Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pippa Says

Pippa talking about her chills.
Pippa: I want my bumps to come off!

After I ate a Reese's and the brown paper wrapper was left.
Pippa: You ate a brown muffin!

Watching her first intense storm
Pippa: It's like the lightning is taking pictures of us!

Lately Pippa likes to be the pretend mom and I am the pretend kid. I asked her to read me a book. She picked up "Oh my, Oh, my, Oh Dinosaurs!" by Sandra Boynton. She has this book memorized, but that is not the version she gave me. 
Pippa: This book is "Dinosaur Playtime."  (turns page) They are so so so happy. Then they are sad because they CHOMP their tongue. (turns page) Then they have to go to the hospital. The end.

The way Pippa signs reindeer is "rain" (like the sign for weather rain) followed by the sign for "deer." Adorable. We're getting a lot of that because of the Christmas season :) She still signs "snack" by pointing to her neck (her very first quote on the blog). I'm inclined to keep letting her sign it that way forever because it's just so cute and so her.

Pippa is into emotions and how people are feeling right this instant. Sometimes she'll ask me "Are you irritated?" (or frustrated or upset or sad or startled or any number of things) but most often she asks "Are you happy?" I am asked that question literally 20 times a day so even when I AM happy, hearing that question irritates me. I asked her not to ask me that question. So now she signs it to me - "You happy?" Clever girl, that one :)

For about a month Pippa wouldn't call T dad or daddy, just T. It didn't bother me, but it really bothered T. (Side note: reminding her of this in public is awkward - we were at the park and Pippa shouted "T help me" and I said, "Remember, you're supposed to call him Dad, not T."  And it totally made it sound like T was the step-dad and we were trying to force Pippa to see him as Dad.) Anyway reminding her about this at home...
Me: Daddy doesn't like it when you call him T. You need to call him Dad or Daddy or Father.
Pippa: Ok. Daddy, don't call me Z-Bear, just Pippa and Friend.

(she has since repeated this exact sentiment several times. Makes me a bit sad she might not be about the Z-bear nickname anymore because I LOVE that nickname. Also, interesting that her second desired name / position is "friend.")

Roxy is crying
Pippa: It's ok Roxy, I'm right here. Here's a hug to help you feel better.
*Roxy pushes Pippa away and screams even more*
Me: I don't think she wants you to touch her right now.
Pippa: Roxy, I'm not touching you. I'm just hugging you.

Me talking to Roxy about where everyone in our family is: ... And Daddy went to work.
Pippa: Our beautiful man went to work.

Me: Should we make sugar cookies or blondies?
Pippa: Blondies. Because I'm a blondie, too!

Pippa licks her hand then presses it on Roxy's foot. She does this two more times.
Me: What are you doing?
Pippa: I'm pretending to be a bandaid.
Me: ...

Pippa: You be a princess and Roxy is a princess and Dad is a man princess!

At bedtime
Me: Do you want to tell me a story?
Pippa: Once upon a time there was a big girl named Mom... (long pause) ... And she said do you want to go to the restaurant and she said yes. They put on clothes and got in the car to go to restaurant. The end.

Pippa: Help me with my hat! How about I do it myself?

Talking to T
Pippa: I'm going to measure you. Are you big and a half?

While playing Candyland
Pippa: W purple!
(She meant double purple. She does this for every double color!)

While reading
Pippa: What's principal?
Me: He runs the school.
Pippa: I'm the principal!

Buckling up to go to church
Me: And how do we act at church?
Pippa: We're quiet. So the Holy Ghost can teach us.

And this one from breakfast this morning talking about what Christmas is about:
Pippa: And he was just a baby but he grew up to be a tall Jesus!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pippa at 3

Here's our sweet Pippa on her third birthday. Well, actually two days after her birthday. We were at Lake Tahoe on her actual birthday and since she doesn't know the exact date of her birthday yet, we just told her it happened on the day we got back and celebrated then. It was a win-win.

