Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Prose from Pippa

While eating cheese and crackers: "I NEEEEEED cheese!" (a girl after her mom's heart)

On the drive to Aunt B's for Thanksgiving we passed some power line towers.  Pippa said, "TWO Eiffel Towers!"

Pippa knows certain letters are for certain things.  G for Grandma and Grandpa and so on.  I made a blanket fort for Pippa.
Pippa: "Come in the fork!"
Me: "Fort t t t t with a t."
Pippa: "T for fork!"

We were teaching her to say "Merry Christmas"  instead she says "Merry Christmas tree!"

Roxy made a loud high pitched happy chirp
Pippa: "No screaming, Roxy."




We're a laugh a minute

It's not just Pippa that says fun things - I think T and I are pretty quotable, too!  Here are some of the gems I found saved on my phone.


Me, my mom, and T talking about high school hair styles. T had bleached hair in high school and so did brother W.
Mom: "You guys are same-ies!"
Me: " Not really.  W does things like runs Ragnar and we do things like visit Europe."


From the start of August 2014 when I was pregnant with Roxy:
S: "I can't believe I have group b strep!"
T: "Ain't no thing. A little pokey, pokey; drippy, drippy." (in reference to the IV antibiotics I would have to get when I went into labor)


While watching the Italian ice dancing team do a lift thing in the team competition of the Sochi Olympics:
S: "She looks like a boat lady."
T: "Yeah, she does.  I think they are called hookers."
(for the record it was similar to this move and on a boat the carved lady at the front of a boat is called a figurehead and that is what I meant! photo source here)



T telling me about some article he read: "Back in the early 1900's there was a meat shortage."
S: "What - did we just run out of things to kill?  I don't understand."


When we were in Germany on our way back to Munich from visiting Zugspitze we passed a sign that read "U.S. facilities to the left"
S: "What - like drinking fountains?"
T: "It's probably the base."
(Public drinking fountains in Europe are not a thing. We saw ONE in Vienna the whole time we were in Europe. So it's not completely crazy to think a U.S. facility would be a drinking fountain... right?...)


From May 2013 talking about all those cruise disasters in the Caribbean.
S: Yeah, but those were just major inconveniences. The one in the Mediterranean that's the one people died on. And death is the most major inconvenience. "


T: "Hank Marvin is British slang for hungry."
S: "Hank Marvin? Who's he? A famous guy who starved to death?"


T: "I was just thinking of "The Man in the Iron Mask"."
S: "Oh, is that the one with Leo Dinardo Dicaprio?"


On why I often get asked for directions.
S: "I'm a non-threatening semi decent looking woman of a certain age."
T: "That would be a good biography title."

Fun Mom

I feel like I don't really have this mom thing down. But sometimes I know I do stuff with Pippa that makes me a fun mom.  Like:
  • I let her play in the rain. Who cares if we get wet? We'll just come inside and get dry. I think this is a good mindset to have - especially since it rained for almost three weeks straight after Thanksgiving. These photos were all taken after Roxy was born. I just put Roxy in the carrier and hold an umbrella over us - though I do have to put the umbrella down sometimes to help Pippa (like in and out of the swing or a boot coming off). But a little rain isn't going to hurt a baby.  

    Shortly after the following photo I caught Pippa taking a drink of water out of the gutter... C'est la vie - or at least c'est la vie d'un enfant en bas âge (that's life - or at least that's life with a toddler).





  • I let Pippa cut with real scissors. It's not a one time thing.  I've been letting her do it (well, I hold the paper for her while she cuts using both hands) about once a week since Roxy was born. 

  • We have stroller races.
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I love when she falls she says, "You ok?  I'm ok!"  
  • I let Pippa blow dry her hair and my hair.

