Cooper at 5 mo(sleep update)

My favorite thing Cooper started doing more this month is “talking.” He little mmMmm’s, Chewbacca noises, and coos give me hope that maybe his first word will be “mama” and not “dada” like the other 3. But I’m not holding my breath, ha!

He loves grabbing anything near by and shoving it into his mouth at lightning speed. The kids get a kick out of that and love handing him toys to see him in action.

^such a little man

Anytime anyone walks in the room when he’s in hush high chair he throws his arms out and opens his big gummy mouth wide! As if to say, “Hi! Hold me and give me kisses!”

He rolls all over, holds his head up, and still loves sucking on his fist, thumb, and Muslin blankets.

His sleeping training was/is SO hard and still not super great. He reminds me of J and hates sleep(J still does and doesn’t require a whole lot😅). I’m just trying to be consistent and help him any way I can. He sleeps in the crib most of the night but when he wakes between 4-6am I just bring him in bed with me till we wake up. I just love those snuggles! He is starting to sleep longer stretches, about 3 hours which is huge progress! He was waking every 30-40 min before. When he was a newborn I just loved snuggling with him and nursed so often in my bed, but now he just kicks me and stays awake ready to party ha! So the transition to his crib was necessary.

I can’t get enough of him(neither can anyone else) there’s always a battle of who gets to hold him. He’s happy, calm, so squishy, kissable and laughs like an old man! Those baby blue eyes just melt me!

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The First Day of Spring

I’m not sure I could have timed the first day of spring any better.

The sun was shining the snow had melted, and we played outside most of the day.

Lately, the kids think playing in the FRONT yard is way cooler than the backyard. I’m partial to the fenced in backyard, but I gave into the begging and we all ventured to the front.

J is all about climbing trees while the girls are all about running and dancing. Coop is just along for the ride:)

And guess what came flying onto my leg?! A ladybug of course, Spring is the very best in my opinion.

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Running Update

I’ve gotten a few questions if I’m still running. In the past I’ve written all about my workouts and running, but my blog has shifted and I now enjoy writing about lots of topics, not just my fitness. It sounds like there is still an interest in running updates and I love chatting about running, so here’s how it’s been going.

Cooper is 5 months old(next week) and I ran my first 5 miles last weekend. It felt great! I have only been running on my treadmill but can’t wait for spring running outside. I run 3x a week 3-4 miles each time. I just run whatever I feel, I love just zoning out, listening to music or a church talk and just not thinking. Sometimes I crank up the incline and walk, I just like to do cardio for 35-45 min. The other 3 days I do arms, legs, core from this plan.

^cooper’s the cutest workout buddy

^okay I actually have lots of cute workout buddies

I’m looking for a half marathon, and then I want to do a full! I have never done a full marathon, but I’m going to do it! I’m planing to nurse Cooper till he is 1, so I may wait till next spring. I’m going to see how the half goes and plan from there.

If you’re in Utah, what’s you favorite race here??

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Chips and Salsa

Last Christmas Josh’s parents gave us a “year of dates” as our gift. Since they’re living in Singapore right now the gift was 12 gift cards, so we could go out once a month for a year. This past weekend we splurged and used 2 of the gift cards. We took the girls and Cooper to Wonder Park(J was at school, hope he doesn’t read this 😬) and then took the whole family to Chile’s.

We rarely go to sit down restaurants with the kids, but the stars aligned and no one spilled their drinks ha!

Unfortunately for the waiter, he dumped our meals as soon as he got to our table! Luckily we all just had to laugh. The kids just enjoyed their fun blue drinks with Swedish fish at the bottom a little longer till our new food came. Oh, and they brought us chips and salsa while we waited. If you know me you know food is the way to my heart.

It was a fun night of jokes, laughs, and memories. This phase of life is a good one(except bedtime, bedtime is rough).

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Extremes

This week I took Cooper outside to sit with me on the back patio. We watched Claire, Lily and J play on the swing set and in their new “house” which happens to be a large pile of sticks that Josh cut off one of our trees.

The Sun was beaming and we all got our fill of vitamin D. At dinner J and I talked about how excited we were for spring.

The next morning we were woken up VERY early to snow plow trucks trying to keep up with the falling snow. March 13 and it’s still snowing here in UT. I don’t mind one bit. My kids are still out playing in the backyard, but this time all bundled up and Cooper and I watch from inside on the couch with blankets.

The extremes in seasons this year keep me on my toes and our clothes drawers full of all weather clothing ha, but, “Come what may and love it.” (One of my ALL TIME FAV talks…Joseph B Wirthlin found here)

 

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Sick Day

Yesterday J woke up and said his throat and tummy hurt. I told him to get ready for school, eat breakfast and then we’ll see how he feels. As we’re headed out the door he said his throat still didn’t feel great, so I told him he could stay home. He said he really wanted to go to school(he’s a social beetle, not a butterfly cuz he would think that was silly) so I let him go and told him to call me from the office if he still didn’t feel well.

I got a call shortly after…

So I had a fun shadow all day showing me his lego creations, telling me stories and jokes his friends shared with him, and lots of, “hey mom’s”. It wasn’t my usual laundry day, but still productive none the less.

