Tuesday, July 30, 2013

3 Months (Almost A Month Later)

Piper girl turned three months on the first of July.  And here we are...a couple days away from her four month birthday.  Four months seems so much older than three months, doesn't it?!

Month three was full of milestones and memories for Miss P.
Lots are already displayed in my last post.

Piper has been gigglin' away.

Aunt Karen surprised her with the puppy dog that inspired
Piper lights up when he sings.  And she loves to bite his nose. 
Her giggles make me feel so alive.  Sometimes, tears fill my eyes when I hear the sound of her joyful laughs.  Her laughter is incredible medicine.

 Piper started to roll.  I love watching her whip that leg around.
She's a determined little girl.

Steve and I (I, especially) love incorporating her name into every song there is.  
Did I mention she loves her Daddy?

3 months was a big one.  She really came alive.  Her personality started really shining through.
And she grew.  Oh, how she grew!  I can't wait to see her stats at her next appointment.
Her legs are so long.  And the leg chub.  Oh, the leg chub.  (You'll see in the photos below).
I squeeze her leggies all the time.  I kiss them.  And feel myself explode at her cuteness.
Amazing, the delight you can find in baby leg chunk.
Piper's a solid little babe and a strong one, too.

Piper woke up, all smiles on her three month birthday.

 We headed over to Aunt Kelly's for some fun.
I can't even take her expression in this picture.  She has a trillion and seven faces.
And this is one of them.  She smiles with her eyes.  And gives an almost devilish grin.
She looks so much like my Pop-Pop in this picture, it's crazy.

It's a pretty amazing feeling - sharing these moments with Kelly and her babes.
For so many years, I dreamed of times like these...

And now, they're here.

Sweet Daxon is in love with babies.
And I'm pretty sure Piper is one of them.

Pips' expression is priceless!


Chloe asks me to hold Piper about every 28 seconds. 
"Mimi, can I hold Piper (Pie-pa, as she says)?"
She pats her head and belly and gives her kisses.
Chlo - Chlo - another heart-exploder.

Piper enjoyed a nap near the powder room while Mommy and Aunt Kelly enjoyed some coffee and chit chat.

 She loves the sound of the bathroom fan (and her Sleep Sheep).  She also loves her hands free in her swaddlers.

Dee Dee came over the day after P's "birthday" with presents and good cheer.
Piper adores Deeds.  And I'm pretty sure Deeds adores Piper.

 Princess P was stoked when she saw the tiara and pink, sparkly wand attached to her gift.

She rocked it. 

That night, my mom brought over old photos to look through.
Is it me, or do Piper and my mom (in the photo below) share a slight resemblance to one another?!
A lot of people have told me since Piper was born, that she looked like my mom.
I didn't see it too much at the time.  But after looking through the photos (and as Piper gets older), I'm seeing it more and more.

My mom was one adorable little girl.   I think her and Pips share that "munchkin-esque" quality.
Dee Dee smiled with her eyes, just like Piper.

Princess P tried out her wand and got right to sprinklin' Twinkie with some magic P cheer.

Daddy came home and burst with smiles when
 he saw his "Lil' Squish" (his favorite nickname for her).

 "Okay, Princess P would like to retire for the rest of the night!"

Okay, maybe just one more round of magical Pippy goodness.

Mommy made a cake to celebrate.
(It was pretty brokea**) - I really shouldn't type ass in my daughter's 3 month post.
Whoops, I just did.

Piper, I know I tell you at least 498 times a day that I love you.  But, baby girl, I love you so, so, so much.  You blow me away every day.  I watch you and the way you take in the world around you and I just melt.  
You've got a wild imagination, baby girl.  I see it every day.  And that makes me so excited. 
 And proud, too.
It doesn't take much to grab your attention or make you laugh and smile.
Piper, keep that sense of wonder with you always.  
Continue to be captivated by the littlest of things.
 This world is a crazy place, but there's always good.  There's always a reason to smile.  A great, big belly laugh can heal a lot of hurt.
And through all of life's ups and downs, there is magic in each day.

Thank you, my little, Princess P...
for bringing magic into every single one of my days.

I love you.

Pictures taken on Piper's 3 month Birthday

When Piper's Grandma visited last month, she brought quilts that were made for Steve when he was a baby.  She gave them to Piper and it means so much to us.  
I thought this one made a perfect backdrop for some of P's three month photos.

Pips' favorite shoes are tiny, red patent leather ones from her Aunt Jessica.
She grabs for those feeties even more when she's wearin' 'em.

 Pips loves her boot scootin' booties from Aunt Kelly.


While quickly trying to grab a picture of Piper sitting up in her crib, this was the first face she shot at me.  I LOL whenever I see this.  Hilarious.  Oh, I gotta say, Pips, I'm jealous of your funny faces.  I thought I had some decent ones, but yours are the best.

Wishing everyone a week filled with smiles...

and magical leg chub delight. <3

Thank you for the always beautiful, supportive and sweet words you send our way.

Magical Lovin',

Monday, July 22, 2013


"Dream" - Priscilla Ahn

Do you ever find yourself saying "Is this really my life?"  

