Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Remember Cooper's long time friend and neighbor, Baby M? Well.... SHE WENT HOME YESTERDAY!!! After 6 1/2 months in the NICU (some spent at Cooks), several surgeries and lots of prayers, M is home with her family... and they could not be happier!!!

Coop is doing great too! A little under the weather with a cold, but cute as can be!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Hi guys! Did you think I forgot about you? I haven't I promise. As cute as Coop is... he is kind of boring. (no offense, K&J) :-) He doesn't do much..... BUT AGAIN, he is darn cute!

He is still doing really well at home. They are trying to get all of his formula worked out. He is having a few problems..."digesting"... but nothing to really worry about right now.

We have not got a weight for him in a while, but I'm sure he is tipping 11 pounds by now!!

Karen is going back to work next week after her 6 week maternity leave, (YES! It has already been 6 weeks....) So prayers for her that she gets through that ok. I'm lucky enough to get to keep Coop while she is working!!!!

Here are a few recent pictures of the cutie....

Saturday, October 29, 2011


So, technically tomorrow is Cooper's 5 month birthday.... but I was at my computer and thought about writing a post... so I did it!

HOW IS COOPER DOING?? You may ask... {because I have failed to update on a weekly basis like I said I would}

Well, Cooper is doing fantastic. K&J are so excited to have him home and everyone is adjusting very well!! Cooper doesn't like to sleep... I mean he is awake from 7 am till 10 pm... He will occasionally take a cat nap, but otherwise he is up! For the most part he is a pretty happy boy, and likes to eat! I think at his last check up appointment he weighed 10 and a half pounds!

He is such a sweet boy! And absolutely LOVES to be cuddled! Karen and Cooper are pretty much stuck inside for the winter... He is more susceptible to getting colds, flu and GERMS in general... so they are supposed to stay in for the most part.

When K goes back to work, Coop will be staying with his {favorite} aunt!

A Few pictures for you!!

EVEN though they didn't take the title, The TEXAS RANGERS are and will always be champs in Coop's book!

Coop at 1 day {or maybe even just a few hours...}

And if you missed it.... Check out Coop's pictures from his photo shoot HERE!! He's darn tootin' cute!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011


It is hard to describe a miracle in a blog post... I'll certainly try my best, but trying to put into words the miracle that God has performed with Cooper is something all the words in my brain couldn't construe to anyone.

I remember May 30th like it was yesterday. I remember so many things so vividly - feelings, words, texts....expressions.... And I was just an onlooker.

From the first text that morning to when I left the hospital at 2 am - I remember everything, and it is something that will be sketched in my brain for the rest of my life. It was an experience that brought so much emotion, love and Gods power to me. One that I thought I would never experience but has shown me - and so many people so much.

I remember sitting in the hospital room waiting on Cooper to come into the world. Hearing Dr. E talk to K&J (and family) about what could happen. The chances of survival and the chances of complications. He absolutely did not sugar coat anything. Stated the flat out worst things that could happen - and gave some hope that Cooper would come out breathing, and they could quickly get him intubated.

When Cooper was born at 1 pound 5 ounces he fit in the palm of the doctors hand. Such a tiny thing, yet already a miracle.

As his story was told - it was becoming obvious that God was in charge. It was obvious that after only a short time of Karen going into labor... hundreds of people were already praying - people all over the world. It was obvious that in some way, this little miracle was going to impact so many people.

His story really is amazing. From being so tiny, so helpless, having a 40 to 50 % chance of survival... to being this amazing 9 pound chunky beautiful baby boy - It is OBVIOUS who was in charge here.
Even his doctor, Dr. B said ... "you would have never thought just by looking at him that he was a 1 pound baby. He is a perfectly healthy baby boy" ....

He is home. No monitors, and no wires. Just perfect. He is doing great, adjusting to his new home and mom and dad are loving every minute of it!!!

