Monday, May 6, 2013

One Month

I'm sitting with my left leg hanging off the side of the bed.  And my toes are wrapped around the edge of Piper's Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play, rocking her back and forth.  Her eyes are closed, but she's sneakin' a peek at me every few seconds.  This little girl is an observer. 
She doesn't miss a thing.  
More like, she doesn't want to miss a thing.  (Now I'm gonna have Steven Tyler's voice
 singing in my head!) 
I find myself feeling the same exact way...
Our little babe turned one month last Wednesday.  And she's five weeks today.

adorable stickers from Aunt Kelly

That bittersweet emotion that comes with babies growing and getting older...
I'm finally truly understanding it.

With each new day, this little bundle of love gives us 101 new reasons to smile.
Reasons, we will always want to remember.
Reasons, we want to savor.

Piper says "Hey, peeps!  I'm one month old.  See my wittle finger!  Yep, I knows it!"

Piper is strong.

She holds her head up like it's nobody's business with that little neck of hers.
She loves tummy time 80% of the time.  She impresses the heck out of us with her will to
 turn over.  She loves to kick her skinny, long legs and move and shake her arms and fists. 
She's a wiggle worm.
Karate choppin'

Piper wants what she wants when she wants it.
She gets so excited when it's time to nurse.  She moves and shakes and sometimes cries when I'm getting her meals ready (breakin' the boobies out).  She hums and sounds like a seagull when she's eating.  Oh, and the tootin'.  She loves to toot.  Especially when she's nursing. 
 And she's mastered the blowout.  A true poop machine.
"She's just my poop machine.  A gassy, tootin' fiend!" 
Her faces...
Oh, her faces.  We adore them.  Can't get enough of them. 
She has at least 9,328 new ones each day. 
 They make my face hurt from smiling and laughing so hard.

"What chu talkin' 'bout, Mommy?"

Piper's one month appointment was last Thursday. 
 She nestled into Steve while we waited for the doctor.

Piper weighed in at 10.1 pounds.  But then she pooped all over the scale.  Like, a super mega poop.  I wanted to high five her.  It was hilarious.  The nurse joked she was probably in the high nines after that sweet stinky surprise.
She measured 22 inches.  And checked out beautifully.
Before leaving, she got a vaccine.  I watched as her face went from cheerful to absolutely terrified as the nurse stuck that needle in her teeny thigh.  Piper wailed louder than I've ever heard her.  I got teary-eyed as I swooped up my little Pips.  Poor lil' munchkin.

"Did you just say I need to get another shot next month?!??"

"Piper.  Piper.  Piper Grace.  You're so pretty, I love your face.
Piper.  Piper.  Piper Grace.  The sweetest baby in the whole darn place."
I sing that song to her over and over again.  I wrote it myself (the week we came home), in case you were wondering.
Piper loves music just like her Mommy and Daddy. 
I sing to her all the time.  Sometimes, "Rockabye Baby" is on repeat when she's being a vamp baby.
Dee Dee switches her tunes to lullabies as soon as we come over to visit.
And Pippy is definitely learning a bunch of country songs.
Music is soothing.  And she knows it.  She loves cuddling.  She is a major love bug. 
Hold her tight and she'll be your best friend.  Find the perfect spot for her to rest her head and she's all yours.  Pat her back and sway around and around and she eventually will be putty in your arms.
She can also be a crankmeister.  If she doesn't like what you're doing, she'll let you know.  This babe has a nice set of lungs on her and she's not afraid to use 'em. 
She will look you right in the eyes and give you that insanely precious "Piper pout" and you'll do absolutely anything to turn that frown upside down. 