Is this really my life?  

I've said it a lot lately.
I've found myself saying it in the most ecstatic, loud n' proud voice - totally envisioning myself skipping through a sunny meadow as I cling to my happy, little girl.  Because that's what it feels like when Piper is in my arms.
I've said it to myself as I hold back tears and swallow the massive lump in my throat whenever I think about my father.

This weekend, Steve, Piper and I had such a great time - surrounded by so much love and celebration.
There were birthdays.  And giggles.  And a brand spankin' new baby welcomed into the world.
And then yesterday, my mom and I went to visit my dad.  And my heart sunk.  I cried hard.  But not nearly as hard as I needed to.  

To go from the most extreme happiness to the deepest heartache all at once...
It's hard to juggle such intense emotions sometimes.  And to know where to put it all.

Gazing into my daughter's beautiful, bright blue eyes - so full of life...
Listening to to her squeal with delight as she discovers something new...
It's pure bliss.
 Wishing so badly I could look into my father's eyes yesterday...
and that he had enough energy to open them...
Standing in that dark, depressing room with my mom and mostly silence and the sound of our  sniffles and cries.
It's torture.

The other day I was driving and Adele's "Hiding My Heart" came on and I just lost it.
Because lately, I've been burying some of my heart - keeping it far, far away from the surface.  
And that's not me.
 That's not me at all.

 I've been on very little sleep lately.  Miss Pips decided to throw away her sleep-through-the-night routine a few weeks ago.  Like I said, I can't complain.  She slept through the night the weeks I needed it most - she literally started the night before my father's heart attack.  
So, last night, when she woke up wailing with some definite (and not-like-her gas pains), I rocked her in the dark as I rubbed her back and kissed her head.  I held her so close to my chest and told her how sorry I was she was hurting.  I asked her if it was okay if Mommy cried too. 
 And then we cried together.
And it felt so good.
Eventually, the tears ended.  Sleep came.  (As well as a giant poo - from Piper, not me)
And also, a fresh, new week began.

It's been kinda crazy - keeping track of the passing days and weeks (and years, even).
But last week, I was looking through some old photos and stopped what I was doing and got lost for a bit.  I found a photo that was taken exactly a year ago.

"Is this really my life?" I said to myself.

I got the chills.  I felt like I was dreaming as I stared at the photo.  There I was, a year ago, smiling proudly and holding onto that flimsy paper all full of black and white with a tiny circle floating in the middle of it all.

And here I am now.
And that tiny, little circle...
She's in my arms.   
Her name is Piper.  And she's a dream.
A real dream come true.

So when I find myself wrapped up in those nightmare-ish moments,
I'll let it out.  I won't hide my heart.
I'll feel what I feel.
I'll wrap myself up in the dreamy moments.
And I'll remember that...

This is my life.
And it's a damn good one.

A million and eight memories from the past weeks...

Piper videos for your viewing pleasure...


If you listen closely, you'll hear she answered me with a toot.
She's just like her mama.


Frozen yogurt date

Piper was sad she didn't get a taste.

"Really?!  You guys think this pink spoon is gonna do it for me?
 Gimmie a taste of your fro-yo now!"

Mommy and Daddy exploded with smiles.  And so did Pips.  She loved checking herself out.

Happy 4th of July!

Pretty, pretty dress and shoes from Aunt J - perfect for Piper's first 4th

This was right before she pooped all over Dee Dee.  It was awesome! :)

Waiting for fireworks

Beautiful ladies

lol -the expression!

Meeting Jessica <3

Again, I explode...

This babe loves chewin'.  

Tummy time with Deeds <3

Piper's first trip to the K.O.P. mall and Friday's

She loved the music and was eyein' up our food and drinks.

Mall video

Moonchie n' me <3

Piper's 1st rainbow

Video - she's almost walkin' ;)


And funny faces

We surprised Daddy at work <3

<3 exploding again...

Flippin' the bird...again

Just some food

Bathtime with Dee Dee <3

She rocks tummy time...

Piper loves hangin' out on the deck...

Dee Dee surprised her with this super cute inflatable circle of fun a few weeks ago.

I'm not sure who likes it more...Piper, or us. 
She is one adorable bathing beauty.

I found this suit for her months ago and couldn't wait to break it out.

I really can't take it! :)

Video - there was a fly in the house...crazy cats!

I love when she sleeps on me.

Video - Piper's 1st trip to Walmart and Target with me and Dee Dee

She loved it.  She took it all in and had her very first giggles in the toy section.

She couldn't stop staring at Elmo.  She was literally hitting him.

I LOL everytime I see this picture.

Dee Dee and her have so much fun together! 

How I found her once we arrived home.  I snort-laughed.

We love Saturday mornings with Daddy.


Video - Saturday mornin' chats with Daddy

Walk into town for an ice cream date <3


We were crackin' up...she couldn't take her eyes off our cones.

I'll be back at the end of the week with Piper's 3 month post.
  I've got lots of catching up to do - this babe's almost 4 months!

 Wishing everyone a dreamy week. <3

Dreamy Lovin',

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