2010 Cooan Family Holiday Catalog

Friday, December 10, 2010
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Merry Christmas!

The 2010 Cooan Holiday Gift Catalog

Thank you for requesting this year’s Cooan Holiday Gift Catalog. Even though the economy is said to be declining, we have added to the product line in our catalog this year. Along with our regular best-selling items, please take note of the Jumping Jackaroo listed below. He is a wonderful addition to our lineup, and a definite favorite with the kids!

As always, remember to order by December 24, 2010, to ensure an on-time Christmas arrival!

Jumping Jackaroo - 4 Month Old Version: This little guy was in a big hurry to get to our warehouse and arrived a full month before schedule, on August 23rd! We should have had to pay extra shipping charges because he weighed so much! Over eight pounds! After a week of repairs due to breathing problems he was released for distribution and ready to go! He is currently approaching double his original weight and is a very well behaved addition to our lineup. We are still working out the kinks in his sleep mode, but hope to have him sleeping all night soon. Our Jackaroo comes with a full diaper bag, lots of smiles and a very tired mommy. He is sure to bring happiness to whomever he sees!

Rowdy Rambunctious Reese - 4.5 Year Old Version: She’s wild, she’s loud, but she’s also really cute! This year’s version of the Triple R comes with a pre-packed suitcase that’s always ready to go to Nana’s house and a wide toothed comb for getting the tangles out of “that beautiful hair”. Reese has a full repertoire of words and sentences, but two out of three times she will say, “Right? Right? Right?” She will continue to repeat herself until you answer her. Every. Single. Time… Optional accessory kit includes a Wii remote for hours of gaming fun and a nice, comfy carseat for those long road trips. She is a great little traveler, and loves to stay in hotels, A.K.A. “Daddy’s house”.

Kitschy Krazy Katie - 10 Year Old Version: There’s always something going on with this active little figure! Since her gymnastics obsession is so “last year”, this year’s model of K-K-Katie will come with new running shoes and a stop watch. She is the perfect companion for your next 5K run, and will keep you on track with your exercise program! Katie also enjoys taking care of Jumping Jackaroo. Just turn her loose, she is such a great little mama! This version comes with mostly A’s in the 4th grade, but struggles a little bit with social studies. She reads very well, and especially enjoys the Harry Potter books. This year’s package includes a totally funky wardrobe and a few questionable fashion choices.

Mama Shannon Traveling Machine: Whether you want a short weekend trip or a three month long getaway, Mama Shannon is the gadget for you! She comes pre-loaded with lots of information about a 50+ day long summer road trip that included visits to 17 of the United States and 2 Canadian provinces. All legs of the trip were driven with both Katie and Reese in the car, and while very pregnant! She especially loves seeing brand new places, and is already starting to download tons of information for Super Road Trip 2011. Mama Shannon is also training to run a 5K in March 2011 along with her sister, Alyssa, and Katie. We still have not been able to repair the housekeeping feature on this model, and believe that constant interaction with Jackaroo may be affecting her greatly. The house is still mostly unkempt and the laundry remains constantly piled up, but the baby is happy! Find out more about what she does at her blog, www.magazineprincess.blogspot.com, and make sure to leave a comment or two so she’ll know you’ve been there!

Daddy David United States Atlas: If you would like to have a better knowledge of airports, rental cars and hotels, look no further! The Daddy David United States Atlas will be your most handy tool! Our atlas has all kinds of knowledge about several areas of the US, particularly upstate New York. He can also navigate the Atlanta, Detroit, Albany or Little Rock airports with his eyes closed. We will be expanding our DDUSA to include Erie, Pennsylvania, sometime in early 2011, and who knows where else he may go! You can always count on DDUSA for trustworthy information about airport security, hotel breakfasts and long nights working on the computer. His work ethic is impeccable, and he is a truly hardworking man. He is newly versed in Skype, and manages to talk to Katie, Reese, Jack and Shannon several times per week via video. It’s so nice to actually see his face, and not just hear his voice.

