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January, 2015:

Cart Snuggles

Cooper was all about lovin’ on Nicholas in the cart at Costco today.  He kept putting his arm around him and saying “cheese.”  Finally I took a picture of these cuties.

Nightly Routine

After reading books, Cooper heads to the bathroom by himself while Mama and Daddy “sleep.”  This means we lay on the bed in his room with our eyes closed while Cooper turns the lights off and shuts the door before heading to the bathroom.  When he is done he comes back in, puts his pants and undies on the changing table, turns the light back on to the brightest setting (this pretty much always makes me giggle) and then comes running to the bed to say “boo.”  We then pick him up on to the bed with us for some naked bun snuggles (pictured) before wrapping up the rest of his bed time routine.

Standing

Cooper surprised me today by asking if he could stand up to go potty.  We discussed and agreed to wait until Daddy got home.  As soon as Daddy was through the door Cooper let him know they had to go to the bathroom right away so he could stand up for the first time.  Cooper was very excited and so proud of himself when he did it.  Two weeks later and he is still asking if he can stand up when he goes potty (the answer is always yes).  I am working really hard to make sure he puts the seat down when he is done. I will declare a victory in this house of three boys if I can get the habit to stick.

Here is a bathroom phrase that appears to have passed, but we both think is really funny so we wanted to capture it on the blog.  When asked if he is done pooping Cooper would say “more poops coming” to let us know he wasn’t done.  Finally, more habits to capture, Cooper, just like his Daddy, does not like his socks pulled up so they are now always folded down.

Under the Weather

Our poor little Nicholas has been bit by another cold bug.  It is heartbreaking to see him so miserable.  We are optimistic that his first full cold season will be the worst and it will get better with each year.

We are on day 4 of only napping in Mama’s arms.  Nicholas pretty much demands Mama holds him while she is standing (sitting = tears) from 12-5pm each day with this cold.  It makes for long days for everyone, but hopefully our little guy will be feeling better really soon.

On the weekend Daddy takes over the cuddling and somehow figured out how to sit down while Nicholas kept sleeping.  He is Super Daddy.

Messy Art

I have heard from a few friends how much fun the city’s messy art class is with toddlers.  It is a great opportunity to have your little one get very messy and creative and then simply walk away without cleaning up when you are done.  We signed up for a 3 class series in January and Cooper’s first project was making a 2015 sign with lots of glitter and glue.

Much of Cooper’s creative energy comes from the amazing amount of food he consumes for breakfast and lunch.  Dinners are a bit lighter.  This picture captures a pretty typical breakfast with oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, blueberries, apples and 8ozs of 1% milk.

First Fly-In

Landing at Tacoma Narrows Airport

It has been on our list and we are starting our year off right by marking something off on day 1.  The Flights Above the Pacific Northwest local flying group hosts a number of fly-ins throughout the year.  This year the New Years event was to The Hub at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.  The timing didn’t seem right with naps, etc., but we wanted to do a family flight today and decided to try it.  We were off to our first fly-in event.

N has the best facial expressions

The staff at the restaurant were amazing.  Over 50 people had flown there in 30+ airplanes and with a few other large parties already there the place was packed.  This is when they rolled in a patio table just for our family of 4 so we could have a place to sit and eat some lunch.  The food is really good and the service was over the top.  We were a bit nervous being an added table that wasn’t on any servers assignment or in the computer, but everything went even better than we could have imagined.

View of the outside with the Tacoma Narrows bridge and Mount Rainier on our way home.

View of the inside from our flight home.

This was taken just seconds before Nicholas fell asleep on the flight home.