I feel there has been a lot of focus on Mason lately. We celebrated her birthday for two weekends in a row, and I dare say she got a bit spoiled from it all. We tried our best to keep Cooper feeling loved as well, but I can tell he is feeling like “the other one” and having a hard time with Mason getting all the attention. So it’s time for a Cooper-centric post today!
Cooper started playing soccer in mid-September. He was really into it for the entire month leading up to it. All he wanted was to go to soccer practice. We bought him socks with the shin guards built in, and he wanted to wear them all the time. For the first two practices, he was way into it and doing a great job! But then the third time, he quit with just 10 minutes left in practice. And the time after that, he didn’t play at all. We skipped a week due to our trip to Hershey Park, so this Saturday will be the test. Will he or won’t he? He promised me he would play, but I can tell he’s already wavering on that. He says he just wants to play real games. I sure hope Coach Louie can wrangle all the other kids well enough to get them to play another “real game” so Cooper can get into it again. I think he believes that because he scored a goal in the last “real game,” he knows everything and is a soccer star now. Is it all kids that think they have mastered something after one lesson or just mine?
Cooper’s favorite iPad app is ABC Play. It is the alphabet of sports with pictures and videos to watch and learn about the different sports. He is way into it and could tell you about almost any sport on this app. From underwater hockey to bungee jumping to motorcross… He knows it all. He knows which videos he likes to watch (definitely likes the Michael Jordan basketball video over the Harlem Globetrotters video), and he knows how to work it all. Granted, the app is made to teach kids the alphabet, but Cooper is learning more about sports than the letters that make up the sports words. The best (and most annoying) part is that he has to have the right equipment or uniform on to watch each video. If he is watching rugby, he needs to have his rugby shirt on. If he is watching basketball, he has to have his basketball next to him. If he is watching cricket, he pretends his baseball bat is a cricket bat. Seriously, the kid is way into it! Unfortunately it means he changes his outfit about 4 times a day, and the laundry lady (me!) is having a hard time keeping up. I don’t mind, though, because he loves sports and is finding some real passions.
Cooper is a sweet boy. He’s a sweet boy who is also three, so we’re having some issues with the dreaded (and often underrated) Terrible Threes. There is a lot of talking back, a lot of no’s, a lot of whining, a lot of stomping of feet, a lot of potty talk. Oh! The potty talk! What is it about little boys and their love of potty talk? This is definitely one of those things that is nature, not nurture! We’ve been having some issues at his school that may be related to being three but also may be related to external factors. Jeremy and I are very concerned about it. We’ve always loved our daycare, but he has a new teacher, and we’re worried it might not be the best fit for him anymore. Unfortunately we live in the DC Metro area, which means that every other daycare has waiting lists. We’ve been on one waiting list for over a year, and I don’t have much hope he will ever get in before kindergarten. So the search is on. Please think good thoughts that we can find a better fit for him that will help bring our sweet boy back because I can’t go too long without his snuggles, his smiles, and his silliness!