Here's what Pippa has been up to in the months around her 3rd birthday:

  • Likes to point to the photos of other books on the back of book jacket and ask if we have each one.
  • Likes to pretend that blankets on the floor are swimming pools and plays in them.
  • Calls us "MomMom" and "DadDad" - I think it's based on "LaLa" - the name she uses most for Roxy.
  • T and I read the book "1-2-3 Magic" and use the principles so sometimes we count her and if we get to three she has to have a time out (that's the very basic gist of it). Anyway, sometimes Pippa counts Roxy when Roxy is doing something Pippa doesn't like - just like how T and I count Pippa.
  • Gets distracted by mirrors. All the time. Still. When she's supposed to be getting dressed (her closet doors are giant mirrors), when she's supposed to be washing her hands, when she's supposed to be eating dinner and she can kind of see her reflection in the patio door, when she's supposed to be going to the bathroom, and so on.
  • Loves playing with cars. Often names the same three Dory, Marlin, and Nemo (from the movie "Finding Nemo") but if those three aren't around she'll give those names to other cars.
  • Her summer jammies have a purple top and every time she takes them off in the morning she purposely gets the purple top stuck at the crown of her head and says "I got purple hair!" then wants to go look at her purple hair in the mirror.
  • Sometimes sings "Happy Birthday to Geronimo" ("Say Geronimo" is a pop song she likes.)
  • Does a long Aaaaaa-men at the end of prayers.
  • Gives unprompted prayers that are sometimes just the opening and closing and sometimes they are really great and detailed.
  • Has really fluent, long sentences.
  • When we sing "I love Daddy, he loves me..." for some reason she always does the ending the same different way. It's written as "we are a happy family" and Pippa always sings "we are a happy family all together."
  • Sings to Roxy when Roxy is upset to help her feel better.
  • Favorite phrase is "I do it!"
  • Figured out she can shock people after going down a slide.
  • Calls palm trees "pom-pom" trees.
  • Hardly ever holds hands with us when snuggling at bed time / nap time. (That has been her thing since she started sleeping unswaddled as a baby - sometimes it would drive T nuts because it would take so long for her to fall asleep and sometimes Pippa had clammy hands and she wouldn't just hold your hand she would hold it and twist it all around)
  • Says "One at a time!!!" when we're going down / up the stairs in the house. Often that is paired with "It's the red hand! Stop!!!"
  • Wants tape (scotch tape or painter's tape) on her owies, not band-aids.
  • Requests first baby whenever it is just me and her (so basically when Roxy is sleeping). I carry her lying down in my arms (usually while going down the stairs) and tell her "You were my first baby. The first baby I held and kissed and rocked and nursed. The first baby I dressed and changed diapers for and took to the doctor, and giggled with (and so on and so on) ... and no matter how big you get you will always be my first baby."
  • Runs around chasing Roxy screaming what sounds like "Jew-rah! Jew-rah! Jew-rah!" I have no idea where that came from but they both laugh hysterically.
  • Very conscious of her owies. She will say when we're helping her get dressed or helping play "And DON'T touch my owie!" Even if the owie is pretty much healed. 

