Cooper at the 3.5 mark

Wow, Cooper continues to bring us such joy, happiness and silliness to our lives every single day.  We love this little 3.5 year old guy!  He even got a piece of cake with 3.5 candles to celebrate his half birthday.

Cooper has always loved to talk and we are happy to report that hasn’t changed one bit


Each night after bath Cooper runs around upstairs with only his hooded towel on saying “Super Cooper saves the day”

Uses the word “oat” instead of “ate”.  I oat the cookie.

Loves burritos as his ultimate favorite food and calls them bee -re – toes

Loves his brother and loves to get him to say “yes” to whatever he wants.  Already getting little brother to do anything big brother asks

The Christmas tree was dropping “feathers” (aka pine needles)

Hearts are called “Valentines” from an alphabet book that showed a heart shaped valentine

The cupid arrows are called “stomp rockets”

Stars are called “starfish”

Doorbell is called a “dingbell”

Each morning after completing the first helping of breakfast he asks for “cereal have milk in it”

During a recent visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s house he spent a lot of time with this claw grabbing machine.  Much of his nighttime get ready routine with Daddy now involves “go crazy, get dressed, brush teeth, etc” button being pushed.


Favorite shows are Curious George, Daniel Tiger and Tumble Leaf

Favorite foods are burritos and pasta

Favorite activities are going to a park, flying, bike riding, playing with play dough and riding in Daddy’s car (Honda Civic)

Cooper loves to sing, his favorite song to sing is Rudolph the red nose reindeer and it is always blended into many different songs before it stops.  He will sing on the potty, during quiet time and all around the house as he plays.  The kid is always singing and it is always a blend of many different kinds of songs with at least one being a Christmas tune all year round.


Wakes up at 6:20 when his clock turns green.  He pops out of bed the second he notices his clock is green, grabs the clock from the top of his bookshelf and races to our bedroom to proudly show his clock is now green.  He then hops into our bed to watch Curious George or Daniel Tiger on the FireTV before heading downstairs for breakfast.

Breakfast consists of a prune, greek yogurt half plain/half flavored, berries and milk to drink

We typically go out on an adventure 10-12 each day.  Tues/Thurs is preschool, Wed is PEPS and the other days we go to a park or grocery shopping

Lunch is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, grapes and Pirate Booty or Veggie Straws

Naps are very rare, less than once a week.  He prefers to “nap” wherever I am during the week which means hanging out in the same room while he plays quietly and independently for an hour.  After the hour he wants more attention and to play.  He has recently asked to stay in his undies during rest time so we have stopped a nap time diaper.

Dinner is typically his lightest meal with a meat, veggie and grain with milk to drink and 1/2 a Flintstones chew-able vitamin.  Cooper’s job is to set the table before dinner and clear his dishes after each meal.

Bedtime routine starts at 6:30 with play time with Mama while brother takes a bath, typically chase or tickle games of some sort.  Bath time, lotion, get dressed, brush teeth with Daddy.  Then 2 books with Mama and Daddy.  Daddy often walks with Cooper for a final potty stop then we come back to sing the Goodnight song.  Daddy gets him into bed, gives him a black and white remote, and lets Cooper say his “I will tell you two things”.  Lately these things have been questions about how things are made or who built something in the house.

Nap time looks like this 75% of the time.  Cooper found his sling (from his broken collar bone) and now uses it daily to build his “train”.  The train is attaching the strap to the green bin and filling that bin with books.

He enjoys preschool and gives Nicholas and I a hug and kiss just before he walks into school each day and says “I will tell you all about my day when you pick me up”.  He doesn’t talk a ton about his day, but will typically tell you what he did in art class and maybe something that happened in circle time.  The gym portion of his day rarely gets mentioned.  Art class seems to be his favorite part of preschool particularly when he gets to use the paper punches, play dough or cut with scissors.  Cooper knows most of his letters, is starting to write his name, still working on colors especially blue, red and green and will sit and “read” a book with a handful of them memorized.

Cooper now sleeps in his big boy bed.  A mattress and box spring on a basic metal twin frame with a pool noodle at the edge.  His sleeping favorites are Cupcake a large dog my Grandma made for me, Ally the alligator, Furry Friends hardcover board book, ABC fabric book made by Nene, matchbox ambulance and race car.  Cooper sleeps in an overnight diaper with a pad and has woken up dry a handful of times.

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