21 Months.

This is the face of a 21-monther. Cute, eh?

I can’t believe how quickly Sophie is changing. Her hair is getting longer, and so are the sentences that are coming out of her mouth. She adds new words to her vocabulary every day. She knows her colors. She knows some letters too (S, C, O, E, V, B, and sometimes A). She knows all of her body parts-including elbows (bel-bows). She can count to 2 (one, two, one, two). She’s very good at communicating what she wants with words and gestures. She’s becoming so much more like a child and so much less like a baby!

Rainy, fall day.

It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here. Overcast, rainy, chilly. I was beginning to wonder if fall had forgotten about us. If not for the gorgeous colors, you’d think fall had skipped over MI altogether.

Like I said, it’s raining today. Just steadily misting. There’s no one eating outdoors at Lenny’s, no one walking happily through the parking lot.  I’ve been waiting for the cooler, dim days of fall. 80 degrees in mid-October just feels odd to this Michigander. This afternoon, I ordered my coffee hot.

I’ve been spending these days reading. I’m about 75% through my first Kindle book-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I love his writing style. He uses crisp, poignant sentences. It’s about a pre-teenage German girl in Nazi Germany. She steals books. I like.

Sophie is 19 months old today. Where has my baby gone? She’s talking so much. We hear new words every day and even some two and three word phrases. It’s so exciting to see her learn new things and hear her language develop. She’s walking smoother and has started to climb. She loves to look at books and “read”. And boy, oh boy, she gets prettier everyday!

Sophie says what? 18 month edition.

I thought it’d be fun to compile a list of all the words Sophie currently says.

Mama, Di-da (daddy), Mimi (grandma), Nana (other grandma), Papa, bye bye, bath, dog, bubble, stinky, hot, bird, book, tree, eyes, nose, beep!, ear, teeth, toes, bow, knee, GiGi (Curious George), out, shoes, snack, down, house, hush!, blue, baby, puddle, bah-bah-bye (butterfly), milk, ball, hi, brush, geez (veggies), cheese, butter (almond butter), please, more, toot, bee, whale, acorn, duck

Combos: Wassat?, out now, down now, more please

Signs: More, Please, Mommy, Eat, Milk, and Crab (this one makes me laugh!)

Her receptive language is awesome. She can follow directions (when she wants to!) She can help me do tasks, like putting clothes into the dryer, stuffing diapers, and putting clothes into her dirty clothes basket. She loves learning new words and signs and will usually repeat when I tell her a new word. A lot of these words have been new in the past month or so. Language explosion! I love it 🙂

Look who’s 16 Months!

She’s 16 Months and full of technological smarts,

And book smarts,

And Curious George-in-the-box smarts.

She’s got a smile that can light up a room, and a laugh that makes you forget all your troubles.

I am so blessed to be her Mama! She’s full of words, giggles, and joy. We had no idea how joyful she would be when we chose her middle name. Fits her to a T!

Thank you Sweet Sophie Joy, for the most wonderful 16 months. We love watching you grow!

First steps!

You know what’s sad? How infrequently I blog. That’s what’s sad. Once upon a time, I was a regular blogger. Like…the “every day” kind of blogger. Or at least the “every-other-day” kind of blogger. Now I’m like a “once or twice a month” kind of blogger. Well, such is life. It ebbs and flows, does it not?

I have news! Thus the reason for my post today. Sweet Sophie took 3 little steps yesterday. I set her up on her feet in the middle of the floor (to “practice”, as we like to say) and she took 3 steps to the couch. I was so proud of her! Kevin’s mom and I were cheering so loudly. Kevin was upstairs and he came down right away, rightly assuming that we were cheering because Sophie had taken some steps. She did it an hour or so later too, but Kevin missed that too!

Today before daycare, Sophie and I did some more practicing and she really caught on. She took about 6-10 steps in a row from the center of the room to her little play table. And then she did more in our bedroom to get to the folded blankets that she likes to play on. And then she did some more in her bedroom to get to her toys. It was great! I’m hoping that spending the day at daycare with a few other new walkers will give her some motivation and confidence.

She looks so cute when she toddles, her little arms up for balance and her legs so straight and stiff. I’ll try my best to get it on video.

YAY! We have a WALKER!

Sophie is 15 months!

Isn’t she gorgeous? I try not to brag, but come on! She is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m sure you agree! Right? Right?

On Friday Sophie had her 15 mo.  check up. She is 19 lbs. 6oz. and 29.5″. That puts her in about the 10th percentile for weight and about the 25th for height. She’s quite a tiny peanut compared to other kids her age!

She’s doing awesome in the area of language development. She has about 10 words that she uses correctly and consistently-Mama, Dida (Daddy), cheese, teeth, bird, moon, tick-tock (clock), ball, and a few others. She also has about 5 signs-more, please, thank you, change (diaper), and blows kisses or waves for “goodbye”. She understands just about everything I say to her too. She can go follow simple directions like “Go put your farmer on your tractor!” or “Go get a different book please.” (She brings me the same book over and over to read). If I say “Let’s go give you a bath!” she gets really excited and crawls to the bathroom.

Physically, she’s not walking yet which isn’t exactly a cause for concern yet, but it could be a small issue if she’s not walking by her next appointment at 18 mo. The pediatrician mentioned that if she’s not walking by then we may need to have Early On evaluate her. But, for right now she’s fine and she did actually take a small step on her own a few days ago. She doesn’t have much confidence to stand on her own-rarely does she let go of support to stand unassisted. Sometimes she’ll let me set her up on her feet and she’ll stand for a few seconds. She can run with her push toy and will walk if she’s assisted with one hand. She’s on her way, so there’s nothing to do but wait and let her walk in her own time.