  • Likes to dress the same as Roxy.
  • Loves Family Home Evening and asks for it (mostly for the treats? I'm not sure.) 
  • Her idea of matching is the same color on top as on bottom (a pink top requires a pink pants, even if the shades clash terribly).
  • Pippa was popping out of bed all the time, so now the routine is we sing / story then say "stay in bed for 5 minutes then I'll come snuggle you" then we go in at 5 and do another story then say stay in bed for 10 then rinse repeat stay in bed until the bunny wakes up (her tot clock has a sleeping bunny when she needs to stay in bed and an awake bunny when she can get out of bed in the morning)
  • Tries to pick up Roxy then freaks out when she can't.
  • Has a hard time waking up from naps. It takes a good 30 minutes, sometimes up to an hour for her to be happy to be awake. Often when I gently wake her and say "It's wake time" she will scream back "Don't SAY that!"
  • Is very concerned about where Roxy is and where Roxy is going.
  • Picks up new songs and stories like nobody's business.
  • Likes to point to where she had past hurts and tell us "Owies all healed!"
  • Pronounces ice as "eye-sk"
  • When we're tucking her in bed at night (not nap) Pippa will say "Talk to me." She is her mother's child with nighttime talks :)
  • Started singing with me instead of taking turns - Grandma E introduced that to her.
  • Nicknames of Z-Z and ZZ Top and still Z-Bear.
  • Makes up words all the time and tells me she wants it (the made up word, that is. Like the made up word is an actual object.)
  • Makes up songs all the time to everything. She is her father's daughter :)
  • Can do her own curlies and will spray and scrunch her hair to make it curly.
  • Is so cranky waking up from a nap but is so happy when she wakes in the morning.
  • Calls Roxy "sweetheart" sometimes and sometimes "sister." So adorable.
  • LOVES reading (she has since literally 6 months old, but it still makes me SO happy that she loves to read!). When we get new books from the library she wants to read them all in a row and multiple times. We will literally read to her for an hour straight.
  • When I need to put Roxy down for a nap (so much easier since we sleep trained her in April!) I'll tell Pippa to sit on my bed for two minutes then we will watch a movie. And Pippa will do it and sit and wait patiently. We don't watch a whole movie. We watch one or two songs from a Disney movie. Sometimes I feel guilty that she's kind of conditioned to watch TV when Roxy naps, but it's only about 15 minutes a day total so I try not to feel too bad. 
  • We love the way she blows kisses. I'll have to take a video. She kisses her hand then blows then kind of throws her hand in your direction. And if you blow her a kiss she will grab it and put it on her cheek (got that from Grandpa E) and it's super cute. She and T blow double kisses - it's their thing. 

We crazy love this girl. It feels like she's been with us for much longer than three years - in a fantastic  kind of way. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sisters, sisters - there were never such devoted sisters

I took these photos just after I took Pippa's photo for her 3rd birthday. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Pippa's 3rd Birthday Party

AKA The first party we've ever thrown other than our wedding.

We weren't going to have a birthday party for Pippa. She's still pretty young and we thought she didn't care.  Then out of nowhere she started talking about soon it would be her birthday party and there would be party hats and cake. Since party hats and cake seemed to be her only request we thought we could probably make a party happen.

We threw Pippa's party a few weeks before her actual birthday. We knew we didn't want to take up a precious Saturday so we had the party on a Friday afternoon (4-6 p.m.) that T was already taking off of work. Plus, every mom knows that the last two hours before dad gets home are the hardest so the time frame was perfect.

I was going to do regular cupcakes, but then my aunts told me about ice cream cone cupcakes. Apparently, my grandma used to make them and my aunts have made them but my mom never made them for us. (It's ok mom!) My aunts gave me a few directions and it didn't seem that complicated so I gave them a try.

Just out of the oven. 
(I put the cones in the pan before I filled them with a box cake mix. I filled them to where the cone gets fatter then baked for 25 minutes)

With frosting and sprinkles. (Because sprinkles definitely say "It's a birthday!" and "It's a party!") I didn't take the cones out of the pan when I frosted them so some are a bit lopsided but I think it was easier to frost them that way than to take them out and try to put them back in after frosting them.

Pippa's party was laid back. We did water fun, pizza, and cupcakes with no decorations, party favors, or gifts. The only expensive thing was a big shade tent we bought for the back yard.

We put out the water table, kiddie pool, a few baby toys, and bought spray bottles for all the kids. We were going to do squirt guns, but those things hold next to no water and I didn't want to refill 10 squirt guns 20 times each. So, spray bottles instead. Plus people generally take getting misted better than getting directly squirted.

I put out this rubbermaid tote with the idea that the kids could refill their squirt bottles by themselves. And they did. But it also became the most popular place to sit. (I love the expression on the boy directly behind Pippa)

Party hats, pizza, and pals. What more could a 3 year old want?!

We brought out just one ice cream cone cupcake while we sang to Pippa. After T lit the candles one of Pippa's little friends ran over and started trying to blow out the candle! Luckily he couldn't do it (it was very much like the funny skit my dad does "Can you blow out the candle?"). It was pretty hilarious and T pulled the cupcake away and the boy's mom came and pulled him away.

The ice cream cone cupcakes were a hit - easy to hold and no wrapper. But they really need to be eaten on the day they are made. (We had two left over and ate them the next day and the cones were a bit soft.)

