Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pyper Grace is 1 year old

 My dear sweet Pyper Grace, 

Today you are one year old! Where oh where did the year go? This time last year, your Daddy and I were sitting in a hospital room snuggling you and getting to know you. Tonight, we blew out candles on a pink cupcake and chased you around the living room. You'll never know how much joy you bring me. I wake up each morning to be greeted by your sweet smile. I love your snuggles and they way you call my name for anything. I'm so thankful the Lord chose me to be your Mommy. I look forward to continuing watching you grow into a beautiful God fearing woman. I know that will have bumps along the way, but I'll cherish every peak and valley we go through because it will be with you, my sweet little girl! 
One day Old

One Year Old Today
Having your first cupcake!

Here is what you are up to at 12 months old:

Your vocabulary is increasing quickly. You say Mama, Dada, Hi, Hello, Bye Bye, Hot, Go, More, Yes, and Tic Tic (Tickle Tickle).

Ready for church a two weeks ago

You are a Daddy's girl! You love me and we enjoy our time together, but when your Daddy walks in that door it's all over for me. You reach for him the most and cry if he doesn't pick you up the second he sees you. However, I'm still the only one that can rock you to sleep at night and read you bedtime stories.
reading with brother at school

You are crawling up a storm and not interested in standing or crawling. You have pulled up on the coffee table a few times but get stressed out once your standing. You usually stand there and call my name until I come and rescue you. I know you'll walk in your own time. 

Cindy Lou Who?

You still love bath time! You giggle and splash in the bath. You love to sit and play with bath toys as long as I'll let you. We have also been swimming twice this month and you loved both times. I think you will be a waterbug like your brother!

My little lady bug

Speaking of brother, you hang on every word he says to you. Y'all have your own little games y'all play with each other. Nobody can make you belly laugh like he can. I love to hear him talk to you and you gab back to him. 


You love to pretend like your talking on the phone, you love to really talk to your Grammy on the phone even more! When she calls you just talk and talk. When we have to hang up you usually cry. 


You are a great eater. You love chicken, Turkey, Hotdogs, Corndogs, Strawberries, blueberries, applesauce, crackers, clementines, cheese, carrots, and green beans just to name a few of your favs. You have been off of formula for about a month now and love your whole milk. You are drinking warm whole milk in a bottle right before bedtime, this is the only bottle you get. We are hoping to get you off of that one bottle soon. You love to drink out of a straw and love to share drinks with Mommy. 

My little Easter Bunny

I am oh so looking forward to spending all my summer days with you. Thankfully, that is starting next Friday! We are having a birthday party for you this Saturday. I can't wait to see you smash into your cake and open all your presents. This is such a fun time. 

First set of pigtails 11 1/2 months

If you don't get anything else I just want you to know how loved you are. I pray that you and I will have a close mother-daughter relationship one day. I'm already so proud of you and know that you will continue to make us proud in all you do. We love you so much. 


One year photos

Monday, February 25, 2013

Pyper Grace is 9 months

Pyper, on Friday, February 22nd, you turned 9 months old. Time just continues to march right on. I can not believe in three short months you will be a year old. Where has my little baby gone. We are quickly entering into toddlerhood. Here is what you are up to this month:

Playing at the doctor with Wade

You are sleeping very well. You go to bed between 7:30 and 8:30 depending on what our day held. Most of the time you sleep until about 7:00 the next morning. You were sick most of last week with RSV/Strep so the last few nights you have been waking up for a bottle to try and catch up on your nutrition. You usually take a morning nap around 9:00 and an afternoon nap around 12:00. 

so sick with RSV and Strep

You love to eat. You are still taking bottles throughout the day but they have definitely slowed down. You usually end up drinking around 3 to 4 for the whole day. You really love solid foods. Your favorite right now is probably bananas. You love for us to break of big pieces for you or you'll eat it somewhat mashed up. You tried whole green beans and turkey today for the first time and loved the green beans. You ate some of the turkey but you weren't sure what to think of it. I'm still making your baby food with the baby bullet which you love. Your favorites are carrots, green beans, squash and sweet potatoes. You LOVE crackers. Crackers of any kind! Graham crackers, ritz crackers, zesta, cheese its, it doesn't matter! Your not big on juice which i'm glad. Too much sugar in the i think. However, we do give you prune juice to keep your bowls regular and you do like that watered down. 
trying to steal brothers food.

