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Sunday, July 15, 2012

9 Months

Last week Sophia turned 9 months old! She is at such a FUN and EASY stage. It seems like now a lot of my friends are pregnant right now (either with their first or second), and I find myself thinking that I could see myself having another baby sometime in mid to late 2013 - which is sooner than we had originally planned because of grad school. I'm not trying to give too much info or anything, but was wondering if any of my other friends with babies were feeling the same way (or the opposite :P).
 9 Month Stats
Height: 28 3/4" (75-90th percentile)
Weight: 18lbs 2.4oz (25-50th percentile)
Head: 17.1" (25th percentile)

At 9 months, 
- Sophia looks SO grown up. Her face looks a lot thinner than last month.
8 Months Old
- This is the 1st time Sophia has been more than 50th percentile for height. She basically skipped from 3-6 month clothes straight to 9 month clothes because of the length, so I guess that explains why.

- She has 2 little teeth now
- She spends almost all day trying to pull herself up on things, fussing until Russ or I help her stand up on something, rolling around, or on her hands and knees - rocking back and forth because she can't crawl yet. She's on the verge of all those things, and I have a feeling that one day soon, she'll get the hang of it all. Then there will be NO stopping her! :)

- As always, she is a lover of solid foods. Time to start learning more about what I can give her and how to make my own baby food. Does anyone know much about that?
 I love this picture. She loves inspecting everything.

- She taught herself to do these little fishy kisses:

- Sophia is a peek-a-boo champ. Every time she has a blanket, burp cloth or even her clothes she grabs while I'm changing them, she plays peek-a-boo with me. It's ADORABLE. I know I did a video like this last month, but she's a lot better at it now. I think she plays it with us at least a dozen times a day.


- Here is a video of Sophia being so very ladylike:

- She loves the game in this next video. It makes me a little nervous that she'd love it if a spider crawled all over her.

As always, I love showing the photo shoot "bloopers"...which were plentiful this month.
 I always dread the moment of bow discovery...

 Look beneath the lion's tummy...you can see her tiny mouth screaming triumphantly

There was a lot of trying to squirm off the couch in this photo shoot

yummy!

More screaming at the lion :)

I think that bow is adorably ginormous

I always love it when I see pictures of my friends' kids sleeping somewhere random, conked out with exhaustion. I secretly always hoped that would happen to me, but figured it wouldn't because Sophia is a great sleeper....as long as she's in her crib. Well, the other day, she would NOT go down for a nap. After an hour of her fussing, rolling around, sitting up, shaking the bars and us unsuccessfully laying her back down I decided she was just going to have to stay in her crib for an hour. I watched her playing on the video monitor (seriously the best baby item we own - it's so fun), and a few minutes later, noticed she was sitting up but not moving. When I crept in there to investigate, sure enough, she was fast asleep, sitting up. I WISH I would have taken a picture. Silly baby.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Kindergarten

I am now a "retired" teacher, or as I more dramatically put it, "I'm unemployed!" To be honest, I'm not really sad about it. Maybe that's because it's still surreal because this is summer break anyway, but I don't think so. I have Sophia to hang out with, and moving to Minneapolis seems like a natural progression for our lives. I never planned on teaching 30 years or anything. In fact, I had always planned on teaching 2 years after my internship, which is what I did.

Right now, I don't see myself wanting to be at home forever, but I also don't see myself wanting to go back to full-time teaching any time in the next 10 years (or at least until all of my kids are in school). I can, however, see myself bring a part-time aide or I would LOVE to do a preschool from my own house someday.

I loved being a teacher. I especially loved the school I taught at. EVERYONE was kind, helpful, friendly - that includes staff, teachers and parents in the community. My first year, I had a DREAM class. The parents were unbelievably wonderful, and I had a huge class with a couple of hard students, but I really loved being half day, having my own aide, and how fun the kindergarten curriculum is. This year, I really didn't have any major behavior problems (could that be because I had 16 girls and only 11 boys?), but it still felt harder. I'm sure that is because I wanted to be home with Sophia as much as possible and because for several months I was running on very little sleep.

Also interesting was that even though I think I taught things the same, it really is true that each year a group of students can be different from the year before. My first kindergarten class was SO sharp. They caught on to everything extremely fast, especially reading. This year, my students did better at math and a  I had several great writers, but reading wasn't as strong. Enough talk, here are some pictures of my cute kindergarten class. I swear, I had an extremely BEAUTIFUL class this year.
 See what I mean? They're adorable, and several of them are more trendy than I am!

 I love the "goofy" faces kids think up.

 Sophia kept trying to swipe that poor girl's hat. :)

 Sophia walked in with me at the front of my class for graduation. I figured since she was born during the year, maybe the parents would want to see her. I also just really wanted to show her off. 

 The aides made her a graduation hat, and I was SO SAD I didn't get a picture of her wearing itat school. But instead it became a nice toy for her...
 ...until she slobbered it to shreds.

Here are a couple pictures from throughout the year:
 The first week of school - actually having to TEACH walking in a line. It's hilarious the way they'll start off walking, but then once the first person gets through the door, suddenly the line turns into a mob of kids all trying to get through the door at the same time. 

Thanksgiving Feast

 Dance festival costumes. We danced to "Under the Sea"
 fishy faces!

 Scarecrow Day!

Look at this gem! I brought Sophia to school on Halloween when she was exactly 3 weeks old. Scooby Doo is my lifesaver of a substitute, Mrs. Peck. (I feel like such a bad, clueless mother that I was parading Sophia around in just a onesie. I didn't even bring her socks!)

Thanks for everything, Kindergarten.  I'll miss you! Love, Mrs. Lee