 

I’m grateful I get to be home and can be with J when he’s feeling sick(or not so sick at all). There were a lot more fights and teasing yesterday but a day spent together is always a good day, fights and all.

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Our “Things”

As I was cleaning up dinner and singing along to music (Taylor Swift’s Red album because cleaning with music is the only way to clean)I realized each one of my kids had brought something to the dinner table with them. Each item was SO telling of each child.

^the aftermath of spaghetti dinner

Jackson had brought a LEGO robot and baby robot he’s been working on. He wanted all of us to vote which was better. He’s very into everything Lego the minute he gets home from school and always wants the fams opinion on his latest creation.

Lily brought a bag with the zipper bulging, FULL of anything and everything. She has precisely 7 bags all different kinds; backpacks, purses, lunch pales exactly like the last, full of anything she can shove in there. She tries to bring them everywhere but they all weigh probably as much as she does.

^she pulled 2 bags out of the larger bag full of more bags oh and princess shoes for “when she gets married”

Claire brought a rock. Yep, a rock she snuck it inside from outside and I’ve caught it in her mouth several times. Claire is our puppy child. She loves all food, will finish your plate if you turn your back, loves licking anything, and is the best snuggle buddy.

It will be interesting to see what Cooper’s “thing” will be. For now it’s a burp cloth because he likes to drool, like a ton.

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A Bro to a Bro

It was this time last year that we found out we were pregnant with Mr. Cooper. We were all thrilled! Jackson couldn’t wait to find out if it was a boy or girl.

I posted a video on my Instagram when he found out and he was SO excited! I said, “are you ready to be a big bro to a bro??”

Jackson has been such a sweet big brother. He’s patient, loving, and always willing to play with his sisters. But to see him with his bro has been so fun. He can’t wait to actually play with him. For now, they snuggle, read books, and J does everything possible to make him laugh. His favorite thing to do is help me bathe him in the morning before he’s off to school.

“God gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be.”

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Cooper at 4 months

We’re seeing more and more of Coopers personality and he is so sweet, wiggly, and interactive. I’ll set him in the high chair(yes he’s already in that!)and the kids swarm him. He opens his mouth as wide as possible and doesn’t shut it till they leave, he just beams!

His stats:

15lbs-50%

Height- 5%

Head- 30%

He’s getting good at tummy time, nursing and sleeping in his crib.

Speaking of sleeping, I started sleep training him. I do this at 4 months because my babies don’t need to nurse all night anymore, they get wiggly in bed with me, and we both sleep better in our own space. It takes me 2 weeks to get into a good schedule and getting to know how they like to sleep/put themselves to sleep. It’s a TIRING/difficult process, but in the end it’s SO worth it and my babies are always so much happier because they’re getting quality sleep(and me too!). It’s the best feeling when I finally figure out their little sleeping habits. Cooper does NOT like to be swaddled, a binky or rocked before bed. I wrap him in a muslin blanket wth his arms free, then simply put him in his crib awake(ideally 15 min BEFORE he normally sleeps when he’s still happy) while I sing him a lullaby, then a noise machine turned on while he talks and coos himself to sleep.

^those little hands on the right ready to grab him when in reach haha his siblings Really love him.

He’s still nursing exclusively and does great with a bottle when I need to use one(so grateful for that).

He loves bath time, getting his diaper changed, and his siblings. He doesn’t care for his binky much and tries SO hard to suck on his thumb but I stop him when I can haha

^Valentines Day morning. He hadn’t had his bath yet and still in his sleep sack(sometimes he sleeps in one of those) but couldn’t miss out on the photo haha

I love him so much my heart could burst!

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San Diego 2019

The last couple of years for Christmas we have decided to give the kids a trip as a family. We love planning them for February when the Utah weather is cold and we need a little vitamin D.

This year we went to San Diego where we spent a day in Lego Land, and then a day at the Safari Park. It was such a fun trip! The kids did great(4 kids on a plane made me nervous but getting all their STUFF there stressed me out!) luckily it all went really well. Only a few short meltdowns the whole trip so I call that a success.

The day we arrived we went straight to the beach to see the sea lions. The kids loved playing in the sun. Then we headed to dinner with my sweet friend Heather and her family. My kids were so tired after dinner so we headed straight to the hotel and crashed.

^at dinner where the bff’s Milla and Lily reunited:)

The next day Heather and her family showed us such a fun time at Lego Land. It was perfect for all the ages of my kids and it wasn’t crowded at all. We went on all the rides several times and the kids loved all the different play places.

Friday we headed to the Safari Park. Our Claire bug LOVES animals. All my kids enjoyed it, but Claire was so cute squealing at all the different animals. Cooper really enjoyed being outside and nursed great on the go all week.

After walking for 2 days they were ready to snuggle in bed the rest of the night! We got treats and watched whatever we could find on the TV.

^the day we got back was Josh’s birthday! We celebrated with one of his favorite dinners, dessert, and presents.

Family time is my favorite time. It’s A LOT of work, but Josh and I try and laugh through it all.

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