Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hello World (Again)





Happy October.
Happy 6 months to my baby girl.
 Happy beginning of fall.


I used this song for one of my posts about a year ago.


Hello World - Lady Antebellum


I think a lot of previous songs (post titles) will start to make their way back here.
It's crazy to think that when I wrote that post last year, I was just about to enter my second trimester.
And now, here I am, with a half a year old baby girl.


There are moments each day, that I find myself so completely swept away with Piper, that I just have to stop and stare at her.  I look into her pretty, blue eyes and ask myself what I ever did without her.
She makes me feel so alive.

I love watching her absorb every little new thing that comes her way.
It's amazing.
She's amazing.

Last Thursday, we went to the beach for the day.  We visited two beaches and the boardwalk.
The weather couldn't have cooperated more...it was beautiful and fall was definitely in the air.  The beach was almost completely empty when we made our way towards the ocean.  Steve held Piper as we walked on the sand.  All we heard was the ocean.  It didn't feel real.  It was too perfect.
I always say that I'm not really a beach person, and that I'm so much more a mountain person.  And I still think that holds truth.  But, watching Piper's face as we got closer to the waves...
Watching as her eyes followed the seagulls...
Seeing her smile at her daddy as he walked her closer to the shore...
It was all so beautiful.  I think I like the beach a lot more these days.  I think Piper makes me like everything at least a little bit more.

Usually, I'm the one crying (or at least the first to).  Or I'm the one announcing I'm going to cry.
But this time, it was Steve.  (He can yell at me later, when he reads this, for sharing his moments of sappiness).
Not a word was said at first, as the three of us made our way onto the beach.  And then the ocean appeared.  And the sky - bigger and brighter than ever, shining above us.
Steve "pulled a Maria" and announced he was going to cry.  I don't blame him.
The look on Piper's face...

All we could say is, "I wonder what she's thinking right now."

I know what I was thinking...
Hello world.  Hello,
 sweet, calm, breathtaking moments of pure peace.
 

We walked together.  We wrapped Piper in a soft, white blanket whenever the wind picked up. 
We chased the seagulls.  We wrote our names in the sand.  We listened to the waves crash.
We kissed our girl a million and eight times.  We explored a boardwalk that I used to walk every summer as a little girl.  We ordered pizza slices the size of our heads.  We gushed over Piper sitting in a highchair, munching on her "munchkin feeder" filled with banana.  We got pictures in an arcade photo booth.  We got salt water taffy and pumpkin fudge.
We drove home, happy and content with our baby girl fast asleep in the backseat, and
talked about the magic and beauty Piper brings to our life.


We captured many of those moments on camera...

Our favorites...








A little video of our time at the beach...

















































Happy October, my friends.
I hope this month gives you lots to smile about.




October Lovin',


15 comments:

Whitney Cypert said...

I love this post! So happy and full of love : ). I don't blame Steve for getting a little emotional, I got a little teary eyed just reading this! I love those moments, the ones that just get you so crazy excited/happy/thankful. Those are the ones worth living for! I'm glad y'all had a great beach day. You two girls look adorable in your headbands!

Kathy Radigan said...

I'm so happy for all three of you!! Happy 6 month birthday to Piper!!! She is just beautiful!! Maria she is such a daddy's girl, you are in big trouble!! Lol! What a wonderful post!! xo

Janet S said...

Happy 6 month birthday Piper and Happy October!

M said...

Looks like Ms. Pippy had a blast...happy 6 months Piper!! :)

Heather said...

Your post almost made me cry! I love watching Kaylin discover and try to figure out new things. Wish she and Pips could have a playdate! Happy 6 months, Piper!

Rebecca said...

Happy 6 months pretty baby!!!!!

I love your posts because you have the cutest outfits and accessories! Where do you shop???? You have to share your secrets.....

Heather @ Notes from the Nelsens said...

So sweet, Maria! You and Steve are the cutest. I'm so happy for you guys and for all the happiness Piper has brought you both. I grew up going to the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore... This post brings back so many memories! Hope you have a great rest of your week my dear!

Jess @ LifeintheWhiteHouse.com said...

How is she already 6 months?! Piper dear, stop growing up so fast!

Infertile625 said...

I love the pizza ones. Piper's like 'Hey mama how about you put some pizza in this thing?'

Judy Haughton-James said...

Piper is a beach girl! All the wonderful pictures certainly lifted my spirit this evening. I needed a lift! I am so glad that you, Steve and Piper have been having such happy moments. Very special memories to treasure Maria. Lots of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes to you, Steve and Piper.

beckyj @ A Lazy Crazy Life said...

Great pics! Looks like such a fun time :)

mail4rosey said...

I don't know how anyone who lives close to you ever stays home with that sweet baby girl to go visit. She is just the cutest of cute. I think it everytime I visit, but she really is just a doll baby!!!

And lol on hubby crying, he's allowed. Guys who love their family like that totally rock. :)

Miki said...

Awe, I particularly love these photos of you three on the beach! You all look so happy! :D

I consider myself more of a mountain person, too, but there's something about the beach that is so touching; the sound the water makes, the smell, the wind, awe ...

Have a happy weekend, guys!

I'll Love You Forever said...

Beautiful as always! Love Piper's facial expression! You are so beautiful Maria! Wish I could go to the beach right now! haha
Love you!
xoxo

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh, I love the pictures of the three of you. So sweet. That pizza looks pretty amazing too! :)

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