Piper- 11 Months Old


Piper turns 11 months old today. Oh my!


  • Weighs about  23.6 pounds
  • wears size 3 diapers
  • wears mostly size 12 month clothes
  • wears size 3 shoes
  • has 6 teeth
  • cruises a lot
  •  has taken her first steps
  • can put objects in things (like a ball in a cup, for example)
  • has added sounds “yo,” “woah,” “wow,” “pa,” “na,” and “es”
  • likes: her hair brush and comb, the end table in the living room, travel packs of tissues, being tickled, feeding herself, balls, peek-a-boo, books
  • dislikes: socks, dogs that are too close, not being able to roam free

We all know that Chad looks best when his hair is shorter, but for some reason, it always seems to get pretty long in between cuts. One day recently, shaggy Chad got a hair cut while Piper was at day care. When he went to pick her up, she didn’t recognize him. Normally, she gets all excited and crawls straight to him, but this time, she looked at him funny and one of the teachers had to carry her over to him. Let this be encouragement for Chad to keep his hair short.



Piper- 10 Months Old


Piper turns 10 months old today.


  • Weighs about 23.4 pounds
  • wears size 3 diapers
  • wears mostly size 9 -12 month clothes
  • wears size 3 shoes
  • has 6 teeth
  • eats stage 3 foods and a few more table foods
  • can stand by herself for about 1 second
  • can drink from a sippy cup
  • pulls up all the time
  • makes a duck face
  • can make sounds “ma,” “ba,” “da,” “th,” and “na”
  • likes: remotes, keys, wires, bananas, babbling, swimming, peek-a-boo
  • dislikes: getting her diaper changed, when mommy or daddy leave a room, having things taken from her

There were a couple times we (okay, I) put shoes on Piper if they looked cute with her outfit, but for the most part, she has just gone without… especially once the weather got warm. And when spring and summer came around, I bought her some sandals, but she kept curling her toes and her pinky toes  would end up hanging out, so I quit putting her in them. Well, now that Piper is standing and getting close to walking, I thought she needed to wear some real shoes. I went to her shoe basket only to find she had outgrown them all already (without wearing most of them) so I went and bought her a pair. She was hilarious. She whined and looked at them funny, kicked, and tried to take them off. I would try to stand her up and she would act like her feet were broken. I thought Oops. Maybe we should have tried these things a little sooner. She is getting used to them now, but it was quite an experience for her for a little bit. I hope there isn’t some other basic parenting thing that I’m forgetting…


Piper is a little loopy

Piper had to get some anesthesia before getting her MRI last week. That meant she needed an IV. To put the IV in they like to get the kids a little calm, which means they give them basically what is like Valium.  She was pretty chill after getting that.


Piper- 9 Months Old


Piper turns 9 months old today.

  • weighs about 23 pounds
  • wears size 3 diapers
  • wears size 9-12 months clothes
  • eats stage 3 foods and a few table foods
  • crawls
  • can wave and clap
  • can pull herself up to standing
  • has 3 teeth (maybe more coming through)
  • likes: buttons, eating hair, crawling over people, Daddy, remotes
  • dislikes: getting her face wiped, getting her nose sucked when snotty, Mommy going back to work

It has been kind of a running joke that Piper is the only baby wherever she goes. Usually, she is just the first one there and she plays by herself until others finally come. Well, this week, Piper truly was the lone baby. Last Saturday, we went to a music class open house and were the only ones to show up. We still went through the entire session- just me, Piper, and the instructor. Monday was Piper’s first day at her new daycare. She is a blue guppy… the only blue guppy. Apparently there are more who plan to come, but I think their moms are still on maternity leave. In the meantime, she gets extra attention from her 2 teachers and most days goes to play with the brown bears (12-18 months).


Piper- 8 Months Old


Piper turns 8 months old today.

  • weighs about 22 pounds
  • wears size 3 diapers
  • wears size 6-12 months clothes
  • is no longer a vegetarian- she’s tried chicken so far (didn’t like it)
  • can pull herself up to her knees
  • says “dada”
  • has 2 teeth
  • is soooooo close to crawling
  • is sleeping really well
  • likes: reaching for things, things that light up, standing up while holding someone’s hands, going for stroller rides, picking things up with her fingers
  • dislikes: taking a bottle, when someone makes her move her arms

This month, Piper will visit the beach and see the ocean for the first time.


Piper- 7 Months Old


Piper turns 7 months old today.

  • weighs about 20.6 pounds
  • was in the 99.79 %ile in length at her last check-up
  • wears size 3 diapers
  • wears mostly size 6-9 months clothes, but can fit in a lot of 3-6 months
  • has added prunes, sweet potatoes, pears, green beans, apples, corn, and puffs to her list of tried foods
  • sits up on her own
  • likes: standing (with help, of course), going for stroller rides, music class, story time at the library, sleeping, getting bounced in the air, pulling hair
  • dislikes: having her face wiped, getting her nose sucked when she is congested

A couple weeks ago, Piper spent her first 2 nights away from Mommy and Daddy. She stayed with Mimi and Poppy and spent the majority of the time naked and getting spoiled.


Piper- 6 Months Old


Piper turns 6 months old today.

  • weighs about 19.8 pounds
  • wears size 3 diapers
  • wears some size 3-6 months and some 6-9 months clothes
  • eats rice cereal, oatmeal, squash, bananas, carrots, & peas
  • can roll over completely
  • sits up on her own for several seconds at a time
  • babbles a lot (We’ve heard “mama” & “banana”)
  •  turns sideways in her crib when she sleeps
  • likes: sitting in her Bumbo, looking in the mirror, her outdoor swing, eating with a spoon, her paci, kisses
  • dislikes: being hungry, being in one place for too long

Yesterday was her last day of school until August. This summer she plans to go to music classes, play in a baby pool, go on vacation, visit her family, learn to crawl, and get to know her new cousin.


Piper’s First Solid Food

We started Piper on “solid” food this weekend. It is squash. I would love to feed her all the stuff I don’t like and maybe she won’t be as picky as me.


Piper- 5 Months Old


Piper turns 5 months old today.

• weighs about 18.2  pounds
• wears size 3 diapers
• wears size 3-6 months clothes
• eats rice cereal and will start stage 1 baby food soon
• is no longer swaddled at night- just a sleep sack
• blows raspberries
• likes: her “happy bear”, reaching for things, putting everything in her mouth, sitting upright, her sleep giraffe, looking in the mirror, swinging
• dislikes: being tired, getting burped, the Louisville Cardinals

Recently, Chad and I have noticed how much Piper loves her “happy bear” that hangs above her changing table. It’s small, and if you push a button, it lights up and sings “I am a bear, a happy bear, a hungry bear, a sleepy bear. I am a bear, a happy bear. Oh won’t you play with me.” When she’s on the table, she will look over at it, and when you make it start to sing, she always smiles. It is so cute. I’d like to say I picked this toy out for her, but the truth is someone found it in the parking lot at my school and the secretary told me to take it because kids were driving her crazy playing with it after school. I randomly decided to hang it on an existing nail one day and that is where it will stay so that she can not put it in her mouth.