Saturday, September 30, 2006

Nicknames, Doc Visit, Pics

I've been meaning to tally these for a while -- all of the names we call Pippa. Here's the list with all the variations:
* Elizabeth (we never call her this) -- Eli, Zizi, Miss Eli, Miss Zizi
* Pippa; also the Pipster, Pippinator, Pippasaurus, Miss Pippa, Miss Eli Pippa, PJ
* Wonkerbean (I came up w/ this one day and it stuck); also Little Wonkerbean, The Bean, Wretched Wonkerbean, WB
* Other random names -- Sugar Plum Fairy, Wretched Baby, Big Strong Baby, The Babby, Peanut, Little Peanut, Pretty Baby, Puky McPuke Pukes, Osama bin Baby (when she's wrapped up in her towel -- I know, it's in bad taste, but whatever), Poppet, Fatty Fat Fat, Sunshine, Little Stinker, Cutie Pie, Porky Pig, Short Stuff, Munchkin, Chunkenstein, Stinkpot

Poor kid, she'll never know who she is. If you think this list is long, you should see what we call the dogs -- we counted Cabar's once and got over 50. Cabar's range from Pumpkinhead to Bitka (old pop culture reference from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Oscar's range from Oscar Meyer Weiner (which should be his official name I use it so often) to Bunny. Nicknames. Just say "no".

Pippa had her doc appointment Friday -- she had vaccinations and got a clean bill of health. She weighed 16 lbs 6 oz (95th percentile), is 25.25 inches (91st percentile), and her head circumference is 43 cm (95th percentile). She's a Big Strong Baby.

Tummy time is fun

She loves her Oscar

Bottle with Grandmama Midge

Finally, a couple of videos of Pippa in her exersaucer here, and here. She's not this spastic in real life -- this toy is bouncy. Oscar hasn't quite figured out how to lick her all over when she's in this, but you can tell he's trying real hard...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

4 Months

So Pippa is 4 months old as of yesterday. We go in for her 4 month checkup on Friday, so we'll have an update on official size and weight then. But our mostly innaccurate measurements put her at 25.5 inches long and a bit over 17 pounds-- or, according to our books, about the size of an average 7 month old.

She's been working on her skills-- she's sitting up with less and less support, using her hands more, and even able to stand up holding on to a chair for balance (we still have to get her into a standing position, but once there she supports all her own weight).

Her newest trick, first performed on her fourth month-day, is rolling over from her stomach to her back. She's not doing it consistently, but she can when she really tries.

Finally, because of Emily's recurring thrush, Pippa is getting slowly transitioned over to formula. We were worried that she wouldn't take to the bottle or the taste of the formula, but she attacks her bottles and downs a whopping 7 to 8 ounces every feeding, so that doesn't seem to be a problem.

on to some more photos:

Pippa joins us for dinner at the table

Helping Papa hold the bottle

This is a good perspective shot on how big she's getting.

Laughing with her uncle Bryan

Fingers taste good

Pippa chills with her uncle Bryan and cousin Rian on a recent visit to their place..

These pics and more are here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Elephant Montage

These pretty much speak for themselves. The best, tho, is this elephant video.

Here is Pippa and her elephant -- a very soft stuffed elephant connected to that blanket thingy from her Aunt Sheri. She likes it.

It is important to shake the elephant.

Biting its nose, also important.

More elephant photos here. Another elephant video with chatting.

Non-elephant photos follow.

This was at a baby shower for Missy and Brian -- it's the only good picture of me in the last 12 months so it's getting posted even though Pippa looks dorky.

Molly being sweet to Pippa and patting her. Right after this she tried to take her Binky (pacifier).

And then tried to get in the car seat :)

Molly is the most photogenic baby ever. And yes, she really is this cute in real life.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Size and Music

At the doctor's last week, we found out Pippa is 15 lbs 4 oz, and she's almost 25 inches long. I sorted through her clothing today packing away most of the 0-3 month stuff, and some of the 3-6 month stuff, and taking out the 3-24 month items (yes, some of the 18-24 month fits... go figure). Our clothing supply is definitely dwindling as a result, but I do laundry constantly so it shouldn't be a problem.

Yesterday I was practicing piano with Pippa sitting on my lap. I was playing one hand at a time of a Beethoven piece, and holding her with the other. She would occasionally bang on a key or two. At a particular point in the piece she cried out excitedly and wiggled, waving her arms around. This happened each time I played that part. I don't know if it was exciting to watch, or she just liked the way it sounded. She also tried to sing along a few times. I've noticed that she seems to have a different vocalization for the sounds we make when we talk to her, and the sounds she makes when we sing to her or play music. She'll be an opera star yet...

Today she's really been working on that two-handed play thing. She was grabbing her blue lion bell with her right hand, and all of a sudden her left hand was over there too. It surprised both of us. She did this with several toys today which is pretty cool. Of course, everything still goes right in the mouth -- at least her aim is getting better, toys rarely end up in her ear or nose anymore.

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