Sunday, December 23, 2012

Baby Miller #2 [34 Weeks]

[26 weeks]

[30 weeks]

[34 weeks]

I'm now 34 weeks! Since our family took a 6 week trip to Papua New Guinea, the weeks have flown by! It's hard to believe that I just have a little over a month left before we meet this little girl. While I'm thankful I still have a little time left, we are also very excited to meet this little one! After Christmas this week, I will begin getting ready for her (getting clothes ready, getting the bassinet, bouncer, and other things out... I'm sure that'll help me feel like we're really going to be having a baby!)

Sickness: I still have heartburn every day, and it's the worst at night. I have been taking tums every night for the past couple of weeks because I can't go to sleep if I don't. I did throw up on 2 airplane rides during our time in Papua New Guinea, but both were a result of a mix of things (being on the plane, airplane food, having a child sitting on my lap, feeling hot... and then, of course, being pregnant). I'm very thankful that I'm done with plane rides for this pregnancy!

Movement: This baby moves ALL.THE.TIME. There was a short few weeks (around weeks 27-30) where I didn't feel her much. But now I feel her a lot, especially when I'm trying to go to sleep at night. I feel this baby girl much more than I felt Sophie. She pokes out my side all of the time, and she pokes out much further than Sophie ever did. She also likes to put her foot into my ribs which is uncomfortable. I feel her hiccup too, so I know she's head-down. While she is less comfortable than Sophie was in the womb, I am thankful that all the movement means she is okay.

Pain: I am mostly uncomfortable because of all of her movement. I guess I wouldn't consider it pain, though- mostly just very uncomfortable. My back is doing well.

Gender: Still a girl as far as we know!

Weight Gain: I'm up 24 pounds now. I've gained more than I did with Sophie, now, but I'm still not up to my end weight with her. I definitely wear maternity pants now, but I can wear maternity and regular shirts, which is nice. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Who Needs a Baby Doll When...

Who needs a baby doll when you have a flashlight? Sophie began liking baby dolls over the summer but has really gotten into them a lot in the last month. We had to pack really lightly to go into Pei, so a baby doll wasn't one of the things we took with us. But no worries! Sophie found a flashlight and began rocking and "hushing" it. So I gave her a pot holder and turned a little wooden bench upside down, and then she had a blanket and cradle for her baby! 

She also used a scotch-rite scrubby and an iphone as babies too. 

And to round out this post... here's a picture of the adorable "mother" to the flashlight baby.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sophie's Development [19 Months]

One thing I love about Sophie is that she adjusts well. Of course, she notices change (she gets scared easier), but I think she really adjusts quickly overall. We decided to take a month-long trip to visit Papua New Guinea since there's a good possibility this might be our future home- and because Ben is helping friends of ours build their home here. Sophie only took 4 days to get back on her regular sleep schedule (and wasn't that far off to begin with), was fairly pleasant the entire time, and hardly seems bothered by the heat and mosquito bites. I'm so thankful for her! Praying this new baby will adjust easily as well.

The newest development of Sophie's that is my favorite is that she recognizes shadows now! Last week we were in the bathroom, and the electricity went off (as is common here- the town electricity usually goes off once a day at least)- so our friend brought us a little lantern. When Sophie was finished with her bath, I was drying her off, and she pointed to the wall and said, "Mama!" I was confused and then realized she was talking about my shadow. I showed her her shadow then and asked her who it was, and she said, "Sosie" (Sophie). Since then, she's seen our shadows a couple of times and always knows who they are. This is just so cute and so amazing to me. It's one of those moments where I want to be that mom that brags about how smart her kid is.

I don't keep track of her words anymore because she says too many. But some fun ones... she says and remembers names really well now - I love it that she calls herself "Sosie." She also has started calling Ben "dah-ee" (daddy) instead of "dada" now. She says, "See ya."

