Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Four Months

Dear Piper,
I cried on the morning of your four month birthday...thinking back to that early April morning that you made your way into the world.  Has it really been four (really, four and a half) months since the day you were born?  Some days, I feel like you've been here forever - sometimes I can't even remember being pregnant - as if you just magically appeared in our lives.  I mean, you are magic.  I think I've covered that already.  Some days, I wish so badly that I could stop the clock.  Stand right there in that moment and be still for eternity.  Because it feels that good.  
But each day with you, I learn something new.  I watch you learn and grow and discover new things.  And I know, though so very bittersweet, that the days, months and years to come will feel that good, too.

You've been a teething fool these past few weeks.  
Your two bottom teeth, Herbie and Bernie are vicous little teeth.
They started making their appearance before you even turned four months.  
And now, they're rippin' right through...hopefully, the worst of it is over soon.  Before some more of their friends join the party.  I have to admit, I think Herbs and Bern are gonna look adorable on ya.

They can make you a little moody at times.
Like today...
You were frazzled, serious, angry, sad, pissy, grumpy, happy, giggly, pouty and sleepy...just to name a few of your moods.

I love how you can go from hysterical to absolutely calm and content.
I swear today, through tears, you were giggling at Mommy's kooky attempts to make you laugh.
Crying, then laughing.  Laughing, then crying.  You must get it from me. 

You love your grapes teether.  Mommy rinses it with some cold water, sticks it in the freezer for five minutes and then takes it out.  When you see it, your eyes light up and you reach right for it.

Herbie and Bernie

Mommy's been getting extra snap-happy lately.  You just are such an expressive little babe.  I don't want to miss a thing.  

The day before your four month birthday, I dressed you up in one of my favorite dresses of yours - Dee Dee gave this to you on your one month birthday.

You (and Mommy) love headbands.   Uncle Nicholas jokes that we have one for every single day.  
Nothin' wrong with that. :)

Flippin' the bird.  AGAIN!

You squeal and "silent scream" often.   Once you get going, you really let your voice be heard.

You've got strong legs, baby girl.  You hold them straight and stiff and refuse to bend them sometimes.   

You turned four months on August first.  It was a rainy, dreary, icky day outside.  But that didn't stop us from soaking up some fun with Dee Dee and Gigi (formerly known as Aunt Karen).  She got her new name on that very day.  Dee Dee kept joking that Aunt Karen was your great-grandmother, and "Gigi" just sounded right.

You were rolling all over the place that morning.  
You can roll from front to back and back to front now.
I call you my little circus monkey.

Mommy woke up and stood at your closet, looking for the perfect outfit to brighten up the cloudy day.  The ducky dress I found for you while shopping with Aunt Kelly (while you were still in my belly) caught my eye.  As well as the happy, yellow sweater from your Aunt Jessica.

You woke up soon after, ready for your birthday breakfast.
And ready for some fun with Daddy before he got ready for work.

Dee Dee and Gigi showed up at 10:45, damp and cold from the rain.  But you warmed things up quickly.  We got all packed up and ready for our day.  We headed to the outlets first.  You wanted out of your stroller at the beginning.  You wanted to be out and about, close to all the action.  You didn't mind the rain one bit.

Our first, but not last trip to the potty.

You were a shoppin' fool.  Deeds and Gigi went crazy ohhing and ahhing over all the summer clearance clothes.  We all love a good bargain.  Don't worry, we will teach you our ways.
The hangers kept piling and piling.
All that shopping made you one sleepy girl.

Gigi and Dee Dee fought over the bill, while you told them you'd gladly pick out 47 more outfits, if it made them feel better.

"Hey, grannies, there's a gorgeous leather jacket over there along with a kitty cat dress that has Piper's name written all over it!"

Mommy sometimes steals borrows your headbands.

Next stop was California Tortilla.  You loved the bright colors on the table.
And Mommy loved her burrito and the Raspberry Diet Coke (that she forgot on her way out).

