FIVE.

Five is one of those landmark birthdays where you really feel the transition between life stages happening. Where we used to have a pre-schooler, we now have a rising Kindergartener. Where we used to have a baby, now we have a kid. The last several months have been full of physical and developmental growth, and it’s been amazing to see Cooper changing and maturing right before our eyes. He is super proud to be five years old and so excited about starting school. This summer has easily been one of our most fun yet, and we’re looking forward to all that this next year holds for us!

Cooper at FIVE:

Likes: Swimming using “armies,” Legos (especially mini-figures), Disney Infinity, American Ninja Warrior, “normal” doughnuts (aka plain glazed!), Minecraft, YouTube videos, superheroes (we’re generally Team Marvel, but Batman and Superman have a strong pull for little boys!), snuggles, pillow forts, Paw Patrol, and knowing how words are spelled.

Dislikes: Being corrected in any way, holding hands in a parking lot, trying new foods.

Cooper planned his entire birthday party this year! He requested an "outside water party" with a cake he helped make for his friends. The weather was perfect and we had a blast!

Cooper planned his entire birthday party this year! He requested an “outside water party” with a cake he helped make for his friends. The weather was perfect and we had a blast!

Watching a few Lego Ninjago episodes before bed with his favorite little friends - Pi'chu, Doggie, and Hot Dog.

Watching a few Lego Ninjago episodes before bed with his favorite little friends – Pi’chu, Doggie, and Hot Dog.

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My favorite photo so far from the summer! Cooper chose to spend his actual birthday with his best friend, Hudson. The joy on their faces is so beautiful!

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Snuggled up in a pillow fort watching American Ninja Warrior!

Meeting a new "friend"! This is a relatively new expression and it's my favorite!

Meeting a new “friend”! This is a relatively new expression and it’s my favorite!

I love this photo of Cooper napping after a full day of swimming with friends. He almost never naps anymore, but he fell asleep in the car and slept for another 90 minutes after we got home! He looks so big here, but also still like my little baby snuggling his blankie!

I love this photo of Cooper napping after a full day of swimming with friends. He almost never naps anymore, but he fell asleep in the car and slept for another 90 minutes after we got home! He looks so big here, but also still like my little baby snuggling his blankie!

Brand new Skechers for Kindergarten!

Brand new Skechers for Kindergarten!

The morning of his fifth birthday. This big boy melts my heart and makes me laugh hysterically every day!

The morning of his fifth birthday. This big boy melts my heart and makes me laugh hysterically every day!

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