She's such a cautious girl... not a dare devil at all. She likes to be silly and pretend she doesn't know things that she does (like trying to put a shape block in the wrong hole). She has the sweetest, loudest laugh that she usually will do about once a day. She can sometimes be bossy, but in general, she lets other kids walk all over her (and then she just cries or yells, "No!"). It'll be interesting to see is these parts of her personality stick or not.

Loves: books ("Bubbles Bubbles" which is an Elmo book is her current favorite), playing in the water (filling up cups and dumping them, specifically), blocks/shapes, food (cheese!!), playing outside, sitting on people and bouncing on them (which is especially fun since I'm pregnant right now <<sarcasm>>)

Dislikes: Having her hair washed, getting in water that she can't touch the bottom on her own, and many other normal toddler dislikes

[Photo taken by Abby Dunn]

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Baby Miller #2 Update [25 Weeks]

[22 Weeks]

Wait, what did that say? 25 weeks??? Wow, this pregnancy is flying by! I know everyone says your pregnancies after your first go much faster because you're busier, but I think the main reason it's going faster for me is because I'm not wishing the moments away. With Sophie, I didn't have a child yet, and I just couldn't WAIT to meet her. Of course, I can't wait to meet this sweet little girl, but I don't want to wish away the moments I have with Sophie right now because I'm enjoying her too much. And by time this little girl comes, Sophie will almost be TWO! I'm not ready to wish away these months. So I'm just enjoying them for tall they're worth :)

Sickness: I get heartburn every night now, and I get it throughout the day if I eat more than 3 bites too. It kind of stinks, but it could be worse, and I'm holding out hope that it means this baby will have a lot of hair too! I take tums, but it never takes it completely away. I haven't thrown up since around 20 weeks, so it's nice to be staying away from the toilet. I have a lot of energy. I love the second trimester. 

Movement: I still feel kicks all the time, and now I feel movement as well. It's so amazing <3. I learned that the reason I feel this baby so much more than Sophie is because my placenta is in a different spot. So interesting, but it makes sense. Occasionally, all the kicks and movement are uncomfortable, but it's so enjoyable and reassuring to feel this little life inside of me.

Pain: No real pain yet. My back was hurting pretty bad the other day, and I realized it was because I was still sleeping on my belly sometimes. So sadly, I've had to give up the belly sleeping. Sleeping on just my back and side has definitely improved the condition of my back.

Gender: We found out 6 weeks ago that we're having another sweet little girl. We are so excited. I was guessing boy, so I was surprised! It will be so fun for Sophie to have a sister close in age, and it will be nice to be able to use all of Sophie's clothes again.

Weight Gain: I'm up 14 pounds now! I only gained 21 pounds total with Sophie, so I think I'm going to gain more than I did with her. That's fine though, because I started at a lower weight than I did with her. I'm still wearing my regular jeans (no maternity), but I am having to start to unbutton and use my bella band as the buttons are getting uncomfortable. Maternity will still be too big for me though.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sophie's Development [18 Months]

Sophie has recently learned how to match puzzle pieces with her puzzle (the cow piece goes to the cow picture). It's neat to see her connecting this as in the past she has just tried to randomly throw the puzzle pieces on the puzzle board. This also means we have a new toy to occupy Sophie!

And incase you're wondering about her outfit in the photo above... Sophie was invited to her first birthday party! It was a ballerina birthday party for a three-year old girl, so we dressed Sophie up. She didn't love it when I gave her the buns, but they were a must for a ballerina party.

Sophie ADORES helping her daddy as he works. She likes his tools (she knows that they have buttons, which is fun for her, but she likes the screwdriver and hammer and others tools without buttons too). She also likes to help mommy with cleaning and cooking. Her cooking skills still need a lot of work, however.

Sophie has also recently discovered her love for movies. Ben discovered a few colorful movies with kid songs on youtube, and Sophie is slightly obsessed with a few of them. We monitor her time with watching them, because I really don't want her to watch tv all day, but it's nice that we have this option now as we will be going on a l o n g flight soon! Whenever she wants to watch her videos, she says "bus" because she loves "The Wheels on the Bus" song.

