Monday, May 17, 2010


Cooper came down with a bug this afternoon and I was pretty worried about him. His head hurt really bad and he was dizzy. I layed him down and put a blanket on him. He fell asleep for about an hour and when he woke, he had a high fever.

After talking to him, we decided that dad would give Cooper a priesthood blessing. Well, it ends up that dad got tied up at work and Coopers head was really causing him some pain, so he asked if Jared would give him a blessing. The blessing was beautiful and Cooper was told that he would be better soon and that his body would heal if he had faith.

After the blessing, I talked to him about having faith and believing he could be healed. He said, "I know I can be healed. I believe in Jesus Christ. Mom, I was going to cry in the blessing." I asked him why. He said, " because it was so good. Sometimes we cry because things are so bootiful." As you can imagine, that made me tear up. He is such an angel and I have so much to learn from him.

Last Soccer Game

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cooper's Craziness

It was Cooper's last day of preschool yesterday and so we went to kohls to find Teacher Misty a gift. We walked by some jewelry and Cooper said, " I want to get her a necklace." So, he preceded to pick her out a pretty gold necklace with a heart for the pendant. He said, "Do you know why I picked a heart?...because I want my teacher to know that I will always love her."
I love hearing Cooper's prayers each night. He is very thoughtful when he prays. A few nights ago, he says, "Please bless that the bad guys will get broken legs and not hurt the good guys." and then the next night, "please bless that the bad guys will want to be good."
In the car the other day he was trying to make Clayton happy so he would stop crying. Cooper will either talk to him or sing him a song. He told Clayton, "Now I love you" if he did not really love him before. He is starting to interact with Clayton alot more and it makes me and Clatyon happy. In the car last week, I had to stop on my brakes because the cars in front of us slammed on their brakes. I said, "I need to pay attention better." To which Cooper responded, " Mom, Jesus still loves you."Cooper is really enjoying his time while playing soccer. In fact, 2 weeks ago, he scored his first goal. He was at the right place at the right time. He was so excited. He ran up to his teammate and they gave each other a high five. He has his last game on Saturday. I am glad that he has a good time and looks forward to his games.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

I love celebrating Mother's Day every year. And it's not about the gifts, but I love the opportunity it gives me to reflect on many things. Being a mother isn't always easy, especially at 2 am when you have a screaming baby. But, when your little boy comes up to you and says, "Mom, I need to tell you something. I just wanted to tell you that I love you" or while I am sitting at church, he sits on my laps, grabs my arms and says, "mom, please warm me up", or when my baby catches my eye when I walk by and starts smiling and getting excited, these moments are definately worth all the other not-so-fun times.
It also gives me a chance to realize how blessed I am to have all the wonderful women in my life. My mother is the best mom ever. I am so thankful that we chose each other in heaven. I would not be the person I am today with out my mom. And I am thankful that my mom had a good awesome grandma Cooper. She is an amazing women and I am so glad that I live close enough to her that I can visit her often. I am grateful for my Grandma Hatch and for the loving and kind women that she is. She has such a gentle heart.
I am also thankful for my other mother, Marilyn, and all the kindness that she shows towards me and my family. She has been so loving and caring to me and I enjoy spending time with her. I am so blessed to have such wonderful sisters, sister in laws, and friends. Each one of you have Christ-like attributes that I admire. Thanks goes out to each of you for being such great examples to my children as well as your own.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Day in the Life of Clayton

Clayton is 7 1/2 months old and it seems like the last two weeks, he has learned so many new skills. He weighs 19 pounds and doesn't seem to fit in his size 3 diapers. He pees through his outfits at least once a day. He also seems to be so hungry lately and especially before he goes to bed. He thinks he needs a bottle to put him to sleep at night! Not my style but of course and I am giving in to his wants!!
He usually wakes in the morning between 7:15 and 8:30 depending on what time he went to sleep the night before. For the most part, he wakes up pretty happy and if I throw a few toys in his crib, he will play for a few minutes while I get dressed.
I bring him out to his high chair where he will snack on a few Cheerios while I get him something for breakfast. He loves to prop his feet up on his high chair while he eats. I usually feed him yogurt or rice and apple sauce. He also loves apple juice, so after he eats, I will lay him on the floor while he attempts to hold his bottle and feed himself.
After breakfast, Clayton gets a warm bath. He just started turning onto his stomach while in the bathtub. He loves to play with his little toys and he gets frustrated when they float away from him. He flips and flops in the bath and his big head controls where he goes. He often hits his head into the side of the tub when he is after one of his toys that is floating away. He is still trying to master the bathtub, but he seems to enjoy it.

Clayton has just started sitting up the last two weeks and this makes him pretty happy. He is still a little wobbly, but he does a great job. One of his favorite things to do right now is roll around on the ground. He will do this for a long time and he can get wherever he wants to go. He just tips his head to one side and over he goes. He just started getting up on his hands and knees this last week, so it won't be long before he is crawling.
He is also starting to put weight on his legs. He has always been a bigger baby, so I think it was hard for him to put his weight on his legs, but he likes it now and I have a hard time sitting him down sometimes because he won't bend his legs. He loves to chew on everything and I have realized that the simplist objects can be exciting to Clayton.Clayton takes two naps during the day and they usually last anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. It seems like he doesn't need a lot of sleep, since he has never been a good "nap taker". As of the last couple of weeks, he is giving us a hard time when its time to put him down at night. He used to be ready by 8, but now he is wide awake and ready to play at 8. Clayton has been sleeping through the night since he was 4 months old, but he will wake when his binki falls out of his mouth. Hopefully, he will get over that soon and be able to find his binki and put it back in his mouth.
I have been amazed at all of the skills he has mastered over the past two weeks. All of a sudden, he can pick up Cheerios and feed himself crackers, roll all over the floor, almost crawl, and put weight on his feet. I also love to watch him pick up objects and transfer them back and forth between his little hands. Its fun to watch him try to figure out how to make his fingers and hands work. He is growing up so quickly and time flies by too fast. When he starts crawling he is going to be into everything!