There wasn't any crying other than Pippa at the start (I had to put sunscreen on her when her friends showed up! Then after she got over that she went outside and immediately stepped on a sharp wood chip!) The first 15 or 20 minutes were full of Pippa tears, but the next 1.5 hours were just a lot of fun for everyone.

All in all, a good birthday party! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Roxy's birthday

Roxy's birthday was pretty low key. Which is the best way to do a birthday for someone who has no idea what a birthday is.

We had cake for breakfast (that I made the night before for a church gathering) and sang happy birthday. Roxy tried to grab the flame from the candle. T intervened and Pippa blew out the candle. Roxy didn't care for the chocolate zucchini cake. But neither did T :) Here's how that went down:

What are you presenting me with?


I want it.

What. Is. This.? It is an abomination to my mouth.


 Here. You try some.

Hahaha! I made you eat some!

Both sets of grandparents sent gifts that were opened earlier. As is our family tradition, Roxy got birthday flowers. Here's what she thought of that.

It was a pretty normal day. In the late afternoon Roxy and Pippa played with the water table and got soaking wet. (This was the plan. It's like going to a splash pad but I don't have to drive / haul stuff or put the girls in swimming suits or put sunscreen on them because they just stay at the water table in the shade.)

Roxy's favorite thing to do at the water table is drink the water.

After we came back in I washed Pippa's feet in the sink and put Roxy up too. Roxy figured out the faucet and was totally delighted.

All in all, a good birthday. 

Pippa says

While driving:
Me: Mom is lost.
Pippa: You're not lost. You're right here!

After coming out of a break (aka timeout)
Pippa: I don't want to be alone. I just want to be myself.

I'm in the other room and hear Roxy start wailing. I go check it out.
Me: What happened?
Pippa: I bite her. (chomps teeth together)

(This is not the only time this exact conversation has happened. I do love that Pippa is honest when I ask.)

Showing me her artwork:
Pippa: See? It's a picture of a drawing!

Pippa saw my new shoes (four inch wedges) on the floor:
Pippa: Are those for me? Move out of the way! I need those!

Talking about her birthday:
Me: And you can help me decide what kind of cake to make.
Pippa: I want a frosting cake!

Roxy at 12 months

Our sweet Roxy on her 12 month birthday.

Here's what Roxy was up to between 11 and 12 months:

  • Has clam feet (sweaty cold feet that seem to rub on everything).
  • Knows where things go and likes to put things where they go (not just take them out). She's been doing this for a while — things like the balls in the roll house, sunglasses on face (she will try to put them on her face or mine), comb / brush in the hair, headband in hair, shoes on feet, and so on.
  • Always goes after the sound machine on the floor in her room. First she turns it on and turns it up. Then she unplugs it. Then she tries to plug it in. Sometimes she'll taste the plug then try to plug it in! If Pippa sees Roxy going for the sound machine Pippa will freak out and try to gather it up, unplug it, and put it on the shelf before Roxy can get to it. Pippa has definitely bought into the "the sound machine is not a toy" mantra :) 

  • Roxy is fascinated with plugs, outlets, and putting plugs in outlets. If it's plugged in she will unplug it. If it's unplugged she will try to plug it in. Yes, we have outlet covers, but there are some outlets that aren't behind furniture that we use and those are the ones she goes for. I have to reset my alarm clock daily from her cord pulling. I actually don't mind.
  • Climbs up the stairs on her own. 
  • Scoops with a shovel in the sand.
  • Signs more (now signed with pointer finger touching the open palm of her other hand), milk, bye, and come here.
  • Likes to "draw" on the aquadoodle.
  • Definitely has curly hair and is starting to get a bit of curl on the top portion of her head.
  • Pulls to standing on everything. Usually fine, but it doesn't always work out when she's trying to pull up on the spinny office chair!
  • At the start of the month takes one step closer or to side while holding onto furniture. Not interested in taking steps while holding our fingers.
  • All of a sudden went from loving to lie down and splash in the tub to hating it. Literally from one bath to the next - 4 days.
  • Uses the small chair from Pippa's play table like a walker. The chair moves because it's on hardwood but moves slowly so it's just right.
  • Makes car sounds when holding cars (sometimes).
  • Cruising more on furniture.
  • Loves to play "Where's Roxy?" She will put one hand over one eye. Sometimes both hands go up and somewhat cover her eyes. So adorable. Sometimes she won't put her hands down and you have to pull them down. 
  • Takes the bjorn bib off by herself. 
  • In the middle of the month Roxy had a rough night - it took an hour (usually it takes her five minutes or less) and most of it screaming for her to fall asleep and was also up in the night screaming for an hour. I didn't know what was going on, but in the morning I saw tooth #7 (bottom left of center) poking through. Oh, so that's what was going on. Sorry, baby girl!
  • Likes chewing on my hair ties and tries to pull them out of my hair if she sees them.
  • Talks in her sleep sometimes. So cute to hear her little baby mumbles!
  • Loves to spit / dribble out water.
And a collage of her cuteness:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Roxy at 11 Months