Sophie has also been asking for her pacifier more recently. We would like to wean her from it by time she's 2, so we'll see how that goes. We also would like to potty train (she's gone in the potty about 3 times now) and move her to a big girl bed when we get back from PNG, so that along with having a new baby in February is going to make the beginning of 2013 a bit crazy, I think.

She's also began pointing out who people are a bunch ... like mama and dada. But if you ask her where Sophie is, she points at herself now... so she knows who she is now :) She still can't say her name though.

Loves: books (she loves to have me read to her and especially likes books that we can sing to and "We're Going on a Bear Hunt"), puzzles, dogs, food (especially cheese- which is funny, since I'm allergic), pacifier and blankie, baths, playgrounds, pretending and "helping," grandparents and aunts and uncles, water (in her cup), shoes, hiding

Dislikes: Being dirty or having stuff stuck to her (what kind of 1 year old is she?), having her hair washed in the bath or really having her hair done at all, being "stuck" (which includes having her hands or legs being held or being strapped into things), being dropped off at nursery (but thankfully she does well once I leave)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sophie Happenings


Sophie has worn all of her hair in pigtails. However, we had to redo them 3 times during the day because she moves around too much. So I decided it's really not worth it yet to do pigtails.

Sophie ate a cake pop to learn if she was going to get a little sister or a little brother! To be honest, she didn't care about the sister or brother part. She just wanted as many cake pops as we would let her have.

I heard the fan going in the room that Owen, the boy we babysit, sleeps in. Sophie's not allowed to turn the fan on unless I tell her she can, so I went to investigate... and this is what I found. I just couldn't punish her for this. It was too cute...  (as a side note, she LOVES her Bear and Baby right now... she feeds them, rocks them, takes them on wagon rides, and apparently even puts them to bed now)

And a favorite snack... apples! I love it that she can eat them whole because it saves me time. Yesterday she ate the ENTIRE thing... well, I think she did spit the stem out. Anyways, I'm glad she loves apples, and she's super cute when she eats them.

I'm so thankful for this little girl, and she makes me excited about having another one!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Boy or Girl? Baby #2's Gender Announcement!

Boy or Girl? That is the question!

We learned the gender of our baby yesterday. We went in for our ultrasound in the afternoon, and waited patiently as the u/s tech checked everything else, and then finally asked us if we were wanting to learn the gender. Yes! We wanted to know.

So she checked and was able to tell right away.

And so, it looks like Sophie will be getting a little...


We're very excited to know what this energetic little baby is! We can't wait to meet you sweet baby girl!

Thanks to Created By Carrie Photography for our wonderful pictures!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sophie Photo Blast [17 Months]

Thought it was time to post some new photos of Sophie! She's a pretty cute girl, if I say so myself :)

Baby Miller#2 Update [19 Weeks]

[18 weeks]
I can't believe I'm 19 weeks today! Time seems to be flying with this pregnancy. I thought it would be good to give an update on the pregnancy!

Sickness: I've been feeling mostly better since 13 weeks. I would say that's when the morning sickness officially went away. I have had some random bouts of sickness here and there (threw up twice since then), which didn't happen with Sophie, but I think my stomach is just a little weaker than normal and I have to be careful around gross diapers and stinky food. I've had heartburn a few times already and anticipate the heartburn to be the same as with Sophie. I have far more energy than I did in the first trimester (I was taking naps everyday then and am back to not napping).

