We went to the pumpkin patch this week for the very first time ever! I was really excited about the event! I look forward to all the 'festivities' we get to enjoy with a child! Piper wasn't all that excited once we got there but she had a rough night and early morning that day so I think that would explain the lack of excitement! We were able to go w/3 other families including Piper's good friend Claire who is in one of the pics with Piper above. Claire is in Piper's class at church so they get to see each other at least twice a week. Claire is one of the sweetest little girls I know and she loves Piper.
" Let's hit the road mommy!"
We just went to visit my parents in Fargo last week. Piper had fun playing outside. My mom still has roses growing on her bushes so Piper enjoyed getting to pull them! She got to see cows up close for the first time and at first she wasn't sure about that but then she liked it! While we were there, my mom sewed a poodle skirt for her to wear on Halloween. It is really cute and I'm excited to get her all dressed up in it!
A few weekends ago, we went to Grandma & Grandpa Levy's house in Texas. Piper had a lot of fun trying to feed Sandy (the dog) her snacks and playing with her cousins she had never met before!
One morning before church Piper was begging to go outside and I let her despite it being cold and rainy. She naturally gravitated to the dripping rain off of the roof and the puddle on the ground! She loves the water...only if it is not in the bathtub that is!
Piper is 17 months and she's pretty excited about it! She loves to clap and sing! (Can you see one of my new sofas in the background!!)
She's very good at being a 'mommy' to all her many stuffed animals and dolls! She even rocks them, hugs them, pats them on the back, and gives this kisses!
And, she still is intrigued at looking in the mirror! Look at these expressions!
17 months has been rough, I'm not going to lie! Pretty much every aspect of parenting has been really tough this month from eating to behavior!! I've felt very weary! BUT, we are seeing a change this week and I'm doing the happy dance!!! Piper feels so much better...her double ear infection has healed as well as her nose. She is obeying much better and she has been much more happy and sweet. Her appetite is back and it hasn't been hard to get her to eat and she's been sleeping quite well. Michael and I have begun the Growing Kids Gods Way class and even though we have only attended 3 sessions so far, we really are learning a ton and the Lord has been showing me things I need to change within me in order to be a better parent and in order to raise a godly daughter!
Despite this tough month, we have still enjoyed seeing the changes happening right before our eyes! Below is a list of a few things she is doing right now. She's been saying a lot of words out of the blue or if you say, "Piper, say ___" She at least tries to say anything you ask but you can't always understand it!
Favorite things to say include:
-bye, bye; hi; hello; kitty, kitty, doag (dog), eyes, nose, toes, shoes; eww-eww; uh-oh, bear, baby; hot; no-no-no; Whoa!
Other words she's added:
-Bapa (Grandpa); Papa; Sith (Seth); Lul-lul (Lilly); Oh!; ball; bur (bird); bibuh (bible); Jesus; Pipuh (Piper); wa-wa (water)
Locate the following body parts:
-eyes, nose, ears, mouth, toes, legs, and hands
Makes the following the animal sounds:
-cow (ooo); snake (ssss); dog (oof, oof); lion (grrr); pig (grr, grr); cat (kitty, kitty-she doesn't say meow, meow); duck (qua-qua)
-Walks backwards and spins and circles
-Uses a fork and a spoon but it's still pretty messy!
-Loves granola bars and granola clusters
-Waves side to side with her hand now instead of opening and closing her fist
-Loves playing with her play kitchen and pretends to eat her play food as well as bring mommy and daddy some to eat.
-Sits and 'reads' books by herself and will sit in my lap to read several books at a time
-Comes up to me, looks at me, turns her back to me, backs up to me, and plops down in my lap! (love it!)
-Still loves talking on her cell phone but not the real phone when someone wants to talk to her.
-Dances by swaying or stomping her feet
-Shakes head "yes" and "no" when asked a question. "No" is used more often than "yes".
-Shows her excitement by raising her eyebrows and making her eyes really big and shaping her lips like a "O" and says either 'Oh' or "Oooo" or "Ew-Ew!"
I love this little girl so much! She has so much personality and character! I'm thankful she is a part of my family and that I get to be her mom!