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August, 2012:

Infant Yoga and PT

Today we tried baby yoga for the first time.  It was a lot of fun, and Cooper seemed to really enjoying the stretching poses.  The instructor said that the babies would sleep for hours after the session–we were all excited to hear that!

After yoga we had Cooper’s first physical therapy session for his neck.  The therapist said she could also see the flat spot and that one ear was slightly in front of the other.  We were given two primary exercises to do.  One to move his head so his left chin is above his left shoulder, and the other is to tilt his head so his left ear touches his left shoulder.  We have a follow-up appointment in 2 weeks.

Camping at Deception Pass

Cooper Camping

One of my favorite events is our annual camping trip with my high school friends Jennifer and Stephanie and their families. 

Annual photo: Kelly, Cooper, Jennifer, Braiden and Stephanie

I really enjoy exploring new campgrounds and visiting ones that Kari and I once camped at with our grandparent’s camping group.  This year Rob was out of town flying the plane to Dallas, TX so Cooper and I ventured up to Deception Pass to hangout for the day.  Cooper was a fantastic sport, as usual, and we had a great time.  I am already looking forward to next year when we can go as a family and stay overnight.  Hopefully Cooper will continue sleeping through the night a year from now so we don’t keep the whole campground up 🙂

Cooper was thrilled to work on his neck strength around the campfire

Full set of pictures from camping are here.

Welcoming Uncle Charlie

Cooper, Jane, Robbie and Charlie

When we were flying back from Jackson, Rob’s mom and brother were driving the same route.  Charlie will be starting school at DigiPen next week and they came out here to get him set-up in his apartment.  We went over to visit and check out his new place while enjoying some more of his post-birthday cheesecake.

Jackson Hole

First of the annual family pic at Jackson Hole

We had such a fantastic time in Jackson Hole.  Cooper did amazing in the airplane and at the higher elevation did not impact his breathing.

Family photo on the return trip from Jackson

Our first night in Jackson a moose and her 2 babies slept outside our window.  In the morning Bob and Jane saw them when they let the dogs out, but we didn’t know what the noise was and didn’t look out the window to see them.  They didn’t come back, but we kept looking for them each morning.   Cooper continued to sleep through the night even in his new bed, but sharing a room also helped Rob and I to remember just how much noise the little guy makes when he sleeps.

Cooper’s POD bed in Jackson

We enjoyed a family hike around String Lake

First family hike with Jane around String Lake

The grandparents watched Cooper on the shore while Rob and I got to spend some time kayaking around String Lake.

Rob and Kelly enjoying some kayak time on String Lake

Cooper did spit up once a day for a couple of days during this trip. One time we had this happen and forgot the blankets for his head resulting in a ridiculous car ride outfit for Cooper.

We enjoyed the Saturday market and looking in the great shops around town.  I also enjoyed my favorite treat of Jackson, the Smores dessert at the Snake River Brewery.

Cooper and Rob in the town square

Bob and Jane very generously offered to watch Cooper while Rob and I enjoyed a date night to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary.  We always seem to be with family on our wedding anniversary and this year it worked out perfectly to give us a night out.

5 year anniversary

It was a fantastic trip and Cooper was all smiles when we were taking off to fly back home.

Full album of pictures from our adventure to Jackson Hole here.

Daddy’s Little Helper

The picture is from this morning when Rob asked me to put his badge in a place he wouldn’t forget it.  Cooper was happy to pose for the photo.

2 Months!

Cooper at 2 months

Cooper Stats:  He is maintaining his top percentiles

  • Height – 26in.
  • Weight – 13.89lbs.
  • Head circumference – 16.5in.

His breathing is still fast, but everything else looks good and it has been so consistent that we now have approval to fly and stay in Jackson Hole as well as our planned trip to AZ a few weeks after that. That means we leave bright and early Wednesday morning for Jackson, which leaves me one day to figure out what to pack. I already anticipate Rob’s eye roll when he gets home and sees the pile of things I want to bring in our plane since I got the same eye roll on our pre-kid trip there 🙂

The doctor wants us to have a physical therapy consultation to look at his neck strength and have them show us what exercises we can do with him. When you have a noggin of his size we were not surprised to hear it might take a little extra work to get his neck muscles developed to support it.

Next doctor appointment is at 4 months.

For tummy time, Cooper prefers to suck on the blanket under him vs. pushing up and moving his head from side to side.  His neck strength is improving, but in the car he still gets a super floppy neck when he is very sleepy.  He also now locks his legs to “stand up” in various places.

Floppy neck when Cooper is so sleepy in the car

Other updates:

  • Smiling: Happens a lot now and he LOVES to smile at his dad.  It is so much fun to get him out of his crib or change his diaper when you get so many smiles
  • Eating: He eats every ~3 hours and can stretch to 5 hours during the day if he is being held.  He enjoys a pacifier and will very happily eat from the breast and take breastmilk or formula from a bottle.  He cluster feeds at night eating an additional ~2oz at the 6pm and ~6oz at the 9pm feeding after 20 minutes at the breast.  I am pumping 3 times a day now: morning, afternoon and evening.
  • Pooping: Cooper is still very regular and poops at least every other diaper.  Rob seems to draw the pee diapers so I need to work on my changing strategy. 🙂  We have had a number of blowouts this month.  When he is balled up in my arms or in the bjorn it just seems to shoot up his back nearly every time.
  • Sleeping: We  have been very lucky and have a fantastic sleeper (knock on wood).  He will go down 8-10pm and sleep until 6am.  He doesn’t really nap during the day more than 20 minutes or so at a time unless he is being held, in which case he could sleep for hours.
  • Crying: Cooper is a very laid back kid. He typically cries between sides during breast feeding and when we are trying to get burps out or after he has pooped in his diaper.
  • Nicknames: Rob’s favorite is Mr. Cuddles and my favorite is Love Bug.

We have also started attending a PEPS group.  Our group is 9 babies that were born within 6 weeks of each other.  Cooper is right in the middle of the group by age, as shown in this picture (from left, arranged youngest to oldest, Cooper in orange).

PEPS baby group week #2: Madeleine, Luca, Jack, Remy, Cooper, Austin, Hannah and Nolan

Full set of pictures from Cooper’s second month are here

The Baers


The crew at Redhook: Cooper, Rob, Kelly, Nicole, Brian, Wyatt and Dylan

We were very lucky to get to spend some time with the Baer family when they were in town from Colorado.  Cooper successfully slept through another dinner at Redhook and was on his best behavior during family time at their lake cabin.

Nicole and Cooper at the lake

The Faces of Cooper

Here are some of our favorite Cooper expressions from these past couple of weeks:

Smiling with dimples and enjoying the outdoors