|Did someone say be adorable?|
First off, Labor Day weekend was a blast. This year we once again went over to my brother's house, the brother who spawned my adorable nieces (not to discount my adorable married-in nieces from my other brother's family), and did the usual cooking out and swimming. I swore I was not going to get into a bathing suit this year, and I had a damn good excuse not to. I'll have to admit there is nothing worse than popping out at baby right at the beginning of swimsuit season! Regardless of my vow, I sucked it up, threw on my maternity suit, and decided to hit the water. I allowed Piper the immense pleasure of going swimming on the Fourth of July with my brother, but this time I wanted to be the one with whom she swam. I so regretted not being the first person she ever swam with, but a close second I will take.
|Had to get a duplicate shot similar to my brother's picture with her!|
|Loved being in the water with her!|
|Happy as can be!|
|Swam her pants right off!|
|Love her peepers!|
|My personal favorite!|
|Are we done yet?|
|Me trying to get in on the action...not so cute :-p|
|I mean seriously cute!|
|Piper with her other niece...such beauties!|
|Love this look!|
|Always with the hands!|
|Face of an angle!|
|Look ma! No hands!|
|Got to love the turtle lip!|
|Woo Pig Sooie!|
Okay, what next? Maybe a couple of videos? Remember the crinkle-nose I told you about? Well I sort of caught it on tape one night. I know, miracle, right? I'm hoping to catch a better film of it later, but this will have to do for now. She started doing the crinkle while trying to crawl. It has crossed over into other scenarios, but this is a great crawling effort video.
Couldn't you just die!?!?!?!
Here's another video, one of her in her swing. She loves Baby TV and watches it every weekday morning while I get ready for work. I know TV is not the best thing for her, but it's educational, she loves the channel, and it helps us both stay sane for an hour while I run around getting myself in gear!
She loves her swing...and her feet!
Let me jump back to the crawling thing. Piper has been trying to crawl for a few weeks now. I swore she'd be doing it by 4 1/2 months, but she is still doing her commando crawl for the time being. I am so okay with this! I love that she is smart and physically ahead of the game, but I'm enjoying her not yet being completely mobile while I can. Now don't get me wrong, she cannot be left alone unless she is strapped into something because she has no issues with getting around at all, she's just still slower than she will be, and very soon I imagine! She just turned 5-months yesterday, so she's still ahead of the game for now. I know she'll be crawling before six months.
With her trying to crawl, she is also trying to move to a sitting position from her knees, which she almost has down. She is sitting completely upright without hand support now, something she started this week. She can also twist side to side and freely use her arms, although she still topples over or slouches forward when tired. She can also move to a crawling position from a seated one. Additionally, she has just this week started trying to scoot on her butt while sitting. She doesn't move fast nor far, but it is dang cute.
She just started this!
Well, that should take care of the video portion of this post. My goodness, this is getting to be a long one isn't it? I've been so busy with my 52 acts of random kindness that I haven't spent enough time focusing on Piper. She changes so much on a daily basis now, learning new skills at a breakneck pace, it really is hard to keep up. That's why I highly recommend following us on Facebook (see link at bottom of page), because I post there daily. For my Facebook fans, many of these pics are old news, but I'm sure they do not mind the re-hash, at least I hope they don't!
Since I've been drawing this one out, I'm going to wind everything down with some more pics, go figure! I've taken a bunch over the past couple of weeks, so I hope no one is too overloaded with cuteness at this point.
|Sometimes I let her get naked and messy for dinner!|
|Still love breastfeeding her. Best part of my day!|
|A pic at the office, please ignore diaper bag :)|
|She loves breakfast time!|
|Is he mine?|
|I spoil her!|
|We were accidentally matching this day!|
Oh my goodness, I think I'm finally out of pictures to post. Well, don't let me lie, I have hundreds more, but I'll just keep all the rest to myself. I have so many pics it's actually causing me anguish trying to do her baby/life book. I finally started working on the first page last weekend, although it won't actually be the first page in the book. Of course, I can't be like everyone else and just throw some pics into an album. No, I've got to hand make the damned thing! So far, I've almost completed one whole page, woohoo! It really will be spectacular, at least in my eyes, when it's complete. Hopefully, if I do a page every week, I'll have it done before she is 20. In the end, all the hard work and over thinking will pay off, but I have seriously got to narrow down my pic selections for it or I'll never even get it started past that first page. Oh well, that's another post altogether. For now, I'll wrap things up with a snapshot of that first page. The album is going to have a mixed-media designed wooden cover held together by rings and ribbon. Inside are 12x12 chipboard pages with beau coups of embellishments, special touches, envelopes full of goodies, pull-out portions, etc. It's more scrapbook/keepsake/life treasure map than anything else. Anyways, here's a glimpse at the first partially completed page. I'm thinking of adding more embellishments and quotes from the blog within the open spaces. Who knows how it'll look when finished, but it will definitely be eye catching! It's my first try at something of this nature, so hopefully it will get better as I go along.
|Love creating the picture borders from scratch!|
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