Wednesday, October 01, 2008
This has been another big developmental month for our little Piper. One of the most obvious changes in month three was her growth. Many people comment on P's size when they see her, either she's big for her age or, more commonly, that she's tiny, but everyone always says how long she is. Piper is not very chunky at this age, just opposite from her brother, she is very long and has even progressed out of 3 month clothes and can wear 6-9 month if they aren't too big in the waist.
Piper is also very interested in sitting upright these days. She has always preferred to be held upright, looking over my left shoulder (if you ever see me holding her and she's not eating, that's the position she'll be in 99% of the time). She has been able to hold her head up since birth, but has just gained phenomenal control over it this month. P also loves to look around at everything and has been called "very attentive for her age" many times over. Back to the sitting, Piper is trying so hard to pull herself to an upright position when she's lounging in her Boppy. She is getting very close, but we have to watch her closely because she's liable to topple over if she succeeds. I keep telling her that she's going to have washboard abs if she keeps this up!
Piper recently discovered that her hands belong to her and is very interested in watching their movements. She loves to wave them around and bring them closer and further from her face just to see what they can do. We laugh because she often ends up with them between her eyes and she's cross-eyed!
This months brought a little more sleep (Praise the Lord!!!) for us in the Mathis household. We FINALLY figured out that our little princess loves her own space, so we have started putting her right into her bed when she wants to go to sleep at night and she sleeps beautifully there. Not all night, mind you, but soundly until she needs to eat.
Just a few days ago, I happened to look up and see her trying to roll over from her back to her front. I was totally surprised as the only other baby I have to compare her to didn't do this until he was 5 or 6 months old. He isn't the gold standard for motor skills though, bless his little heart. I'm afraid that this little girl of ours is going to be mobile way sooner than we would like, but if that's her schedule, then so be it. I'm enjoying this baby period while I can.
I guess one of the more exciting developments for us is that P is finally showing signs of recognizing all of us. She has always smiled at us, especially Caleb, but now she is very aware of who is around and responds to our voices. Every night when I come home from work I head straight to her to say hello and she gets SO excited, kicking and swinging her arms and smiling super big. It makes a mommy's heart happy to see that her kiddo is excited to see her!
I had to include this picture because it again showcases how Piper adores her brother. She will smile for Caleb when she will smile for no other. If Caleb is in the room, she is watching him and sometimes fusses until he comes over to talk to her. He loves her equally as much and asks where she is if she is out of his sight. It is very sweet and exactly what I hoped for for the two of them. Caleb is the BEST big brother in the world!