Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2 + 2 = 4

My cup runneth over.
At a time when I feel so blessed beyond belief, God has shown us that he has even more joy in store.

Everyone says your second pregnancy is different, and it has been for many reasons.
I've been in disbelief.  I knew I was pregnant, I felt pregnant, at 5 weeks I already looked pregnant but I couldn't believe that I could possibly be experiencing this again.  After being blessed with a healthy child who truly has become the most wonderful little thing I've ever known, how could God possibly let me experience this a second time!?  
Then we saw our little peanut and it became a whole lot more real.  To be honest I expected for something to be wrong, for us not to hear a heart beat for us not to see it move.  But all my fears were quickly put aside as we watched the blood pump in and out of the teeny tiny heart growing in my belly.
Being pregnant made packing, moving, and caring for a toddler a whole lot more interesting too.  Let's just leave it at that.  Physically the body acts totally different with a second child than it did with the first.  It's already been through the precious war zone before. 
The belly is growing, and growing fast!  I felt like I didn't show for quite some time with Henry and if I look back at my belly photos with him I'm already lining up at least 2 months ahead of the game.  
Oh Whelll.  It's all for an amazingly good cause, so this little bump I shall embrace! 
With a second pregnancy you have some one else to share the news with......Henry.  Who proudly announced that he is "gonna be a brutter" to both sets of grandparents to let them know we were expecting.  He has surprised us by asking about the baby several times and I think he will be at a perfect age to be a big bro.  They will be 2.5 years apart, and whether it's a boy or a girl their gonna be such buds!
We are overwhelmed with excitement and can't wait to find out what little C2PO (Baby #2) will be!  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A look at our Wild Thing turning 2.

The little Wild Thing turned 2 last week.  
 We started the day in joyful fashion.  Getting to walk into the room of a very happy boy.  While mom and dad smiled through squinted eyes, going on three hours of sleep.  It seems that two of his 2year old molers decided to be quite punctual and come on the eve of his birthday.  Yowzers.  But, despite the lack of sleep and mouth pain this guy partied like a rock star. 
He started the morning off with a drive around the block in his new ride.  It felt like we got a glimpse of what it will be like to see him driving away at 16.  (yeah, dramatic I know)  He enjoyed a birthday breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes and bacon; his all time favorite. 
Then the real fun began as I baked up a chocolate cake with the assistance of the birthday boy! 
 We had a wonderful day playing and enjoying the freedom to lick icing bowls, and do what ya want.  It's a birthday of course!!! 
We had a Where the Wild Things Are themed birthday party, and I enjoyed getting my late night craft pants on.  The chocolate cake recipe was one I had not used before but it is absolutely a keeper and I highly recommend it to anyone needing to make something delightful for dessert!  The recipe was doubled here to give the height that I wanted for the cake. 
He had a blast partying with his family and for a 2 year old, teething, and going on little sleep, he was such a trooper!!!  :)

I could say it's hard to believe he's two years old, but I won't.  Although time has flown by I do feel like I have been blessed to enjoy him at each stage of his life.  It seems like so long ago that he was a newborn baby and as much as we loved him then we love him that much more now.  He is the perfect combination of sweet and gentle, thoughtful and caring, serious and silly.  He is like nothing we have ever known before and we couldn't feel more blessed to call him our son.  Henry Thomas Cooper, we could "eat you up we love you so."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2 Years of Knowing Heaven on Earth

Two years ago today I was scared to death.  Two years ago today we heard the world enter your lungs as you took your first breath.  No one could prepare us for the changes that would come or how much we would love our new and first born son.  You've grown our hearts beyond what we have ever known before; maybe that's why tears were shed tonight as we shut your bedroom door.  Goodnight 1 year old kisses, hugs and giggles.  Good Morning 2 year old dreams, jumps, and squeals.  On the day you were born I swore it was the best day of my life,  but now looking back it was the beginning of us taking flight.  On a journey we have soared with you as our pilot.  You take us to new levels of living, to views of wonder and delight.  I love the you I hold today far more than I did 2 years ago, as hard as that is to imagine.  You are my buddy, my son, my little love, my heart, my maker of smiles, my challenger, my dreamer, my whisperer, my sweet baby boy you'll always be.  Happy birthday little darling!  Many blessings to thee.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Big Life Changes

If you follow us on Instagram you probably already know our big news, but to explain my bloggy absence lately; we're moving!  On January 8th a sign went in our yard and 4 days later we had a contract. 

So we quickly made the mad dash to find a house.  Which we did, but as with most things in life this journey hasn't been without it's share of hurdles.  Who knew there were so many juggling parts to selling your home!?  From inspections, to paperwork I'm ready for this part to be over. 

So now comes the sentimental bits.  The parts where we say goodbye to our first house together.  The one where we spent five wonderful years of our married life together.  The one we worked hard to make our own, where we gardened, played, and loved. This little old house with lots of charm has been so good to us, but no matter how much we love it the closets will always be small and if ya know how much we like clothes....that's a deal breaker. 
 Where we brought home our sweet baby boy. 
 Where he spent the first two wonderful years of his life making everything he touched a little more wonderful.  Henry you won't remember this little house or all the fun we had in it but don't worry mommy took enough videos and pictures you'll feel like you know it.

So as of tomorrow we will be living with Barry's parents.  When things fell through with the house we thought we would be living in (2weeks before closing, oh boy!) they graciously stepped in to offer up their home to us.  We are so thankful for the sale of this home happening so quickly, and family that's so generous to help. 

 Now let's just pray the closing goes well Friday because we are all boxed up over here!