You are still not crawling and it makes you so mad. You will get up on all fours and rock back and forth and just growl and grunt and scream because you can't figure it out. Your brother crawls by you trying to show you how and it just makes you even madder. I've tried to help you but again, you scream and get mad as if to say you will do it yourself. I know you will all in good time. If it was one thing I learned with your brother it was not to rush him and you are turning out to be the same way. You will do things in YOUR time. You will hold on to a table and stand there by yourself though. You love to stand at Wade's train table and play with him. You're so proud when you realized i'm not helping you. I can see you stand a little taller. 
playing trains

so proud of yourself

You're still riding in your car seat career. Partly because I still don't think your QUIET ready for a big car seat and your not near as heavy as your brother was at 9 months, but also because we still aren't sure if you're our final baby or not so I'm savoring every little detail. My gut tells me you won't be the baby of the family but you never know. God is in control of that one. You love to ride in the car. It's soothing to you and Wade. You both fall asleep pretty quickly into a drive. If you don't, 9 time out of 10 you are happy to be in the car awake!

You love to sit in the floor and play with all your toys. You LOVE when brother will sit and play with you. He talks and pretends with you and you think it's so funny. You are a little dare devil. You through yourself back wanting us to flip you upside down and tickle you. You saw Daddy throwing brother up in the air one day and cried until I did the same with you. You LOVED it. You just giggle and giggle the whole time. Daddy says who needs a gym when we have our little dare devils. 

this is the look your uncle Brant gets 95% of the time

Your first Valentine's

getting ready for your Valentine's Party with your friends
 You love bath time. You like to get in the big bath with brother, which is the only way we are bathing you these days. You splash him and just laugh and laugh afterwards when you see his reaction. If he turns his back to you you gently pat on him until he turns back around and acknowledges you. 
Your first trip to the Mountains FEB 2013

Snow day with Momma and Bubba

 You still only have two teeth and you won't let me feel your top gums to see if any are trying to come in. We go for your 9 month well check tomorrow so we'll see what Dr. G can see! 

You are growing up too fast. You are the happiest baby i've ever seen. If your not smiling or laughing I know it's because your exhausted or sick. You go with the flow and are usually very relaxed. You continue to go between entertaining yourself to not wanting me out of your sight but I think that's every baby your age. 

Your such a joy and bring so much life and light into our family. I love to hear Wade say "where is my pretty Pyper girl," after you have gone to bed. He loves you just as much as your Daddy and I do. He loves for you to be right by his side. You will never be able to understand how special you are and what a beautiful gift you are to us. We continue to pray for wonderful wonderful things for you my sweet princess. Mainly that you will have such a heart for the Lord and willing to serve where He wants you. We love you so much. Happy 9 months baby girl! 


Friday, December 28, 2012

Pyper Grace is 7 months

Pyper Grace, on December 22, 2012 you turned 7 months! I CAN NOT believe it!! I feel like the end of your first year is flying by even faster than the first 6 months! I know time will just continue to fly by! You are so busy trying and doing new things. Here is what your up to at 7 months,

  • You are MOBILE! Your not crawling or even trying to crawl yet but you can roll all over the room and turn in circles with the best of them. If you see something you think you have to have you roll and roll until you can reach it. 

Christmas at Poopsies!

  • You love to eat! You eat a fruit or veggie at 11:00 each day and usually both a fruit and veggie at about 6:30 or 7:00 for dinner. You are still taking several 6 ounce bottles through out the day. You stole a puff from a friend at school and LOVED it. We occasionally let you have one at a time but Mommy is still leary of them since you are really not the age they are recommended for. Maybe in another month or two we will really get into them. 

  • You HATE to be by yourself for even a minute. If I set you down and you see me walk out of the room you start screaming. While I love the fact that you love being with us, I must say this makes it hard to get anything done, including showering or taking care of other bathroom needs. We have your Daddy to thank for this, he sprints at any little sound you make. Your his Princess and he can't stand to see you cry for a minute. 

  • You still love bath time! You have really started kicking and splashing in the bath now and you really love it when brother bathes with you. He makes you laugh and you splash him. It is the sweetest thing I've ever seen. 

  • I must apologize to you sweet girl, you got a problem that I use to have when I was a baby and toddler. You get constipated A LOT. The doctor said this is hereditary. So try to avoid you getting uncomfortable and screaming you drink 3 to 4 ounces of straight apple juice every day or every other day.   If you ever get uncomfortable we give you about 6 ounces and that takes care of the problem in about an hour. We try to stay on top of it though and keep you from feeling uncomfortable.
My sweet girl!