Blessings do come in disguise, and God's plan and his blessings... is just that...


Thank you... to each and everyone of you that prayed for him. Your prayers have done so much for Cooper and his mom and dad. There are not enough words to say thank you. Those that don't even know K&J, those that do.....the nurses...doctors (all wonderful people)... Words, hugs, and thanks will never be enough.

This isn't the end, it's only the beginning - and I'll continue to update on Coop's story!!!

A few pictures of his homecoming and at home!

                                                                  Just leaving the hospital!
On his way HOME!
First bath at home!!
Meeting his cousin for the very first time!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Guess What....

I have thought about what I was going to write in this post... I thought, I'd make a nice emotional post... or make it short and sweet..... but I'm so excited I am just going to blurt it out....

After 123 days in the NICU....

COOPER IS COMING HOME TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And we couldn't be more thankful for your prayers and support.
Now, the real fun begins!

Friday, September 30, 2011

4 Months Old!

WOW-ZA! Can you believe it has been 4 months? I probably say this with every monthly post... but in a way it seems like tie has creeped by... but it also seems like "WOW! 4 months, ALREADY??!"

Anyhow, Cooper is still chillin' with his peeps at the NICU. No official word on when he will be home, but we are really hoping it will be within the week.- Looks promising!

He is 9 pounds 4 ounces and 20.5 inches long.... To recap, 4 months ago he was 1 pound 5 ounces and 12 inches long. THAT is amazing!

Will update as things develop! PRAYERS for a homecoming!

Cooper @ 1 day old
1 Month Old 
 2 Months Old
 3 Months Old
 Cooper @ 4 months old!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

117 Days.

Today marks the 117th day of Coop in this world. 117 days of Cooper being in the NICU and 117 days of visiting the NICU.

I keep holding off to post a blog in hopes that I could post "He's HOME!" update... BUT that hasn't happened... YET.

There is certainly talk of Cooper going home! Soon. No set date yet - and if he has brady's it could set him back more.... But there is talk, and THAT is always a good sign! Yesterday was day 5 for his last brady... and he had one in his swing. SO, the Dr. has said he wanted to keep an eye on him over the weekend, and they'll talk Monday.

Coop has already passed his car seat test, an so now all he needs is the A-OK to head home.

Cooper is still doing great. 9 pounds 2 ounces!
Hopefully I'll be able to post pictures of Coop's nursery soon.


Prayers for his homecoming are VERY MUCH appreciated, needed, wanted...

K&J - patience and understanding while they wait for that AMAZING and much awaited day to arrive!

Cooper's overall health when he comes home. Flu season is approaching, and we just want Coop to be happy and healthy when he gets home!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Late Night Update...

Seriously ya'll it's past 9:30... This girl is tired and usually in bed by now... At least on school nights!

Here's the deal... Coop is the man! I mean, really...he is. He's been breathing on his own for well over a week...maybe even two... He's got ALL of his feeding down now, all from a bottle! {GREAT NEWS!}.. I mean he is almost NINE POUNDS NOW! {WOW-ZA} and he is just plain ready to be home...

BUT.... {there's ALWAYS a but...}

He keeps having brady's - {a drop in his heart rate....see glossary, here...} He has to go 5 days without having any A's and B's {apneas and brady's}. If he has one, his 5 days has to start over again.
He's ready to go home, but he seems to want to stick to the NICU a few more days... {maybe it's the fantastic nurses}

Pray for this little guy to get that heart rate under control and maintain it - like the trooper he is!


Of course as mentioned above pray for Cooper and his HR. Pray BIG that the next 5-6-7-8-9------- days he doesn't have any drops and he is home ASAP!

KEEP K&J in your prayers for continued patience, comfort and His love. They can't wait to get this little guy home.

Baby M is recovering well from her surgery. Keep her and her family in your prayers as she continues to recover and they get her back on a schedule - and settled into her new NICU room.

