Cooper at 6 Months Old

I know everyone says this and it’s so cliché but man I can’t believe how fast these past 6 months have gone. It’s so amazing how I couldn’t imagine adding another child to our lives and now I can’t even remember what life was like without him! The first 3 (heck, maybe even 4) months were hard. Cooper has not been an easy baby by any means of the word but he is so joyful and brings so much love and happiness to our family. The love I have for him is indescribable.

Likes:

  • My “Cooper/Charlotte” necklace I received as a gift from my mom. He is constantly pulling on it and playing with it.
  • To scream! Dude has a voice and likes to use it.
  • He loves cheese.
  • Nursing.
  • Being outside, particularly going for walks.
  • Reading books.
  • His jumper, he goes crazy in that thing!
  • Charlotte is his serious BFF, they are adorable together.
  • Having his face washed, seriously! What kid likes this?! Mine does.

Dislikes:

  • Being in the car too long.
  • Doing one thing for too long, he likes variety in his day.
  • Going to sleep.

Sleep:

Well this is a touchy subject, haha! We’ve gone through so many things with Coopers sleep but we are finally at a place where we have somewhat of a schedule down that works. Cooper gets ready for bed starting at 6pm, I feed him and he is in his crib and asleep by 6:45/7. I dream-feed him at 9 or 9:30 before I go to bed, then he’s usually up between 1-2am to eat again and then wakes up between 5-6am for the day. However, I do not go and get him out of crib until 6am. *Update-Just got back from his 6 month dr’s appointment and got the approval to wean him from his middle of the night feeding. Halleluiah!!*

He takes his first nap of the day at 7:30am and that one ranges between 45 minutes to an hour and a half. His second nap of the day is usually 9:30/10, third nap is around 1pm and he usually needs a “rescue” nap at around 3 or 3:30 to make it to bedtime.

Charlotte was a great sleeper from about 2 months on (consistent long naps and sleeping through the night) so mama is TIRED right now. I haven’t sleep for more than 5 hours at a time in 6 months, phew! But somehow I’m functioning still!

Stats:

Height: 28 1/6″ (98th percentile)

Weight: 16lbs 3.5oz (30th percentile)

Dude is long and lean like his daddy!

Cooper is a giggle box! He laughs SO much more than Charlotte ever did and I love it. I know this sounds silly but I prayed for a baby that would belly laugh and I’m so thankful I got one! There is nothing more sweet or more contagious than a baby laugh.

Cooper has his two bottom teeth and I’m pretty sure he’s working on more, though I’m not sure which ones yet.

Eating:

Breastfeeding is still going really well. I am SO thankful I made it to my original goal of 6 months exclusively breastfed. I did not breastfeed Charlotte (not by choice) and I was determined to make it work this time. I fought through latch issues, thrush, having to exclusively pump for 2 months, and somehow we made it through! I pray that we can continue breastfeeding to a year. I plan on doing a whole different breastfeeding post later (men you might want to skip that one!).

We introduced solids to Cooper at around 4 1/2 months (organic oatmeal) and have since added in many fruits and veggies. He loves shredded cheese, baked potatoes, and has a good appetite. Doesn’t care for apple for some reason (?)

Wearing:

He is wearing size 3 diapers! He is in mostly 9 month clothes but we can still squeeze a few 6 month items on him.

Cooper prefers me, pretty much all of the time. He loves his sister and daddy but will only be content with them for a little while. He would snuggle and be held by me all day everyday if he could.

Cooper Mac, you are so very loved. I am thankful every second of every day for your life and what you’ve added to our family. Thank you for being you and for choosing me to be your mama.

If We Were Having Coffee……

Happy Monday everyone! Grab yourself a cup of coffee and let’s chat!

If we were having coffee……I’d tell you that we had an epic weekend filled with Charlotte’s Birthday party with all our close friends and family in attendance. We took a family museum trip, relaxed and got some chores done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If we were having coffee….we would talk about how this is my last week of summer with Charlotte before she starts Pre-K. I’m having very mixed emotions about this. Part of me is happy for some sort of routine to make it’s appearance back into our lives but the other part is sad to leave the spontaneity of summer behind. I also am amazed at how quickly Charlotte has grown and I’m shocked she is old enough to start Pre-K.

