July 31, 2006

The Wee Widdle Wedding

Well.... Picasa and Hello are having an off day, I think. Having the hardest time getting any pictures up to share! This will have to do for now.

July 24, 2006

Fun at the Fieros

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Slippin' and Slidin'


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July 23, 2006

Alexsandra and Lola


The pups LOVE them some Alex! They've gotten more attention in this last 3 days then they have in the last 3 weeks.. sad, I know. Posted by Picasa

July 22, 2006

A Premature Oral Ejaculation?

( Oh, the Google hits!)

Life as one of four is rather grand. Although new, our little family is rather awesome in it's squareness. Raegan is getting used to being the older sister and Kael is getting used to being banged in the head or having a binky forced down his throat. All in all, things are good around here.

All this goodness got Matt and I to chattin'. That boy has been mentally signed up for the ol' snip-snip since he was 17 and we were first dating. He said he didn't want kids.. rriiiiiiight. He said he just wanted one a few years later. Uh huh. As maturity set in we discussed babs and agreed that we'd have two. This was, of course, before we knew how difficult getting pregnant would be for us. Once that little tidbit became obvious all thoughts of "family planning" and limiting our children went out the bedroom door. The focus went from how to stop babies to how to start them. Raegan was hard. Mentally and physically, getting pregnant with Raegan was a BIG deal. Time and money, planning this, scheduling that, it was hard.

Then we got pregnant with Kael.

Shock. Seriously, shock. We had just begun discussing baby number two when we discovered I was pregnant...had just started putting together a financial plan that would allow another full blown attempt at this whole procreation thing. Had a 2 year plan. Those two pink lines were the most awesome sight ever.

So now Kael is almost 2 months old. I had my checkup and doc starts in on what I should be doing to prevent baby number 3. HARD to wrap my mind around, that prevention. I've spent the better part of the last 3.5 years thinking prevention was a waste of time, money, energy. Now he wants me to think about it again. I went home in a bit of a funk.. DID I want to prevent a pregnancy? We'd gotten pregnant once without any medical help, we could get pregnant again. A huge part of me screams NO! No way will I walk down the prevention road! It just seems wrong, somehow. It's like some perverted part of me wants to have more children simply because I can. The idea that I CAN is such a huge thought. We were only "infertile" for a short time.... but those months, that time in my head, was an eternity. For a while there, that was my defining characteristic... who I WAS, in my head. Preventing a pregnancy now would take my label away.... take away this identity that I had created for myself. Or would it.. and if it did, was that a bad thing? I look at Kael and realize that although I did live in that hell for a while, I am not there anymore. I'll never go back..... and I never want to RISK going back there either. It was a dark and depressing time in my life.. feeling like my body had failed me. Like I had failed at the one thing that I knew, just KNEW I'd be good at! I mean, I come from birthin' stock! Fertile and large families all around me! Well, I can't go there again. I don't want to desire a 3rd child only to find out that we can't have one. Better to know I'll never carry another child, perminent, etc then to want to carry one and not be able to do so. Just because we got a "freebie" with Kael doesn't mean the hell before Raegan won't come back. And I can't risk that.

So. We're done. I love us as four, and am happy with staying that way. If, later in life, we decide we're pretty good at this parenting gig and would like to have more kiddies to parent we'll go a non-genetic route and adopt our children. The genetic tie isn't an important one to us.

So... the title.

Matt is egar to sign up for his surgery. I am egar to have the mental worry behind me. I had previously agreed he could have his "nip" when Kael was a year old, just to be sure we were done. I'm sure now. Is this a premature decision? Should we wait on this perminent alteration? Why am I spewing out all this info to you, the internet? Because you internets are all my family and friends and give advice knowing us personally. And some of you are complete strangers with no bias. I'd really like feedback on this one. To cut or not to cut, that is the question.


