Sunday, November 27, 2011

10 months old!

Collin Cooper is ten months old today!  He's a big guy:

C-man has developed quite a few physical skills this month.  He pulls up on everything he can find, he does a standard crawl (rather than "the worm" that he was doing), and he's walking!!  He quickly moved from taking one or two steps at a time to taking fifteen or twenty steps at a time.  He is getting pretty stable, and luckily he's good at falling backwards onto his booty or catching himself with his hands if he falls forward.

He has plenty of other new skills too, much of it due to how observant he is.  He clicks his tongue, growls, gives high five, and waves.  He loves putting things in and taking things out, so two of his favorite places in the house are the kitchen cabinets and the refrigerator. :-)

Collin is so intelligent!  He loves to examine details, he enjoys watching people wherever we go, he tries to imitate what he sees and hears, and he does such a good job figuring out how things work.  He's creative and persistent, which are two traits that help him solve problems and learn new things very quickly!

Collin's sweet smile is given pretty freely, and he makes lots of noise!  He babbles constantly, says "dada" and "mama," and likes to laugh.

Collin has always sat at the table with us while we eat, but now he's really a part of family meals.  He's willing to try anything and he enjoys most foods.  New things he's enjoyed this month include spaghetti, turkey and dumplings, quesadillas, hamburgers, and the Thanksgiving feast.

Collin is a fun, sweet, entertaining, intelligent, and creative little boy.  We are so proud and we love him so much!! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

what Collin's been up to...

Here are a few random, cute pictures to show what Collin has been doing this week... :-)

 He has a new cheesy smile that involves sticking out his tongue. :-)

He's very interested in Daddy's magazines!  He especially wants to read whichever magazine Daddy is holding right now. :-)

He's a walking maniac!  He is probably averaging 15 steps at a time.  His walking is often accompanied by giggling or excited breathing, because he's (rightfully) very proud of himself! 

Are we lucky or what?!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

stacking cups

We bought a set of stacking cups from ikea for $3, and those were probably the best $3 we've ever spent!

We stack the cups and knock them over.

We share the cups at play groups - 7 kids can have one cup each!

We pretend to drink from the cups.

We put one cup inside another and then shake them to enjoy the clack noise.

Collin loves to shake the cups, but each time the small cup flew out, it would be my job to put it back into the big cup so Collin could continue shaking and making the clack noise.

Until now... :-)

Friday, November 18, 2011

decorating cookies!

Collin and I went to a cookie decorating playdate today!

I wasn't sure whether Collin would participate at all, but he was more than happy to eat a frosted cookie! :-)

He made a huge mess and had lots of fun!

"Mom, why do you keep laughing?"

 "Oh, it's funny that I have frosting everywhere?"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Collin Cooper went swimming again today!
 He does a great job floating on his back!
He had a blast!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

up the stairs

The last several days, Collin has been standing at the bottom of the stairs, examining them and trying to figure out how to climb them.

Today I was in the kitchen, Ryan was in the living room, and Collin was standing at the bottom of the stairs playing.  Pretty soon, Ryan said, "Carrie, come look!"  Collin had made it onto the first stair!

 At that point, naturally, we put something on the stair above Collin to encourage him to climb to the next one. :-)  Ryan went to the top of the stairs with the camera and I stayed just below Collin.
He made it!
We say this every time, but wow, new skills develop so quickly!  He figured out how to climb one stair, and five minutes later he was at the top of the staircase.
He's proud (and so are we!).  Now it's time for serious babyproofing!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

He's really walking!

Collin has been spontaneously taking a few steps, not just to get to a specific object, but to get around!  His maximum so far is 6 steps in a row. :-)

Monday, November 7, 2011

first steps!

Collin took his first steps today!

They're wobbly, but they're all on his own!  We're so proud (and he is too)!

Remember the post two days ago when I said he'd be walking on his own in no time?!? :-)

Mr. Details

Collin picked out a new toy yesterday.  Each of the buttons corresponds to various words, phrases, and songs.  The ball lights up and rolls randomly, which he's not too sure about at this point. :-)

All the details of the toy are perfect for our detail-oriented little guy.

It lights up and speaks, but Collin is interested in the tiny white button on the bottom...

He'd also like to know how those ribbons are attached! :-)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

walkin' boy

Collin has a new favorite toy!  He loves the independence of being able to walk around by himself. :-)  We introduced it to him last week, it took him about 1 minute to figure it out, and he's been busy walking around every day since.

Occasionally he stops and lets go, just to remind himself that he knows how to stand on his own.

With his own car, it's pretty convenient for Collin to stop by his shelf of toys.

He'll be walking without any help in no time!  Are we ready?!

Friday, November 4, 2011

funny faces

I snapped a couple shots of Collin playing in his high chair after lunch today.  He thinks it's pretty funny to bang his hands on the tray!

He's putting forth a lot of effort:

Isn't he handsome? :-)