Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Prose from Pippa

Upon meeting Baby Roxy for the first time Pippa grabbed Roxy's hand, waved it and said, "Hi Pippa!"  (Pippa still does this)

After hearing Roxy make some baby grunty sounds: "Roxy pig!"

I've been teaching Pippa to say her whole name "Pippa Catherine Anderson" (obviously, none of these names are her real name - it's her whole internet name).

S: Who are you?
Pippa: Pippa Catherine Anderson
S: Who am I?
Pippa: Mommy Catherine Anderson

Two years and Two weeks

It's not easy to prop up a two week old in a chair!  Baby Roxy is so tiny!(Don't worry, my mom's hand is just out of view. She just moved it for the split second for the photo.   It's not the best photo, but we didn't want to try again because Roxy's little head was so floppy.)

Pippa at 2 years and Roxy at 2 weeks with their bears.

And then those three seconds were over.  I feel like the photo below accurately represents how they interact right now.

Pippa at 2

(Mad props to me - this photo was taken on her actual second birthday.  Ta-da!)

 2  (Here she is saying it.  I love her little voice!)


Height: 35.75 inches (almost 3 feet!)

Weight: 27 lbs


foods - mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, raspberry lemonade (way watered down), applesauce

toys - alphabet blocks, little people, kitchen and food set

activities - swimming, climbing anything, coloring (on the windows and aquadoodle), people watching (she loves watching older kids), rough housing with T

friends - Sophie, Aubrey, Elias, Zoey

phrases - "Pippa do it!" (or "Mommy / Daddy do it!"), "Pippa fast!" "Biska!" (we have no idea what this one means)

books - "The Monster at the End of the Book,"  any "I Spy," family photo books

songs - "Happy Birthday," "Old MacDonald," "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "Twinkle, Twinkle"


Actual Birthday Stuff:

She still doesn't get what birthdays are about so we really could have done nothing (especially since Baby Roxy was just born two weeks ago) but we thought we should still do something special.  Even though we've decided to do a birthday tradition of birthday flowers we didn't do it this year because we already had flowers from Baby Roxy's photo shoot and the flowers that T bought me after Baby Roxy was born.

Pippa got a few presents in the morning - an awesome firetruck (she loves firetrucks!), a necklace and bracelet from grandma, and a tutu from grandma.  And of course the best part was opening the presents! (She is her mother's daughter.)

In the afternoon we went to a splash pad that Pippa loves.  Except when we got there the water was turned off.  Outing fail.  So we came back home, got grandma swimsuit'd up and sunscreen'd up and went to the pool.  Like I mentioned, Pippa loves swimming.

The view I had.

Pippa loves hanging out on the steps and dunking herself under water.  She also says, "Concrete HOT" and splashes water out onto the concrete to cool it. (I think she picked this up because I would splash water on the concrete before I would put her on it to jump in.)

If anything is in the water Pippa takes it out and puts it on the edge.  Cool when it's leaves, not cool when it's a still alive bee.

Even though Pippa had some Grandma aversions while Grandma was visiting, Pippa giggled almost the entire hour she was in the pool with Grandma.  :)


Then she helped make her own birthday cake.

Of course there was singing and blowing out of candles.  Multiple times.


We love this girl SO much!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Crafty x 2

I'm not a very crafty person.  Sometimes I like doing crafty stuff, but I don't do it often and I don't have a natural knack for it.

Crafty #1
Before Pippa was born I wanted to make her a hair bow holder like this.  Super cute, right?!
I bought all the stuff and then Pippa was born the next day (3 weeks early!).  Obviously, it didn't get done right then.  Or later either because we moved to Germany and we really limited the things we brought with us.

Finally, two years later and just before Baby Roxy is to be born, I made the bow holder.  I used this tutorial from (it's where the first photo is from, as well)

It's not perfect, but I think it is perfectly adorable.

Sometimes the tutorial instructions weren't clear - there are no measurements for the size of the bodice or the skirt!  So I had to eyeball it.  (If you were wondering, my bodice is 11.5 inches along the bottom and 10.5 inches tall.  The skirt is 15.5 inches long.

Crafty #2
We have big families which = a lot of birthdays and anniversaries and they are hard to keep track of - even with putting them in our phones.  For a while I've wanted to make something like this birthday board - minus the Ute theme (source here).

But that's a lot of work and a lot of small pieces.  I recently saw this birthday board (etsy source) and it looks so much cleaner / simpler.  Which is definitely more our aesthetic.  This one sells on etsy for $22.

I made ours for about $4.

I think the square board would proportionally look better, but the square wood piece was $4 and this rectangle piece was 79 cents.  The knob was $1.50 from the hardware store.  I had to use bigger tags because some months are full of events.  Plus with these paper tags, it is super easy to add a new event. Winning.  We hung it by the front door so it's an easy reminder and we see it all the time.

Baby Roxy

I'm 37 weeks along with Roxy.  Soon I'll be more pregnant than I've ever been before because Pippa was born early.  Here's how I look (This photo is from today).

My body handles this pregnancy thing pretty well.  My ankles never swelled up with Pippa and they swelled up for the first time with Roxy a few days ago.  But not crazy swollen, just swollen compared to how they normally look.  I don't think a stranger would have noticed.

Around 27 weeks I found out I have a low platelet count.  It's not too big of a deal and I get my blood drawn every week to check the count.  If my most recent platelet count when I go into labor is under 100, I might not be able to get an epidural (I wasn't planning to get an epidural anyway).  If it's under 100 and I have to have a c-section I will probably have to be placed under general anesthesia.  If it's under 100 I have a slight increased risk of bleeding more after delivery.  But the good news is that my count is usually around 112.  If it gets closer to 100 they might give me steroids which usually increase the platelet count.  But so far so good.

