A Week’s Worth of Posts

Our website is hosted by Chris’s brother Trent. Trent and his wife Sarah were away for almost 2 weeks in Italy. (Yeah, I know…doesn’t it make you jealous!) The server was down while they were gone.  Now that they are back, I have our website back up and running! Needless to say, I had a lot of things I wanted to write about during out hiatus…so without further ado…

Gig ’em Aggies!

We have a little Aggie in the making. What is an Aggie? Well for those of you who are not from Texas, let me explain.  Texas A&M Aggies (variously A&M or Texas Aggies) refers to the sports teams of Texas A&M University. The nickname “Aggies” is common at land-grant or “Ag” (agriculture) schools in many states. You can also refer to a person who attends the college Texas A&M as an Aggie. Chris went to A&M and he has already started talking about how little Cooper will one day become an Aggie too. Jill, a friend of Chris’s, bought Cooper an Aggie sweatsuit to get him started young!

Sew Your Own Sleep Sac

I decided to test out my crafty side and make my very own sleep sac. I got the idea from my friend Jo. I was over at her house about about two weeks ago and I noticed that she was trying to make a larger sleep sac for her 14 month old son. I thought, what a great idea. Sleep sacs cost a ton of money ($20 each). I traced a sleep sac that my friend Jo already had on a brown paper bag. I used that as my pattern since the front and back side are relatively the same size. The only thing I made sure to do is to make the neck opening lower in the front. I bought a yard of soft cotton fabric and a zipper from JoAnn Fabrics for $6. I love the fabric because it has monkeys on it and says, “little monkey.”  I traced the pattern onto the fabric twice to make my front and back and I had my sleep sac started! Adding the zipper was a little tricky at first, since I have never done one. But I got the hang of it. It took me about 2 hours to complete, but I think I could have been faster if I knew what I was doing with the zipper. I took some pics of Cooper in the sleep sac.

Packing Up

We started to pack for our big move to Texas at the end of the month. I cannot believe that we are actually going to move. I don’t think it seems real to me. Even with all the packing and boxes that we have started to accumulate in our condo, I still don’t feel like it is quite real. Moving probable will not feel real until I am all settled into my new home. I bet I’ll feel like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” Anyways, I took some pictures of Cooper helping us pack! He was so helpful!

Tummy Sleep

Last week Cooper began rolling from his back to his belly. Previously, he was only able to roll from his belly to his back. So Cooper has now acquired a new skill. Yea!

We were still struggling to get Cooper to sleep unswaddled during his naps. We had successful made the transition to a sleep sac at night, but not for day time sleep. Well, on both Sunday and Monday during his naps, Cooper managed to roll over, swaddled, onto his tummy. This is not safe! I watch him do it on the video monitor. I would have to go in an flip him. Also, I should mention that at night he has been flipping himself onto his tummy to sleep. On Sunday night, Chris actually went back in and flipped him to his back, but within two minutes, Cooper flipped himself back to his belly. So, I put him in a sleep sac yesterday for both naps. He flipped himself on to his belly in under five minutes and slept great! Apparently, Cooper perfers to sleep on his tummy.

This brings me some concern. The Ameraican Pediatrics Associaion recommends children under one should sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS. However the risk of SIDS dramatically reduces once a child is over the age of 6 months, which Cooper is! I am just concerned about him rolling his face into his bumper and suffocating. I found a bumper that I am planning to purchasing that is made of mesh called the breathable bumper. It will still keep Cooper from getting his arm or leg stuck in the slats, but allow air to flow in case his face is up against it.

So we now have a tummy sleeper who does not need to be swaddled! YEA!!! I still find him sucking on his fingers while sleeping. Too Cute!