9th and 10th Month Update!

Cooper_Month9 Cooper_month10 Well, I thought Cooper would go right to standing but I was wrong. This kid is crawling all over the house. I turn my head for one second and he’s sitting in the dog bed with my shoe in his mouth. The days of sitting still so quiet and content are long gone. And I love it! Sure I have to make sure every spec of hair and dust are off the floor but having him chase me around the house is so much fun. When he’s in his walker and parks himself next to the xbox and repeatedly pushes the ON button to see it light up green and I catch him and say “No, Cooper” in my best stern mom voice, he jumps and gives me the most mischievous little smile before he giggles and does it again, I get a tiny glimpse into toddler hood and I can’t help but shake my head and laugh.

He is steadily showing Corey and I each place we need to baby proof, and it’s more of the house than I thought. He is pulling on every cord and plastic bag hanging even 1 millimeter off the table and looks so pleased with himself every time. He’s clapping, saying Mama, Dada and I swear I heard him say pat a few times (he is the president of the Little Einsteins fan club). He’s still pulling himself up at every opportunity and will take a few steps along the couch but as soon as he’s not holding on or leaning against something he just sits down. I’ve had to rescue him a few times when he was standing and holding the toy box but too afraid to drop down on his butt. 

The holiday’s are right around the corner and I cannot wait to take him to the pumpkin patch, trick or treating, to see SANTA! This mama thing is really getting good. He is now the proud owner of two full bottom teeth and the top two will be busting through any day now, which make our nights a little restless. He’s going to bed by 8pm, no problem, but he’s in our bed snuggled between us by 3am every night. Some people are giving me the stink eye about this and telling me I’ll be sorry later, but I don’t care. Corey and I really enjoy it. And there’s no better way to wake up then with a smack in the face by a smiling baby!

T minus 2 months until I have a ONE YEAR OLD! Entering panic mode in 3….2….1…


Today Was a Good Day

The other night I was giving Coop a bath, teaching him all about the wonders of splishing and splashing and making a great big grand old mess of the floor.

“This is a duck. Can you say duck? Quack, quack…Hey, has Cooper ever seen a duck?”
“Hm, no. Probably not.”

And so a plan was set in motion. The only ducks he has ever seen were the plastic ones floating around in his bathtub. And this just would not do. A whole 10 months of living and there are so many things to show him. He still doesn’t know the beach exists either. Or pumpkins. But first, ducks!

So the next morning we grabbed our stale half-loaf of bread, put on our shades IMG_6964

and were off to find a few feathered friends.

IMG_6985 We were all pretty excited. I’ve been looking forward to doing things with this boy since the day I found out he was to be and who doesn’t love feeding ducks? It’s just good for your soul, watching those little guys gulp down one-day-away-from-moldy bread with such enthusiasm and that waddle? Get outta town.

Sorry to ruin the ending for you but we didn’t find any dang ducks. Not a one! Huge lake, no ducks. Something just isn’t right here. I smell a conspiracy.

We did find a ton of these guys though: IMG_6977 IMG_6978 It looks like just a couple friendly birds grabbing a bite to eat, right? Yeah, it started out that way. But after we tossed out a few pieces I looked up and they were literally flying in from all directions. And it went from 5 to 25 in less time than this mama bird is comfortable with.
IMG_6983 IMG_6981 IMG_6981 After they got what they wanted and we were out of bread they all just left. I can’t lie, I sorta felt used. I thought we had a connection here guys!

We kept walking and found this group of (I’d love to say kids, but who are we kidding here) grown adults making some kind of pirate movie. One guys has his hands tied behind his back and there’s a treasure chest. And there was a guy dressed as Wario (you know, the evil Mario) walking around. I’d be interested to see where he fits into the whole thing.  IMG_6990 Cooper thought this was SO BORRINGGGG and promptly fell asleep:  IMG_6988 So we went home, where he took ANOTHER NAP. #winning IMG_6992 We finished off the night with an impromptu ride in the wagon (testing out the waters for Halloween) and again, great success! I am constantly impressed with how well-behaved and go-with-the-flow this kid is. He definitely didn’t get that from me. IMG_6996


So, it looks like we’re still on the hunt for ducks and that’s just fine by me.


