Cooper:: 17 months

Boy oh boy.

Seventeen months. We are inching closer and closer to the two year mark, Mister Cooper. And it's flying by, little mister.

If I had to choose one word to describe you over the past two months, it would be mean. Ha! You have such an independent personality and have an absolute fit if you don't get your way - it's sweet yet embarassing at the same time. I often find myself realizing that I'm just paying for my raising when it comes to you, little love.

Cooper, over the past couple of months you have gotten the opportunity to "drive" trucks, tractors and the Gator with your daddy and Pa Pa and you now love to drive. One day Mommy was riding in the tractor with you and tried to help you turn the wheel, then you slapped her hand and said "No! Mine!" Yes, we are a little spoiled.

I think you could live outside, and it makes me so sad that we've had such a cool spring. Last night, however, we got home and played outside for almost an house before going inside, and I think you were in heaven.

You insist on "helping" and always want to assist your daddy in feeding the horses. Once you've fed Jax Man, you grab the empty bucket and start taking it to the shed.

We say that you and Coco (or in your words, Go-Co) have a love/hate relationship. On one hand, you scream her name and can't wait to let her out, and giggle when she runs up to you. But being a rambunctious lab, she gets a little too crazy for you and knocks you down, which of course you don't like. We keep warning her that one day you will be bigger than she is and then she better look out!

Your vocabulary really has exploded over the last two months! You regularly say things like hi, bye, mama, dada, Coco, no, go, baby and mine. However, you are beginning to associate and repeat words and say things like apple, cookie, side (for outside, of course), Doc (the horse), tractor, dink (drink), nigh-nigh (night night) and more.

You have the sweetest little laugh, giggle and love to wave, especially to your daddy.

You continue to be our little monkey man. You hate to be told no - usually your eyes well up with big crocodile tears. You want to be in the middle of everything and are so observant. You are obsessed with picking up trash and throwing it in the trash can.

During your 16th month, mommy & daddy went to Vegas for a long weekend. You spent five whole days with Grandma and Pa Pa and were thoroughly spoiled.

You now have 14 teeth! Once those top two eye teeth come in, we're told the worst will be over. And you are so close ... I can see them under the gums, so I know they must hurt.

You continue to love all your friends at daycare. Ms. Robin said you think you are a big kid too. This morning, you just walked over and sat down at the "big kid" table (before all the other kiddos arrived, as you are usually in a high chair) and you were just so happy. You love babies, especially your girlfriend, Ender.

You are a pretty good eater and will try just about anything. You really love eggs and bacon for breakfast :) Like all kids, you go in spurts ... one day you'll eat raisins and the next, you'll throw them off your tray.

Ahhh ... the throwing. You have quite the arm! You LOVE to throw, so mommy bought you a basketball goal. You also like to hit and say "No!" so we are working with teaching you that's not acceptable.

We aren't due back at the doctor's office for another month, but I'd say you weigh about 25 pounds. We can tell you are definitely getting taller and you are just like your mama in that most of your height is in your torso. You wear size 18 months shirts and mostly 12 month pants ... a lot of the 18 month ones are too big for your little waist.

Even though you are a "mean" boy we'll keep you and would never trade you for anything in the world. We love you so, so much. You make my heart explode with love at least once a day :)


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