Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cooper and Penny's new toys

Me and Cooper play a monster truck game on the Wii ...

Val and Cooper play "Cars" on his Leapster ...

We bought Penny a saucer seat that is like a little UFO. She's still getting this whole "sitting up" thing, but seems to enjoy it so far.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cooper loves that train!

This is the train at Bass Pro's winter wonderland exhibit from Christmas. Our boy still likes us to pull up the video to watch it go 'round and 'round!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cooper at Chick-Fil-A

Cooper and his Mammaw like to go to Chick-Fil-A on Saturdays, where the chicken is plenty and the playground is hoppin'!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Penny's first cereal

Yesterday at her 4 month appointment the doctor told us to start her on solids, so this morning Val sent me a picture of Penny's first cereal. Happy baby!

Penny's 4-month appointment

Our precious little Penelope isn't so little anymore! We went to the pediatrician for her four-month appointment, and she's up to 14 pounds now, and 24 inches long. He wasn't worried about her development, no matter how frustrating it is when she screams at the top of her lungs for no apparent reason. Just babies being babies.

While Val and Penny were with the doctor, me and Cooper walked around the building. Cooper especially enjoyed picking the berries off the bushes and throwing them in the road, and inside there was a girl named Riley who raced trucks with Cooper, and that gave him no shortage of joy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The latest bits from my Facebook status

- I have a hot new movie idea. Here's the pitch: A producer at a TV station is under the gun during the sweeps period with her job on the line, so she becomes a serial killer to boost ratings. It'll air on the Lifetime Movie Network, of course, and no, it's not based on any of the wonderful, mentally stable lady producers I work with every morning.

- Is it weird that I actually prefer it cloudy than sunny much of the time? I'm less squinty and it's not as scorchingly hot in the summer.

- Cooper has so many things in his bathtub that I can barely see the bottom. I expect the creature from the trash compactor in "Star Wars" to pop its big eye out anytime now.

- I am very much looking forward to having a little girl, but I admit to being intimidated by girls clothing and hair!

- When I'm eating my "country boy breakfast" at Cracker Barrel, do they add that tiny sliver of an orange wedge just to make sure I don't get scurvy?

- Will the next generation of keyboards make a place for a key with ?! on it? Do we need two control, alt or shift keys?

- I'm not saying that it's storming hard right now, but my neighbors across the street just put their Christmas tree out yesterday, and I don't know where it's at but it's definitely not on the curb anymore!

- Val's mom babysat last night, so what exciting things did we do? Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings then shopped at Toys r Us.

- Memphis made the list of happiest workers, Nashville was on the unhappy list. Yeah, so take that, Nashville, what with your low crime rate and higher standard of living!

- Could someone tell Yahoo Music Radio that Taylor Swift's "Teardrops on my Guitar" is not exactly something I expect to hear on the Contemporary Christian station?

- Not everything has progressed for the better in 100 years. In 1912 as the Titanic went down, more women from third class survived than men from first class. In 2012: “An Australian mother and her young daughter have described being pushed aside by hysterical men as they tried to board lifeboats.”

-  No, Radio Shack guy, I don't want a new phone package or batteries or pay 99 cents for 3 years of insurance on a $20 micro USB cable. I want to buy one item and get out, preferably within one minute and fifteen seconds.

- We bought Just Dance 4 Kids for our Wii to be our exercise for the new year. We looked at the other Just Dance games and didn't know 80 percent of the songs, so we figured it wouldn't be as much fun. So far we're enjoying it, but even "Surfin U.S.A." is wearing me out. Long way to go to get in shape!

- I'm going to go ahead and trademark the phrase "I have a perfect vision for 2020" so that presidential candidates in 2020 will have to pay me to use it.

- When we wake up from our afternoon nap, Cooper is an emotional wreck. He whines, cries and freaks out if I don't get up soon enough or if I leave his side when we see his mommy in the living room. He's only sorta calmed down by a piece of chocolate and a sippy cup of tea. This has been going on for 3 months. Gotta love the Terrible Twos.

- Poor Krackel, always the sad pieces in the Hershey's miniature bags left over at the end.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cooper's trucks and train

Somehow, Penny can doze, albeit uncomfortably looking, through all of it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cooper and Penny and the Rushings welcome in 2012

Happy New Year, everyone!

OK, I know, I'm a wee tad late, but better two weeks late than never, am I right?

2012 opened with our family now complete: Daddy, Mommy, Boy, Girl. Done. From here on out we all grow together as a happy family! Until we add a dog, I mean. And fish, turtles, or whatever Cooper puts in his pockets while playing outside in the years to come.  

So I thought I would give an update of how we ended the last year and start the new.

Our mini Cooper had such a good time this Christmas; we can't wait for what to expect in the years to come. He figured out the joy of getting and opening presents - including those not his own!

