If you didn’t know already, I’m pretty obsessed with this girl. Piper Oaklyn is about three and a half months old now, and I couldn’t be more in love. She’s beginning to develop her own lively personality instead of just being a cute little newborn potato. As much as I loved my teeny tiny potato, I’m thrilled to finally start playing and interacting with her. Every time she chuckles, my heart swells to the size of the moon. Every time she pinches my nose while I’m feeding her, I want to die from the cuteness.
Scientists have actually proven that the reason you want to squish really adorable things/people to death is because it’s just so damn cute that you literally can’t handle its existence.
Don’t worry, I won’t squish Piper into oblivion, but lord knows I want to sometimes.
The other night I told Blake that I love her so much that sometimes I grit my teeth together so hard that my gums get sore. He looked at me like I was a lunatic. #momprobs
Piper’s chubby little cheeks and big bright eyes will literally make me smile ear to ear in the middle of the worst day. I wish I could bottle the way the top of her big bald head smells and pull it out of my pocket to sniff while I’m at work. Alright, I’m getting too weird.
Roban and I are twelve years apart in age, so our child bearing years were obviously spaced apart. This is why her Chicklets are in their pre-teens already while I just popped out my first baby. I know it’s probably neat for cousins to be close in age, but we think this age gap is perfect. Her girls are so sweet with Piper and they can actually hold her properly and feed and burp her. Maybe even by next summer, Emma will be able to babysit Piper on her own. I was the perfect age to babysit Emma when she was little, so now she’s just returning that favor for me. By the time Emma has her own children, Piper will be the perfect babysitting age. You see how well that works out?
Anyway, with Piper approaching a few milestones like cutting her first teeth and rolling over, we can’t help but reminisce about when Emma and Sophia were babies and compare the three girls.
I thought it might be fun to share Piper’s monthly changes, all while throwing it back to 2004 and 2007 when Em and Soaps were the same age.
The biggest news in Piper’s life lately is the not one, but TWO teeth that are trying to cut through on her bottom gums. What! Three months seems way too early to cut teeth! However, Roban remembers both of her girls popping some teefers out before their four month birthdays.
Here’s Emma aka the drool monster at a mere three months old. Drooling is definitely a side effect of teething and Piper is certainly experiencing this same thing. Sometimes I think I may need to build her an arc before she floats away into Drool Creek.
Pippa’s current favorite place to hang is her Bumbo. This thing rocks. Pip is happiest when she see everything that’s going on around her. She doesn’t want to miss anything! So, that makes the Bumbo her BFF. Not only is it strengthening her neck muscles, but she really gets a kick out of being able to sit up like a big girl.
I’ll never forget Sophia and her beloved Bumbo. She used to look around the room with the craziest set of eyes you’ve ever seen, which is how she earned the nickname “Crazy Eyes” by her three month mark.
If there’s one big baby item that I would recommend every mom to get, it’s a swing. It doesn’t have to be fancy! Just buy one that goes one speed and one direction and I promise your baby will love it. Pippy is almost always perfectly content in her swing, just like her big cousins were.
Sophia in her early 2000’s model swing.
Emma rockin’ in the same swing. Take note of her “rockstar” finger sucking move. This was Emma’s signature move until she was well into preschool. Pip and Soaps are binky girls 4 life.
At three-months-old, Emma and Sophia both were sleeping stretched out like carefree little babes.
While Piper still prefers to either be swaddled like a snug rug bug, or…
…covering most of her face with a blanket. We’re currently quite attached to the deluxe muslin swaddles from Little Unicorn because they’re SO incredibly soft and they’re paper thin and breathable. This helps us worry less about Pip wanting to bury her face in it while she snoozes.
Now we should probably address the elephant in the room: the girls’ hair (or lack thereof). Clearly Pippa isn’t going to be starring in a Baby Pantene commercial anytime soon.
Emma Bean had quite the interesting little *poof* of hair. At this age, she had worn a nice little bald strip right around the diameter of her nugget. Don’t worry, Em. The coiffed look is totally all the rage lately!
Then there was Sophie and her mane of luscious locks. I mean, I’m STILL jealous of that hair!
Watching these two grow up definitely helped prepare me for what to expect with my own little bundle of joy. It’s so fun to see how alike the girls are. Like how all three of them grew attached to “blankies” very early on and their mutual love for sleep.
However, we see many differences as well. Emma was a stone cold baby. It was nearly impossible to get her to belly laugh (to this day, her humor is questionable). Piper turns into a ball of giggles just from making a simple popping noise with your mouth, and Sophia was the same way.
Soaps was never a food lover, but Emma and Piper are like their mamas in that department. The more, the better!
Piper is going to grow up with much older cousins, but I know from experience that she’s lucky in that aspect.
Now I know she’ll never be without someone to hold her hand and show her the ropes.