Friday, September 16, 2011

What's Karen thinking?

Karen sent me this for the blog... Today, September 16th is Cooper's actual due date... Here's how Karen feels.


Today was my due date. There are a lot of different things going through my head, so much that I can’t even separate one from another. There’s also a flood of emotion as I realize that we should have a brand new little, perfect baby. But instead we have a perfect, big 3 month old. Today Cooper is 3 months 2 ½ weeks old and weighs over 8lb. That may not seem like a lot for a 3 month old, but considering where he started, it’s such a big change. As much as we’ve gone through these past 3 ½ months, I wouldn’t change or give them up for anything. God’s timing is perfect and he knew what he was doing when we were all so scared for Cooper to come so early. Cooper is truly one of God’s little miracles and has touched so many lives; and I pray that he continues to do just that.
Being at the hospital with Cooper has just become our way of life. Since May 30, we have known no different. It’s been a long road and we’ve been tired and maybe have had to change some plans, but there’s nothing I love more than sitting with him. I think back to the first time we got to touch him or the first time he wore clothes, or I look back at pictures from when he was not even 2 lbs, and I had no idea what we had coming. I can’t say we’ve loved every minute of it, but I still wouldn’t give up those things.
Cooper has been a fighter since day 1. And still is. We’ve been so blessed with his progress. Being in the NICU and around the other babies that have come and gone (or come and stayed) we’ve seen a lot of things and not all of them have been as fortunate as we have. And it’s all because of our Faith and the prayers and support we’ve gotten. Some of these babies don’t have anyone, but Cooper has truly been raised by an army of God.

On a side note – please continue to pray for a speedy recovery for Baby M. Her surgery went well and they aren’t expecting any complications. Pray also for her parents. They aren’t able to hold her for a few days during recovery and that will probably be the hardest part.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Prayers for Baby M.

A quick request to keep Coops friend, M in your prayers. She was having breathing problems a couple of days ago and is back on the vent. It looks like she might have to have a trachea placed because of narrowing in her airway.
If this happens, she will have surgery to have the trachea in, and will be moved to Cooks where she will have around the clock care, and her own private room. Once she is able to take bottles she will go home with the trachea in place.

Say lots of prayers for her and her family that God will work miracles for her and her airway will widen for easy breathing and she can go home soon!

Can't say this enough, but THANK YOU for your continued prayer. PLEASE KEEP them coming!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

DAY 102.

I have to put the day in the title because I am running out of catchy phrases to use.... But can you believe that it has been over 100 days? I remember baby Cooper's BIRTHday like it was yesterday. Everything from the very first text message at 7 in the morning to leaving the hospital at 2 AM the next morning. It was a day I don't think I'll ever forget.

As for an update on Coop... he is still doing great! He has reached 8 pounds and has been breathing TOTALLY on his on for the past 3 days!

He is currently taking 2 bottles a day... when that gets up to ALL bottles, sweet Cooper will be ready to go home! His nursery is almost ready for him! {although, I'm sure he'll be sleeping in mom and dads room for a while!}.

OH! And if you're not a "fan" of Cooper's on facebook...
"Swallow test went really well. He didn't aspirate any of it. They are feeding him now with a slow flow nipple and they thickened the milk. He's tired from the test so it's going slow, but it's going. They will start with 3 times a day and go from there. "

A FEW PICS for your viewing pleasure...


PRAY BIG that Cooper will catch on to the bottles QUICKLY! As soon as he does this, HE GETS TO GO HOME!!!

Pray that J&K continue to have patience while they are waiting to take Coop home, and that they are well rested each day.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 98.

Again, I'm sorry for the lack of post... If at any time you all feel like I am neglecting the blog feel free to email me at katyanne@sbcglobal.net and say "GET TO IT!" - I won't be offended... I promise.

Well, Cooper the Trooper is doing great! He is so very close to going home, yet still has one huge hurdle to get over.

