August 26, 2014

Three weeks in review

The last few weeks have been busy for us! I went back to work at the beginning of August, and just survived the first week of a new school year. Dave is in the final stages of his 2nd year paper for school, and has started studying for comps (aka, the test he will take in a few months to show that he knows everything or will get kicked out of the program - no pressure!). Sophie has also been busy getting into mischief, learning a new word a day, and killing us with cuteness.

The school had an employee picnic dinner the week before school started. There was a bouncy house and Sophie LOVED it. We only managed to pull her out to eat some chips before she ran back for more. 

Now that I am back at work, Sophie is going to her babysitter again 2-3 times a week. She LOVES her babysitter so much, and so do we.  She runs to the door when I drop her off, and runs away from me when I come to pick her up. She was excited to find a picture of her on our front door where I hang all the Christmas cards. 

We were given a puddle jumper from my grandma's neighbor a couple weeks ago. It took Sophie a few minutes to get the balance right, but once she did she had so much fun! I love that I don't have to hold her the entire time in the pool now, because she is getting so big! She cried when we took it off to go home. 

Jumping in the pool to daddy

Sophie has been on a bit of a naughty streak lately. Her first offense was coloring the seat of her pink chair with a blue dry eraser marker, which does not come out - ugh. Then she found Dave's glasses on his nightstand and broke the arm off. She also loves to eat Desitin (pictured), soap, shampoo, lotion, etc... and sampled some hand sanitizer in nursery last week. And today she learned to open the fridge by herself, and I'm hoping that doesn't turn into a new play land. 

My cousin got married a couple weeks ago and my Grandma and Grandpa Lambert came down for the wedding. Sophie loved the time she was able to spend with GG (great grandma), and even learned to say her name while she was visiting. 

Loving the porch swing at my aunt's house while we were visiting GG

We have also been enjoying the cooler weather as summer winds down. This has seriously been the wettest August in my memory here in Utah. Now that it's not so hot and Sophie is bigger, we've been spending more time at some of the local playgrounds. 

Digging with daddy

Peeking out at mommy while climbing up to the slide

Unfortunately her naps have taken a turn for the worse again and she turns into a fuss bucket in the evenings. Tonight was a early to bed night, and she conked right out with her blankets, binky, and animals. Love this sweet girl :)

August 5, 2014

Afternoon Storms

We have been enjoying some terrific afternoon storms this week. Utah needs the water, it makes the air smell fresh, and we love the cooler weather that follows in each storm's wake. We will watch the sky grow dark and a few drops will start to fall, and within minutes it's a downpour.

Today I was caught on my way home from work, which wasn't much fun, but the day before I was able to enjoy it from the safety of home. When the big rain started, I opened up the door so Sophie and I could see out. A big bug flew in, which wasn't cool, but it was fun to watch Sophie take it all in. She has never really seen rain, thunder, or lightning and was fascinated by it all.

Afterwards we went out and found a beautiful rainbow.  It disappeared up into the clouds, so not the biggest rainbow I've ever seen, but definitely one of the brightest!

August 4, 2014

Sophie at 16 Months

My last "Sophie Update" was on her birthday, and she has changed soooo much since then. I still call her my baby, and probably always will, but she is looking and acting more and more like a toddler every day. She is a busy little thing and loves to run, climb, jump, and dance. We have started taking her to nursery at church, even though she is technically too young to start, and she has done great. The first few times we only had her stay until snack, but the last two weeks she has stayed for both hours. She loves it and so do we!!

It has also been so fun to watch her language skills develop. She understands simple sentences, such as "where are your shoes?", "bring mommy a book", or "let's go upstairs for bath". When we read together she will point out and name things like bananas, a duck, a ball, or balloons. She also jabbers all day long, and more and more real words are starting to make their way into her vocabulary. Words right now include mommy, daddy, ball, baby, bye-bye, uh oh, Purple, Peek-a-Boo, owie, dog, duck, cat, nanas, and no (sadly). Her favorite word is "ah-bee" which we think means something like "I want, I want, I need, I need!" She says that one all day long.

Sophie at 16 Months
  • She loves to give kisses (meaning she leans over and puts her forehead by your lips so you can give her a kiss). She also will give high-fives and play peek-a-boo. 
  • Is still extremely attached to her binky, Purple, and Pink, but we have started leaving them in the bed during the day and letting her only have them for naps and the night time. 
  • Shortly after her birthday, she suddenly turned into an awesome napper. She still naps twice a day, for 1.5-2 hours each nap, in addition to 11-12 hours at night. This girl plays hard, and sleeps hard!
  • Is learning the parts of the body and can point out eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, hair, belly button, and feet. 
  • We have continued the tradition of going on a walk every night before bed, and she has started to listen for, and point out airplanes. She also loves to look for dogs, cats, and cars. 
  • Has become more selective about what she will eat, but if you give her something she likes (grapes or cheese) then she will eat a TON.
  • Her hair has really grown, but it's hard to realize how long it is until you get it wet. It's pretty strait on top, but curls into cute little ringlets as soon as it reaches her neck. 
  • She does not have any interest in TV, but went through a phase for awhile where she would sit and watch "Let It Go" from Frozen on repeat. It is still one of the only things she will watch. She does like to look at animals and play little games on the iPad. 
  • Is a great mimic and will try to use keys to open doors, sit in Dave's chair and "pretend" to do work, talk on the phone, vacuum, sweep, comb hair, or put on clothes. 
  • She continues to push the limits of our baby proofing. She loves to empty our bathroom drawers (and steal things like deodorant and dental floss), has learned to pull the lids off markers, chapsticks, and bottles,  and will find any phone left within 4 feet of the ground and use it to call the emergency contacts.