanced meals and always report that "he ate really good". At home we never can say "he ate really good". The above meal was one we had a few weeks ago. Well, we had steak and Samuel got a kid friendly hot dog. He refused to eat it and made (yes I said made, he is a very bossy kid) me get him some "Froo Loop". Wouldn't even eat a hot dog.

WELL, I am pleased to announce that last night we had a break through. Samuel ate grilled chicken, corn and baked beans for dinner. I wish I took a picture but I didn't want to jinx it. I told Dave that we should cook this every night. I told Samuel how proud of him I was and he said "I know".

I am sure tonight he will go back to the same ol' Samuel and insist on eating "froo loop" or "nugget".

Monday, May 05, 2008

Sunday, May 04, 2008


It's getting easier with two around. I have come to realize that I can't return every phone call, keep my house in complete order, or be on time (or early) to anything. But that is okay, the boys are in charge. We are slowly coming up with a routine and my body is getting use to the lack of sleep. I am still waiting for the night when Dave tells me that he will get up for the 3:00 AM feeding but that hasn't happened. Maybe for Mother's Day.

Last week we went on our first road trip. Well, we minus Dave, he was in Philadelphia for work. I packed up the boys (and what seemed like the entire house) and headed down to Texas to see my parents. The road trip part of it was actually quite relaxing. Samuel and I talked and sang and Cooper slept. Apparently we didn't drive them too crazy because they are letting us come back. My Grandma is visiting from Florida so I want her to meet her 11th great grand-baby (9th great grandson).

I am going back to work in 3 weeks. I was hoping to be be able to stay off for 12 weeks with Cooper, but my bed-rest cut that short. I think that will be easier this time too. I had a rough time before I went back with Samuel and AM SO glad that I don't seem to be going through that again. I think my family and friends are too :o). I still hate to leave the little guy but I know he will still love me best and be in good hands. I have complete trust in our daycare they treat Samuel like he is one of their own. They are always so happy to see Cooper when we go pick up Samuel each day too.

As you can see above the boys are still bonding. Samuel loves being the BIG brother but still hates sharing. He also continues to test out all of Cooper's toys. I just can't wait for the day when Cooper takes his first item from Samuel.

What Is Missing From These Pictures?

KIDS! We had our first night out with adults since Coop arrived. We arrived at the party around 6:30ish and left at 9:15ish. :o)
Almost 3 hours!!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Last Night

1. You had cereal in your bottle.
2. You slept in your crib.

Thursday, May 01, 2008