At my 37 week appointment I found out I tested positive for Group B Strep.  Also, not a big deal.  Group B Strep comes and goes in most adults and usually doesn't cause any problems or even symptoms.  There is a small chance that Baby Roxy could get Group B Strep during delivery.  So, I'll have to get IV antibiotics right when I first get checked into the hospital during labor to prevent Roxy from getting it.

Last night I had three hours of Braxton Hicks contractions.  I didn't feel a single Braxton Hicks contraction when I was pregnant with Pippa.  I've had them only one other time so far with Roxy and it only lasted about 30 minutes.  This time they were three minutes apart for three hours but never increased in intensity.  After the first 45 minutes I started thinking that maybe this was real labor because my back was sore, too.  T and I decided to go to bed to get a bit of rest in case it was something.  T fell asleep very quickly and I didn't sleep at all.  Obviously, it turned out to be nothing.

I know it's my second baby, but I'm nervous I won't be able to tell I'm in labor.  With Pippa, it was obvious because my labor started with my water breaking - I didn't have contractions until two hours later and the first contraction I had was so intense it nearly knocked me over.  None of this starting weak business.  So I'm concerned that this time around by the time I figure out that these weak contractions are real labor that they will be intense contractions and we won't have time to get T home from the city / babysitter over / make it to the hospital / get the IV antibiotics into me before Roxy arrives.

We are crazy excited to meet and hold Roxy.  We have no idea what we're in for, but we're excited for it and are so happy it is happening.  Now if we only knew if it is going to be a few more days or a few more weeks...

Prose from Pippa

Pippa is into crying right now.  Not actually crying, but she's got the hang of certain emotions like happy, crying, tired, and hurt.  She always points out when other kids / babies are crying at church or the park or anywhere.  When she's crying (usually fake crying) she'll say in a sad cry voice, "Pippa crwwwying."

Last week she dropped her spoon over the side of her high chair.  "Spoon fall down.  Spoon crwwwying."  It makes me laugh because I've been known to assign emotions to inanimate objects as well (feeling like I should use Windows Media Player because it probably feels left out because I never use it.  Which is ridiculous!)

Two days ago while playing in her room - "Pippa working.  No, Pippa happy!"  That is pretty much how I feel about work, too, little girl! :)

About three weeks ago Pippa started reading to herself.  Just parts of certain pages of certain books that she has memorized.  It's pretty cute.  This one is from "Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?"  Sometimes she'll say "Lion mother? (or whatever animal it is)  Yes, of course they do.  Animal mother love.  "  But this time she was only doing part of it.  Still adorbs.


Monday, July 14, 2014


At the park Pippa was looking so big / old!

T was rubbing Pippa's back and she was really enjoying it.  (She's not fussy or sad or tired here, just really enjoying her back rub.)

Super laid back 4th of July.  We went to IKEA and bought a twin mattress for Pippa, then went to a patriotic band concert in the park.  Topped it off with rootbeer floats.  No fireworks for us this year.  (We missed fireworks last year too, but don't feel too bad for us - we were on a beach in Greece!)

She spent half of the time at the concert playing on the playground and the other half marching around in circles with her arms in the air.

Pippa looks so tiny on her twin bed.  It's just a mattress on the floor.  We were going to just buy a new crib for Baby Roxy but Pippa was climbing out of the crib so it was time to move her out of the crib.  (Yes, baby #2's blog name will be Roxy - after the female surfing company.  It's a nod to Santa Cruz (famous for surfing) where we went for this babymoon, just like Pippa's name is a nod to our London babymoon.)

Pippa was having a rough Sunday.  We caved and gave her the binky (usually only for sleeping) and T sang to her and rocked her and she finally calmed down.  It was so sweet.

Pippa still thinks she is one of the big girls at the park and was following these older girls around.  They didn't mind (which makes me so happy) and were tickling her, which of course, she loved.

Pippa loves to draw on the patio doors with our dry erase markers.  She's really good about only drawing on the windows.  She can draw circles (intentionally) and sometimes I think her stuff looks like modern art I've seen in museums (like the side by side circles on the left).

My sister M's family was in the area (sort of) for her husband's family reunion.  They drove a couple extra hours to meet up with us at a park.

This is all five of her boys and Pippa.

Pippa pointed out by name who they were to me several times and has asked for them by name several times since we saw them.  Here they are burying their feet in the sand.  One of Pippa's favorite sand activities.

So hard to get a good photo of all the kids.

This one is almost pretty good, but it's blurry!

And more of the same here.  We took more photos with M's camera so hopefully she puts those up somewhere soon.

We hit up 7-11 on 7/11 for free slurpee day.  Pippa heartily approves.  So much so that she wouldn't give it back to me.  I only intended for her to have one sip!  She ended up eating about half of it.  (We're in the lab here waiting to get my blood drawn for my platelet count.)
After her first sip she said "Coooold!... Good!"  That perfectly sums up a slurpee.

Reading to herself in this funny position at the foot of her bed.  She knows some of the words to some specific pages in her favorite books and will recite them on the correct page.  It's adorable.

Reading and walking.

Yesterday we thought it would be fun to take Pippa bowling.  She's young, but I know a girl whose 18 month old and 3 year old LOVED pushing the ball down the ramp and seeing / hearing the crash of pins.

Pippa was not so excited about it.  She pushed the ball down maybe four times then refused to touch the ball at all.
I bowled three times before I decided it was not a good activity for me (because my abs are non-existent right now and it kinda hurt).  So T ended up bowling for two people for almost all of the frames.    Pippa and I had fun clapping and messing around on the spinny / pushy chairs.

Reading "The Monster at the end of this Book."  They are so cute!

That's what we've been up to.  Nothing too exciting, just regular life.  And it's a really, really good life.