Saturday, July 30, 2011

Love

I've always heard that it's hard to experience what loving someone really means until you have a child of your own. I mean, I love the Lord, am in love with my husband, and love my family and friends.  How could I love more?  It wasn't until that final push when I saw Cooper for the first time did I understand this.  Instantly I was lovestruck.  I could barely breathe while this surge of love, thankfulness, and adoration came over me. I couldn't take my eyes off of him.  Three weeks later, not much has changed.  I stare at Cooper all day long.  I watch him while he eats, while he sleeps, while he cries.  I want to protect him and spoil him at the same time.  I want him to be strong and a world changer.  All of these emotions in just 3 short weeks.  There's not a moment when I am not entranced by Cooper (except maybe in the middle of the night :) ).  Michael and I are head over heels in love with our new son.  And interestingly enough, this new type of love has deepened my love for the rest- the Lord, my husband, and family and friends.  I am so excited to watch Cooper grow up and share some of our moments with you.  Thanks for being a part of our lives!

We've enjoyed so many visitors who have come by to love on our little Cooper, including my Mom who stayed for 2 weeks, and Michael's mom who stayed for a week.  We're so thankful for all of you!

Here are some pictures from the last 2 weeks:

First sponge bath

I mean, seriously, could he get any cuter?!!

Nana loving on Cooper!

Uncle Mike was a natural!

Pops enjoying some cuddle time with Cooper.

Enjoying the carrier Michael's sister, Jenny, made for us.  Thanks Jenny, we love it (and the sling!)  Cooper slept so well in it.  I can tell it's going to be one of his favorites.

Cooper meeting his cousins, Josiah and Rachel!  We can't wait for him to meet his 4 other cousins and 4 soon-to-be cousins in the next few months! 

Oops, Cooper had his first accident on his name sake (middle name), Roger Lee Beahm (aka, his Opa...grandfather).



He loves being on his tummy- he is so strong already!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cooper - Week 1

With Cooper being 2 weeks old tomorrow, we thought we'd post some pics on the blog to document his growth. He literally puts on about an ounce a day at this point, so it's exciting to see him grow in front of our eyes. He is a constant mover and kicker, and thankfully has been eating well and sleeping good chunks at a time!  More pics to come over the next few weeks!  

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Showered With Love

Michael and I have been tremendously blessed during this pregnancy by family and friends who have thrown us showers for little Cooper. We've had a total of 5- five!  And we did not even ask for a single one!  One of them was thrown by my mom, sister, and sister-in-law in Greensboro for family and family friends, and the other 4 were all in Charleston.  We were incredibly humbled by the people who offered to shower us with love here.  We have realized that although we don't have family in Charleston, our friends have treated us like family and made us feel at home.  It's hard to believe I am going into my 5th year living in Charleston, and Michael his 3rd. Time sure does fly!

Here are a few pictures from our showers!
My sweet mom and mother-in-law!

Priscilla, Sarah and Rachel
Our small group shower at a park.  Look at all those kiddos!
This cute baby carriage was made out of a watermelon!
The ladies from my job- Water Missions International. They rock!
Also thought I would throw in 2 pictures from our maternity photo shoot.  One of Michael's friends from work asked us if she could take these for FREE for her portfolio!

*Unfortunately I don't have any photos from my first shower in Charleston, which was thrown with some girlfriends in Charleston.  And then Michael's co-workers also threw us a shower too.  Talk about being blessed!


We're on the countdown to Cooper's arrival. I am at 37.5 weeks so he could come any day now!  We'll try and keep you posted on here.