Movement: With Sophie, I didn't feel movement until 21 weeks, and at that point, it was kicking I felt. I know many women talk about feeling "flutters" first, being kicking... but I've never felt flutters with either of my babies. Just went right to kicks. That being said, I felt this one SO much earlier than I did with Sophie! I'm positive I started feeling kicks by 16 weeks, and I think I even started feeling them at 15 weeks. This baby moves ALL.THE.TIME! I'm just amazing how much he/she kicks. I would seriously be worried if I went more than half a day without feeling kicks. With Sophie, I never worried about not feeling movement because she moved so little in the womb. The little kicks are so fun and reassuring!

Gender: Still a mystery to us right now. We're hoping to find out next week!

Weight Gain: I'm guessing I'm going to gain about the same as what I gained with Sophie. I've gained 6 pounds so far, and as you can tell, I'm not showing very much yet. No maternity clothes yet. Which is nice since my normal closet supplies me with more choices :)

I'll update you next week with ultrasound pictures and hopefully a gender reveal!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Words [17 months]

I can't believe 3 months have gone by since I did an update on the words Sophie knows... where has the summer gone?

I guess that means it's time to write down the newest words that she's saying.

Here they are: wagon, truck, keys, hot, this, no (and it's her favorite word, of course), trash, thank you, grandma, grandpa, swing, bib, bottle, diaper, potty, eye, ear, mouth, nose, hair, sock, bug, fly, bear, kitty, bath, bubble, potty, stuck

She also says a couple of phrases: "I got it" and "I did it!"

She says quite a few names now too.

And she'll repeat almost any word you try to ask her to say. Daddy's favorite is to get her to say "xylophone."

I will note one thing... a lot of the "B" words she knows sound the same... like bubble, button, and  bottle.

It's so fun watching her learn new words!!

She's also learning possession. She knows which things are dada's (the TV remote, the black computer, shoes), and which things are Mama's (the blue computer, phone, shoes). Of course, this also means she knows which things are "hers," and she's not too eager to share. Oh the joys of teaching a 1 year-old to be nice and share.

She also likes to dance in the grocery and clothing stores when she hears music... this includes putting her hand in the air and waving it. haha :)

And one of the cutest things she does is pick up trash and say "trash" and take it to the trash can. We just have to be careful that she doesn't throw away things that she thinks are trash that aren't really... like earlier today I found a plastic re-usable cup in the trashcan...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Don't Forget to Cuddle

I know many people have written on this topic before... but I was reminded of it tonight and thought it would be good for me to write down my thoughts :)

I'm often a perfectionist (although not as much as I used to be), and I struggle with desiring perfection out of my child, as many moms do. I want my kid to be the one that is smart, well-behaved, and cute... mostly, just for my sake. Because it reflects good on me.

One thing that I've always loved about Sophie is that she does well with other people, and she does well in nursery/child care/babysitter type situations. I think quite a bit of this is a result of the way she spent the first year of her life. Since Ben and I were in Bible school, she would go to child care every morning. She got used to being with other adults and other babies and other environments, and she adapts well because of it. It's SO nice when I take her to the nursery at church that she loves it, and I can expect that I will be able to spend the next 3 hours in church without getting buzzed because she'll be fine and happy and content in the nursery.

Tonight we went to small group, and she was playing upstairs with the other little kids and a girl who was watching them. She was so excited when she first saw the playroom. And hour later, I heard her crying. I went up, and she would NOT let me set her down after that without freaking out. My first reaction was frustration. She's never like that, and I couldn't understand why she was being such a pain.  Why wasn't she just loving it and being happy and proving how good of a child she was in other environments?

But God was kind and reminded me that since this WASN'T the norm, maybe she just needed me. She's had a runny nose for a few days, and she took a really good nap this afternoon- I suppose she probably might not feel completely up to par, and since it was close to bedtime, she just needed mommy.

And I was reminded to love these moments. Rather than be frustrated, LOVE this moment where she wants me and wants to cuddle and doesn't want anyone else. Accept that she's still young and sometimes she just needs mommy (or daddy) and no one else will do.