They have not been feeding him from a bottle lately so they could give him more time to grow and mature. Tomorrow at 2:30 they will be doing a swallow test. They will feed him under an X-Ray and this will show if he is swallowing or aspirating the milk. We want him to be swallowing, of course.

If the test does not go as well as hoped, the option of a G-button will arise. A g-button {or a gastric feeding tube or button}  is a tube inserted through a small incision in the abdomen into the stomach and is used for long-term nutrition.... This is an option that J&K would rather not do... Of course they want Coop to be able to eat, drink and be happy.... THIS IS A HUGE PRAYER REQUEST!

In GREAT NEWS... Cooper has been off of all forms of oxygen since 12 am this morning... {midnight}. He is going on almost 21 hours of breathing 100% BY HIMSELF! AMAZING!!!

SO... what I'm getting at is... he really needs to be able to eat, so he can go home!

He weighs 7 pounds 10.8 ounces...not so much fitting into those tiny preemie clothes anymore.

And of course, he gets cuter everyday!

A few pictures of the cutie pie...
 I mean, SERIOUSLY! He's cute.
 Sweet little family.
I didn't purposely cut my sister's face out of this picture..... I promise.

Baby M is doing great! She is on the CPAP and doing well! They are going to give her a little bit more time before they try to take her off of it. AS far as I know, she is eating well and disposing...well. :-) Keep the prayers for baby M coming!


A HUGE HUGE HUGE Prayer request tonight {and tomorrow} is that Coop passes his test with flying colors! I mean really... Pray that he swallows well and that all that yummy milk {well...to him, its yummy} goes strait to his big 'ol belly!

Keep K&J always in your prayers... As the days go on {98 days} they are getting anxious and are ready to take Coop home.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy 3 Months Big Guy!!!

 Here's we go.... Check out his amazing growth!!
Oh, and by the way, Cooper was off all oxygen for 7 whole hours yesterday! AMAZING! He will be wireless before long! Oh, and he's 6 pounds 14.1 ounces!

DAY 1 
And of course, Happy 3 months to Cooper's best friend, M!!


KEEP PRAYING for Cooper's feeding to get better. They are not giving him a bottle right now, so pray that he is 100% READY when that time comes!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


and a brief update... BUT FIRST, Pictures...

I love it when little baby butts are in the air!


First time enjoying a swing!

Look at that cuteness!

SO SO much hair!

He's already a Mav's fan!

Lastly, remember this precious picture? The ice cream bowl hat...that was WAY too big...?

Well, the hat doesn't quite fit anymore....

As for an update... Coop's breathing is great! His oxygen is as low as it can go. The nurses try to take him completely off once or twice a day, but Coop doesn't like that much... So for now he is still on it...

His feedings have gotten a little hairy. They found that he aspirates his milk when drinking from a bottle. So they have halted the bottle feed for now. They think they will give him a couple of weeks to try and grow more and mature before trying the bottle again.

He weighs 6 pounds 13 ounces! Just about to big for those tiny preemie clothes.

And, he's still really cute, and loves his {favorite} aunt, Katy.

His friend, M got to move rooms! She is getting close to being Coopers neighbor again. I'm sure they miss each other... they've been together since birth! She is still gaining weight well and doing better with feedings and spit ups.
She still is on the vent, so prayers that she gets her breathing stronger.


Pray for Coops feedings. More ups and downs here... {they never seem to end} - he has to be able to drink and digest exclusively from a bottle. This is holding him back from going home. Pray big that when they try the bottle again, he he does it like a champ.

Keep K&J in your prayers. Its been almost 3 months of visiting Coop in the NICU on a daily basis {several times a day} - they are getting anxious to get their little guy home and they need prayers for patience and comfort.

Your prayers are so important right now to get Coop strong enough to go home!!! Keep them coming!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SWeet Cooper

Cooper is still just truckin' along.