Sweet Roxy on her 11 month birthday

Here's what Roxy was up to between 10 and 11 months:

  • Scootching around on her tummy all directions (not just backwards anymore)
  • Goes from a sitting position to her tummy intentionally (sometimes it is still a bit of a crash)
  • Points with one finger 
  • LOVES peanut butter and jam sandwiches and always pulls the pieces of bread apart to eat them. She eats 1/2 of a sandwich on big slices of whole wheat bread almost everyday for lunch. When I offer other things at lunch she doesn't want them - she's only about PB and J at lunch!
  • Rocking on her knees more
  • Does "duck face" (On her own! I would never prompt that!)
  • Wears 18 month clothes
  • Definitely knows her name and has for a while
  • Stomach sleeper
  • Started growling
  • Has tan lines in her arm rolls (you can kind of see it in the photo above, and it is quite obvious in person. I feel bad about this - I put sunscreen on her all.the.time.)
  • Loves drinking water in sippy straw cup. (It's our fault this took so long. Before we were giving her water from an open cup and from Pippa's water bottle because they were already around.)
  • At the end of June she started going from her tummy to sitting
  • Has her first word (?) "no" says na, na, na while shaking her head "no"
  • Pounded a crazy amount of pasta for dinner on the 4th of July (a bit of deja vu because when she was this age, Pippa pounded the pasta on the 4th of July, too!)
  • Legit crawling starting on the 4th of July
  • Has her first sign "more"
  • Opens and closes her mouth without a sound - kind of like a fish
  • Does a shoulder shimmy shake while nursing
  • Likes to suck her thumb even when she's not falling asleep
  • Will only nap in the crib (not on us in the carrier or the rocking chair) and will only nurse at home in the rocking chair (she's too distracted anywhere else)
  • Really likes playing with the rollhouse 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

We're a laugh a minute

S: "T you're such a good robot!"  (T was doing a robot voice to Ainsley)

Looking at a small facebook photo of a family member:
S: What's his wristband say? Something project dot org...
T: Project runway?
S: Project Runway support bands? I would totally buy us some!

While driving...
S: I'm not sure if I can turn here, but I did it before... It doesn't say no left turn.
T: Pretty sure those five yellow lines mean you can't.

I told T that I changed one of the radio pre-sets in the car from a hip hop station (not sure how that got on there, we don't like hip hop) to a Christian rock station. I didn't know it was a Christian rock station at first, I just knew there were three songs in a row that I liked. A few minutes after that:

S: We have a really blessed life. And that's not just the Jesus station talking.

I was trying to tell T about a clip from the TV show "Top Gear" where one of the guys wants to make the inside of his car look like the study of his house. T tried a few different searches on youtube.

T typing "top gear study"
S: Why do you keep typing in "study?"
T: ...
S: Oh, I get it. I thought you meant study like a medical study!
(If you want to see the clip, click here!)

