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Skyler’s 4, 7 and 11 Month Photo Sessions

 

Special thanks to Lesley Freeman Photography for taking these amazing photos of Skyler.  It wasn’t easy!

You can see her newborn session here, just scroll down a little.

The Many (cute) Faces of Skyler

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August 2010

In August, Cooper turned 45 months old and Skyler turned 3 months old.

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Daddy participated in a CrossFit Competition in Dallas so we got to go to Arlington to visit Mama and Papa Choo-Choo. She took Cooper swimming in her pool and he had a blast with her. At his next swim lesson, he almost made it to station 4. His instructor said he was like a different kid; much more confident, enjoying himself and willing to try new things. Way to go, Cooper!

Skyler is growing by leaps and bounds. She is very independent, doesn’t like to be held a whole lot. She would rather just hang out on her mat, reaching for her toys. She can hold her head up during tummy time, which she doesn’t like very much.

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She has successfully rolled from her tummy to her back and about two weeks later, rolled from her back to her tummy. She found her thumb and will sit in her Bumbo. She even giggles from time to time.

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We travelled to Houston to celebrate Grandpa Kelton’s 90th Birthday. It was great seeing family and friends together celebrating this special day.

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We have two special kiddos on our hands. We are so incredibly blessed!

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July 2010

In July, Cooper turned 44 months old and Skyler turned 2 months old.

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Cooper finally found his confidence and started participating in SoccerTots. It only took a little bribery from Daddy, who promised to take him to see Toy Story 3. Since then he’s been having a blast!

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Skyler started to get really fussy in the evenings and I was beginning to think she was just going to be colicky. She was spitting up a lot and was never really ‘happy.’ When I would go shopping (groceries or whatever, didn’t matter) she would start crying 10 minutes in. I would end up carrying her, wrangling the stroller or cart and trying to keep Cooper from getting into things. It was a major pain. I called her pediatrician’s nurse and told her what was going on and they told me to bring her in. Turns out she has reflux and was put on Zantac, which seems to be helping.

We travelled to Houston for a visit with Mama and Papa Mery, Uncle Robert, Aunt Becky and Jaxon.  Look who’s walking!

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Skyler had her 2 month appointment with Dr. Ziari (Dr. Spencer books up fast). She weighed in at 10 pounds, 13 ounces (50%), was 22.5 inches long (50%) and had a head circumference of 39 cm (10%). I’m not quite sure how I gave birth to a baby with such a small head, but maybe that was God’s way of allowing me a VBAC. Thank you, God! She also started sleeping through the night. I’m not just talking 6-8 hours straight; I’m talking 12-13 hours. She is an awesome sleeper! And did I mention that she’s smiling? Love that precious girl!

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Cooper finally learned how to hold his breath under water at swim lessons and progressed to station 2. It only took 5 lessons, but hopefully the next stations will come much easier to him. He is such a silly kid with a ginormous imagination and he is an awesome big brother!

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June 2010

On June 20th, Cooper turned 43 months old. On June 23rd, Skyler turned 1 month old. We are slowly learning how to be a family of 4.

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My mom and dad came down to watch the kids so Jeff and I could celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. So much for our heli-skiing trip, maybe my body will be up for it next year? We settled for a nice dinner out and a movie, instead.

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Skyler had her newborn session with Ms. Lesley and we got some amazing photos.

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Next up was Skyler’s 2 week appointment with Dr. Spencer. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces, was 21 inches long, with a 37cm head circumference. After dropping down to 7 pounds, 14 ounces after her birth, she was gaining weight like a champ and sleeping well at night. Dr. Spencer said she was doing very well.

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We’re trying to keep Cooper occupied so he doesn’t feel left out and signed him up for SoccerTots and swim lessons at Nitro. His first SoccerTots class started off well. He was playing around with the other kids, kicking balls around. But as soon as the coaches hit the field, he turned shy and ended up crying in the corner the whole time. His second class was a little better. He still sat in the corner, but he didn’t cry, just watched.

His first swim lesson was a little better, but not much. He freaked out when I handed him over to the instructors and it took most of the class for him to calm down. Luckily, he was able to get some one-on-one time with an instructor, so that helped.

I really hope the ‘shy’ gene that he inherited from his mother is soon replaced with some confidence. I know he would have so much fun out there.

-Wendy

May 2010

Now that there are two kids to write letters to, I thought I’d make it easier on myself and combine them into a monthly newsletter.

Cooper turned 42 months (3 ½ yrs) old on May 20th and Skyler made her grand entrance into the world on May 23rd. It’s been quite an adjustment for all of us, but we are loving every minute of it.

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My mom came to stay with us for a while to help me while we were waiting for Skyler to come. We kept things pretty low key and didn’t do a whole lot, just kept to our normal routine. My dad came to visit and the night before he was going back home for work, I went in to labor…at 2am…again. Not sure why both my labors started in the middle of the night, but I’m glad it happened on its own and I didn’t have to be induced. Jeff and I went to the hospital around 5am. Skyler came in to the world at 11:25am the ‘normal’ way. No c-section this time, yay! She weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

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Cooper wore his ‘Big Brother’ shirt to the hospital and met his baby sister for the first time.

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Jeff’s parents and my grandparents came to visit and meet Skyler in the hospital. We brought her home two days later wearing the same outfit I came home from the hospital in thirty two years before.

Cooper loves his baby sister. He asks to hold her every morning. He gives her kisses and talks to her all the time. It is so sweet watching him love on her.

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I can’t believe we have two kids now. Let the craziness begin!

-Wendy

Skyler Kelton Mery

Here’s just a few quick pictures from Skyler’s birth yesterday.  The “official” stats are listed below.  Mom was able to do the VBAC which is awesome!  Both she and Skyler are doing great.  We should leave the hospital tomorrow morning.  Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.

  • Born:  5/23/2010 – 11:25 AM
  • Weight:  8 lbs.  5 oz.
  • Height:  19.5″