It may not seem so, but I call our babe by her real name more than any of her nicknames. 
Though, she does have a bajillion nicknames.  Of course, there's "Pips," "Pippy"
and "Pipsy!" 
 And just to name a few other faves - Mooncheekins (which I covered in my last post).
Steve calls her "Little Scrumptious" a lot.
When I burp her, she's "Mr. Magoo."  She looks like a little old man (the cutest little old man) when her cheeks slump into my hand and she does her best to work out a belchie as I pat her back.
And when she gets a certain look on her face, she's "Marky Mark" (as I sing "Good Vibrations" in my best baby voice).  Because she looks like a baby Mark Wahlberg to me.  I don't know...something in her eyes and nose. 
I could go on and on...
 I'll have many more words and photos in the next post
to go along with all the little ways we celebrated Piper's first month of life.
I made Betty Crocker made cupcakes to ring in the special occasion.
Piper hung out with me in the kitchen while we waited for the oven to beep.
"Are those all for me?!"

"Hand it over, Mommy!  I saw you scarf two of those suckers down as soon as they came outta the oven!"

Happy One Month Birthday
to our beautiful, funny, expressive, spunky baby girl!
One month Piper pout

"I am Piper-Pippy-Pips-Pipsy-Little Scrumptious-Mooncheekins-Mr.Magoo-Marky Mark baby.  Hear me roar!"

"Wait!  What?!?"

"Catch me if you can!"

 This past month has been the best month of our lives.
And it's all because of this sweet face.

<3 A happy video <3

Celebratin' good times...
And it's only just begun. <3
Hope your week started off great!
See ya soon.

One Month Piper Lovin',


Anonymous said...

Okay seriously, MR MAGOO? I love that cartoon. It's the ONLY one you can get me to sit and watch in all of my life. Somethin' bout Cha-lie!! Goodness.

Pips is growing beautifully and you seem at home with her in your, STEVE'S TOO, arms as though she was always meant to be there. I so look forward to each post you write to see how our Honorary Cyber Baby is doing. I'm digging her outfits, better dressed than most adults. Little bugger. :)

I do hope your both resting as much as you can and taking in every single moment. It's just a blink.... see it while you can.

Em @ And Nothing Else Matters said...

Oh she is just precious! It goes so quick doesn't it, my third babe just passed the two month mark!

E and R said...

She just seems to get cuter with every picture you post!
Time really does go by so quickly, I can't believe she is already 1 month!

Maria said...

Happy one month!!! I think the single most awful part of having a newborn is that first shot. I all out cried with Gavin's first one. I felt like I broke his baby heart! The good news, it is all down hill from that. <3 Well done, Mama!

ErinMSW said...

Aw, she is so beautiful! Happy 1 month birthday, baby girl!

KellBellz said...


Rian Eidson said...

Happy one month, Piper!!!!!! I can't believe it. She is beautiful and I love her faces so much! Her video is adorable, I miss those little baby sweet! I hope you and Piper have a wonderful day and listen to some sweet Alison Krause tunes. :) much love xoxoxox

Mrs. E said...

Oh, the can feel it pouring off the page! (And great. Now I'm singing Black Eyed Peas...where is the love, the love, the love...LOL!) She is so precious. I don't ever use that phrase, but I'm totally using it now because it describes her perfectly. She is precious, adorable, beautiful, sweet, *perfect*. Happy One Month, Miss Piper! We all love you!

PS: I love the song you wrote for Piper :) I also love that you clarified the fact that you wrote it hahaha!

mail4rosey said...

Aw, she does have a lot of sweet little faces! She's so so so cute!! I will probably say that a lot. I cannot help myself.

And she's so tiny she makes the cupcakes look big, lol!! :)

Happy 1 month to your little one!

Kelly @ Stay at Home Trader said...

OMG MARIA! She is so big! I NEED to get over to see you before she's 18 and off to college ;) haha! Awww! She is just precious! I laughed and cried at all of her beautiful photos! Awwww! God Bless you guys. I love that you are so happy and just so elated with love and joy for this little munchkin. I TOTALLY SEE MARKY MARK! hahahaha! Awww I love you so much and I really hope you have a wonderful week! Happy 5 weeks Piper! Aunt Kelly didn't forget about you! xoxoxoxo

Puzzle peace said...


these pics are so full of joy. i love that you posts so much and share it with all of us. enjoy your very first mother's day~

Judy Haughton-James said...