He is currently (as of last night 6 pounds 6 ounces and breathing at 24%. Last night while Karen was holding him, his little nasal cannula was out of his nose almost the whole time... {which means he was breathing on his own!!} Pray that he can become "wireless" soon!

Looks like right now his biggest hurdle is eating. He seems to have a bit of reflux, and that is holding him back from eating well.

Sorry, just an update today, I promise to post pictures next time.


Update on Miss M... She's moved rooms! (great thing!) and they have already increased her food to 13 ML's! She's over 5 pounds and will soon move to a big girl crib!

She is still breathing on the vent, so say big prayers that she can get stronger breathing and that the doctors can figure out her breathing issues.

Pray for Coop and his feedings. This is one big thing holding him back from going home. He seems to be spitting up more the past few days, and so he really needs to get that under control.

Pray too for J&K. Both are working and that minimizes their time with sweet cooper. IT was 8:30 before Karen got to see Coop last night. I know this is hard for them.

Pray that Coop gets to come home soon! Karen's due date was September 16th, which s just about 3 weeks away..... Lets hope and pray that Coop gets to go home when he was supposed to!

Friday, August 19, 2011

and, We've got a 6 pounder!

YES FOLKS!! You read that right! Cooper weighs 6 pounds 1.9 ounces.Isn't God just amazing!?

He is still doing great! And he is progressing like he should! He is still breathing at 26% {like a champ} and eating 55ML's at a time.

He had a test on his kidneys {I forgot what it was called} - BUT he passed!! And His eyes were tested again for ROP {see glossary} and it has not changed, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

He is in a room now where babies actually go home on a regular basis! Keep praying that this happens soon! {and that he is ready soon!}

And of course, pictures...

I mean seriously... how cute is this kid??? Even with his triple chin... He seems to be a favorite in the NICU! Some nurses come to visit him just to be able to hug on him a second.


Baby M has reached 5 pounds!!{this is GREAT considering she didn't eat for a LONG time!} She had a rough night last night and had some trouble breathing - and could possibly have an infection. So keep baby M and her mom and dad in your prayers. That little girl needs to be reunited with Coop again. They miss each other.

Pray that Coop gets better and stronger at breathing and eating... and that his coming home date is approaching!

Pray for Karen as school starts next week and she will be more limited as to when she can visit Coop.

Pray for J&K that they get plenty of rest and relaxation.

Monday, August 15, 2011


COOPER IS ALMOST 6 POUNDS!!! Can you believe it? Last night he was 5 pounds 14.2 ounces! WOW!!!

Otherwise he is doing great! He is taking his bottles well. I think he is up to 54 ML's and taking it ALL! He is still breathing on the nasal cannula at 26 %... We want this to be at 21% and soon! The sooner, the better!

A shower was held for Cooper this weekend and it was lovely. THanks to all who came and shower the CHandlers with SO much love!! ANd thank you for all of the continued prayers!! Keep them coming EVERYDAY!
I think thats about it... A few pics...

OH!! First... Do you remember THIS picture??? Those tiny rings were bracelets on Cooper's arm...

Well, I took this next picture last night.... same rings, same baby...same arm..... 2 months later....
 And here is a sweet picture of Coop and his mama... He loves to cuddle with her!


Keep praying for Coop and his breathing. It still needs to get stronger before he can go home. He also will occasionally have A's & B's (See glossary at the top) - pray that they don't think their ugly nose in Coop's business.
Pray also for his feedings to get stronger. This is also something that as to happen before he goes home. (bottle feeding and nursing)

Pray for Karen as she returns to work this week. (as a teacher) That she can adjust to the new schedule and being away from Coop too.

Keep Coops friend M in your prayers too. She is doing good at taking in milk and starting to digest it well. She is starting to maintain her body temp (YAY!) but still needs prayers for her breathing. They are still trying to figure out if there is a blockage in her airway.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We have a 5 pounder!