You had a blast in Mommy's lap, watching us eat and gab. (You also loved sneakin' little tastes of the strawberry water Deeds was giving you - "a sippy for Pippy!")

Target was our last stop for the day.

"Four Generations!"  Just Kidding, Aunt Karen Gigi!

We came back home and shared lots of smiles and laughs.
It certainly was a special day we shared, with two very special ladies.
You were showered with love, baby girl.

Those baby blues are here to stay.
I am in love with them.


Daddy came home and hid behind you...waiting for you to notice him.
I caught your reaction as soon as you laid eyes on him.  It was a precious one.

That night, you went to bed early; pooped from your exciting day.  Dee Dee brought over your birthday present.  Twinkie kindly offered to open it for you.
It was filled with lots of sweet gifts..all in 3-6 months and 6 month sizes.  *Tear*  You're growing fast.

Afterwards, Deeds, Gigi and I had a fancy girls' night at Walmart until almost midnight.  
You scored a few more additions to your wardrobe.  And mama scored some ice cream and diet coke.

Your four month check up was a few days later.
I couldn't wait to find out your stats. 
Your Daddy and I knew our Lil' Squish did some growin' since her two month check up.

You patiently waited with your pals, Sophie and Loveybear.
On your way there, through Mommy's twangin' tunes, she heard you tootin' away.
Sure enough, you had a nice, big poo waitin' for me when we arrived.
You're still a pro in the poo department, Piper the pooper.
You've moved up to size 2 diapers.

Daddy met us and the two of you watched t.v. in the waiting room.

You showed off your mad rolling skills and found the paper on the table quite tasty.

"Does this diaper make my butt look big?"

Well, baby girl, you definitely grew...
16.4 pounds and 26 inches (You were 12.13 pounds and 24 inches at your two month check up).
Your head measured 17 inches around. (It was 16 at your last check up).
85% for weight and 95% for height.
You go, Pippy!

Mommy felt so bad when she found out you needed a couple shots again.  I was telling you on the way to the appointment that there would be no mean needles this time.
You cried pretty hard but settled down as soon as we swooped you up.
You got a pretty, little heart band-aid to make it all better.

Piper, you're like a little, pretty band-aid for my heart.  You make so much in this life
so much better.  Thank you.

We love you, beautiful girl.


I'll be back this month with more on our adventures, on Piper milestones, on motherhood and 
the sad and the happy.

Happy Hump Day, everyone!
I hope your day is a good one.

Four Month Lovin',


Kerry said...

Hey guys! What a sweet post :) Happy 4 months Piper Grace!!! You are such a darling baby girl, so photogenic and pretty like your mummy.
Maria I love that black & white dress and headband from your mum and the yellow cardigan from Aunt Jessica, oh and those little socks that go with that outfit!! Oh my gosh, couldn't you just go crazy with little girl clothes?
It is always so hard when you have to get their needles done, it breaks your heart when they cry :(
She is so very blessed to have so many wonderful people in her life sharing her days with her. I bet your mum and Aunt Karen love spending their time with Piper too :)
I hope you are all well Maria, sending tons of love and best wishes xoxo

Tami said...

Maria, It is amazing to watch Piper grow through your eyes. It's neat to know some day she can look back and read all the sweet moments.
Teething sucks, quite frankly! Oh, and shots too!!
But the clothes!!! Oh my gosh, the clothes!!! =D beautiful clothes on a beautiful angel.
Have a wonderful day, my beautiful friend!

Rian Eidson said...

What a wonderful post!! I love watching Piper grow through your pictures, and I love watching you grow as a mother. It is absolutely beautiful seeing you as a mother. I love the "baby blues are here to stay" picture! Please frame that!!! Such a beautiful little girl and picture. Xoxox

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Maria,
Great post with beautiful pictures and wonderful videos! The months are moving so quickly and I am glad that Piper is doing fine and growing nicely! I love her headbands!:) She certainly had a whale of a time on her 4 month birthday and got lovely gifts. I hope her teething won't cause her much discomfort. I like the fact that you gave the teeth names!:) Continue to have good times with your bundle of joy Maria! Lots of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes to you, Steve and Piper!

