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The days since Cooper was born, and especially since he’s been home, have all been blended together. Corey and I are constantly asking each other what day it is and some days it feels like I wake up and 5 minutes later it’s already time for bed.

Our first Christmas as a family of three was no different.

With 3 stops to make, it was our first full day out of the house with the baby. Between making sure I had enough bottles ready to go beforehand, packing the diaper bag (and cooler and pump and presents) and coordinating my pump schedule, I was ready for bed before we even left. But once we made it out of the house, Cooper was a perfect baby. There was no major disasters and his outfit actually stayed clean and spit-up free the whole day. He literally slept through 90% of the Christmas festivities and didn’t seem to mind being passed around from one warm set of arms to the next.

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The day was over before I knew it and OF COURSE as soon as we got home this little boy was wide eyed and ready to go! We’re still trying to work on the whole day and night thing. He seems completely uninterested in establishing any type of schedule besides eating every 3-4 hours. We’re working on it as much as anyone can work on it with a 7 week old. 

photo 5Watching Hailey start to understand Christmas and Santa and watching her tear open her presents makes me so excited for next year and all the Christmas’s to come. While I don’t want him to grow up too fast and I’m trying to savor all of our late night feed/cuddle sessions and the new smiles, I can’t wait to watch this little boy grow up. I wonder what he’ll ask Santa for in the years to come. Will he want race cars or a swashbuckling pirate sword? Maybe a grill so he can cook alongside daddy or a shovel to help mama in the garden? Either way, I’m sure he’ll be spoiled to pieces.

We’re gearing up for Christmas part 2 next week when Corey’s sisters and nieces and nephews arrive to exchange gifts and sit around drinking tea, stuffing our faces and playing Apples to Apples. There will be 10 more people and 20 hands eager to meet the little man and I couldn’t be more excited to show him off.


I really wanted to get a few good Christmas pictures taken of Coop since this is his first, but knew I couldn’t take him to see Santa since he doesn’t have any shots yet (he gets the first one on Tuesday and I’m already preparing my fragile mama heart for the tears). So on Thanksgiving we loaded up and brought him to my sister-in-law’s bookstore to take a few pictures since the shop was closed for the holiday and already decorated for Christmas.

I can’t wait to be able to take him with us wherever we go instead of taking turns leaving the house and only venturing out as a family to our parents house or on a walk (We all went to Target the other day but Corey and Coop stayed in the car while I ran inside. And let me tell you, it took some serious willpower to not wander the aisles like I usually do.) but I keep telling myself that soon enough I’ll be praying for five minutes of alone time. MUST. HAVE. PATIENCE.

He was sound asleep and didn’t even flinch as we posed him under the tree and propped him up in the big leather chairs. He’s the absolute perfect Christmas present and I am in LOVE with the way the pictures turned out! 



Merry Christmas from our family to yours!