The Little Things

Early morning cartoons
National cheese pizza day!
(Is this really a thing? I don’t know but any reason for pizza is reason enough for me.)
Guess what? Baby butt!
Going through my pre-baby box and finally being able to take a few more pieces out
Walk it out
Organization makes me happy
10 months <3
These guys! Swoon City, USA



It’s almost midnight and the whole house is sleeping except me. I should be snuggled up in bed right wrapped in my covers (no, we do not share blankets) next to my husband but instead I’m doing this:

IMG_6910 trying to finally finish the blanket I started when Coop was still in the NICU and catching up on True Blood. We’ve got a free week of HBO and of course I’m trying to watch as many things as I possibly can because I never do anything with moderation.

I’m usually an early bird, vacuuming and dancing around the house before 8am, but I’ve slowly come to the realization that if I’m ever going to get anything done around here, that’s all going to have to change. These days I get about a 30 minute nap-break in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. Today, during our regularly scheduled 2pm nap time, after just 20 minutes Cooper was all “the crib is for babies” and demanded to be held. Now! Please? And how can I say no? I mean who wants to hear a baby cry all afternoon? What a DRAG! Kidding! Sort of?

So we camped out on the couch for the next hour and watched something Corey picked so it must have been about sports so I obviously wasn’t paying attention. I tried to put him back in his crib TWICE and both times he was wide awake when he hit the sheets and back asleep as soon as his head was back on my chest. I guess the third time really is a charm because by then I was waiving my white flag and let my left arm go numb with no complaints.

How people have more than one kid and still manage to shower on a regular basis is beyond me. That’s another thing – showering! How am I supposed to be showering during the day with a 10 month old around? I sure don’t want to sacrifice one of my precious cat naps and none of these baby contraptions fit in the bathroom anymore. I put his walker in there once, but I had to fold it to get in there and unfold it to get it out. Let me give you a piece of advice – it’s not worth it! So, now I just wait until everyone goes to bed. Today I even got to shave my legs and use the cheaper-but-still-as-good clarasonic thingy on my face. It was great. But I’d be lying if I wasn’t saying “please don’t wake up. please don’t wake up” in my head the entire time. If you must know, he did not wake up. Until about 10 minutes after my shower. I’ll take what I can get.

So basically, unless it happens after 8pm it ain’t gonna happen. no no no. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. Because I have no idea what this is all about. Except that I have better things to do than sleep. Ask me again in the morning and I may give you a different answer.


But just one more episode first…



Craiglist Desk Makeover // Before & After

I scored this little lady on Craiglist a few weeks ago for $50: DSC_0942 Our house is tiny, like 820 square feet for 3 adults, a baby, two dogs and a cat. There’s not an inch of extra space, and none of it’s mine. I mean technically the whole house is mine, but none of it’s mine. You know what I mean? I constantly have all my crap spread out on the kitchen table and have to re-clean it up at least 3 times a day. I’m over it. So when we sold the treadmill that was taking up this half of our room, I knew I better jump and claim the space before it was taken up by something else we just had to have. So, I found this on Craiglist but it was already claimed when I sent my email. Luckily, the other people were a no show (thanks for being a flake!) and she was all mine! I think I did a little jig in the living room. I’m a bit foggy on the details.

We (and by we I mean Corey) drove 45 minutes each way just to get her on our only day off. But even he had to admit, it fit perfectly and would last us way longer than something we’d pick up at Target for the same price. It was nice though. We dropped Cooper off at my mom’s , grabbed a couple of slushies and hit the road. We turned the music up loud and I think it was one of the first times we’ve left the house together without the baby. One thing I love about Corey, he always goes along with my ideas and rarely ever complains (out loud anyways).

Two cans of summer squash later and this baby was like brand new again: DSC_0046 Now, all I needed was a chair. A few days later my sister in law sent me a text and this picture:

I could see the potential and it was only $10. A little leftover white spray paint and a $3 piece of fabric from Hobby Lobby and voila! DSC_0050 Desk before and after The space is still a little bare.I did manage to hang a cork board I got from Marshall’s, and moved over my favorite picture of Cooper, but that’s about it so far. I still want to change the knobs but haven’t found anything I like yet. I’ve got plans for a new white comforter (am I crazy? I don’t care!) and a cool rag rug waiting for the other side of the bed. It’s nowhere near done, but it’s a start!