Cooper has been waving at everything lately. He waves at cars. He waves at walls. He waves at people. He waves at doors. You get what I mean. Today, I went to the grocery store and a man says to me, “friendly little fellow.” I had to laugh. Friendly yes, but truly Cooper has no clue what he is waving to or why.
I have been doing baby sign language with Cooper since he was 5 months old. He has not attempted any signs up until just this week. I am so excited that he is starting to communicate with me, even if it just a sign.
He is signing “all done” at meal time now! He has his own twist or variation on the sign, but he is doing it. This makes meal time less stressful because he just tells me he is done and does not have to scream to get out of his high chair.
He is also waving and pointing, but they are really not signs. However, all this gesturing is just another attempt by Cooper to communicate with me.
Now, I am just waiting for him to pick up on more signs and perhaps a few words.
Cooper is 11 months old. On September 22 he will be one. Where has the time gone? Honestly, has it really been a year? He is not an infant any more, more like a toddler than anything. We are slowly weaning him off his bottle and onto whole milk from a straw cup. I started replacing one of his bottles this week with a cup of whole milk and he drank it like a champ. No tantrums, no crying, just major sipping! He is such a big boy!
He is crawling all over the place as fast as can be. He pulls himself up on everything and is able to get down with ease. He loves to walk, but only holding onto your hands. He has not really attempted to stand on his own yet and is still pretty wobbly so I think Cooper has a few more months until he walks. He is self-feeding himself for the most part. I still feed him with a spoon for things like yogurt. He babbles up a storm, points to things he wants or wants me to look at. He is still not talking, except for mama, dada, and the occasional “dog” which sounds more like “gdag”. He loves dogs still and just goes nuts chasing after them or laughing at them when he sees them.
I love that little guy. He is growing up so fast. I wish I could slow down time and freeze this moment because I absolutely love this stage he is in. He is learning things all the time and he is so easily entertained. His laugh and giggle can light up a room. I am just trying to soak up these last few days before he turns to big One.
I know that I have not been as faithful to blogging as I should, but now that Cooper is crawling and pulling himself up on everything and anything, it is hard for me to have a moment to get to the computer.
House Update: So far we have painted the master bedroom, master bathroom, cooper’s bedroom, cooper’s bathroom, and the laundry room. We are also mostly done painting the living room and we are going to work on painting the hallway and entryway this week. Still have a long way to go, but eventually, little by little we will get there.
Church Update: We found a church! Yippy. I am so happy that we found a church that we can sink our feet into and grow. We attend morning service and then following the morning service we attend a small group. The small group is comprised of a lot of young families with young children. I love it. I am hoping to make some good friendships with these people. Best part about this small group, I am really challenged by the teaching and study that we are doing. Cooper goes to the nursery for 8:30-11 while we do our church thing. He seems to really enjoy being around other kids. There are 4 other babies who are his age in the nursery from our small group. I think that is neat. If you want to learn more about our church click here: http://www.themetonline.org/
Cooper Update: Cooper is crawling, pulling himself up on everything. He is babbling away. Cooper loves to eat finger foods cut into small pieces. He enjoys drinking water from his big boy cup that has a straw. He is really not a little baby any more. I look at him and it is hard to imagine him as a tiny little baby. GEE, he did grow up fast. He is just a few days shy of 11 months and in one month he’ll be one. His new claim to fame is picking up his toy telephone and holding it up to his ear, too cute! He takes two naps- one hour nap in the am and 1.5 hour nap in the pm. He sleeps about 11-12 hours a night. I love all the sleep I can get at night.
Vacations/ Travel: We are getting ready to head back to Maryland for a family vacation with the Tumolo’s at my father and Step-mom’s beach house. That should be fun. I will make sure to take a ton of pictures. The week following that we are going to be in the Columbia area visiting with friends and family while Chris returns to APL for a week of work on site. For those of you who did not know, Chris is still working for APL remotely in Texas. Chris plans to make the switch to his family’s insurance business in the middle of September.
Chris was holding Cooper over his head the other day. Cooper was smiling back at Chris and giggling. Chris was saying something to Cooper and then out of no where, Cooper begins to drool. (I bet you know where this one is going) The long strand of drool lands right in Chris’s mouth.
Moral of the Story: Keep your mouth closed when holding a baby over your head!
Cooper has sweaty head syndrome…Well… he is just a hot guy and plays hard. Because he had a full head of hair that was starting to have a rat tail in the back and wings on the side, Chris and I decided it was time to cut his hair. We were going to take him to a hair cutter, but decided spending $20 on a kid’s hair cut was not worth it. Chris buzz cuts his own hair and thought he could just buzz cut Cooper’s hair too. I thought this was a great idea because Cooper would have less hair on his head and help decrease the sweaty head syndrome and make him a little cooler. Well, the hair cut was traumatic. Cooper HATED having his hair buzzed. I think the sound of the clippers freaked him out. He cried and was shaking in fear. Thankfully, after we had finished cutting his hair, he was all smiles again.