  • You had your very first Christmas this month and you LOVED everything about it. You were so easy going and relaxed at all 4 Christmases we had. If someone handed you a present you tried your best to get into it. You LOVED boxes and tissue paper! You favorite presents were a learning dog that sings and lights up from your Nonnie and Papaw and a big fluffy teddy bear from Grammy and Poppy named Philbin. You sleep with Philbin and squeeze him when someone hands him to you!
Loves to sit in her highchair while Momma cooks

  • You are still waking up once a night for a bottle and diaper change. You got to bed on your own and go right to sleep but we still can't break that habit of once a night feedings. I don't know how to break it. You take a full bottle right before bed and you eat a fruit and veggie about 30 mins before your bottle. I'm sure you will grow out of it soon! 

  • You still love your brother and enjoy being with him! He can always make you smile and you giggle. If you isn't just waking up or needing to go to bed he loves you right back and enjoys making you smile. 
After Wade's Christmas program

  • Your second tooth popped through this month. You now have two teeth, both on the bottom. Your hair is also starting to fill in and grow some more. Maybe you won't be bald until your 3 like your Momma was. 

  • You're wearing sized 2 diapers, fixing to move to sized 3. Your wearing 6-9 month clothing in most things. Some 9-12 month in smaller made clothes.

  • You are talking up a storm. You still haven't said Mama or Dada but we are sure working on it as well as Bubba. Your face just lights up when we talk, sing or play with you. You are the happiest morning baby I've ever seen. 
7 months on this day!

We love you so much and we're so proud of each milestone you've made. We continue to look forward to each day with you and continue to say that each month is our favorite month. Truth be told, we just love and enjoy anything you do. We are so blessed by you and continue to pray that you will grow and develop into a God fearing woman. We love you and know you can do anything you set your mind to. I'm so proud of you beautiful! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pyper Grace Is 6 months (i'm a little late)

 Pyper Grace I can't believe that you are 6 months old. I'm actually a little late posting this, you were 6 months old on Thanksgiving day! You had a great first Thanksgiving! You sat in your high chair and happily played with lots of toys and ate carrots! At six months here is what you are up to.

You are rolling all over the place. You can roll over from tummy to back but you rarely do. Your a little spoiled and know that if you just grunt and cry a little someone will eventually roll you back over for you. 

On Tuesday, November 27th your first tooth popped through! It was your bottom left tooth. Your bottom right tooth is not far behind. You also got your 6 month shots and your flu shot on the same day. That was a BIG day. Momma may or may not have cried a little bit when I discovered that pearly white. 

You are an eater. You still eat 6 ounces every 4 to 5 hours. We introduced solids around 5 months. You LOVE green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, pears, bananas, and you will tolerate prunes. You HATE apple sauce, peas, and squash. You are eating one fruit and one veggie at night and then take a bottle before bed.

My sweet little princess you are NOT a sleeper! I could always count on your brother to take a 2.5 hour morning AND afternoon nap. I'm lucky to get you down for 30 or 45 mins once a day. You are too worried your missing out on something. You are still waking up at least once a night for a bottle, sometimes twice a night. I'm not sure how to break that but maybe we will get it figured out too.

You are still a great little traveler. We frequently go to see your Grammy and Pop and you almost always sleep the whole entire way. And we are going to make a shopper out of you yet. You love to ride in the stroller and have people talk to you. You don't make a fuss until we get in the car to head home. 

Your personality is really coming alive! You have started to reach for us and you smile and grin just about anytime we talk to you! You LOVE kisses. Your whole body just lights up when we kiss your sweet little cheeks! You think your brother is hilarious! You laugh at just about anything he says or does to you. I love to hear your sweet little giggles and belly laughs. 

You are working on sitting on your own. You can balance for a few minutes before you fall over. You are sitting longer and longer each day. I'll blink and you'll be doing it all on your own in no time. 


You are the sweetest, most relaxed little girl I know. You just go with the flow and rarely make a peep in doing so. I enjoy every kiss, smile and snuggle from you. You are such a little joy in our lives. I can't believe your half a year old. We love you so so much. Happy 6 months baby girl! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Long time no blog

I seem to be having a hard time posting these days. I hate that! That means life is just crazy! Which also means I'm not writing down all the craziness!! It's a viscous cycle.

Last my school had their Fall Festival! Of course we decided to dress the kids up and go and I'm glad we did! Wade had a blast! They had a fun little train (can you say hog heaven) and lots of fun games for him to play!

