Sunday, December 28, 2008
A concrete floor, a huge incline, toddlers, & tons of speed. It just seems like a really bad idea, doesn't it?
This is Cooper playing with his brand new Sesame Street Giggle Station on top of my new Dutch oven. I used the Dutch oven tonight to make some delicious pot roast. The Giggle Station did not survive that long. Sadly, it met its demise only 3 days later when Cooper threw up all over it & there was no way to clean out all those buttons and switches.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I have never wanted a child's toy quite so much as I want this "Extreme" racer thingy. Adam tried it out as well, and I will never forgive myself for not having the video camera at hand.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Cooper had another modeling job today for V-Tech toys. He got to pose with a Winnie-the-Pooh stacker, a carousel top, and Skippy the puppy and he loved them all. As we were leaving we saw Malia, Cooper's modeling buddy and Malia's dad let us know he saw Cooper on the One Step Ahead website. You can check it out here if you want to see the actual site: Phil & Ted's Traveller and Edushape Sensory Balls. Cooper's in the second picture for each; the first picture of the Traveller is Malia's dad, & the first picture for the Edushape balls is Malia. Cooper looks pretty relaxed and serene in the ball picture, but he was not, as you can see in the original post from late August.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This is John guest posting for this edition of "a work in progress."
Sarah asked me to upload this video from Cooper's first birthday party (the home version--one week before the road show was launched). For those of you with decent highspeed connections (welcome to the 21st century, mom) this is pretty entertaining. We lost a lot of video when our hard drive crashed, but fortunately, everything is back up and running. Cooper is now 14 months old, and we have washed most of the frosting out of his hair.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
This is what the child of a bargain shopper looks like. We paid full price for the coat, but I guess I didn't think about how difficult it would be to find snow pants & boots in brown for a toddler. I found the snowpants for about $6 and the boots were only $1, plus shipping (I love eBay!) & both were brand new, but I have to admit they look a little ridiculous all together. Luckily, it doesn't seem to bother Cooper.
This is just the cutest snowsuit I've ever seen:
I also experienced what I've been dreading for quite a while. We knew it was coming; Cooper's been saying "Na, na, na" when I'm changing his diaper, or when he doesn't want to go to sleep. But while Cooper & Caycee were eating lunch I tried to put a spoonful of macaroni & cheese in his mouth and he said it. Yikes. He shook his head & said, "NO!" I'm sure we'll be hearing that a lot in the years (decades) to come.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
(By the way, if you do check out the link to Bon Ton, click on the "baby girl" section; the cutey that appears in the picture at the top of that page is another Ford model & she's been Cooper's competition for a while.)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Got this from Kelly's blog:
It seems everyone in the world already knows about Robeez, but I have a few things to tell you that you may not yet know about them. They are charitable, and you can help them donate to an amazing organization called Kids in Distressed Situations!
Here’s how it works: For every e-card sent from the Season of Giving website, Robeez will make a $5 product donation via its charitable partner, Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.). It’s easy: one card = $5 worth of Robeez footwear; 10 cards = $50 worth of Robeez footwear, and on and on!
A little bonus: For taking the time to send an e-card, Robeez is also offering senders a chance to win one of seven new Shoes and Socks Gift Sets. (They’re a great holiday gift idea too!)
A bigger bonus: For bloggers who share the Season of Giving campaign with their readers and send a link to their post to firstname.lastname@example.org, Robeez will make a $25 product donation via K.I.D.S.
The goal: To send a $250,000 product donation this holiday season.
The campaign runs through to December 20. You can send an e-card from seasonofgiving.robeez.com
(Ha ha! Got you!)
No, I'm not pregnant, but Dayna is! Almost exactly two years ago we found out Justin & Dayna were expecting Caycee, & now they're expecting another little one (their third!).
Congratulations to Justin & Dayna! I can't wait to meet the baby. :)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Then on Friday it was off to my parents' house. Adam joined us Friday night, then Justin, Dayna, & the kids on Saturday morning. We had our second Thanksgiving feast Saturday (with a turkey & everything!) & the whole family hung out until Sunday.
Since Grandma & Grandpa didn't get to see the kids on Halloween, we brought their costumes. Here they are dressed up, or as Zak would say, "being Halloween":
The "adults" seemed to have a pretty good time too, looking like fools playing the Wii:
My favorite time of the day, especially with all the kids together, is bath time. I have no idea what they're all looking at here, but it must be pretty interesting.
Sunday morning everyone relaxed on the couch. Cooper hopped up on Adam's lap (okay, Adam probably helped him up), then Zak joined, & then Caycee.
... and chaos ensued.
Of course, no holiday celebration is complete until someone's wearing a lampshade, or, in our case, Caycee's wearing a basket on her head.
Can't wait 'til Christmas!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Dear President-Elect Obama:
There is virtually universal agreement among health care experts that, with rare exceptions, breastfeeding is the optimal method of feeding all infants, sick as well as healthy, preterm as well as full term. In addition to the myriad health benefits provided to mother and infant, breastfeeding provides significant economic and environmental benefits for families, employers, and society by reducing health care expenses, eliminating the need to purchase expensive formula, and reducing absenteeism from work to care for sick infants. Excess health care costs totaling more than $4 billion must be paid by the U.S. health care system each year to treat otitis media, gastroenteritis, and necrotizing enterocolitis--childhood diseases and conditions preventable or reduced by breastfeeding. When prevention of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic conditions is factored in, the potential economic benefits of breastfeeding are significantly greater.
Given all of these benefits, the United States Breastfeeding Committee joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in recommending that infants be exclusively breastfed for six months, and continue to breastfeed for the first year of life and as long afterward as mutually desired by the mother and infant. Yet only a handful of states are currently meeting the federal government’s own Healthy People 2010 breastfeeding targets. Additionally, significant disparities in breastfeeding continue to exist, with non-Hispanic black and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups experiencing lower breastfeeding rates.
Obviously, more needs to be done to ensure the achievement of our national breastfeeding goals and to create an environment where women and their families can be successful in achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. You have the power to take immediate and concrete action to improve the Nation’s health by protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding. We urge you to use your position of leadership and power to set the tone in the federal government to place a high priority on breastfeeding as an essential public health issue.Please take the following actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding, the foundation of lifelong health:
1. Instruct the Surgeon General to issue a statement in support of breastfeeding urging all sectors (governmental and non-governmental) involved in supporting women, children, and families to improve their breastfeeding policies.
2. Enact a national paid family leave policy.
3. Endorse the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes as well as the Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding.
4. Ask the Federal Trade Commission to monitor infant formula marketing.
5. Ask the Food and Drug Administration to include labeling on powdered infant formula warning that it is not sterile and providing instructions on how to properly reconstitute it.
6. Highlight the benefits for employers of workplace breastfeeding support programs as part of your program to promote flexible work arrangements.
7. Urge all insurers to cover lactation care and support services.
8. Approve an increase in breastfeeding support funds for the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), especially to support the peer counseling program.
9. Instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to recommend that all hospitals achieve the Baby-Friendly designation.
10. Ensure that emergency management agencies are trained in breastfeeding support and have breastfeeding supply kits available for distribution in emergencies.