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October, 2014:

Halloween

Happy Halloween! The tradition continues with handmade costumes that are a little unique. I have been told that this is likely the last year Cooper will let me pick his costume so we took advantage with themed costumes. Cooper was a chicken and Nicholas was an egg. It was almost a costume free Halloween. I had been trying for a couple of weeks to have Cooper try on his costume, but he always said “no.” It was now Halloween and we were in downtown Woodinville to trick-or-treat at the local businesses. As you can tell from Cooper’s face he REALLY didn’t want to put the chicken costume on. Daddy then had the super fantastic idea to tell him it was a chicken jacket and that it was cold out so he should put it on. This was key! He also put the arms in first and didn’t put the hood on until he was comfortable again. We are all smiles since we thought this might be the only minute Cooper had the costume on, but at least we had a picture. Cooper warmed up to the costume pretty quickly and was ready to hit the streets. Cooper received many compliments on his costume which helped sell him on just how cool it was to wear it. A classic, chicken getting ready to cross the road captured by Daddy. We ended the evening with some trick-or-treating around our neighborhood. If Cooper said anything at all after he knocked on the door, it went something like this. “Happy birthday (sometimes followed with Halloween too)” and/or “Christmas tree (aka trick-or-treat).” Looks like we should have started practicing the Halloween sayings sooner than the day of. Handing the candy over to Mama and Daddy is also likely to end this year even though it included a few M&Ms for Cooper.

PEPS Part 2

Our PEPS family is growing. These are the younger siblings of Cooper’s PEPS friends. Graham (Hannah), Molly (Jack) and Nicholas (Cooper) are just 3 weeks apart in age (8 months). Elliott (Madeleine) is 2 months and Ethan (Nolan) is 2 weeks old.

8 Months

Physical: Rolling and pivoting on his belly to get where he wants to go. Reaching and raking with his fingers to bring things closer. Using Aquaphor on his pointer finger and thumb of both hands at night trying to heal the very dry skin from chewing/sucking. Using a pacifier and holder during the day to have him chomp on instead of his fingers. Ticklish everywhere when using a super soft touch. Sitting on his own and has some success moving to laying down without smashing his face into the floor. He is in 9 month clothes and size 3 diapers.

He started on the play mat

Nicholas is a very chill kid, especially if he is held by is Mama. He really goes with the flow, but is also very quick to let you know if he is hungry or sleepy. He is very grabby and loves to touch anything he can reach and usually follows that quickly by trying to put it in his mouth. Nicholas happily wore his costume at toddler group this week. Eating: Added: carrots, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, prunes and pears to his rice cereal and peas diet. He has become super backed up so prunes and pears are the primary food. Somehow his poops still manage to be a crazy bright color of orange. We have also given him a handful of puffs (baby cheerios) and a few have even successfully made it into his mouth. Sleeping: Nicholas goes to bed at 7pm and typically wakes up 1-2 times in the night for a feeding and then wakes for the day around 6:15am. He rarely takes a nap in the morning unless it is a quick car ride snooze. He typically sleeps an hour in the afternoon and can extend this another two hours if he is held in the rocker. We are still trying to figure our napping/sleeping sweet spot routine together. First commercial airplane flight and meeting his cousins in person. First two teeth. First solid, puffs. First Halloween costume.