Brody has been hard a work organizing a 5K and 10K. All the money that was raised went to the Make A Wish Foundation. So, last Saturday the kids and I got all bundled up and went out to support Daddy's race! I wish I could say I ran the 5K like I had originally planned on, but I didn't. They had a great turn out and raised a little over $3,000, that's half a wish!!

bundled up for Daddy's race!

 Wade had his first Halloween party at his new daycare. We made treat bags and home made sugar cookies for all his friends! They got to dress up and come into the school and trick-or-treat down all the halls. It was so fun seeing him and my classroom just loved him. He was such a ham for them!

Trick-or-treating down Mommy's hall!

For Halloween we didn't do too much trick-or-treating since we had already been to the Fall Festival the week before. We started at some friends house, made our way to my brother's girlfriends house where Wade was spoiled rotten with as much candy as he wanted and hot chocolate chip cookies and milk, and then made a few more stops in our neighborhood and back home. He had more than enough candy by that point and need some REAL food in him.


We didn't do much this weekend. I lost my voice Thursday night which made it HARD to teach Friday. Brody was sweet and let me sleep in and rest yesterday. We goofed of most of the afternoon and then got all dressed up for our family pictures. I can't wait to get them back, I'm tired of not having any of ALL FOUR of us around here! Naturally, my little smiley girl slept threw the first location but finally woke up towards the end so hopefully we got something good!

I'm love my little family and i'm so blessed that I get to share this crazy, beautiful life with them. There are some days we all seem to be at each other, today was one of them, but I can't imagine life without them all. Hope you all had a blessed weekend!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pyper Grace is 5 Months

I know I say this every time but I just can not believe that five short months have already past. Pyper girl you are getting SO big! Your Daddy and I look at you everyday and feel so blessed to be your parents! Here is what you're up to at five months!

Five months old today!

My 5 month old!
You rolled over for the first time on Tuesday, October 16th and I missed it!!! Your Daddy was out of town last week so it was just you, Wade and I at home. We got home from school and I unloaded the car, unpacked bags and repacked them for the next school day and then played with you and Wade for a little bit. I then realized it was almost 6:00 so I laid you on your playmate in the living room and left Wade in his room watching a movie and playing trains. I walked into the kitchen for no longer than a minute and walked back to check on you and there you were on your belly! I couldn't believe it and I was SO mad I missed it!!!! Daddy saw you roll from back to tummy and then tummy to back yesterday! You will do it if you really want to but you haven't gotten crazy with it!
"Look at me Mom!"

You tried rice cereal this month and did not care for it! So we tried oatmeal and you tolerate it a lot better. You for the most part seem to have the hang of the spoon so I think we are going to try some green beans soon! You are drinking between 4 to 6 ounces at a time. 

"This oatmeal is better than rice!"

Your 4 month wake period has gotten better but you are still up at least once at night. If I can ever get you to eat a full bowl of oatmeal and drink a bottle after your bath you will sleep through the whole night. But since you don't LOVE the oatmeal this is rare. Hence, starting the veggies soon.  

My happy girl!

You are talking up a storm. You are SO LOUD! Once you get started you talk and talk for a long time. I'm thinking this might be a little insight on what our future looks like when you actually start talking!!! I love to hear your little voice and to hear you blow raspberries!  

painted our toes for the first time! 10/20/12
You still LOVE bath time. You think it is really funny to take a bath with brother. You just splash and kick and smile the whole time.

I love to hear Wade talking to you in the car on the way home. He has you laughing a big deep belly laugh the whole way home usually, which gets him laughing too. The car filled with y'alls laughter is the sweetest sound to me ears. Someone asked Wade Saturday if his Daddy was his best friend and he said "no my Pyper is!" He sure loves you sister!

Really mom?

Happy girl, even if you did get up at 5:00 am

You are the happiest, most laid back and relaxed baby I have ever seen. People ask me a lot if you ever cry and my response is rarely. I know you are starving or flat worn out if you are truly crying. 
My sweet snuggler!

You are loving sitting up. You really enjoy the bumbo or sitting up in our laps and you just discovered standing up on your legs. You are so proud of yourself when we hold you up and you stand. It's amazing what changes in a month! Last month you wouldn't put any pressure on your feet!
Pyper, you look TOO big here!

Pyper, we love you more than you will ever know. We continue to be so blessed by your sweet smiles, laughter and snuggles. We just can't imagine our lives without our baby girl in them. I want time to slow down so we can breath in every single milestone and moment. We can't wait to see how you grow and change this month. We are so proud of you baby girl. I love you!