I know these types of post usually reduce me to mush, but I can’t help it. I just cannot believe that I am a mother to such a beautiful, happy, wonderful child. I am so proud of Sophie, and Kevin and I cannot imagine our lives without her. She’s awesome and I am so thankful to God for her.

mismash, hodgepodge, conglomeration

Not much to do here. Might as well write. Right?

I can’t decide if I’m actually hungry, or if I’m just bored and want to eat. Know what I mean? I eat when I’m bored. I love food. Almost all food. There are very few things that I don’t like. I don’t like pickles or cantaloupe or sushi. But I’ve only tried sushi once. I’d be willing to give it another try.

This morning I watched a clip on youtube of the last 8ish minutes of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I can’t get it out of my mind. It’s horrible-horrifying. If you haven’t read that book, or any books on the Holocaust, I suggest that you do so. Yes, the details are disturbing and they haunt you. But I believe that it is so important to know, to remember. Don’t those millions of people deserve to be remembered? Even if it is through a fiction story. Same goes for Sarah’s Key, which I blogged about here.

Onto something happy. This morning Sophie walked, holding onto my fingers, all the way down the hall to her room and back out to the living room. She’s on her way! She doesn’t yet stand unassisted, so I know that walking isn’t imminent, but every little thing she does makes me so excited and proud. I love her 🙂

I have now started The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s slow, but interesting and good. I like the writing and the story is growing on me. I found it in my coworker’s office one day and when I asked her if I could borrow it she said that it didn’t belong to her. She said I could just take it. But I’ll return it because I need another book like I need a hole in my head.

LOST is on tonight 🙂 I’ve been digging this LOST blog. I think it gives a good account of what happened (plus some amusing commentary) plus the author’s overall rating of the episode. I’m a huge dork.

Steph and I ran 9 miles on Sunday and we’re planning on doing 11 this weekend. Our race is in less than 2 weeks! Yikes! Sophie and I went for a walk yesterday morning to give my legs a little rest, and then this morning was so cold and miserable that I wasn’t about to take her out. I plan to run a few miles when I get home from work today, and happily the sun is just now peeking through the clouds.

Sophie is 1!

One year ago, we started on a journey.

She was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

A lot can change in a year. I had no idea what I was in for. No idea of the night wakings, or the way her cry would pierce my heart and I’d do anything to make her happy. No idea that someone so tiny could change a life in such a BIG way. No idea how much I could love someone. No idea that someone so beautiful could be mine!

She grew and changed. Learned to hold her head up, roll over, babble and coo, smile, laugh, crawl, and pull up to standing. Soon she’ll be walking on her own. She’s incredible-a miracle.

Sometimes it blows my mind to think that Kevin and I are responsible for this little life. It’s up to us to guide her and teach her to love Jesus, be a good friend, always help others, and to make good choices. But having her with us has become second nature. When we’re alone, just the two of us, it sometimes feels like someone is missing.

Happy Birthday Sophie Joy!

A few days late, but Sophie is 11 Months :)

Here she is, my sweet little one! So close to a year old.

I’ll save all my sappy words about how big she is, how amazing she is, for her big birthday post in a month. For now I’ll say this-she is wonderful and perfect and I love her so much.

Sophie blows me away each day with all of her firsts. Each day I notice that she is understanding what I say to her more and more. Her movements are becoming more and more “toddler-like” and less and less “baby-like”. She pulls up effortlessly, will “walk” assisted, makes valiant attempts at her favorite wooden puzzle, and is even starting to “get” the shape sorter. She babbles constantly, points at everything, claps when she’s happy, says “oooooooohhhhh!” when she sees something she likes, and says “mmmmmmmm” when she tastes something yummy 🙂

We have gotten into a great groove. We wake up, nurse, and play. Play, play, play! She eats a relatively yummy yogurt/applesauce/oatmeal mix for breakfast (and of course she has to have her Cheerios). Lately, I’ve been having to do quite a bit of “work” to get her down for a nap-lots of rocking, butt-patting, standin’ and swayin’. But it’s worth it, I will not let her cry. I know that part of this change in nap patterns is due to the fact that she’s so active and would much rather be playing-she just doesn’t want to slow down to nap. So I send her off to dreamland with lots of cuddles and love. Thankfully, she still goes down pretty easily at night. But, I digress…back to our “groove”. During her nap, I work out, shower, and get ready for work. On a great nap day I manage to eat lunch before she wakes up. Then, we nurse, play a bit, I get her lunch ready for daycare, and we’re off. Her to daycare, and me to work. Once the weather is springish we’ll be out the door early to go running so we’re back in time for her nap. She’s usually sleeping when I get home from work, so I make dinner, wake her up to eat dinner, and goes down for the night around 8:30pm.

You may find the above paragraph totally boring and that’s ok. That was really written more for me to remember what we do. This blog has evolved into a lot of things over the years, not the least of which is documenting my baby’s sweet little life. I want to remember these sorts of details. So I document. And remember. And when I read this a year from now, or 10 years from now, I’ll have a smile on my face, remembering these perfectly wonderful days with my Sophie Joy.

So, Happy 11 Months Little Girl. Keep Growing! Mama and Daddy love you so much.
P.S. I have not forgotten about how I left you hanging the other day. My post is coming to reveal my latest book!