July 21, 2006

A Trip Down Memory Lane

From Alyca when Raegan was 7 months old:

Reasons why Babies are better than Cats:

1. Babies do not, in general, try to attack you when you rub their bellies

2. Babies do not try to eat your hand when they are feeling frisky.

3. Babies get diapers, and when they poop it is generally contained. They don't poop on the floor and try to cover it up with the bath mat

4. Babies who are breast fed have poop that does not stink (so I am told). Cats have poop that smells like, well, cat poop

5. Baby pee does not smell. Cat poop is a good cold remedy. When inhaled it cleans out the sinuses and makes your eyes water

6. Babies like to be held. For long periods of time. Cats like to be held. For short periods of time

7. When a baby doesn't want to be held anymore, they cry or fuss. When a cat doesn't want to be held anymore, they claw a hold in a delicate area of skin

8. Babies do not cause you physical pain (after birth). Cats try to dismember you on a daily basis.

9. Cats will let you pet them for a few minutes, babies will let you pet them all the time.

10. Cats live maybe 18 years if you are good to them. Babies live WITH you maybe 18 years if you are good to them, then they are good to you from elsewhere.

11. Cats shed. A lot. Especially when you have two of them. Babies are bald, and what little hair they lose is easily blended in with the carpet.

12. Did I mention how cats like to poke you??

13. Cats drool (some cats). Babies drool, but they don't shake their head and flick it all over you when they do.

14. Cats throw themselves at your bedroom door when they want your attention. Babies aren't that mobile.

15. Cats climb on top of the refrigerator and look at you and expect you to be proud of them. If your baby does this, you can send them to Ripley's Believe it or Not and
get a ton of money.


Made my day, finding this comment again. Thanks, Alyca!

Coffee Confessional

Lips hurt Avatar I need some chapstick after all that gabbing!

Coffee last night was a blast for me but alas, not so much fun for Kael. Poor little man. My beverage of choice seems to be on his list of things to never consume ever. He was up all night spitting up rather yellow tummy junk. Ugh. Decaf maybe? Or am I limited to soda and water... either way, I feel aweful for having hurt him, albeit unknowingly. Lots and lots of water for me today to help flush any icky out of my system so his meals are a little blander.

Oh, in other news... I weighed him when I went in for my 6 week checkup and that little monster weighs a whopping 12 pounds 6 ounces!! WOW he's growing fast!

July 20, 2006

The Scene of the Crime

"OOh, Mama, bug. BUG Mama!!"
I hear the tiny peep from outside. I rush out -my wee on is in danger!- to see Raegan squatting down with a teensie tiny finger pointing at the worlds smallest ant. Not one to enable phobias, I encourage interaction with the bug.
"Squish it, Raegan! Step on it!"
My tiny little darling promptly jumps up and proceeds to dance a little jig on the once merrily gay little insect. Luckily for it she managed to completely miss with every little stomp. I smile indulgently and go back inside, only to turn back when I hear a THWAK, THWAK behind me.
There behind me, I see my darling innocent daughter crouched over the now terrified ant and in perfect 1950's slasher film fashion proceed to crush it in the most horrific way with the jab-jab-jab stab of her bright blue chalk.

Then she picks up the teeny tiny smeared carcass and proudly hands it to me. "Mama, Bug!"

Why, thank you darling.

July 19, 2006

Why Yes, Yes You Are!

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Hi. I Have 3 Chins.

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A Small and Goofy Boy

Ah CHOOO!Sneezing is fun.
No, Really!

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Bounce House

Matt had a company picnic at work today. There was SO much for the kids to do, but Raegan was just a little young/hyper for most of it. The only picture I managed to take was this on of her in the bounce house.. she had a BLAST in that silly thing! Posted by Picasa

Spam Spammy Spam.

Hey, I have SEVERAL yummy spam recipes! You should ask be about them. Spammy-Pea casserole. Yummy. Spam, you know.. The salty meat-ish stuff all jelly-like that lives in a can? Spam.

No, that's not what I'm talking about. I have had to go ahead and turn on word verification on my comments. Pain in the ass, I know. I woke this morning to 180 comments in my e-mail and more flooding in by the minute. Now, it WAS nice to feel so popular... But it wasn't so nice to learn that it was casino's and divorce lawyers that were giving me all the attention.

Now what this means is I won't be getting any attention from stranger... so it's all up to YOU, my readers, to provide the validation that I seem to require. If I agree to write a lengthily post with some depth and discuss-ability, y'all MUST respond with a plethora of comments.


