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October, 2012:

Our Tootsie Roll

Our Tootsie Roll

It was a fantastic first Halloween for Cooper. Rob’s mom, Jane, is in town and his brother Charlie also came over to visit. We all enjoyed some homemade chili by Jane while Charlie took care of answering the door for trick-or-treaters. Cooper is still fighting the croup so after some pictures in his costume we laid low and kept him inside this year. Next year we will hit the streets with him. Overall a successful first Halloween and hopefully the start to an annual homemade costume tradition. This picture made me smile because it reminded me of the traditional bride putting on their wedding dress with the family pose:

A Seal

Big Boy

A seal has joined our family. Overnight Cooper’s cold turned into croup and he sounds like a very sad seal barking. We can’t believe with just 3 days in daycare the germs already found him. I ended up staying home to ensure he could be held, loved and get lots of sleep to try to fight this as easily as possible. The doctor confirmed our fears that his first winter and being in daycare will mean 3 months of sickness. I did like his analogy saying his immune system is like a library full of shelves and each cold is adding another book building up that library. Hopefully we can get these colds out of his system soon and each winter will get better and better. We were able to also do a weight check when we were there and Cooper is now up to 15.5lbs. That is a 1.5lb weight gain in 2 weeks after not gaining anything for 2 months! Looks like feeding him 8oz every feeding is doing the trick 🙂 He is even starting to hold his own bottle some of the time. When digging up the garden for the winter we found this huge carrot, apparently we can grow big babies and carrots at the Kochman house 🙂

Fall Festival

Skeleton Cooper

Cooper’s second day in daycare was their annual fall festival so Cooper got dressed up in a costume for this big day. I am happy to report we were able to get to the office in 2.5 hours after waking up, 30 minutes faster than our first day 🙂 Hopefully this will continue to get a little faster as we get more of a routine in place. The second day of work there were a lot less tears. I even found a perk… it is much easier to pump when not trying to feed and entertain Cooper at the same time. Cooper of course is handling daycare like a champ and very open to the welcoming arms of his teachers.