Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sophia is ONE!!

Happy Birthday to the sweetest, most wonderful little girl a mommy could ask for. I think I can safely say that this has been the best year of both my and Russ's lives.
She was skeptical about the leaves at first, but after she licked a couple of them, she decided they could be trusted and that the sounds they make when she walked through them were funny.
 It's already hard to remember that this grown up girl used to be a teeny tiny baby.
She looks like such a BIG GIRL in the picture where she's standing against the tree.
My neighbor, Rachel, helped me take these pictures. Her job was to get Sophia to smile, which was tough because Sophia was not too sure about sitting in those leaves. The pictures on the bottom are a funny progression, though. Rachel got her to smile in the first picture, but she bit a piece of the 1 off so she took it away. In the second picture, she's trying to charm her into getting it back. When she didn't get it, it was so ADORABLE when she started signing "please". When she still didn't give it to her, she reached for it a little indignantly. The things you capture when your camera is on continuous mode can be pretty cute. :)

- Sophia has 8 teeth now. 4 on top and 4 on bottom.

- She has been on the same really nice schedule for about 2 months. She wakes up anywhere from 8:30 to 9:30, takes a nap at 10:00 or 10:30 and another one at 2:30 or 3:00. Each nap is about an hour and 15 minutes, plus she plays/ rolls around / sings in her crib for about 20 extra minutes before falling asleep. She goes to bed at 8, but usually takes at least 30 minutes to get comfy enough to fall asleep. I think she enjoys her alone time in her crib, though, because she doesn't cry or need us. If she does, she drops her stuffed animal out of her crib and then cries until we come in and get it for her. Sneaky girl.
Hard to smile when your mouth is full of your first slice of pizza! :D
- It is my opinion that shirts and pants vs onesies make Sophia look a lot older. Sometimes the cuteness is overwhelming. :)

- I certainly understand why people say EVERY stage is the best stage. They all have so many fun things about them. Right now, I LOVE how much she's learning. It seems like she discovers something new every day. In the past week, I've noticed that she tries to put everything on like a necklace, puts toys away in her toy box (or the trash can because, hey, it's kinda still a box), hands things to us when she wants us to open them, imitates more sounds, waves every time she crawls over to the stairs or when we put on our coats, crawls into her bouncer and either bounces herself or turns around and sits in it, and my personal favorite is that she'll actually play with us. She reaches a toy out to us, but when we try to take it from her, she quickly pulls it away and laughs. It's so cute, and she never gets tired of it.
It was still really warm until the middle of last week, so we took lots of walks to the park.
This past weekend, my mom flew into town to celebrate Sophia's birthday. On Saturday morning, my dad surprised us by knocking on my door and saying he couldn't miss Sophia's party! It was a really, really great weekend, and I am so glad they could come visit (but not very pleased about the cold weather they brought with them).
Sophia liked to attack dad while he napped. That or she got angry that he was in her way while she was trying to cruise around the furniture.
I decided to do a rubber ducky themed party because Sophia LOVES her rubber ducky (and because I had lots of yellow decorations). Here are some pictures of my very pinterest-inspired decorations:

I made this banner, and every year I'll just switch out the number.
"This water was clear when we put the ducky in...."  - Dad
Duckys and "1"s
Sophia's soup can cake
As always, she was excited to see food!
This video is really long. Sorry. I couldn't help myself!
The beginning and middle are pretty much the same, but if you go to the end, she gets the hang of it :)

Happily eating her cake
She didn't even get very messy :D
Since today was her actual birthday, we (our friend, Rachel, and I since Russ was in class) celebrated with Sophia's first trip to the zoo.  She was pretty quiet, but looking at EVERYTHING. The animals were all brand new to her!
Very curious about the monkeys
This seal was playing fetch with me! He'd throw a stick over the fence and when I'd throw it back, he'd retrieve it and throw it to me again. So crazy!
We watched this little penguin swim right past us several times.
The cougar actually had a pretty timid meow, and Sophia tried to reach for it and talk to it in her own Sophia way (which is a very throaty "eehhhhh").
Having fun in her stroller.
Could not understand why she couldn't grab that fishy, but she certainly tried!
But what was Sophia's FAVORITE part of the zoo? Oh, just biting this fence outside of the wolf pen.
We wish daddy could have been there! (She doesn't want to go much of anywhere these days without her necklace.)
Happy Birthday, little one! You are beautiful, perfect, sweet, funny, sassy and although you don't cuddle much, you more than make up for it with your champion sleeping and eating. Your parents adore you, and can't wait to see what this next year will bring!!!


Ashley said...

Yay! I am such a loser and have been waiting for this post because I wanted to see your cute pictures!! They look great! I love that Sophia throws her stuffed animals out of her crib and then cries if she wants you - Ava does that too! haha. AND did she only try to eat the sprinkles off her cake?? That's exactly what Ava did!! It sounds like they would be great friends because they are on the same schedule, sleep the same and everything! :) Sophia is such a beautiful little GIRL now - not a baby anymore! :) Happy Birthday Sophia!! Yay!!

Garrett and Krystal said...

Happy Birthday Sophia! Those pictures are so fun and cute! The decorations for her party are so cute. That's so funny that she kind of just poked at her cake. Looks like it was a fun birthday!

Megan said...

Hooray for celebrating life and hooray for the wonder she brings to yours. I am impressed by your party decorations. For my children's first birthday, um, we had cake. That's it. :) She's going to keep you on your toes, but you love her so much, you'll be able to handle it. Happy birthday little one.

Carson said...

The pictures of Sophia in the autumn leaves are soooo precious. Dad and I are really glad we were able to be there for Sophia's first birthday party.

Sure wish I could have been there to go to the zoo with her, too. Looks like she had a good time.

Michele said...

Cute pics & cute party decor! I told you October b-days are the best :) Happy Birthday, Sophia!

Rachel said...

I am so glad you posted that video! I am sad I missed the party, but glad I could go to the zoo with you! Such a cute girl! Happy Birthday Sophs!

Rachel said...

I am so glad you posted the video of her eating cake! I was sad I missed her party, but so glad I got to go to the zoo with you guys! Happy Birthday Sophs!

Jason and Lissa said...

Sophia is such a big girl now! The party looked great and how fun to take her to the zoo! I'm glad Dad could surprise you for her birthday. And I love all those fall pictures! What a great blogpost!

Rachel Lybbert said...

Great pics, Adri! I can't believe Sophia is already one. She is seriously just too cute! I love her personality. It shines through in every picture. :)