Beautiful pictures and I just love the captions you put under them Maria! Piper certainly has a wide variety of cute expressions! Happy 5 weeks Piper! It is great that she is growing nicely and all is well. I wish you, Steve and Piper continued happiness as a wonderful family. Lots of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes always.

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

She is the cutest ever! I love all of her nicknames! and the song you wrote for her is perfect! It's hard to believe that she is already 5 weeks old! I need to meet her soon!!

Kim said...

She is precious! I love all of her faces too!! What a great one month update, filled with all of those little details you never want to forget! Good job Mama!

I hope you and Piper have a great rest of the week :)

Jenny said...

Happy One Month Birthday Piper!!!

Infertile625 said...

She is so you with all those faces!!

Faith said...

Omg! I'm melting!

She makes the best expressions.

I love that you wanted to high five her when she pooped on the scale, hilarious!

My sister shed a few tears when Noa Grace got her first shot. My mom use to do the same thing. I guess it's a mama thing :)

Alex[andra] said...

Aw, poopy baby! The day she gets potty trained will be a glorious one!

Beautiful pictures! Happy one month, Piper!

beckyj @ A Lazy Crazy Life said...

She does have the best facial expressions! Thanks for sharing!

Heather Nelsen said...

Sweet Piper girl!! 5 weeks already. I love all of her facial expressions and her sweet "coos" in the video!! She is beautiful!! I know you guys are just in awe. :) Hope you and Steve have a great rest of the week and an awesome weekend with little miss Piper!!


Stephanie N. said...

Haha... I love that she is Mr. Magoo from time to time. :)

All of these pictures are too cute for words! You can really see her personality in these -- and she looks so much like you! Since she's coming out of the newborn stage (tear, tear, I KNOW!), you can see it more, I think. Bittersweet, isn't it?

I hope you, miss Piper, Steve, and the kitties are having an amazing week! Can't wait to see/hear/read more! <3

Rachel said...

Happy one month Piper! What a beautiful little one you have Maria. Time does fly by so fast so soak it all in :-)

Whitney Cypert said...

Happy 1 month sweet Piper! I loved this post and laughed several times, you are such a good writer Maria! I love all of her nicknames, I am such a nickname person. My cats have tons : ). Also, I got Steven Tyler's song in my head at the beginning also! She is so adorable with all of those sweet faces, I can't wait to see more 1 month pictures!

Celena Fletcher said...

She's such a cutie! My little girl is almost 18 months, my son is 3.5, and trust me, the wonder and happiness from having them never goes away! Have fun! And the shots? You'll never stop hating them...sorry. I'm a new GFC follower from the Thirsty Thursday blog hop and would love it if you checked out and followed my blog too :) Have a great day!


Hanna said...

congrats on one month. amazing how time flies. adorable pictures:)


Noel Marie said...

She is seriously so stinkin cute!! I miss those gummie little smiles and yawns! It's a bitter sweet life to watch your baby love and adore every new thing but you'll be nostalgic for yesterdays for the rest of your life! lol

You look fab, mama!! Love your little family

Tracy said...

Her facial expressions are so great! Happy 1 month to all of you! Have a great weekend!!

Ashley said...

hehe... I laughed out loud when you said baby mark whalberg! I don't know why I found it so funny. She sure does have a lot of cute little facial expressions. It is so wonderful how great you are at documenting all of this!
I love all her little nicknames.I had about a million for my kiddos too but only a couple stuck around once they got bigger!

Kerry said...

Hahaha look at her gummy smiles lol what a cutie!!
I bet you guys are having the time of your lives with Piper :)
Isn't it just the most amazing thing having a child? You will never top being in awe of her, the fun has only just begun!!
Much love to you all xoxoxox

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