He runs around all day and doesn't know what to play with at any given moment: "Choo-Choo! Trucks! Buh-ball! (That's his basketball goal.) Race cars!"

Here's his schedule nowadays:

7-7:30 p.m. - Wakes up, snuggles with Mommy if Val isn't feeding Penny at the time, watches a show while drinking some strawberry-flavored milk.

We don't give him chocolate milk anymore because the poor kid seems to be allergic to chocolate. When he eats M&Ms or a Hershey bar he ends up with a rash around his mouth that doesn't seem serious but takes a day or two to go away.

8:30 a.m. - He eats breakfast, usually Eggo Waffles or Cheerios and an apple. Hopefully he'll eat a few bites before quitting to get down and play, then eating a snack or two at 10.

Noon - Daddy gets home. I hope I don't ever stop enjoying seeing Cooper watching from the window and start joyfully bouncing around, happy to see me, or Val opening the door for him to come greet me on the patio.

I will then feed Cooper lunch (rice and beans with BBQ Fritos or mac and cheese, usually), while Val takes a nap and Penny rocks in her swing, or is fed and lays in her crib, or whatever keeps her happy while we play.

1:45 p.m. - Cooper and I head back to the bedroom to take a nap. He runs toward the bed saying "Bear!" And if it's 1:30, then yes, we watch "Little Bear" first while playing with trucks in bed, then at 2 I hand him his lovies and he tosses and turns until giving out.

3:30 p.m. - Up from naptime, Cooper is usually in a very bad mood and doesn't want me more than 1 foot away until he gets a snack and some tea, and we watch the fire truck or ice cream truck episodes of "Dora." (Could also be "Roary the Racing Car" or the "Ni Hao Kai-Lan" choo-choo episode.)

6 p.m. - Two or three times a week this is bath time! I say, "Let's take a bath!" Cooper grabs a few monster trucks and runs to the bathroom so I can take of his clothes and diaper, run the "wa-wa" and he can splash in the tub for a long time.

7ish p.m. - Time to unwind before bedtime. We put him in his footie pajamas and overnight diaper, give him his Zyrtec, then put some Cingulair powder in a sippy cup of strawberry milk, he grabs a monster truck or race car to hold and we all sit on the couch watching a show. When he knows it's getting close to bedtime he'll leave my side and go over to Val to snuggle.

When it's time for bed, I'll pause his show, he'll grab his lovies and roll over on me so I can pick him up. As I carry him out of the living room and to his bedroom, one of my favorite adorable things he does is say "bye-bye" to his favorite things, such as Mommy, Penny, choo-choo, trucks, race cars, etc.

Meanwhile, here's Penny's schedule:

6:30 a.m. - Penny wakes up, drinks a bottle, hopefully goes back to sleep before Cooper gets up.

We are blessed that she is sleeping through the night, even if she spends the entire time squirming and grunting. Sometimes she'll wake up a little earlier, sometimes later.

10 a.m. - Penny's awake for a bottle. Maybe. She might just eat an ounce or two. She'll stay awake, either in the swing or on her play mat or in the crib under the mobile. We got a mobile before Christmas that has a remote and lasts 20 minutes. With Cooper we had one that we had to wind up and only lasted 3 minutes, which wasn't enough time to get anything done.

Noonish - I'm home and she's still up and hopefully doing whatever it takes to keep her happy.

2 p.m. - She's ready for a nap, either on Val while Cooper and I nap, or in her crib, sleeping soundly on her tummy.

6 p.m. - We wake her up to take a 6 oz. bottle. She rocks in her swing or plays in her crib.

8 p.m. - She drinks a 4 oz. bottle, starts getting ready to sleep. She'll go in and out for a couple of hours.

10 p.m. - Finally conked out for the night.

She may have to start sleeping in her own room, though, because she's very, very squirmy, grunty, and pretty much thrashing around all night. We have alternated our theories, that it's her acid reflux, or congestion, or she doesn't want a swaddler, or she DOES want a swaddler. We tried without and she woke up by midnight. With it she manages to sleep all night, at least, even if she's noisy. We'll have to try it again soon, though we're not looking forward to waking up during the night to soothe her back to sleep. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Penny the little Tigers fan

She's also quite the little chunky monkey!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cooper and Penny's New Year's Eve, pt. 1

New Year's Eve was so nice that we went over to Shelby Farms to feed the ducks and walk around the lake ...

Monday, January 09, 2012

Cooper and Penny's Christmas morning, pt. 2

We've had a good time playing with all the new toys!

My skinny boy!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Cooper and Penny's Christmas morning, pt. 1

This is all Cooper. Penny, not surprisingly, wasn't interested in her "Santa" gifts ...

This would be a stocking stuffer, a Star Wars lightsaber with M&M candy ...