Roxy at Four Months


Roxy on her four month birthday

Here's what our sweet Roxy was up to between three and four months:
  • Started scheming hands
  • Had an ingrown toenail on her right big toe
  • Rolls onto her side
  • Grabs at toys
  • Wears size 3 diapers
  • Survived another month of Pippa
  • Most common nicknames: Little One, Sweetheart, Blue Eyes, Squishy, Big Squish (I know we need to stop calling her these last two before they stick - no one over the age of 2 would want to be called squishy or big squish, but she's just so squishy and I love squishing her and I can't help it! I LOVE squishing her bottom when she's facing in on the k'tan!)
  • Loves diaper changes and baths - has from the get go
  • Switched from an infant bucket car seat (that clicks in and out of the car) to a convertible car seat so she could be more up right to help with her acid reflux and hopefully make car rides less scream-y.
  • Thanksgiving at Aunt B's house two hours away.  Screamed most of the way there and back.  The more upright convertible car seat didn't seem to make a difference...
  • Still not a great nurser.  Sometimes Roxy will just scream and scream instead of latching even when I know she's hungry, even if I try to feed her before she's super hungry.  She's so impatient for the let down.  She'll suck three times then cry because the milk's not flowing. Rinse and repeat four more times.  She still only eats on one side but is super efficient once she gets going - like under seven minutes to eat.  
  • Caught her second cold
  • Better at tummy time but still not a fan
  • Acid reflux is getting better.  She still spits a lot (often and amount wise) but it doesn't bother her.
  • First haircut - her hair at the front was getting long and looking like a comb-over baby toupee combo so we snipped the ends of a few sections. Here's what it looked like before the haircut. 
  • Blows raspberries
  • Drools enough to need a bib
  • Has smooth hands and palms (basically we love holding her hands)
  • HUGE array of vocal sounds
  • First time riding in the bottom seat of the double stroller (Before she would lie flat in the cocoon area of the double stroller while Pippa rode on top. That probably doesn't make sense unless you've seen it. Sorry.)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Things That Must Go

My favorite radio station of all time is X96.  The morning show has a feature called "things that must go."  Here is my list of things that must go:

  • Pinning things that are a number (50 ways to update your walls, 40 crockpot recipes, etc.)
  • Saying "20 past" or "15 to" instead of the actual time 
  • Elf on the shelf
  • Calling a husband "hubby"
  • Duck face photos
  • Hand sanitizer
  • hands together half bow thing when accepting praise or award
  • The song "Hotel California" - it is impossible to dance to and ridiculously long 
  • Flaky people who post stuff on craigslist but never get back to you
  • The musical "Wicked"
  • Saying "cuz" instead of cousin 
  • Saying "GNO" instead of Girls Night Out.  GNO (pronounced by saying each letter) sounds way too close to gyno (as in gynecologist) to use it.  Ever.  
  • Back scratching in sacrament meetings 
  • "Day in the life of" blog posts
  • Scented soap 
  • Almonds

Roxy at Three Months

 Our sweet Roxy on her three month birthday.  Check out those arm rolls!

Here's what she was up to between the two and three month birthdays:

  • Likes to chew on her left hand (only the left)
  • Still likes looking to the left
  • Caught her first cold from Pippa
  • First move
  • Started cloth diapers 
  • Blowing bubbles 
  • Survived another month of Pippa (yes, this is still an accomplishment and probably will be for her whole first year)
  • New nicknames: Blue eyes, squishy, little love, her (real) first initial
  • Still not best nurser - if I wait too long she just cries and gets so upset and won't latch.  She still pops on and off a lot.  Unlike some babies, nursing doesn't solve all her problems.  But you can definitely tell she's getting enough to eat!
  • Hands open a lot more
  • Stands when we hold her under her arms (ie she will lock her legs and put weight on them)
  • Definite friar tuck situation - the hair on the side and direct back of her head has been rubbed off
  • Still fussy
  • Only eats on one side per feeding
  • Started napping (most days) at least a portion of the time of when Pippa takes her only nap - this is HUGE!  I didn't do anything to make them nap at the same time (I had no idea how to do it), but it happened and I LOVE it!  When this happens I usually nap, too! 

Of course big sister had to get in on the photoshoot action.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A tummy time progression: