#28DBC Video Post

A video post as one of our 28-day blog challenges! We rarely do video posts (usually because I’m a greaseball or I’m trying to be supermom), BUT I got a shower this morning so we decided to make a video! Enjoy your day!

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28-Day Blog Challenge

There’s a great challenge “floating” around blog world- the 28-day Blog Challenge hosted by Katy Widrick.

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I’m challenging myself to make one change or update on the blog per day (some behind the scenes, some random posts, etc). I’ll do a recap at the end of the month, but check out the 28-day Blog Challenge if you feel an urge to update or refresh your corner of the internet🙂

I’ll be keeping “track” of my changes, and I’ll do a recap post at the end of the month! By the way, did you miss our sweet little girl’s 4 MONTH post!?! Time is flying, friends!

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4 Months

Where has the time gone? Have we seriously had Adeline in our lives for a third of the year? It doesn’t seem possible!

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The weeks are definitely starting to blur together. I always thought it was funny when moms with babies didn’t know how many weeks old the baby was, but now I totally understand. You go from counting weeks of pregnancy to counting the weeks of a newborns life- but the time just passes so quickly that it just becomes easier to refer to age in months. I don’t really think of Adeline as a newborn anymore. She is interacting with her world more and more, and she is less dependent on us.

Flexibility and the Importance of Sleep

This fourth month of life definitely taught us about flexibility and sleep. I flipped through Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child and the one message that I took away was:

Sleep is a NEED for a baby just like food is a NEED for a baby.

I try plan for Adeline’s feedings- I make sure I’m wearing something that I can nurse in, I try to anticipate when she’s going to eat and we find somewhere quiet to sit. HSHHC (how’s that for an acronym?) showed me the importance of preparing for Adeline’s sleep needs too. We start to lower the volume and lights (turning off the TV, getting out of crowded spaces, etc). We “set the mood” by humming and singing to her. We turn on the fan in her room. We rock and sway for a few minutes before laying her down. I try to anticipate when she will be tired (usually 1-2 hours after she wakes up), and I attempt to plan our activities around her naps.

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I think this month has just really shown me that I need to RESPECT her nap times. If I do my best to allow her the sleep that she needs, we are usually rewarded with a rested, happy baby. It kind of seems silly that we cancel plans at the last minute sometimes just because she’s fast asleep, but we’re learning that the consequences of shortening a nap usually aren’t worth getting somewhere exactly on time. I first saw the book mentioned on Healthy Tipping Point, and here is one of her many posts about “sleep training” her son.

Five Minute Rule

I didn’t take much else from reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child. There were a few “methods” for letting baby cry, not letting baby cry etc. as he or she falls asleep. We kind of established our own routine, which would be labeled as “Controlled Comfort” in the book. If Adeline is fussy after we put her down to bed (for a nap or for bedtime), we give her 5 minutes to fuss, and then she’s usually ready to take a pacifier to pass out. Sometimes she’ll just kind of “cry” herself to sleep too. If a pacifier replacement doesn’t work, we’ll try picking her up after another 5 minutes, we try for a burp, and then lay her down again. There have been very few times where the “5 minutes” rule hasn’t worked- and those times have been when she’s WAY overtired because we missed her window for getting her to sleep. I’ve nursed her down a few times when she’s just been inconsolable, but putting her down has gotten easier.

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Movement– The girl loves to move! Sometimes she get’s this very determined look on her face before she flails her arms and legs. We lay her down in her pack ‘n play long ways and a few times, she has rotated a full 90 degrees.

Tummy Time– she doesn’t hate it anymore! She tries to pull her legs up under herself. Sometimes it appears like she’s trying to roll over, she’ll do her same frantic kicking when she’s on her belly and she’s almost gotten to her side a few times. I’m not too sad that she’s not rolling yet, I like being able to leave her in one place🙂

Sitting– Adeline LOVES to sit up. In her Bumpo, on your lap and she even tries to sit up when she’s in her car seat or in her bouncy chair. Girl has some strong abs! I think she knows what “sit up” means. You can ask her if she wants to sit up, and she gets excited and flails in the same way each time. She likes to try to lick her toes when she’s sitting.

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Giggles– we’ve gotten a FEW giggles from her by kissing her neck near her ear! Here’s a video of the second giggle that she ever did! I try to do ridiculously funny things each day to try to get a few giggles, but so far, I think she’s just embarrassed by me.

Food– Adeline has started to watch when we’re eating. I usually eat my breakfast when she is nursing in the morning, and she is definitely watching the spoon move from the bowl to my mouth. We’ve let her slobber on a few hunks of banana- she doesn’t quite know what to do with it, but it’s pretty fun to watch her try to do something with it. I’m not planning on intentionally introducing solids as an addition to breastmilk for a while, but we’re totally cool with letting her taste things. I’ve reserved a copy of Baby Led Weaning (one method of introducing solids to babies) to flip through. My friend Ashley used BLW with her daughter Lydia, and I know Brittany at A Healthy Slice introduced her daughter Haley to solids using BLW too! Whenever we do start solids, I’ll be sure to post our thoughts on all “introduction” methods- purees, BLW, “cereals”, etc!

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Flying– Yes, our daughter can fly. But not without a little help from daddy😉 This is a wonderful “evening activity” that helps to minimize any evening fussiness! I don’t know if she’s loving the flying so much that she forgets about being cranky, or if she’s absolutely terrified about hovering horizontally 5+ feet off of the ground! Mommy is not good at helping her fly, I’ll blame it on lack of upper body strength and having small hands.IMG_20130127_162728

Dislikes

She’s not a happy baby when she misses a naps. Adeline doesn’t always like putting clothes on. I’m still convinced she was born in the wrong season, she loves naked time! And socks- she HATES socks. She’ll wear them during the day, but as soon as it’s time for a nap or for bed- it’s just easier to take them off so she doesn’t spend 5 minutes trying to kick them off!

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I’ll update her 4 month stats next week after her pediatrician appointment!

Is there anything else I’m missing?

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4 Months

Liberté Yogurt Review

There’s a new yogurt in town. Take a stroll down the yogurt aisle in your neighborhood Kroger store, and you should find the new LibertĂ© MĂ©diterranĂ©e and LibertĂ© Greek style yogurts.

As a part of being a BzzAgent, I got to try the new, hand-crafted yogurts made with simple ingredients. I tried the blueberry flavored Liberté Greek and the lemon flavored Liberté Méditerranée yogurts.

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First up was the blueberry Greek style yogurt. I tend to purchase Greek style yogurts at the store because they tend to be higher in protein and have little to no fat. I’m a big fan of eating yogurt as a morning snack because the protein keeps me feeling full until lunch. The LibertĂ© Greek was delicious! The blueberries were nestled at the bottom of the cup and there was a thick, creamy layer of Greek yogurt on the top. I actually like when the fruit is at the bottom of the cup, that way, you can mix in as much or as little fruit as you want (sometimes I find that yogurts are too sweet if the fruit is already mixed in).

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The nutritional stats are pretty good too (taken from the LiberteUSA website). I think in the future, I’ll purchase the plain Greek yogurt so that I can add whatever sweeteners I want to keep the amount of sugar lower (the plain has only 4g of sugar, found in the milk and a whopping 14g of protein!)

I like that they are only using corn starch in the fruit portion of the yogurt. Some “Greek” yogurts use corn starch to thicken the yogurt (instead of actually straining the yogurt in the traditional way to make Greek yogurts).

Flavor-wise, the yogurt wasn’t quite as tart as some of the other Greek style yogurts I’ve tried, but I think that might be a good thing for “beginners”. The texture is AWESOME, very smooth and creamy. There isn’t a hint of grit, and the blueberries didn’t have that dry, chewy texture like some other yogurts.

