Chris and I rented the movie Seven Pounds with Will Smith. Oh man, that movie is so sad. I really could not hold it together by the end of the movie…but anyway…We started to watch the movie when Cooper was napping, but he woke up fairly early in the movie. I breast feed him and watched the movie. When I was finished feeding him, we just kept him in bed with us. I brought a few toys over for him to play with. He kept himself entertained with his toys, giggling to himself. Occasionally he would look up at Chris or I for approval or acknowledgment. We would engage with him and tickle him or just give him a kiss and Cooper would go strait back to playing. At one point in the movie he just laid across my legs with his head resting in my arms. He was just so content to be near Chris and I. I loved that he let me snuggle with him. Cooper is not a snugly baby so I took full advantage of his cuddling. He sat there for almost 2 hours (long movie) and was such a good boy. I enjoyed having all three of us up on our king size bed “Snuggling” together on a quite Sunday Afternoon. That’s a memory I want to remember, which is why I am writing about it. Makes me thank God for the family he’s given me and for beautiful moments like that.
Yesterday, my sister and I spent some time together. We went to church, visited her dogs for a short while, and then back to my house for lunch (which she treated me for, thanks!). I had a really great time hanging out with her! She got to see Cooper too! Cooper loves Lizzy. I think that Cooper could actually pass for my sister’s child- no kidding.
After she left, I was feeling kind of bummed that our morning and afternoon together had come to an end. Funny that I felt that way because when we were growing up we were always arguing with one another over something. I think being only 18 months apart in age made growing up a love/hate relationship. Lizzy and I also had many different interests growing up. These different interest lead us in different directions. Then we both went off to college and started our own lives. But recently, now that my parents are no longer local and I have a baby, I have found that we talk more on the phone and that we see more of one another. I love it! There is nothing more important in the world to me than family!
I have always had the dream that my sister and I would live close together and our children would grow up hanging out with one another. We would go on family vacations together and spend Sunday afternoons after church having family dinners and playing outside with our kids. I still hope that my dream will come true! I am glad God has blessed me with a sister! We have been through the growing pains of childhood together and I am looking forward to experiencing the blessing and woes of adulthood and parenthood together as well!
This week we are in Florida visiting my (Susanne’s) dad and step-mom. The day before we left to come down to sunny Florida we got a really nice snow day! We thought it would be fun to take Cooper out in the snow for the first time. We got him all bundled up and warm and the poor kid could barely move. We grabbed the camera and headed for outside. Did Cooper like the snow? I think the picture speaks for itself.
The very next morning we got on the plane for Sunny Florida. We have taken Cooper to the beach twice since we got here. He has been such a good baby, always in a pleasant mood (for the most part). He has enjoyed his stroller walks on the beach and around the neighborhood. We decided to let Cooper experience sand for the first time. I think the picture reflects his love for the beach! I’m happy that he loves the beach because it is my favorite place to be too!
Yesterday Chris, my sister Lizzy, Cooper, and I took my step mom Marge out for her birthday. During dinner Cooper was scheduled to take a quick cat nap, but we were not home. He will no longer sleep in his carseat so I was fretting over what we could do. Cooper was starting to melt down and cry (in public..oh no!). My sister started to rock him and after about 10 minutes he was fast asleep in her arms. He slept there for about 45 minutes. She never ate her dinner and just boxed it up and took it home. I was thankful that she did that for Cooper (and me) so that we could all still manage to enjoy our dinner together. Cooper woke up just in time for dessert, which meant Lizzy could at least enjoy her strawberry short cake! Thanks Aunt Lizzy!