I am absolutely amazed with everyone around us! All of our friends have already showed so much love, support and encouragement for Cooper and we can tell that he is already one blessed child!! We sure appreciate EVERYTHING!! I was pretty adamant about not having yet another shower for us. Yes, we're having a boy but we have done everything so quickly and have already asked so much of our friends. We've had bridal showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties, baby showers, and birthday parties all within the past 3 1/2 years. (Fast, I know!!) I just did not want to ask anyone to come to yet another one! With me being the second child, I have always insisted that my second child will be treated the same, if not better than the first! :) I don't mind spoiling him myself, but I did not want to ask anyone else to get him presents. Well, everyone sure showed me!! Amanda would not take no for an answer and decided to plan a little "sprinkle" anyways! We had a great brunch last weekend at Breadwinners in Dallas and she had so many little details planned perfectly! I was overwhelmed and overjoyed with everyone that came! It was a wonderful morning and great to see everyone who cared.

Then on Monday the Mom's Group that I am a part of also sprinkled Cooper with love!  It was so sweet and again I am just so appreciative of everything!  I was afraid we would not have enough clothes for this little guy and now his closet is almost completely full!!  Even Caroline walked away with several Big Sister presents!  What a lucky family!

Thank you to EVERYONE!  We appreciate it more than you know and can not wait to show off our little guy!  2 1/2 more weeks!!!


SNOW DAY... how about WEEK?!!

Last week we were cooped inside ALL week!  The ice was pretty bad and it was SO cold outside that we were not able to go anywhere.  Josh ended up working from home on Tuesday and also on Friday.  There was snow, but it was very crunchy and icey and no way were Caroline and I going out in that!  But Friday morning we awoke to find this out our front door:
Josh stayed home and was such a big help with Caroline!  He got everything finished by about 2:30 and called it a day!  We then got our snow clothes on and headed outside!!  Although I was quite cold and mostly kept to taking pictures, Josh and Caroline had a great time!  It is so fun re-doing things we did as kids now again as adults!  I had a chance to use my zoom lens and took quite a few pictures!  We sure had fun!!

After we came in, this is where I kept finding her!  She loved watching the snow and looking out the window!


18 months!!

Okay... so maybe we're already to 19, but a whole lot has gone on in my little girl's life!!  We are getting SO close to the day where we will meet our Super Cooper and right now I want to be able to still cherish and look back at my {not so} little Caroline!

So much has changed over the last couple of months, weeks and even days.  We definitely do not have a baby anymore!!  Caroline has started to really put things together, say words, and be able to communicate her ideas and opinions in so many different ways.  This started by her grabbing your hand and taking you to where she wanted to go.  Then there was always the "no" response when she didn't want something.  Now she is putting thoughts together and remembers when people leave.  Although Josh thinks I'm being mean by continually bringing this up, it really is so cute to watch!  After seeing my mom last week, I'll ask her "Where did Grami go?"  She scrunches up her nose, sticks out her lip, and somewhat fake cries while saying "Bye Bye".  And then after cousin Ellie left Florida she would wake up in the morning, say "Shhh, Baby" and then remember she was gone and do the same bye bye cry.  So precious and full of love!

Although our doctor does not have a scheduled 18 month appointment, we did get some statistics due to the several sick visits we had.  Caroline now weighs in (well a month ago weighed in) at 21 lbs. 4 oz.  We can definitely tell she has gotten taller and now all of her 18 month clothes fit!  Although there are several difficult transitions with a 1 1/2 year old, this stage is definitely so much fun!!  It is fun to see the amazing girl that is emerging and how genuine and sincere her actions are.  She shows pure love for everyone and it is so heartwarming to see her light up when Josh and I walk in the room.  I just can not wait to see how she is as a big sister!!

  • Dolls and Bears - she loves carrying them around, rocking them, and feeding them bottles
  • BECA (our dog)- I'm not sure the feeling is entirely mutual, but Caroline will chase Beca all around the house.  She shares her food with her and lets her give her kisses.
  • When Daddy Comes home - she will run to the door and gets so excited!
  • Bath Time - splashing around with letters and animals and of course Daddy!
  • Animal Sounds -  Caroline gets SO excited to tell you what sound each animal makes.  She is up to quite a few and even acts them out!  Sheep and duck are by far her favorite!!
  • Singing "If you're happy and you know it...", "The wheels on the Bus", and "Ring around the rosies."  - Who doesn't love acting songs out and watching mom and dad make fools of themselves?
  • Spinning around in Dad's office chair
  • Friends- She gets SO excited when her friends show up!
My little girl is growing up fast and although I would like time to slow down, I would not have changed anything in the last year and a half!  I still have one very clumsy little girl with only one front tooth, but she is perfect in every way!!

I have been SO bad about taking pictures lately and really have not gotten my camera out.  However, I have taken some random ones of my iPhone.  (Trust me, we're not always in our pajamas!!)  Here you go...

Not every dad will let their daughter watch Mickey on his computer while trying
to work from home on a snow day! What a lucky girl!!