My favorite aunt status might be dropping a bit because I haven't been updating the blog as often as I should.....


But, I do apologize for the lack of updates. Cooper is still doing great, and being the trooper that we have all grown to know and love.
He has made it to 5 pounds!!! Today's weight was 5 pounds 4.3 ounces!!!
He takes several bottles a day and does good with them. He is currently taking 46 ML's at each feeding! {no wonder he is packing on the ounces!}
He has attempted nursing a few times and is getting the hang of it. He needs a bit more work at THAT, but he is getting to be a pro at the bottles.
He did get to be held by his grandma, and of course he loved it!
oh, and I got to help him to his bed... I may have taken a few extra minutes to get him there...
Here are a few pictures for your pleasure!


Cooper's friend, M still needs our prayers. {and her parents}. She is having trouble getting her breathing down and last I heard they were going to
check to see if there was something blocking her airway. They have been giving her milk, and she did have her first dirty diaper!!! Just pray that she can get that breathing under control.
She also has a little infection, and that doesn't help either.
Since you are in the NICU so often, you get to know the folks around you and become close to them. I barely know M and her parents, but I just love that little baby girl and I want her to get better quick!
Pray that Cooper can get his feeding down! This is one thing that he has to do before going home. He has to be feeding exclusively from a bottle - and doing it like a champ.Pray he gets it, and that he can also start to get
the hang of nursing.
School is about to start for Karen, and she needs prayers for that. Strength for her as she returns to work, and won't be able to see Coop as often.
Continued prayers for both K&J for strength, patience and love.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cooper the Trooper

Cooper is just truckin' along. He is doing really good, and just keeps growing. He actually FITS into preemie clothes now, and I imagine that he won't for long at the rate he is going.
He has has a pretty special week. Not only did he get to meet some of his extended family, but he got to meet his great-grandmother {my dad's mom} - AND his nana and papa got to hold him...
Here are a few pictures of his week...
The nurses gave him a Mohawk!

Coop currently weighs 4 pounds 12.8 ounces and is eating well . He takes about 3 or 4 bottles a day and most of the time he will take all or most of it. It seems he is getting better at it by the day. He may even try to nurse soon!

He also had his 2 month shots this week. {YAY!} they think that he might have not felt great after them because he was having a few episodes of A's & B'a {Apnea's and Bradycardias}. I have not heard today, but they expected them to subside quickly.


Keep praying for Cooper's friend, M. She was having a little trouble getting her breathing down after her surgery, but it looks as though things are looking up for her. I did hear that she had a little poopy {YAY!!!} and they have started her back on milk to see if she will tolerate it. Keep her and her mama and daddy in your prayers.

Keep praying that Coop continues to improve. Pray that the A's and B's will stop and Coop feels better after his shots. He needs to also get better at feeding from a bottle. And of course that he stays well.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"did i mention he was cute?"

that was the text update I got from Karen today.... "He's awesome and cute"

I am so excited to be able to keep posting good news! Cooper is doing great and keeps on being the trooper that he is!

He is up to 4 pounds 9.3 ounces, and eating well from a bottle. He has moved into a big boy bed, and is still doing great on the nasal cannula!! I tell you, he is just amazing!

A few pictures for your viewing pleasure...

That last picture, he is smiling at his favorite aunt! {ME... kendra....} :-)


Coopers friend, M as I mentioned before had her surgery. She is still currently on the vent, but they are slowly weening her off. She will probably be on it another day or two, then they will try the CPAP. They are also going to check and see if her PDA (that extra vessel) has closed. Pray her breathing gets stronger, her PDA is closed and that when they do try to give her food again, that she will accept it well.

Keep praying for Coop and that he continues to get stronger. Pray for his bottle feeding that it improves everyday!

Keep praying for K&J too. Although things are good, they are still tired. Their life is home to hospital to home... They don't have a lot of free time and I know they are weary and tired.