Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cooper: 11 Months

He is turning into such a little boy! 
I keep waiting for the month where he won't lay on the blanket for pictures but he might be the most cooperative guy ever! Noah was always too busy to be bothered with a picture (hence most of my pictures of Noah are of him on the move). 
Height & Weight - 22+ lbs. No length measurement until the big 1 year check up next month.
Hi! I get this smile every time I peek around the stroller and say hi to him! 
Eating - Not a whole lot of progress here (although tonight he ate about 3 teeny tiny bites of hot dog and we pretty much hit the roof with excitement). He still has his funny food aversions and prefers the standard rotation of all things crunchy with a little yogurt, squeezies & formula thrown in. 
He tried some Fro Yo. He was pretty unimpressed. That said, it was Blueberry Tart (Noah's choice) so I can't really blame him. We'll try some Birthday Cake flavor next time, buddy! 
One fairly hilarious part of his pickiness is just how picky he is. We finally got him to eat Macaroni & Cheese. Turns out, he will eat Annie's Rotini & White Cheddar Cheese Sauce...only. Any other way, shape, or form of pasta need not apply. A shell? Forget it! Funny, yet frustrating all at the same time. 
Nana scored this meal. Wrong pasta choice. 
I mentioned formula. He takes 6-8oz. before each nap/bedtime and usually a 4oz. sometime between 3am and 6:30am depending on the night. He is going to miss his beloved formula when the regular milk moves in next month (we, however, will not miss paying for it)!
Mmmmmm, the approved spiral pasta. (Please note those teeth for a note a little later).
Sleeping (naps) - We actually have to wake him half the time because he would sleep 3 hour stretches if we let him. He takes a great morning nap daily at 8:30 or 9am (1.5-2 hours) and again in the afternoon around 2 or 2:30. We wake him by 4pm each day and try to make 3 hours his maximum daily total or we risk a 5am wake up the next day. 
Not really much guessing when it comes to knowing when he is tired. Paci, bear, snuggle. 
A fairly hilarious reality around here...every time we walk Noah falls asleep and Coop just babbles along the whole way! 
Same deal, different day! 
Sleeping (night) - Pretty good. We still haven't buckled down and gotten rid of night feedings. Honestly, they are so quick it almost doesn't seem worth it. It is never more than one 4oz. bottle and sometimes it isn't until 5 or 6 in the morning. It may be the kiss of death but I am kind of in a "wait and see" mood with this to see what happens when we switch him off formula. 

Precious baby. 

Paci. Bear. Snuggle! Haha! 
Clothing - 12-18 months! Even a size 2 here and there (admittedly, the ones that run a little small). He is quite the big guy which is so fun and different from big brother! 
Yep, your heart just exploded too.
New This Month - Standing without holding on. I swear he could walk if he would just take that first step but he has zero interest. If you try to make him stand when he doesn't want to, he turns his body into an L and refuses to do anything but sit. 
A little bit of a creeper smile but he is a standing machine. 
Teeth. He has cut some major chompers with a couple more on the way! 
Teeth picture above. Pretty sure those eyes will get him a Lady or two ;-). 

First Easter this month. He was pretty unimpressed by the whole thing and wanted everything in Noah's basket anyway! 
Coop also finally starting babbling his consonant sounds and even says "car" from time to time. It was like one day he could just say "ba ba ba, ma ma ma, ga ga ga, da da da, ya ya ya, ca ca ca"! He can also flip his tongue over which is fairly funny to watch a baby do. Neither Scott nor I can do it!! 
Not the tongue flip, but funny nonetheless. He also loves climbing up in Noah's anywhere chair. 
Cooper Likes - Baths. Music Class. People (kids especially). Snuggling (oh, the snuggles, he is sooooooo snuggly). Being chased (his favorite game is crawl as fast as possible towards Nana's water bowl!). Books. Everything. He is just the happiest guy ever and we are so lucky to have a baby with such an amazing disposition who just wants a leg to pull up and stand by! 
Gah! He just makes me so happy! 
One thing that I have to note is that coming home to Cooper might be the best thing ever. He is better than a puppy! It doesn't matter if you leave for 2 minutes or 2 hours, the reception when you walk in the door is seriously pure thrill to see you again. 
Snuggles with Brother. 
Cooper Dislikes - Having his nose/face/hands wiped. He seems you coming and flails/wiggles/fights with every ounce of his little body. It is quite dramatic. 
Apparently sand isn't a favorite either! 
 Nor the bunny!
We also almost made it an entire month without croup but it snuck up on us Friday night. #5 for anyone keeping count. I have given up hoping that a runny nose won't eventually be croup. C'est la vie! 
Croup can't keep this smile away!