And so, we cuddled :) And then, she and daddy cuddled :) And it was a good night, even if we missed part of small group.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Baby Miller #2's First Photo [13 weeks]

I am now 13 weeks pregnant and starting to feel quite a bit better. The sickness is just hit and miss now, and I'm able to eat most foods again. Yay! Unfortunately, that means the heartburn is beginning to come on though. Last night I had my first bad round of heartburn- I think it was a result of the onions I had. Hopefully it means this baby will be born with a lot of hair too!

I had an ultrasound last week, and it was so fun to see Baby Miller 2! And such a great profile already!! Below is Baby Miller #2 at 12 weeks. And they gave me an official due date....

February 1st!!

We look forward to meeting you, Little One, somewhere around the beginning of February!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Schedule [Sophie- 15 months]

I enjoy keeping track of Sophie's schedules throughout her babyhood for the sake of looking back on them myself as well as sharing them with other moms. Her last schedule I posted was at 12 months, here (and it has a link to her previous schedules). She's changed a lot already since 12 months! She is now almost 16 months, and we have dropped her second nap so that she is down to just one nap on most days. She's done well with the adjustment. I liked two naps, but she goes to bed better at night and sleeps a little longer in the morning with just one, so that's a nice trade-off. She also no longer nurses, as she stopped nursing at 13 months, so that has changed her schedule some.

15 month schedule:
8:00- Wake/Eat Breakfast
10:00 - Snack (with lots of playtime all around)
11:30 - Lunch
12:00 - Nap
2:00-3:00- Wake (depends on the day what time she wakes)
3:00 - Snack
5:30- Dinner
7:00- Snack
8:00- Bedtime

We've been doing lots of different things for wake times- mostly playing at home (she's great at independent play!), playing outside with her toys out there sometimes, playing in her kiddy pool, playing with the neighbor boy or other little kids, going to the park, going to the fair (she loves animals), going on walks, etc.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sophie Loves Summer

Sophie LOVES summertime. She loves being outside. The heat doesn't even phase her. She likes to ride in her car, go down her slide, go for rides in her wagon or stroller, run around, get in the kiddy pool, and find dogs to pet. 

She loves to go to the park.

She loves sweetcorn.

She loves the county fair where she can see animals.

We've been having a great summer so far. We've visited lots of friends, and we've done lots of fun things. 

New Things Sophie's Doing/Saying: She points out eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, hair, hands, and feet (and tries to say them all), she says "down," she learned how to eat corn on the cob, she says goat and kitty, she "jumps" (her feet don't really come off the ground) and says the word, she says "Noooo!" (it's real fun!), she doesn't like to share, she pretends (it's so cute- she pretend to eat and drink and she pretends to pick up things and hand them to you).

Monday, July 16, 2012

Another Miller Baby!

We are so excited to be pregnant again with our second baby. We hoped and prayed for this baby. We wanted to have a baby close in age to Sophie, and we also really hoped to have a baby in our year off from schooling... it was difficult at times to be have a newborn while going back to classes. I'm so glad I'll have 6 months at home with this baby before we go to the Missionary Training Center.

I am around 11 weeks pregnant and due in early February. Now that it's facebook official, I'll try to use this blog to keep up with some baby stuff (incase any of you wonder, I try to keep the other blog more "family/missions" related and this one more "baby/mommy" related since I know some of the people who follow our regular blog don't really care about breastfeeding or cloth diapers or morning sickness :) 

Speaking of morning sickness... I actually get night sickness. Blech! It's still sticking around a little, but thankfully I think it's on it's way out. I haven't thrown up as much this time as I did with Sophie, but I think part of it is because learned to manage my food better (what to eat/not eat, when to eat/not eat, etc). I still felt sick almost every night. I was sick earlier this time (6 weeks instead of 8 weeks).

Food aversions? I really dislike meat during the first trimester. I remember being the same with Sophie too. Even the thought of some of my favorite meats can make me gag. It's so weird how that happens. I also didn't care too much for veggies or salad. 