Contact Information: Orders may be sent by snail mail, email or phone. If you are ever nearby, be sure to visit our outlet store!

Who's been where?

I love this website! You just enter the states you've visited and it will generate a map showing where you have been. Check it out!

Shannon has visited 33 states (66%)
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Katie has visited 24 states (48%)
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Reese has visited 23 states (46%)
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Jack's first week at home

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This week was just a blur for me, but I have some pictures of Jack to remember it by!











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Queenie and Poppa come to visit!

Sunday, September 5, 2010
It didn't take long for the baby bug to bite Queenie and Poppa. They came up to spend an afternoon visiting, and of course, to see Jack.


The girls were (understandably) a little jealous, but were, for the most part, willing to let their little brother soak up most of the attention.

Mama's other babies

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Lest you think I have forgotten that I have two beautiful girls in the midst of all this baby boy talk, I wanted to post a couple of pictures of them, too.

Reese is just as silly and loving as ever. She thinks her little brother hung the moon, but gets bored with him pretty quickly!

Katie is TOTALLY excited to have a baby brother. She is very possessive of him, and is truly a little mama! I am so proud of her and how well she takes care of him for me when I need a break!

Jack's Welcome Wreath

I worked long and hard to come up with a classy idea for Jack's hospital/front door wreath. I wanted something very boyish, but couldn't find a baby blue feather or maribou boa to save my life! I settled on making his wreath with white maribou, and using the sash from the bridesmaid's dress I wore in Alyssa's wedding. I thought it turned out pretty good! What do you think? I welcome your comments! The good, the bad and the ugly! But hopefully mostly good!

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All my guys are sleepy!

Saturday, August 28, 2010
We went out to Nana and Papaw's house after we left the hospital. I caught a picture of all the guys snoozing! How typical is that?!?

We're going home!

After almost a full week in the hospital it is finally time to go home. Jack is no longer jaundiced, and his IV has been taken out. He's nursing, but seems to be losing weight at a slightly alarming pace. We have plans to go see the lactation consultant at White County Hospital tomorrow, so that will help a lot, I'm sure. She's AWESOME!

My sweet little man!

Friday, August 27, 2010
We are still in the hospital, but every day is getting better. I am so ready to get this little guy home!


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Ear tags and IVs

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Ear tags or preauricular tags are one of many usually small congenital defects that might be seen on an infant or slightly older child. The tag is usually a small flap made primarily of skin that is slightly in front of the ear. Some babies have only one and this finding is not significant of anything necessarily. Other infants may have several ear tags and these could be associated with certain defects of which skin tags are a symptom or with conditions that cause unusual development of skin tags. Many times an ear tag is singular and will signify very little in an infant or child’s life. However, due to the potential that the tag might mean something else, including possible risk to hearing, the presence of one should be brought to the attention of a child’s doctor. Since the ear tags are skin colored they may not always be noticed at first.

Jack has a rather large ear tag on his left ear, and a small "bump" on his right ear. The doctor tells us that he will have to have surgery later in the year to remove the tags, but it is a relatively simple procedure, and fortunately, these tags don't affect his hearing at all. They ARE funny looking, but at least they're fixable!

Jack has also been "grunting" a lot, which means he may have a respiratory infection. The doctors have decided that prophylactic antibiotics are our best course of action. In order to administer the antibiotics, Jack has to have an IV. It's so pitiful looking! We went through the same exact thing when Katie was born. He was also jaundiced, so he had to wear little pads on the sides of his head to attach his eye shields. He looked so funny! I was upset that he was sick, but I felt like we were being taken care of, at least.

My sweet little man with his arm all bound up with his IV.

He had oval shaped white velcro patches on the sides of his head.

He wrapped his toes up in the cords that were attached to him.

Jack's Second Day

Wednesday, August 25, 2010















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