Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Cooley's make it into November

In the spirit of newborns arrivals life has been a little less planned and a little more hectic. One might say we have currently it all under control, but that changes day-to-day or night-to-night. However, on the average we all are currently above water.

Alex has been doing well though; gaining weight, growing, eating, and sleeping.

Nathan is a sponge. He is learning everything and anything. The explosion of words, sentences and thoughts has really begun in full force. His imagination really has kicked in and he trains, planes, and cars have places to go.

As a parent, the little things are really the highlights: a middle of the night kiss on the forehead from Nathan while snuggling him back to sleep, a toothless grin from Alex while singing to him, measuring tape races with Nathan on the kitchen floor, Alex sleeping on your chest.

We had a professional take several (70ish) photos of us when Alex was 17 days old, here are some of the highlights:

Friday, October 02, 2009

Alex 9 days old, Nathan 25th Month

Nathan is adjusting to being a big brother. He seems to love Alex but does not understand how fragile a baby is. At this point I don't feel like I can leave them in a room together alone. Nathan has explored Alex's eye with his finger and tries to pick him up when I am not looking. Nathan has also been getting his 2 year molars for the past month. So it doesn't help that he isn't feeling that great these days. Nathan has also taken to fake crying to get my attention. I am trying to ignore it with the hopes it will go away with extra attention. Nathan is expressing himself more and more with words. He picks up everything we say. His new phrase when Paul leaves the house is "see you tomorrow" He got that from me when he stayed with my parents for 2 nights. Pretty sure he doesn't get what tomorrow is yet. Nathan can nearly count to 10. He knows most of his colors. Can identify most letters and numbers by name. And knows the names for most of the basic shapes. Nathan is sleeping well in his new room. He loves his trains and tractors. He is getting pretty good at golf too.

Alex has been a joy to have at home. I think part he is an "easy" baby and part that Paul and I are experienced parents with less worry this time around. Alex right now only seems to cry during diaper changes or if he has been waiting a bit to long for a feeding. For the first 3 nights at home he was doing two 4 hour sleeps at night. This was not true for the last 2 nights were we were up every 2 or 3 hours. Despite this I am feeling rested during the day. Alex is lifting his head, is awake for a few hours a day,and sleeps though the noise of Nathan with ease. Alex left the hospital at weight of 7lbs 10oz. On day 5 he had gained 4 oz. He goes in early next week for another checkup.

Family and friends have been great with helping me out. Paul went back to work on Wednesday. I have had lots great dinners and free babysitting. The hardest part of the week is resting. Being on pain pills makes me think I can resume normal activities, when I really can't. Today I did venture out of the house with both the kids. Nathan went to Willow's house and I went to the doctor for a quick check up. Only took me 3 hours to prep and be out the door. I forgot my pain pills and was hurting pretty bad by the time I got home. Alex did great in the car ride. Slept the whole time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Baby and the two year old.

Baby number two is growing right along and doing great. I am getting lots of kicks these days and that just makes me smile... unless I am sleeping. Baby #2 is 30 weeks tomorrow. That means that I have about 7 or 8 weeks until induction day or sooner if baby wants to be early. This pregnancy is flying by. We have a list of names but nothing solid yet. I wish we could decide on something early but I am sure we will be scrambling at the hospital for a good name.

Nathan is a joy. He is nearly 2 years old now. Where did the time go? He is saying lots and lots of words these days. His sentences are made up of 2 or 3 words too. He likes to tell me about everything he sees, does or wants. "see it", "mommies phone", "more tractors", "help me", "me turn", "playground", "hot mama" are common phrases this past week. He is an expert on his trike and will be getting a balance bike for his birthday. I am excited for him to try it out. He eats nearly everything but crunchy veggies and he is starting to get better at it. Last night he tried shrimp and squid for the first time. He was loving the squid. Tonight his big boy bed will show up and tomorrow I hope to try his first nap in it. Not sure I am ready for him to move from the crib as he is so good at going to bed these days. Yesterday we went to our Monday playgroup at Idlewood Beach in Redmond. 4 pregnant moms, 2 moms that were not, 6 two year olds and 1 five month old. Nathan loved the baby and was checking on her in her car seat. It really was a wonderful way to spend a hot morning. We got a great place in the shade, Nathan saw Zoe for the first time in a couple weeks, the kids played with the buckets and I got to hold the baby.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Baby number two. Week 22.

Baby number two, the youngest is already being left out. Here I had this great diary of my first pregnancy and I have no record of this one.

