Cooper laughs. Teddy licks.

4 03 2009

We were lucky enough to have our camera nearby to capture Cooper’s first real laughs. He’s smiled and cooed for us, but this was the first time he just laughed and laughed. And of course Teddy became interested at the new baby noises and joined the party. 

This was by far the most entertaining thing we’ve watched in a while. Perhaps it’s time for us to get out more. Or perhaps this is home movie gold.


Snow Day.

2 03 2009

(if you listen closely you can hear someone enjoying watching his puppy in the snow)

(not his best photo — more to come later once we bust out his maggie simpson style snow outfit)

*update: Sandy deleted this pic because she says it’s awful and he looks weird. She’ll post some good snow pics soon!

Cooper Photos!

12 02 2009

Cooper > eTrade Baby.

17 12 2008

Since I came into the office today to start to dig out, it was my first day away from Cooper and Sandy. Thanks to technology, however, Cooper and I had our first web-chat today via Skype and it seemed to go well (I did most of the talking). 

I kept thinking about those eTrade commercials, though.  I think Cooper is ready for his close up.



Adam & Cooper survive first ‘adventure’.

13 12 2008

Well that didn’t take long. Less than a week into his life, I managed to lock Cooper in his nursery. Fortunately, I was locked in there with him. Here’s what happened:

We live in a 80 year old town home. That means lots of stuff is old or needs to be updated or replaced. This includes the handle to the door to the nursery. Last night I asked Jim to fix it so it would be easier to open and close. He was happy to and removed the door knob completely and gave about 15 warnings that if we close the door we won’t be able to open it back up.

Fast forward to 6 am or so this morning. I took Cooper into his nursery to change him and as he always does when he is being changed, he started screaming his head off. Not wanting to wake Sandy, I did what any sleep deprived father would do and swung the door shut. And just like Jim said, without a door knob, doors are tough to open. Diapered and dressed, Cooper went right back to sleep and I was able to set him in his crib to sleep while I began to brainstorm our escape. I tried all sorts of things from strings to hangers, but because we aren’t completely horrible parents, there weren’t any tools or sharp objects which would have been quite useful in this situation.
Fortunately, about 35 minutes later (after I had gotten desperate and was trying to mangle baby hangers), Sandy woke up to find her husband and baby were both missing. She gently called out for us and she was able to bring a wire hanger which I was able to use to free us.

And that is the story of how Adam and Cooper survived their first ‘adventure’. Lame, I know, but as I recover from the traumatic experience, I find that sharing my story is helpful. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Cooper needs to learn when to say when.

10 12 2008

We’ve been meaning to post forever and had planned to do a mega-post to catch up on everything going on. That mega-post ain’t happening any time soon, so we’re going to start to just post stuff again. The postings will likely focus largely on the newest addition to the “us” category of jack, teddy and us. On that note, here is a video from Cooper’s first full day at home. A little background…we could not get a straight answer from the nurses and doctors at the hospital on how much to feed him. The advice on amounts was all over the board, so we went with the two pediatricians who said to just let him eat what he wants to eat. So we did. We also made the transition from the disposable samples the hospital gave us to a bottle set where we had to mix the formula and the measurements were a bit strange. The following video is the crime scene moments after Cooper signaled to us that he had eaten too much. Enjoy.

he’s back.

30 07 2008

eurich griffin

to kim, john, eurich, phil, pat, troy, delano, jennifer, dennis, me

show details 2:14 PM (10 minutes ago)

— On Sun, 7/27/08, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Sunday, July 27, 2008, 8:10 PM



Having already downed a few power drinks, she turned around, faced him, looked him straight in the eye and said, ‘Listen here good looking, I screw anybody, any time, anywhere, your place, my place, in the car, front door, back door, on the ground, standing up, sitting down, naked or with clothes on, dirty, clean . . . it doesn’t matter to me. I’ve been doing it ever since I got out of college and I just love it.’

Eyes now wide with interest, he responded,
‘No kidding. I’m a lawyer too. What firm are you with?’