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May, 2014:

First School Birthday Celebration

Today we celebrated Cooper’s birthday at toddler group for his first school celebration. They are celebrating the summer birthdays this week and next. He got to put two candles on this cake and was sung to which ended with two “hip hip hoorays” for his 2nd birthday. If we stay in Washington, which we plan to, the school year usually runs until at least mid June so his birthday should still fall during the school year as he gets older. After nap time we headed to the mailbox and got caught by a few sprinkles. By the time we got back the rain was definitely coming down so we decided to embrace it. Cooper changed into rain boots and enjoyed every moment of stomping in puddles and watching the rain race down the storm drain.

3 Months

The next stats will be with our doctor visit at 4 months

  • Physical: Nicholas loves to smile and coo while kicking his legs after a full belly. He enjoys grabbing for the animals on his playmat, especially the sheep. Tummy time is getting better and he can lift his head off the ground for a few seconds at a time. He is wearing size 3-6 month clothes.
  • Eating: He eats every 2 hours usually from both sides. He typically spits up a fair amount while being burped and about an hour after eating. We are starting to introduce the bottle.
  • Pooping: Size 2 diapers seem to do the trick for capturing the content these days, and his frequency has reduced to once or twice a day.
  • Sleeping: Nicholas is a fantastic sleeper going down at 9pm and waking up at 5:30am. Rob’s alarm clock goes off at 5:20am and the whole house is up by 6:30am most days. He is trending towards a longer snooze in the morning at 10am and afternoon at 2pm.
  • Crying: He primarily cries before the sleeping part of his 2 hour cycle and after each side when feeding/burping. He moves quickly from a quiet/sleepy state to crying and sometimes screaming. This can happen when he wakes from a nap and almost always when he is put in the car. Some days it seems tied to needing to be burped or poop, but we are still sorting out how to help him consistently.
  • This month’s party tricks summed up in the words of Cooper: “Suck hand” (primarily the pointer finger knuckle on his left hand, even to the point of hickey marks), “Eat Nick-S” or “Eat the Boob” when he is nursing, “Kicking” especially when he is in his bouncy chair during mealtime, “Silly” when he is kicking or talking and “Sad” when he is crying.
  • Nicknames: Rob’s favorite is Mr. Snuggles, Cooper calls him Nick-S or Silly and I like Bumpkin
  • Firsts: Night away from home and visit to Oregon, first hike


Spruce Goose

Daddy and Cooper with the Spruce Goose in the background

McMinnville attracts tourists for both their wine vineyards and the Evergreen Aviation Museum, we were there for the latter. It is the home of the Spruce Goose (Hughes H-4 Hercules) which is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. This is also the name of the cafe we flew to for each boys’ first flights in our plane. So it was fitting we went to see the plane the cafe is named after. Cooper was in heaven at the museum. Running around saying “airplane” thousands of times and pointing to airplanes in all directions. There was one non-airplane related piece that caught his attention. It was the donation funnel, he watched many coins go around and around and insisted on more when each one finally fell. There was a great kids area with a real airplane (not sure what adult would be crazy enough to fly in such a small plane) and many push airplane toys.

Cooper sitting in a real airplane built for 1

We spent our last morning enjoying a fantastic breakfast at Crescent Cafe, known for their fresh squeezed OJ from 5 different kinds of oranges. With our early risers we were done with breakfast by 8am and enjoyed the very quiet streets of McMinnville for one final family stroll before flying home. It was a great weekend and fun first family vacation, ending with both kids taking a snooze on the flight home.