|She's grown so much!
She has finally begun posing for the camera!
|Sitting pretty :)
|Sometimes Papa spoils her rotten during breakfast!
|Such a little princess!
|Love that smile!
Of course, a lot has changed over the last month. Anyone with young children knows how quickly they develop. It usually happens in spurts, and it happens rapidly when it occurs. Right now Piper is another rapid development stage. First off, her vocabulary is just astounding! Not just saying, repeating, and understanding words and language (she even uses foreign words and sign language at times...she loves Baby Einstein!), she is also recognizing her letters more and more each day. We have this toy I like to call the letter abacus. It has rows of rotating squares with alphabet letters on one side and picture of an object that begins with the letter on the other. She started off by simply repeating the letters as we went through them, same as she did with the pictures, although a lot of the objects she already knew. Then she started with the remembering/recognition process. There were a few ways she did this.
1) When we would go through the letters in order and she was supposed to repeat, she would start to not say the exact same letter back, but say the next letter in line instead;
2) Her next stage was recognizing letters that were pointed to. I'd point to letters, she'd name them...and not in alphabetic order, either. Of course she doesn't always get them right, but I'd say she's got at least half of the alphabet recognizable now, maybe even more than that.
3) Finally, I've begun testing her knowledge of letters by asking her to point out whichever one I call out. She does pretty well with this method, too.
With all three of these methods for learning her letters continually implemented, especially during potty time, she's pretty far ahead of the game when it comes to knowing her alphabet.
|She also has discovered that jewelry is awesome!
|More pics of her playing dress up...her first time in the "pretties."
|She's discovered Barbie!
|And she adores her!
Besides learning, she loves to be chased!
Next topic, language skills. Her language skills are off the charts. She understands everything and has no problem following directions. I'd say she's up to following three-part directions right now, but mostly I stick with two-part directions, such as take this book and show it to Nana...things of that nature. Her vocabulary grows every single day. I swear she's learning new words faster than I thought possible, and she tends to like big words, aka, words with at least three syllables. Recently she'e learned helicopter, flamingo, hippopotamus, umbrella, and other multi-syllabic words. It's funny, too, that she often likes to whisper the words she likes best, no matter how short or long. I think it has something to do with how important they are to her in life. Papa is one of her favorite whispered words. These whispered words are somehow sacred in nature, and it's intersecting to see which words she chooses as sacred.
Her "oh no" expression took forever to catch on film!
One of my all-time Piperisms!
Okay, moving on...now it's time to talk about her building skills. Back on June 6th she began stacking blocks. Sure she had accidentally put one on top of another in the past, but nothing was ever really deliberate. But that day, she all of a sudden decided to start building instead of knocking down. The highest "tower" I've seen her build was five blocks high. I know it doesn't sound like much to us grown-ups, but that's a pretty good feat for a babe her age. She also likes to try and stack various objects. Like she will try and stack parts of her dinner items or books o random toys. She's playing with balance for sure and definitely learning what makes things topple versus what makes things stay upright.
|Yesterday she got up to 6 blocks...today she managed 8!
|It's also tough trying to get a turtle out of it's shell
and to eat your kindly offered celery!
(her first turtle encounter)
|She still loves bath time, even when she looks serious!
|Chocolate chip cookie face!
She loves to dance!
She's much improved since this video,
so hope I can soon catch her stop move!
Speaking of burning musicality within the soul, she has also not lightened up any on the drumming. We recently went to my cousin's wedding. Piper was dressed to the nines and had a ribbons on a wooden dowel that they had for guests upon the newlyweds exiting the reception. Piper got one early on and proceeded to the dance floor, twirling, swaying, doing her grove thing in all the many ways she knows how. She definitely stole the spotlight for a bit. But it was her rhythm that got the hired bands attention. During one of their breaks, the drummer came over and told me that he could definitely tell she was going to be a drummer one day. I thought it amazing he would pick up on the fact that she adored the drums, remember she has three sets already at home, and then he proceeded to offer to let her try his kit out. Not many people would be so gracious to a 15-month-old little princess, but he was oh so delighted with her. She loved getting to sit behind and actual drum kit with real drumsticks in hand, it was truly a wonderful thing he did for her. She even managed to get that rock-n-roll sneer for her pics behind the kit. I must find out from my cousin the name of that band and send that guy a thank you note for making my daughter's night that much more special. It was already pretty spectacular for her...pretty dress, fancy wedding reception with an awesome dance floor, people admiring her left and right, a night in a suite at the swankiest hotel in town, room service for breakfast, bubble bath in a massive tub....the drum kit incident was just icing on the cake!
|Dancing with her Papa!
|The rocker sneer!
|Another look at my little drummer chick!
|A princesses view from the swanky hotel room window!
|This doesn't happen very often...not to this extent!
|She finally learned how to use a bottle! For a day...
|Such a doll!
|Yes, she loves posing on this bench!
|Look at those curls she's getting!
|Love the black & white version of this pic!
|Such an old fashioned beauty!
|Love the profile...and them cheeks!
|This I may have posted before, but who cares, right?
|Just love that dress!
|She really enjoys her butterfly rocker Santa brought her!
|Yes, she does sleep sometimes :)
|And looks like an angel when she does :)
|Such a flirtatious spirit!
|The girl does love the camera...I think the feeling is mutual, too!
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