July 17, 2006

¡AtenciĆ³n Mi Familia!

~~~ I Have an Idea... whatcha think.. Maybe instead of big name drawing we do the following.. still do questioniers, still draw names, but the gift is somewhat "white elephant" with a cap on value ($20-30). Then draw numbers when we get there.. number one opens their gift first, then two.. who can either keep the gift they opened or trade with number one... then three, who can keep or exchange with one or two... that kind of thing. Then if people want to do stocking stuffers they have a larger budget left to do so. That way we spend a max of $60 per couple on drawn gifts, have a laugh opening/trading them, and can get special stocking gifts for certain people if we so desire but it's anonymous so there is no shame if the budget isn't in place for gifts for all..... this way Jobie and the babies can NOT participate but if people want to gift them something they can. Well?

Also, I found
  • THIS
  • rental... cheap! Thoughts?

    **we interrupt this normally mundane and genaric public blogging for a Cooper family message**

    OK, I'm gonna act all grown up here for a minute and make a proclamation:

    I'll be in charge of questioniers/drawing stuff for Christmas this year!

    First though.... can we leave the kiddies out of the drawing? Purely for budget reasons here... we just can't afford decent gifts for 4 people PLUS our own kiddies on Christmas day... Is everyone OK with that? Then if people feel like they want to gift the wee ones with something they can do so or not... Feedback on this one please!

    Also, I'm gonna try to get names picked out EARLY this time, also for budget reasons. SO... Lets get started on questionier questions/ideas!

    AND.. since my computer recently took a huge dump on me I have lost ALL contact info for y'all.... I'd really appreciate an e-mail with your address and phone numbers included! This will also make for an easy distribution once names are drawn!

    Oh, Location? Where is everyone thinking to go this year? The first place we went may work as we could get the big house and a bungalow next door for the fiero-merritt clans.. or Alyca, when would we know if we can use your timeshare stuff?

    **and now back to your regularly scheduled program**


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    Oh Y'all are a lovely bunch of coconuts. ;-)

    No one "here" did anything to me at all, I'm just feeling a little shallow right now... a little left out, that's all.

    Mama-Bear-ish. Grrrrrrrowl.

    Get it? No big deal, just me dealing.
    I mean, I even MOPPED MY FLOORS for cripes sake.



    Main Entry: bitter

    Part of Speech: adjective

    Definition: hostile

    Synonyms: acrimonious, alienated, antagonistic, begrudging, biting, bitter, caustic, crabby, divided, embittered, estranged, fierce, freezing, hateful, intense, irreconcilable, morose, rancorous, resentful, sardonic, severe, sore, sour, stinging, sullen, virulent, vitriolic

    Don't know if I'll post details or not. Don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, even if they don't seem to give a flying fuck about mine, and you never know who is reading this and not commenting. See, I'm so..... virulent that I used a bad word.
    Probably no details then. ;-)

    July 16, 2006

    Papa's First Peek

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    Mr. Papa and Miss Payton

    How cute is She???!Papa and his youngest Grandbabies
    Awwww.. they're holding hands! Look how close in size they are already!
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    Party Pooper

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    Company picnic this Wednesday at 5:45 that Matt wants to go to. I KNEW that, I just forgot.

    No coffee for me.

    Dang it!!

    Now that I have a son...

    1.) A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.
    2.) If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.
    3.) A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
    4.) If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.
    5.) You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.
    6.) The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.
    7.) When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh", it's already too late.
    8.) Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
    9.) A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old Man says they can only do it in the movies.
    10.) Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4- year old Boy.
    11.) Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.
    12.) Super glue is forever.
    13.) No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.
    14.) Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
    15.) VCR's do not eject "PB & J" sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.
    16.) Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
    17.) Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
    18.) You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.
    19.) Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.
    20.) The fire department in Austin, TX has a 5-minute response time.
    21.) The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
    22.) It will, however, make cats dizzy.
    23.) Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
    24.) 80% of Men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.

    July 12, 2006

    Picture of a Domestic Goddess

    Hey, I may just be the Goddess of Icecream and all things Dairy, but that doesn't stop me from multi-tasking! That there is a BabyBjorn bought second-hand for $4 strapped on backwards. Little Man was in a "hold me" mood. Sneeky Matt took the photo.. didn't warn me to suck in or anything! Anyway, has become a favorite of the whole family. Soon will invest in a MaiTai wrap so I can wear him on my back when Matt isn't home to help get him into the Bjorn! Posted by Picasa

    One Two Three

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    Eskimo Kisses

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    A Blurry Smooch

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    Happy Faces

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