Monday, March 31, 2014

Cooper - 21 Months old!

What a month!  Cooper was 20 months old from February 25 - March 24.  Here's what he was up to in our busy month:

Weight: 29lbs
Clothing: 18 - 24 months in shirts.  All of his 18 month pants are super short.
Shoes: We're about to have to put down some money for all new shoes!  All of his 5 1/2 and 6 are really starting to get too small, so we need to go and get some 7's.
Diaper: size 5

Schedule:  His schedule is pretty much the same as last month:
7:00 - up for the day
7:45 - 8:00 - breakfast and milk
9:45 - 10:00 - snack and water
11:45 - 12 - lunch and milk
12:30 - 1 - down for nap
3:00 - 3:30 - up from nap
snack and water when up from nap
5:30 - 5:45 - dinner and milk
This is where it gets a little different now that the time has changed.  If it's nice weather, we try to play outside after dinner and then do bath about 6:45.  If the weather isn't great, he'll go straight to bath after dinner and then we'll play in the house.
7:15 - time for bed

Teeth: His bottom canines came though this month, making that 16 teeth!  Now all we have to wait for are his 2 year molars.  These canines are moving in suuuuper slowly, though.  Even his top ones from last month.  I'm ready for them to be in and done!

Talking:  Since last month's post, we have had a referral to speech.  Even though his ASQ form came back in the normal range, the pediatrician wants to get him evaluated.  His evaluation is scheduled for Monday (the day this post goes live), so I'm happy that we'll have some answers.  Babies Can't Wait is doing his evaluation.  Once we get the results from that, we're going to see what our options are for therapy (assuming that he'll need it.  Which I really think he does).

He did add two new words this month: bubbles and hot.  

Bubbles:  We pulled out some bubbles this month for some entertainment one night, and Cooper lost.  his.  mind.  He loved them.  We got his excitement on video and I just love it.  He was so so so happy!

Blowing: Along with the bubbles, we taught him how to blow.  This is the cutest thing in the world to me.  I love it!  Here's a video of his cute (but not really effective) blowing.

Booster Seat:  Honestly, I had not been planning on moving Cooper to a booster seat for quite a while.  He is a crazy person, and I just figured that it would be a looooong time until he was reliable enough to sit in a seat that he wasn't strapped to.  Then, he started really misbehaving in his highchair and wasn't eating much while he was sitting in it.  We were at Grammy's house for dinner one evening, and he was really having issues.  She has a small table for the kids, so I pulled it out and put his dinner at that table….and he did so much better.  He stayed in his seat, and he actually ate his dinner.  Since then, we've been putting him in a booster seat (or in his highchair pushed up to the table with no tray) for most of his meals.  He is doing so well with it, and you can tell that he enjoys being a big boy!

He looks like such a little man!

Surgery:  This has been a little bit of a stressful month when it comes to Cooper.  I'll have a whole post on this coming up, but long story short - Cooper had to have surgery to correct ingrown toenails that he has been having issues with on and off since birth.  He came through it fine (I was a nervous wreck!), and we're still in the healing process now.  I am ready to have all of this behind us!

Big Helper:  A few months ago, I talked in Cooper's monthly post about how he loves helping me with laundry.  Not much has changed - he still loves it!  He's big enough now that he will actually pull clothes out of the hamper and put them in the washer for me.  And he'll help me transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer.  He is a big helper!  I took a little video of him helping me with LL's laundry one day.

-Hands down, his favorite thing to do (still) is to play outside.  Here's a video Grammy sent me one day of him splashing outside in puddles.
Bath time is still a favorite activity.

He really really is such a happy boy!

Sleeping with trucks in his hands - haha.

We sat outside and watched Daddy mow the grass one day and he was fascinated.  

Poor boy has to ride his sister's pink hand-me-downs.

He's still finding creative ways to play peek-a-boo!

Currently my favorite picture of these two.

Giving Mommy kisses.  Melt my heart.

LL and Cooper at 21 Months


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Azalea Festival 2014

I was so excited about this year's Azalea Festival.  I mean, duh, I'm always excited, but this year Cooper is down to one nap, so I knew that it would be soooo much easier.  Last year was pretty stressful trying to fit it in around his schedule.  The festival starts at 10, and Cooper doesn't need to go down for his nap until 12:30 (or 1:00 if we push it a little).  I knew that would give us plenty of time to do what we wanted to and to leave right as it would be getting super crowded.

The week before the festival, my sister decided to come down for the weekend.  Ben had been saying that he wanted to see Cooper and LL, so this weekend worked out perfectly.  Having something to do for three kids is always the best situation.  

Just like last year, we headed to the horses and games first!  Ben recently did allergy tests and horses came back on the top of his list, so just LL and Cooper rode.

LL is a pro at this by now!

Cooper was still not so sure.  He rode a horse for the first time and the Honey Bee Festival in October, but he still is unsure of them.  He wold not let me take my arm from around him, and he had a firm grip on me the entire time.

Right next to the horses was a random helicopter ride, so the big kids rode that while Cooper watched.

He was content to hang with Daddy and watch.

Next up was taking a peek at the tiger.  He was sleeping, so it wasn't interesting for very long.  But it is neat to see one so close up!

Last up on the rides was the train.  Somehow, Laura and Matt both opted for me to take Cooper.  And I quickly realized that they had the better end of the deal.  The train ride was super jerky and not comfortable at all.  Even the kids said something about how it made their teeth bang together.  We were the only ones on the train, and the driver asked if we wanted to go around for a third time.  It was a quick "no" from me!

There was a random duck walking around in costume?  I have no idea what for, but LL and Ben were excited to see him!

The big kids talked Matt into doing a "strong man" game, and they both won prizes.

After all of the fun stuff, we walked around and looked at all of the booths.  Then, it was time for my favorite part - lunch!  I had the forethought to pack a lunch for the kids, and they were much happier with their sandwich, goldfish, and fruit than with anything we would have bought them.  We kind of had a family meet up with Gigi, Poppy, Grammy, and Pop during lunch.  We chowed down on all of my favorites: gyros and funnel cakes.  We also tried a fried oreo for the first time, and let me say, I'm really not a fan.  

I love my family!

I'm so glad these two were with us!

We all had such a great time, and this always signals the start of Spring for me.  Bring on the warm weather!