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I even used a container of the plain Greek yogurt when I made these Skinny Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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Next up is the LibertĂ© MĂ©diterranĂ©e yogurt, the “indulgent” style of yogurt. And indulgent is EXACTLY the right word for this super creamy, rich treat. The nutrition stats are more similar to ice cream, this is indeed a special treat.

I’m a big fan of lemon flavored yogurts, and Daniel said that this yogurt reminded him of the filling of a lemon meringue pie mixed with cheesecake. YUM. The whole milk and cream based yogurt is definitely rich enough to satisfy a dessert craving, and you can feel good about indulging in an all natural yogurt made with wholesome ingredients.

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I’m really glad that we got to try out some new yogurts. I’ll definitely keep the LibertĂ© brand in mind when I browse the yogurts in future grocery trips!

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Check out the LiberteUSA Facebook Page and find some delicious recipes and follow @LiberteUSA on Twitter!

  • What kind of yogurts do you enjoy?

*Disclaimer: I am a BzzAgent and I was provided with a free sample of this product to review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review. #GotItFree*

Liberté Yogurt Review

We Have a WINNER!

We have a winner for the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil giveaway!

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E-mail me your shipping information at hollyccoop (@) gmail (dot) com and Tropical Traditions will send you your 32oz jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! I hope to do some more giveaways in the future, thanks to all who entered!

We Have a WINNER!

Personal Goals

Have you entered the giveaway for a QUART of coconut oil yet? There are only a few entrants, so your chances of winning are pretty great🙂 The giveaway ends on Wednesday night!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

I’m still loving Best Body Bootcamp. Not only are the workouts fantastic, but I’m also so glad that there are personal goals incorporated into the 8 week challenge. For example, we chose two goals for weeks 1 & 2. I chose to read to Adeline daily, and to drink at least eight cups of fluid per day.

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We just began week 3 of Bootcamp, and It’s pretty fun to see how those “goals” have started to transform into habits.

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For the next two weeks, I added the goal of reading my Bible daily. I love the #SheReadsTruth movement, and our church is challenging everyone to spend time in the word. I’m currently reading through Galations, and it feels good to be reading God’s word daily. I haven’t talked much about my faith on the blog in a while, probably because my prayer life and consistency in reading my Bible has been practically nonexistent.

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 like to pretend that I’ve got everything together, but I’m just fooling myself. I feel more anxious, more scatterbrained and less sure of myself when I’m not spending time in the Bible. Our mission group at church has been challenging one another to be in the bible and to be in prayer. Two very simple concepts, yet it’s quite difficult to make the choice to read or pray when there are so many other distractions.

I’ve got a checklist on my fridge with my goals for the week, and having a visual reminder of what I want to accomplish helps me to make time for each activity.

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It has also been such a blessing to be surrounded with Christian women- single women, married women and other mothers. It is so helpful to know that there are other women who struggle with the same things that I do. We all struggle, but we can also rejoice in the freedom that we have in Jesus.

Throughout the next 5 weeks of bootcamp, I’m excited to see my body get stronger. But I’m even more excited to deepen my relationship with God, because He is my true strength.

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Coconut Oil Giveaway!

*This giveaway is now closed, I’ll post the winner in a new post*

Throw your hands up in the air for the first Cooper Family blog giveaway! What’s up for grabs? The BEST Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions.

The awesome folks at Tropical Traditions contacted me and asked if I wanted to give a review after winning my own coconut oil in a giveaway, and now YOU get a review AND a chance to win some Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

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Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

We have used our coconut oil for cooking and for Adeline. I scooped some into two separate containers- one for the kitchen and one for the nursery. I’ve been using the oil to moisturize Adeline’s legs, and I know it’s a great for treating and preventing diaper rash. The coconut oil has such a low melting point (it melts on contact with your skin), that it rinses out of cloth diapers SUPER easily so you don’t have to worry about buildup on your diapers! Another bonus? Adeline smells absolutely delicious! Cooking eggs in coconut oil is pretty tasty, and I can’t wait to try making some gluten free homemade coconut granola! Here is your chance to win:

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This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Giveaway ends on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced on Friday, January 25th.

*Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.*

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