Food likes? (I don't really have cravings)... toaster waffles! I ate them morning and night a number of times. They always sounded good and always sat well with me. I just but margarine on them - no syrup.

I've been more tired this time. Not sure if it's just because I have Sophie now or if it's because it's a different pregnancy. I've been going to bed by 10pm almost every night though, which is 2 hours earlier than my normal bedtime. It's been nice. 

Today was my first appointment. It was wonderful, and I got to hear the baby's heartbeat. It was a strong healthy 172.

And here are some early preggo belly pictures...

7 weeks:
 10 weeks:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lover of Driving

 Sophie is also a lover of driving! It all began one day when we were still at school and she discovered her friend Sadie's Cozy Coupe car. She became obsessed with it and even had an attitude when it was other kids' turn.

So we decided she needed her own, and Grandma Miller went out and got her her very own pink car.

She also loves to "drive" Daddy's car, golf carts, tractors, and anything else anyone will let her get her hands on. And she affectionately says, "bop bop" for "beep beep" when she gets in.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lover of Animals

In Sophie's first year of life, she didn't have a lot of chances to get used to animals because most people at school didn't have any. Since we've been at Ben's parents' house for a month, she has gotten to hang out with a lot of animals, and she is now obsessed with them. 

The first animal she really got to know and like was Shep the dog. He doesn't really care for Sophie, so he usually walks away when she comes near. I make him sit sometimes so she can pet him though...

Sophie LOVES the kitties, and the good thing is, these kitties love her too. There are two, and they are both the nicest cats. She pets them, picks them up, pushes them, and hits them, and they put up with all of it without scratching, hissing, or running away. Sophie calls them "diddy" for "kitty."

She also loves to walk down to the barn to see the goats (and pig). We do this every day, usually about 3 times, and then she also often tries to talk Grandpa and Grandma into going down with her too.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Baby Swings are for Babies, Silly

Sophie loves the playground. She loves the slide the best, but she also like teeter totters and usually likes swings. She's even just happy to run around and pick up stones.

She's pretty cute herself when she's in the baby swing....

...her daddy on the other hand just looks goofy.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Words [14 months]

Summertime has come, and Sophie and I are enjoying spending our days together :) Today she is 14 months! So far this summer, we have gone to the park, went camping with my family, celebrated Ben's younger brother's graduation, visited with some friends, visited a friend's new baby, went on wagon and stroller rides, and Sophie especially loves her new friend Shep- Ben's parents' dog.

The biggest thing Sophie is doing these days is learning and trying new words ALL.THE.TIME!
I'm going to attempt to write down all of the words she says these days: mama, dada, duck, ball, uh oh, yeah (and yes), please, baby, balloon, mouth, dog, woof, moo, eeheehee (horse sound), rahrrr (lion sound), more, teeth, belly button, up, out, hey, shoes, snack, button, sit, that, slide, yuck, jump, go, book, "aw," "wee." I think I got them all :)

In other news, she also has noticed that I dump the poo from her cloth diapers into the toilet, apparently.... because I keep finding her heading into the bathroom with a (clean) diaper and trying to lift up the toilet seat. The first time I thought she was being naughty, but then I realized she was just imitating what she's seen me do. So cute! Too bad she doesn't really get the concept. I'd gladly let her dump her own poo!

Sophie's current Loves are: dogs, brushing her teeth, stroller/wagon rides, cozy coupe car, crackers, water, her mama, shoes, buttons, curtains and doors and steps, books

Dislikes: Getting her diaper changed, having her hair washed, having her finger nails clipped (although she's finally getting a little better about her hands being held- as long as she thinks she's in control), sitting anywhere for more than 30 seconds (she's always moving!), hats/face masks, getting too close to most animals (like goats and pigs for instance)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Living in Harmony as a Mom

I've considered this idea quite a bit lately... living in harmony as a mom, and particularly what that looks like when interacting with other moms and their children. You hear about that mom that's always fighting the principal saying, "MY child would never do that!" or the mom who always is blaming other children, "Oh Johnny, don't worry about that... it's not your fault, it's HIS fault" or the mom who always is bragging on her child, "My child was first in this, and beat all the other kids in this, and excels 5 grade levels higher in this..." I know I don't want to be that mom. But I'm beginning to understand exactly how much grace is involved once you start interacting a lot with other parents. I especially find it difficult to not let my pride creep in. 