Roxy at 10 months

Roxy on her 10 month birthday

Here's what our sweet Roxy was up to between 9 and 10 months:
  • Started sucking her thumb - what?! She's been falling asleep on her own for about 3 months without sucking her thumb and now she always sucks on her thumb when falling asleep. I think it is kind of late to develop this, but I don't really know.
  • More rolling to get places but still frustrated with her lack of mobility (she isn't crawling yet) .
  • No interest in walking. Roxy won't take a single step while standing and holding my fingers no matter how far forward I lean her.
  • New "words" (sounds that she makes, no real words yet)
  • Front top two teeth came in.
  • Had some separation anxiety / mommy preference. Roxy cries when I leave the room or if I walk past her while someone else (even T) is holding her. She was mostly over it towards the end of the month, though. 
  • Sleeps through the night (about 11 hours) most of the time.
  • Likes shaking her head "no."
  • Eyes are still blue. According to babycenter.com baby's eyes are unlikely to change color after about 9 months. (Though this was definitely NOT the case for Pippa!)
  • Likes to grab knobs and open and close drawers and cabinets.
  • Loves to play hide and seek with Pippa (squealing with delight when we find Pippa or Pippa finds us).
  • Puts hands "way up in the air" for that part of patty-cake.
  • Pinches my upper arm all the time. She's been doing this for a while now.
  • Rarely spits up in the car now. The car is pretty much the only place Roxy was still spitting up. Very occasionally she will spit up at home.
  • Fussier this month than last month. I think it's mostly frustration with her lack of mobility (mentioned above).
  • Total arm flapper when excited - especially when she's excited about getting food (has been for a long time now - like 3 or 4 months).


Friday, July 10, 2015

4 of July Weekend

T had Friday off for the 4th of July so we took a small trip to Happy Hollow. The last time we visited Happy Hollow was 1.5 years ago. Happy Hollow is still a small (small!) amusement park and zoo geared toward younger kids.  The target age range is probably 3-6.  There are about 7 rides, a petting zoo, a regular zoo, and several playgrounds.  We even went with our same friends from last time!

Roxy went on her first ride - the carousel.

Just like last time Pippa LOVED driving the cars.


Just like last time Pippa loved going on the ladybug ride with J.

Pippa went on her first roller coaster! We're small - I'm waving and Pippa is just visible next to me.

Had to include this one because our friend's little girl (just behind us) has the best expression.

Pippa and J really do love each other.

Seriously, these friends are some of the best people in the world.

The girls napped in the car on the way home. Which meant when we got home and wanted to nap they wanted to play.

T fell asleep mid-puzzle.

We started the actual 4th of July with a church pancake breakfast at the park. Pippa pounded 3 pancakes and ran around with friends. I ate breakfast made by someone else (!) and made a new mom friend. T played with Pippa then after a bit took Roxy home to nap. After she woke he came back to help clean up. We were some of the first people there and were the very last to leave. Pippa was still having a great time when it was time to go home 3 hours after we arrived.

At the breakfast an empty nest couple from the ward had fliers for a pool party at their house - apparently they do this every year after the breakfast. The pool was the perfect temperature, the pulled pork sandwiches were divine, and the babies got super tired from all the splashing around and took great naps. Win-win-win.

A pool tossing photo! T tossing Pippa is kind of their thing. We have tossing photos in front of landmarks all over Europe (and a few here in the States, too).

4th of July matchy-matchy after swimming and naps.

Usually I don't let Pippa nap past 2:40, but on the 4th I let her nap until 3:30. I knew she wouldn't be ready for bed until around 9 (because she woke from her nap so late) and fireworks were scheduled to start at 9:10, so... I took Pippa to her first fireworks show while T stayed home with Roxy.

I didn't take any photos, but we met up with a bunch of ward members on the side of a hill. It was perfect to see fireworks and not deal with a parking mess. It was also great because we were far enough away that the booms weren't loud and scary. I brought a pack of glow bracelets which made us popular.  There were two little girls there from Pippa's nursery class and those three girls had a great time together. I had Pippa on my lap against my chest, one girl on my shins (my legs were out) and another girl leaning against my arm. It was a good way to watch fireworks. Pippa wasn't scared and was completely entranced by the fireworks.  "Very sparkly!" was her reaction.

I really enjoyed the fireworks, too. (You may or may not know that if we are ever ridiculously rich I want a professional fireworks show on my birthday! Fireworks are the best!) The last time I saw fireworks was the Washington DC 4th of July fireworks in 2012, so I was extra excited for fireworks this year. Hopefully in a few years Pippa will be able to handle sitting close enough that you feel the boom in your chest and feel the ash fall on your cheeks.