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you how annoyed I am at how quickly our house accumulates STUFF. Holy moly. I feel like I go through the kids clothing, and toys monthly and yet we still end up with too much! I wanted to do a capsule wardrobe for Charlotte but we somehow ended up with much more than we originally anticipated.

If we were having coffee….we would chat about how quickly Cooper is growing. He is quickly deciding he wants “real” people food as opposed to pureed baby food. I need to come up with more ideas on food items I can give him. I’m also shocked at how well he is sitting up by himself and he will soon be crawling…yikes!

 

 

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that I’ve been loving my Fit Moms boot camp and I’ve really enjoyed working out hard again!!

If we were having coffee….I would tell you I’m SUPER behind on laundry so I better go catch up!! Have a great week!

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Charlotte at 4 Years Old

Four years ago today we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our daughter…..

The day before was just another weekend for Brent and I. We had been really good at taking naps on the weekends to make sure we were extra rested “just in case” she decided to come. However, this day we decided to forgo our nap for the Wolverine movie at the theater. As I went to bed that evening, I was tired, and not really feeling well. At 10pm my water had broken and thus began a very long night. After pushing for 4 hours (yikes) and having to use suction to get her out, she was born 8/26/13 at 11:34am. She is the one who made me a mama and we are so thankful for her life and what she has added to our family!

4 years between these pictures!

Eat:

Charlotte is a pretty good eater! But a very SLOW eater, that causes a little frustration at dinner time but oh well! Her favorite foods are: oatmeal, yogurt, mac and cheese, cherries, all berries, mashed potatoes, spaghetti and she loves her milk. She is required to bring her milk and silverware to the table before dinner and then asks to be excused bring her dishes to the sink and put her milk back in the fridge after dinner.

Sleep:

We start our bedtime routine at 7:30 which includes: jammies, potty, brush teeth, and 2 books that we checked out from the library. Then we do family prayers and Brent and I tuck her in, then she’s asleep by 8.

We do quiet time instead of nap time now, however, she does take a nap maybe a couple times a month.

Play:

Charlotte loves to ride her bike and scooter outside. She also has quite the imagination and has started to want to play with her toys by making them talk and interact with each other. She takes dance (ballet and tap) and loves that! She also does swim lessons and is doing great with those. Although, her favorite activity by far is reading.

 

School:

Pre-k starts in about a week and I cannot believe it. She will be going to school 3 days a week for 3 hours at a time. She really enjoys school so I’m excited for her but we will miss her those mornings.

These past four years have been the most rewarding and most challenging years of my life. Charlotte, thank you for making me a mama and choosing me. I am so thankful for your life, for who you are becoming, and for the family we’ve created. You are beautiful inside out, kind, loving, an amazing sister, and even better friend. I’m excited to see you grow and learn in the years to come.

 

Oh, Heyyyy!!!!

Well hello everyone! Remember when I used to blog?!? Yeah, me either. It has been a really long time but I’m finally at a place where I feel like I have some time to use this space again! I’ve missed having this as an outlet and connecting with you all! So…..lets catch up, shall we?

 

  • Last time we spoke I was still pregnant with our son, who will be 6 months in 7 days, woah! I’ll start working on a birth story for Mr. Cooper Mac to share with you all.

  • I lost my grandmother, a really devastating loss for our family.

  • Took Charlotte skiing for the first time! That was so amazing!

  • Charlotte finished preschool
First day compared to last day of Pre-school.
  • We took a 6 hour road trip (that ended up being 7) with our 3 month old who hated his car seat (why do we do these things to ourselves? ha!)
  • We took our first vacation as a family of four to Breckenridge, that was a blast!

  • Both Brent and I turned 32, yikes!
  • Charlotte took her first solo swim lessons and started dance (ballet and tap) yesterday!

  • Charlotte will be 4 in 10 days, ouch-that hurts my mama heart. Can’t wait to show you all her rainbow unicorn birthday party we have planned!
  • We had to sleep train Cooper, that was SO not fun!
  • I survived my first solo parenting weeks while Brent was away for a few work trips, those were not easy1
  • We have really been enjoying our summer now that we have “adjusted” to having two children (ha! do you ever really adjust?!?)
  • Cooper got his bottom two teeth!
  • I joined Usborne Books-check out My website! which is a fun new adventure, although I’m not sure how I’ll balance it all haha!

 

Well, I’ve missed you all and look forward to dusting this space off and writing more often!

Much love,

Jen

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