Lets start back in January. We found out the day before we were going to Hawaii that I was pregnant. Pretty exciting for us as we just started to try. I never thought it would happen that fast. I made my first doctors appointment while we were in Hawaii and they scheduled me an ultrasound for 9 weeks. So I saw the heartbeat really early and was excited to know that things were going well. About a month later I became tired and sick. Very hard when you have a little one to watch after. That lasted for about a month and a half. Then one day I woke up and had all kinds of energy to get the back yard done. During the height of the sickness I went in for another ultrasound (14 weeks) for genetic testing. Things came back great with even better results than we had with Nathan. It also came back that baby number 2 is probably a boy. I had another ultrasound at 20 weeks and yes it was a boy and he was growing right on target with Nathan. At 21 weeks (last week) I had another monthly doctors visit and everything is great but I might need a c-section due to complications with Nathan's birth. His shoulder got stuck, this happen is less than 1% of vaginal births. So we are waiting until 36 week ultrasound to make the call on if we are going to do a c-section. I don't want one. The recovery for me sound really bad but on the flip side it is more risky for baby to deliver normal.

As far as cravings... anything sweet. Pastry has been my number one go to food and the weight is packing on with this one. I am up 15lbs already. Where with Nathan I probably was only up 7 lbs at this point.

Well that is baby #2 in a nut shell. We are very excited to meet him and have lots to do to get ready. We need to clean the office so the spare bed can be moved, then we need to sell lots of junk that is in the spare room and we need to move most of books to under the house. Lets hope for a sleeper!

Nearly 2 years or 22 months

If yesterday is the gauge on how my days will be for the next while I am in for a ride. We had 3 or 4 major melt downs during the day. One of which last 45 minutes on the kitchen floor that involved him screaming "down" while I held him and then followed by him trying to climb me. Dad came home during the ordeal and he wanted nothing to do with him. Another one was while we were getting dressed at the pool, looking back I think he wanted to take a longer shower. At the time I was set on getting him feed and home for nap, a combo that probably didn't help any. So I think part of the language explosion that we have had over the past 2 weeks is his understanding that he has free will and is going to make sure I know about it.

Morning break is over. Got to go grab him out of the crib and hope for a better day today.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Toddler Translation at 21 Months

A friend of Paul's that is a writer by trade did a list of his toddler words translated.

I am going to take a stab at it.

bup = up
dow = down or up
how (while wildly raising hand) = help
dat way = that way
tank u = thank you
plee = please
wi oh - Willow
we-al = wheel
outsigh or just sigh = outside
wowid = window
chew = shoes
turt-tle(whispered) = turtle
see we = Sea Weed (the name of the turtle)
daritis = there it is
wha tha = what is that
bar or tar = car
no = nose
cear = star
blahe = balloon
diba diba dib= dip

Words that sound more or less correct.
tail (on cat or airplane)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Nathan 19/20 Month pictures

Nathan 19 Months

Nathan turned 19 months almost a month ago now so this really should be Nathan 20 months. Time seems to be going by fast. In his 19 month Nathan is learning the skill of language very quickly. "It is ok", "There it is", "I did it", "I see it" are common sayings that are heard in the house. He is learning how to copy you when you say a word. This week I heard "kitty" and "slide" added. He also babbles. He is always talking while playing, riding in the car or walking. Paul likes to make up what he is saying... sometimes I think he is right. It truly is amazing to see and hear. Another skill he has learned is climbing. Coffee tables and bar stools are no match, I think he would love to learn how to get into his high chair.

Nathan is loving his friends. He has a great time playing with Zoe. At bed time the love to run around and chase each other. Zoe has a great new house that they can run in circles. Yesterday Nathan was in his first parade with the Woodinville toddler group. He and Willow got to sit back in the wagon and watch the rain and wave at their fans. I do think Nathan was more excited about dragging the pin wheel on the ground.

Nathans favorite things to do are play basketball at Grandma and Grandpa's house. He gets really excited at the words we are going to Grandmas. He also loves his Brio train set and has found that the window makes a perfect track for his cars. "Choo Choo" can be heard all day from him. Another favorite activity is Remote control helicopter and truck with daddy.

Last month Nathan did his second visit with Children's hospital. He is a control subject for plagiocephaly study aka head shape. He went at 6 months, 18 months and will have one more visit at 3 years old. They test to see if he is learning at the correct age. So far he has been within normal ranges for his age. Of course we think he is above average. Here is his 3D image from the study.

Friday, February 06, 2009

1.5 years

Can you believe it I am 1.5 years and for my 1/2 birthday my parents took me too Hawaii. I can only hope they take me again when I can remember it for a life time. Mom and dad had a wonderful time with me despite the 3 days of rain, allergic reaction to sunscreen, the break in and the power outage. I learned some new signs on the trip like Whale.

Here is some pictures from my last month.... can you tell what ones are in Hawaii?

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pictures for Month 16

I am 17 months now. My 16 month was filled with eating a band-aid, snow and presents. I love them all, just don't take me sledding.