sEPT 21 I'm sitting in a bar at the Austin airport, waiting for a delayed flight to Atlanta and praying that I don't miss my connection to Manchester. I really miss Lynne and Cooper.
I've had to travel quite a bit lately. While there's a bit of a benefit from this, uninterrupted sleep, I feel a lot different than I used to. My mornings usually include playing time with Cooper. It helps wake me up and start my day off with a smile. Lynne misses me being around, because Cooper is still ready to play at 5-to-5:30, and she most certainly is not.
Cooper is becoming more active all the time. He loves playing with the toys that hang from a bar above his bouncy seat. He isn't really able to grab things, yet, so he just kind of wacks them ... mostly with his left hand. Lynne and I are both righties, so we're wondering if it's possible that he could be a leftie. Christina was, but that was from her dad (who Lynne says was a leftie until the nuns beat him into becoming a rightie).
His most favorite at this time is a small panda bear head that's velcroed to the bouncy seat. Otherwise, he likes looking all around. Sometimes, he spins his head around so fast that I think he's rehearsing for a remake of the Exorcist.
Here's a recent bouncy seat picture. Click on it, or here
, to reach Cooper's most recent photo album.
We've had a nice Labor Day weekend. This picture (click on it to see a bigger-sized version) was taken last night at dusk on the dock. On Friday, we visited Cooper's my new future girlfriend, Caroline. On Saturday, we went to his cousin Colby's 13th birthday party. Cooper had a blast with Colby's balloons and enjoyed spending time with Colby & cousin Eric, Grammy & Grampa, and auntie Donna & uncle Irv (check out this priceless picture
). Then we went up to Maine for a couple of quiet days. The weather was kind of crummy, so we didn't get to spend too much time outside.
Cooper is growing and changing in so many ways! He smiles all the time now, although he stops smiling the moment we hold try to take a picture (because he then becomes curious about the camera). His most active and fun time is still early morning. The good news is that Cooper is sleeping a bit more. Every other day, or so, he sleeps for 4-5 hours before waking up with a monster appetite.
Cooper is quite strong, particularly in his legs. He practically vaults himself into the air when you stand him up on your lap. When he's in his bouncy seat, he lifts his head and upper body up toward the toys attached to it. On Saturday at Colby's party, he was reaching out to grab Colby's balloons. But he still doesn't know how to use his hands ... even when he accidently grabs objects. Soon enough, I'm sure ... then we'll start worrying about all the things he's grabbing and trying to eat.
Perhaps the biggest news, developmentally, is that Cooper is drooling and gnawing at his hand quite a bit lately. Lynne's mom is convinced that he's starting to teethe. All of the Magee's started teethe at 3 months. Cooper is 11 weeks, so it looks like he'll be right on time with them.
OK, so the big news is that I've posted a whole bunch of new pictures. Click right here
if you want to go there immediately.
Now, to the log stuff ... This is the last thing I saw when I left our house in Maine this morning: Cooper, fast asleep. Actually, the whole picture is Cooper snuggled up with his mom in our bed, but I wisely cropped Lynne out of the picture. She'd kill me if I published it on the site.
Cooper woke me up at 4:55 and wanted to play. Well, first there was the small matter of his soaking wet pajamas and basinette sheets - which were really annoying him (we're having a problem with leaky diapers because he's sort of between sizes). I changed his diaper (twice) and pajamas, but left the sheets for mom. That's why Cooper ended up in bed with her afterward.
This time together in the early morning has become a father-son bonding kind of thing (OK, maybe it's just a thing for dad). At first, I'm always groggy and sometimes grumpy. Cooper, meanwhile, is almost always smiley and full of energy. He quickly wins me over and we end up playing while I'm changing him. He loves to be tickled and to kick his feet. I sing stupid songs and he laughs. I want to remember these moments forever.
Lynne and Cooper are spending the week up in Maine because Lynne wants to get things ready for the big Jamboree 2000
celebration next weekend. Nearly the whole Bulens side of the family will be making the journey. Five campers will be parked in our yard (the neighbors are going to love it!). Cooper will get to meet his new twin cousins, Brian and Jack Cady. It will be a blast.
If you're wondering where the heck the rest of the Weblog is, just click here and you'll find it.
It had gotten pretty long, so I archived it on another page. If you're new to the site you'll find out lots of interesting stuff about Cooper's arrival and first few days of life.