They say when it rains, it pours. About 3 weeks ago, Chris’s Grandmother Hazel Foley passed away. Hazel was one week shy of 89. She was slowly deteriorating and finally God called her name. The three of us made a 10 hours road trip to Lubbock, TX which is 9.5 hours away from Houston. We were gone for 3 nights and 4 days. Thanks to Baby Einstein and the DVD player, we were able to make it on such a long trip. I just kept feeding him and giving him bottles and that seemed to make him happy. But during these 1o hours, Cooper barely slept. Cooper will no longer sleep in the car. Yes, I know this is crazy. Babies should sleep in the car right?!? The only way that Cooper would fall asleep is if we let him wail until he would just give up. But he would only sleep for 20- 40 minutes tops. I think the whole trip in the car he slept a total of one hour. Thankfully, once we arrive he had a lot of distraction to keep him from loosing it.
Then a week later my Grandfather Bill Brogan passed away suddenly and unexpected at the age of 80. I booked a plane ticket to return to Maryland last minute, but the ticket prices were so high that I was the only one able to go. Chris had to say behind. I took Cooper with me so that my family could see him. So for the first time ever, I took a 3 hours flight alone with Cooper. I just returned yesterday. Let me say this, I will never travel on a plane alone with Cooper ever again! Well, I would travel alone with Cooper on the plane if I bought him a seat and put him in his carseat for the flight. At least that way I don’t have to hold him the whole trip. In summary he was so squirmy. All he wanted to do was crawl all over the plane, touch the man next to me or kick him, eat the seat belt, or basically do anything he was not allowed to do. He will not sleep in my arms anymore so that made traveling hard because he was tired but refused to fall asleep. He cried on the way back for the first 1.5 hours. I was “that mom” who could not control her son. I tired everything to get him to calm down, offered a bottle, offered food, tried to rock him, turned on the DVD player, handed him toys…but he was just so tired he could not help it. Finally, I stood up and went to the back of the plane and he feel alseep in my arms for 10 minutes to the hum the plane was creating, but he quickly awoke when I was asked to return to my seat and then his crying only increased in intensity. Finally, he calmed down after taking a bottle (which he had refused 3 times prior). Then I read him his favorite three books over and over and over. The poor guy next to me must have hated to hear me reading him the same books like a broken record. I really did not care, it was keeping him distracted and calm. All the while, I just kept handing him Gerber puffs to keep him quite and to keep his ears from popping during descent. When I was exiting the plane the flight attendant said to me, “He did OK.” I laughed and said, “your kind!” She patted me on the back and gave me a look like, “well at least it’s all over.”
So Cooper survived the car and plane and sleeping in many different places. He is such a trooper. He really did a great job with not following a schedule, missing naps, and asking a very active 10 month old to sit still for so long. I know our family is glad that we brought him along to the funerals so that he could be apart of the family. Something about a young child or infant can really breath life into such a sad event. I know that Chris and I will miss our grandparents. We are glad that both of them got to meet Cooper. I am sure that neither of them would have wanted Cooper to stay behind and not be present for their funerals/ day of their funerals.
Cooper is now 10 months old. I have really enjoyed watching him grow and learn. He surprises me every day. He is like a sponge and is soaking up a ton of new information and skills every day. I thought I would list some of the neat things that Cooper is learning and doing:
- Bangs spoons and toys together
- Turns the pages of a book and “read” to himself
- Enjoys to read books that have touch and feel stuff on them
- Loves to throw balls, roll balls, and just hold balls
- Pull himself up on a piece of furniture
- Army crawls and pulling himself up to sitting
- Gives high fives
- Claps his hands
- Will hand an object to “share” it, but then takes it back (haha)
- Turns lights off and on
- Understands the word “no”
- Walks around the house while holding our hands
- Feeds himself a bottle laying down
- Drinks from a straw
- Drops objects and then looks to see where they landed
- …the list could just keep coming, but I’ll stop there!
We just took Cooper to the doctors office for his 9 month check-up, except that he is a week shy of 10 months, so we are a little late. We had the typical developmental questions asked and his height and weight checked. We are growing a BIG kid. I asked the doctor if it was okay that he was only army crawling and he said it was fine. The doctor suspects that because Cooper is carrying around a “little” more weight, that is why he is not crawling on his knees and elbows yet. The doctor said not to worry, that in time he’ll get there.
So here are his stats (9 months, 24 days old)
Height: 29.5 inches (78%)
Weight: 22 lbs 7 oz (71%)
Head Circumference: 47 inches (85%)
Clothing size: 12-18 month clothing (I kid you not!)