I want to recognize that other parents have different parenting styles, and perhaps mine is not the only way or the best way. I also want to recognize that my child is capable of making bad choices and mistakes. And she will.

I have chosen a parenting style that I really like... it includes things such as natural birthing, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, cry it out, separate sleeping (no co-sleeping), disciplining, delayed vaccinations, and delay in offering solid foods (wait until 5 or 6 months). While I am happy that I have found a parenting style that I love and am comfortable with and that works well for us, I have found it equally difficult to not be judgmental toward those that choose a different parenting style. I often have to take a step back and check my motives. And often, I find that I'm pushing an agenda that isn't significant in the end. Sure, I really love saving money with cloth diapers and am happy to not be adding disposables to landfills... but in light of eternity, does a parent's choice to use disposables really matter? No. Sure, I am proud, happy, and relieved that letting Sophie cry herself to sleep a few times has made her a great sleeper. But if a parent chooses to not let his or her child cry to sleep, does it really matter in the light of eternity? Nope, probably not. I'm thankful that God is helping me to see these situations realistically. I still love to share my opinion, but I'm learning to ask God to give me wisdom in this. Sometimes people don't care about my opinion. Sometimes people don't need my opinion. And sometimes I just need to be more careful about how I share my opinion. It's good for me to recognize this because I don't want to ruin good relationships by being judgmental of others' parenting styles.

Now that Sophie is older, walking, and gaining more of a personality, she also is making choices that I have to watch closely. She recently likes to do this thing where she chases someone around and then pushes on them (her version of tag). This works and is super cute with adults, but it doesn't work so well with another 1 year-old. I'm having to make choices so that I don't offend other parents. I also have to make choices to hold my tongue when other parents say something to Sophie. I'm amazed at how quickly I can become defensive. Sometimes I realize it's good another parent asks Sophie to give something back or to be more gentle because, to be honest, I just wasn't watching her actions close enough. And other times parents say or do something that involves Sophie that I don't particularly care for, but I recognize that for the sake of our friendship, I should just brush it aside.

I'm learning quickly that being a parent... especially being a mom who lives in harmony with other moms... involves a lot of tongue-biting and slow reactions. I am thankful for the opportunity to be Sophie's mom, and I am thankful that God is teaching me how to live in harmony with others through this position he has allowed me to have.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Easter, Pigtails, Friends, and Independence [12 months]

Time for some pictures! Here are some pictures of Sophie from Easter...

I finally did pigtails on Sophie! She hates when I do her hair, so I usually don't try... but I was finally determined, and she was so cute! :)

I decided I needed a new picture of Sophie and Asa together, and now that they're both walking, they're go-go-go. So I set them in the rocking chair so that they were stuck :)

I LOVE watching Sophie play by herself. She's pretty good at it too. Of course, these are the times I should be getting other things done, but sometimes it's just too fun to watch her play. I especially love watching her read. It's really hard to be quiet though, and if she hears me coming toward her or open the camera, she always looks up...

But I did get one picture of reading :)

She's growing up so much lately! I realized yesterday that she says the word bellybutton when she sees my bellybutton (so silly!), and I asked her yesterday what a cow says, and she said, "mmm" for "moo." She's always surprising me with how smart she is! She also likes making me clap my hands and feeding me cheerios. One of my favorite things that she does right now is that she'll pick up a book and then come over and sit on my lap for me to read it. I sure do love this little girl :)