Brittany said...

Ahhhhhhh sweet Piper!!! I cannot BELIEVE she is 4 months already, Maria!! Where has the time gone?! I can totally relate to you crying because I do the same thing..each passing day and milestone is so very bittersweet. She is such a little chubby baby and I love it! Those arms!!!! Hahaha! The rolls are just adorable. Bear never had the "rubber band arms" but I always kinda wanted him to, they are so stinkin' cute. And those outfits...oh my gosh!!! The yellow one is seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen. She looks like a little ray of sunshine! Get that baby in some modeling, Maria! She is a DOLL!! Happy 4 months, Pips...Bear sends big hugs and sugars! Hope y'all are having a wonderful week, pretty momma! :) :)

Alex[andra] said...

Oh Maria, your posts are always so, so refreshing to read. It's so nice to see so much appreciation and love for Piper! I got a little teary eyed when I read that she's a band-aid for your heart. Happy 4 months Piper! :)

Heather said...

Happy 4 months, beautiful Piper!! Can't wait to see her two teeth! :)

Tracy said...

She just keeps getting cuter! Happy 4 months!

Faith said...

I tell you, your updates amaze me!

You really do not forget a thing! Piper is going to love reading this one day!

And let's talk about how cute Piper is! I can't get over it. Such a beauty!

And the middle finger picture had me laughing out loud. You are too funny! That is where Piper gets those amazing expressions from!

Jess @ said...

She is hands down the best dressed little girl I know! Such adorable outfits on such a beautiful girl!

mail4rosey said...

Look at her roll, woot!! And yes, every girl should be introduced to shopping very early in life. It looks like she's a champ at it too, lolol at the stroller pile up!!! :)

I have a picture like that with my son when he was little and I was shopping w/his grandma. But my son fell asleep (just like a boy not to appreciate shopping!). :)

Love those cute outfits she's wearing and those adorable socks w/the yellow stripe. :)

Such a loved, happy, pretty baby girl. Thanks for the fun update.

Olivia said...

Happy 4 months Piper!!

I'll Love You Forever said...

Piper!! Can't believe you are 4 months old! Your smile just brightens my day. You have such an amazing Mom and Dad! You are so loved by many! Love and adore all of your dresses! xoxo

Jodi Stuber said...

Always so much fun reading your posts. :) piper looks great and cute as ever! It is amazing how quickly those little babes grow, isnt it?? Take care lovely!

Lauren said...

I can't believe she's four months already!! She is my favorite Instagram baby! :)

Courtney B said...

Mia will be 8 months tomorrow.... yeah. I'll be a crying, blubbering mess all day! How is it possible for time to fly by so quickly?!
Piper is SO precious! Are you on instagram? I must follow!
Mia has that same singing dog and it drives me crazy but she LOVES it! She will sing along with it and kiss it over and over again, HA!

Anonymous said...

in the series of pics where she's wearing a white and navy dress, in the sixth pic down, she reminds me soooo much of your dad. and btw, i cannot STAND the amazingness of some of her faces!
-love, j :)

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

How is she 4 months old already! You are made for being a mom! The love that you and Steve have for Piper is amazing!! Love seeing her!

Heather @ Notes from the Nelsens said...

Oh Piper love you are getting SO big! I can see your sweet personality in every picture. No wonder your mama has so many names for you- your too cute to go by just one! You are one lucky girl, miss Piper... your mama and daddy and Dee Dee and lots of other people love you to pieces!!!

(If you could pass that message along, I'd appreciate it) hehe!



MrsV said...

Happy Belated 4 Months Piper!!
Maria she is such a beauty :) I hope you guys had a lovely weekend!

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