Friday, January 24, 2014

Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Little Babe in the Tub

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A LOT has been going on around here.  I have spent the last week trying to recover data from my crashed hard drive, the stress of that had left me partially neutered feeling to say the least.  Luckily, I found a great program called Recuva and have successfully recovered all things Piper that I thought were lost, or at least going to cost me money to have a professional retrieve.  So glad I have been able to do it all myself, but it has left me stressed, extremely busy, and not so much in the writing mood.  Now that most things are now back in my usable possession, and I feel like I can once again breathe, I also miraculously feel like writing again.

I've had several new blog entries at work inside my head, and it's going to take some dedicated time to get them all out, but to start with I think naked baby in a bathtub is the way to go, don't you?

One of Piper's last moments in the baby tub!
As you may know if you follow us on Facebook, Piper has recently done away with her baby bathtub and moved into the big-girl tub.  And boy does she enjoy having all that room to splash around in!  She has always enjoyed her bath, but now she's loving it even more since she can now fit more toys, more bubbles, more squeals, and more moving around into her usual bath routine.

My pic trying to prove she has hair!
See how little room she had in the baby tub?
She loves her new scrubby!
And chomping on her octopus!
And sneaking into the cabinets after bath time is over!
And acting like she's innocent!
Look at that ripped body!
Okay, now that I've posted the pics from the last time she had a little girl bath, onto the big girl stuff!

When first deciding to move to the big tub, I knew I was going to need a bath mat to keep her from sliding around.  I found an adorable one with different colored rubber duckies on it that works great.  It also livens up my shower time and keeps me from slipping around, too.  I'm not sure if she has really taken that much notice of it since she always has a bubble bath and all her bath toys are a big distraction.  I'm sure once she does notice it she will find it delightful, though.  As soon as I got done writing this paragraph, I noticed I had a pic of her actually checking the duckies out.  So, of course here it is!

Look, a duck!
Notice the turtle in her hand?  I'll get back to that in a moment!
Every day she gets a bit more brave in the big tub.  This past weekend she has begun to stand up holding onto the sides, and then letting go and standing all on her own.  Of course this makes me a nervous wreck, as I would hate for her to fall and whack her head on the porcelain (or whatever the damn tub material is) and/or the metal fixtures, but I guess she has to learn to stand alone at some point and I eventually have to relax about it.  She has also managed to go under water a few times, and each time she comes back up wide eyed and not really all that phased.  I'm presuming she enjoys it, or is at least not scared of going underwater. I was a water baby, so maybe she'll follow in my footsteps and be one, too.  If so, she'll probably be trying to swim in the tub before too long, like I did as a child.  Right now she practices floating on her stomach and back while I hold my arms below her middle.  She squeals with delight at this maneuver, which gets my goose every time!

Always with the saucer eyes!
She's a happy camper :)
She loves her toy octopus, all three of them that she has!
But she loves her turtle more!
Giving her turtle kisses :)
And trying to bite his head off!
Notice my nervous, gripping hand?
Now I must tell you all about the turtle you're seeing in the pictures.  Piper has fallen in love with her bathtub turtle.  Last week, while enjoying her bath, I told her all about turtles since she had become so into her new best bathing buddy.  By the way, we always have educational time whatever we are doing, so I'm sure she knows more about turtles than she can actually comprehend right now.  Heck, during one of her very first baby baths we got into a conversation about the difference between fingers and thumbs, which led to a discussion of opposable thumbs and why they are special to humans, which led to the discussion of primates and the difference between monkeys and apes, which led to a discussion about new world and old world monkeys, which naturally led to a discussion about plate tectonics.  This is what happens when you have an overly educated science geek for a mom!  Anyways, during our talk about turtles she actually started saying the word turtle.  It has become her new favorite word.  Now anything that remotely resembles a turtle is called a turtle, so we still have some learning to do, but it's a pretty big word for a girl who is barely nine months old.  Even her doctor was shocked she could say it during her 9-month check-up this past Wednesday.  Don't worry, I'm going to get to her check-up stats in the next blog entry...one thing at a time!

Turtle says what?
Love this expression!
Pucker up!
So pretty from above!
Piper has always enjoyed her baths, but now she is even more enthusiastic about getting squeaky clean. Now when you tell her it's bath time, she immediately starts crawling to the bathroom, then usually seeks out her turtle on the side of the tub, stands up holding onto the edges and anxiously and excitedly waits while the tub fills up, and then almost explodes with excitement while getting her undressed.  We have a little pre-tub routine we do while getting her naked.  First off, I hum a little stripper-like tune which she finds hysterical. Then once she's all bare and vulnerable, I give her belly zerberts and "eel" kisses.  In case you don't know, zerberts are tummy blows that sound like poots, and "eel" kisses are ones I give her that are open-mouthed popping like kisses, hard to explain but they remind me of eels for some reason.  She giggles and giggles and giggles during this routine, and we've been doing it since she was just an infant.

Toys galore!  And we've added more since.
Still with the turtle in hand!
And Mr. Crab is cool, too!
But splashing is the best!
And water in the face is still surprising!
And it gets the best faces out of her, hehehehe!
Since these pictures were taken, I have invested in even more bath toys.  You can never have too many, right?  She likes them all, but after all is said and done, the turtle is still her favorite.  Much like Pig is her go-to lovey, turtle is her go-to bath buddy.  She would love for me to let her take turtle everywhere, but he is also a squirt toy and I prefer to keep the water in the tub.  Plus, I don't think he'd be such a treat if she got to keep him with her all the time...and she might lose him and that would be a tragedy!

Turtle, turtle!
She so makes me squee with delight!
And I love her silly faces, too!
She also enjoys her bubbles, who doesn't?
So let me think, is there anything else about bath time that I should cover?  For right now I really can't think of much else, at least nothing too exciting.  I could go on about the type of shampoo and bath soap we use, but I'd rather just post the rest of the pictures.   I will have to say it was not so easy getting these pics, as I was nervous handling the fancy cam while also trying to make sure Piper didn't drown on accident.  Having my hands full with the camera left me no hands to keep hold of her squirmy self, and I sure didn't want to drop the camera in the tub, that would be a huge expensive accident, but in the end it all worked out.  I got some great pics, even though I couldn't hardly get her to look at the camera for all the splashing she was doing, and she didn't slip underwater and drown, yay!  Win-win, I say!

Love the camera settings I used on these and how it made the water look.
I'm on top of the world!
Love this shot!
Love this face even more!
See what I mean about the standing?
And still holding the turtle!
And playing in the bubbles!
Such a cute little body she's got!
She's just so fit and dainty, to me.
Going for the washcloth!
And she got it!
And she's right back up to play with the turtle and bubbles!
Once again, it's time to wrap this episode up and get to working on the other posts I have in mind.  I'm way behind and it's going to take me some time to get caught back up.  As much as Piper is learning and changing every week, I'm really going to have to get cracking because everyday seems there is now something new I want to write about.  Speaking of, if you read the post from yesterday about my hard drive crash, the one posted from my phone, well it gave me a pretty good idea.  I think I may start posting shorter entries here and there when there is something immediate I need to share.  I already do this a lot with Facebook, but it would be great to start doing it here as well.  That way I would make sure all my bases were covered and I wouldn't forget to post about something at the time I made a mental note to write about.  Believe me, I'm not going to stop the picture-filled longer posts, but these shorter posts (with pictures off my phone, of course) would help during the busy times, which are overly frequent as of late.  Anyways, that's just a heads-up for when those types of posts pop up in the future.  Yay, more Piper for the masses!!!

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