Monday, September 28, 2009

Just another Monday

Today has been really fruitful for me even if it didn't turn out the way I expected.  This morning was supposed to be Cooper's 18 month dr's appointment, but we got a call as we were getting ready to walk out the door that our dr was out sick.  Oh well.  Cooper had his play date with Amber and the boys and that was fun for him.  Right now he is fighting a nap, but he needs it!  :)  
I got tons of cleaning done and that felt really nice.  I would have liked to have done more, but hopefully I will have time to do that before Billy's "Gangs" class comes to eat Saturday night and CERTAINLY before Billy's mom comes in 2 weeks.    
Here are a couple of new pics...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New to us...

Today was a busy day.  I teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays and each Tuesday afternoon Billy comes home and keeps the kids while I go to my office on campus and work uninterrupted for a few hours.  Anyway, today was shot day for Calleigh and Billy took both kids to the shot clinic for me.  This is a HUGE favor for me as I HATE to see the kids get "hurt".  The shots went ok (according to Billy) and when they got home Calleigh sacked out for a while.  Apparently, the shots help babies sleep.  
So here are the new things...
#1- I have taught Cooper how to sign "Please" and he used it properly today.  
This afternoon, he got my attention and signed "please".  I said, "please, what?"  Cooper grabbed his diaper.  I asked him, "Coop, do you need me to change your diaper?"  He walked over to the couch and grabbed the wipes and handed them to me.  I couldn't help but be impressed... he WAS dirty.  Smart boy!
#2- Cooper has been working hard on pointing out his nose (and your nose and my nose).  So, I have been trying to get him to do other things on his face and have gotten no where.  Well, today it suddenly clicked.  He pointed to his nose.  I said, "Where is my nose?"  He pointed to my nose.  I said, "Where is your mouth?"  He pointed to his mouth.  I asked, "Where is my mouth?" He pointed to my mouth.  "Coop, where are your ears?" and he pointed.  "Coop, where are Mommy's teeth?"  he opened my lips and pointed to my teeth.  HOW FUNNY!  :)
#3- While I was at work this afternoon, Billy was trying to cook and Calleigh was fussing in her bouncy seat.  Billy asked Cooper if he wanted to give Calleigh her bottle.  He said, "Yes" and took the bottle from Billy and walked over to Calleigh and sat down.  Now, he didn't put in her mouth, but he certainly did understand and respond appropriately.
Oh... and a warning.  :)  Cooper is interested in bellies.  It is my fault for tickling and blowing on his tummy all the time and then getting him to do it to me.  Anyway, if you see him and he suddenly pulls up your shirt... you know why.  :)
Hugs to everyone!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Busy Week

This has been a busy week and I am excited to be able to enjoy a long weekend with my husband at home.  
This week Calleigh turned 4 months.  It seems impossible, but true.  She is the happiest baby
 ever (even more so than Coop, I think) and truly a joy.  Coop loves her and they are just the sweetest things in the morning.  I never know who will get up first, but when the other rises, they are SO excited to see each other.  Calleigh smiles bigger for
 Cooper than she does for anyone
 else.  I pray that they will be best friends always.
Besides the "birthday" we had a busy week full of somewhat needy babies.  Both of them are teething and it is certainly a struggle to help them manage the pain.  We are blessed that we only know Cooper is teething by his diapers and the way he keeps massaging his gums with his tongue.  He looks like a MONKEY!  :) Calleigh has been drooling profusely and not eating as well with her teeth coming in.  She also seems to want to be held more... which isn't TERRIBLE, I guess.  Ha!
This week, Cooper has learned a couple of new tricks.  The most annoying one is "chucking the paci".  He has learned that if he throws his paci, we will let him down so he can go get it.  He does this in church, in Walmart and at home when we are rocking him to sleep.  It can be kind of funny sometimes, but annoying MOST of the time!  He doesn't seem to understand how grossed out I am by the floors in Walmart!!!!  Another trick happens everytime we walk outside.  He turns right (facing our neighbors, the Vavra's) and starts barking.  Then he stops long enough to turn left and start waving.  It doesn't matter if there is a dog outside or if the Pettagroves (our neighbors to the left) are at home our outside.  He will do this every time.  Silly kid.
He has started going on Monday's to hang out with one of our students and her cousin (she babysits).  Cooper LOVES this time with Amber and Thomas.  They eat lunch together then play.  Coop always comes home tired and dirty.  Makes me SO happy.  We knew he liked Amber when he saw her in chapel and came and got his bag and grabbed her hand and began to lead her away.  Now, each Sunday he wants to sit with her.  It is terribly cute!  
Speaking of Church, Billy told me that Cooper ran right up to Mrs. Eckman (YC's First Lady) when we walked in and jumped in her arms.  I laughed thinking that he sure likes to make friends in high places, but Billy pointed out that Mrs. Eckman resembles my mom (Lulu) sort-of and he wonders if Cooper runs to her b/c he thinks he is seeing Lulu!  Who knows, but I hope that makes Lulu want to come back to Nebraska soon! 
In other news, Billy and I are enjoying our new semester and our students.  Please pray for one of our favorites... Sonia.  She has cancer and is truly the sweetest being on earth (next to her amazing boyfriend).  She has stage 2 lymphoma and just finished her last round of treatment.  She used to work for me in the Admissions Office and is in one of Billy's classes this semester.  She embodies the meaning of "Christian Woman" and I would really like for her to get better soon.