Thursday, July 31, 2008
Mommy, when can I stop wearing this silly hat?
Getting some shade on the music pier with Daddy
Riding in her stroller on the boards
Still working it
Chillin with Dad
Friday, July 25, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
According to our pediatrician, Dr. Soppas, all the drool doesn't necessarily mean she is teething or pre-teething. Simply this is the time when babies start to make a lot of saliva and they don't know what do with it all just yet so it just drools out. I'm sort of glad to know it's not that she'll be cutting teeth soon.
Today Sophia had her 4 month well-baby check-up. She is 13 lbs., 15 ounces and 24 and a half inches long! She got another round of the DTAP and Rotovirus vaccines and was such a trooper through it all. Tonight she hasn't seemed to have had any negative effects from the vaccines this time. (Not sure if I posted this or not but at her 3 month vaccines we had quite a scare when she had a 105.4 fever - it was so awful! We're not sure what happened but a fever that high really scared us to death. We got some Infant Tylenol in her and rushed her to the doctors and her fever was down quite a bit after that and then she seemed fine the rest of the day.) The funniest thing happened in the doctors office today though... The Dr. was feeling her abdomen and pushing in here and there and Sophie started to laugh! The doctor did it again and Sophie cracked up again. That got Dr. Soppas laughing, too. It was incredibly cute. Sophie really had a great day today (even with a vaccine!) Jim is on vacation this week so he's getting lots of extra time with Sophie and I think it's really making for happy times for all!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
People always tell you that having a child will change your life forever. Well, on the surface that's a pretty logical statement. Of course having a child changes your life forever. No more dining out, no more concerts, no more this or that at the drop of a hat are always mentioned with a kind of "oh-you-cannot-even-imagine-the-agony-of-it-all" tone of voice or with the look of someone imprisoned is some hellish diaper infested baby drool smeared prison cell. Some parents hear of your pre child escapades will often say "HA! Wait until you have kids." with a wicked glint in their eye. It's now been almost 4 months since we welcomed Sophie to the world and life certainly has changed. We live for our little girl now. Her comfort and happiness are all that matters.
Sophie amazes me everyday with her excitement and wonder with all things. I can say her name from across the room and she will look at me and smile the biggest smile you've ever seen. Her eyes will light up and it just melts my heart. It's like nothing I've ever felt before. Pure, bright white, warm love fills my entire being when my little girl smiles. Unconditional, knee knocking, goose bump inducing, head to toe love.
I love, love, love being Sophie's Daddy. I feel lucky to have such a wonderful, healthy, smart baby girl to father. She's teaches me something new about myself and about life everyday. She taught me to try and be a more patient, kind and thoughtful person. She's taught me to approach life with a lot more love in my heart. Sophie and I are also lucky to have Jen. She continues to inspire me with her beauty, kindness and compassion. She is a fantastic mother and a great wife.
Sure, we don't eat out as much as we used to but life now is so much better. I wouldn't change it one tiny bit.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Last Sunday we went to a high school graduation party for my cousin Doris Anne. Here is a photo of four generations!
And, here is Sophie with her Great Grandmom (her "GG Mom")
Sophie also got to hang out with her godparents, Heather and Christian, and her god brothers who were in town Sat-Mon on their way up to Maine for the week. I also don't think I ever got around to posting any photos from the 4th of July but Sophie also finally got to meet her Federwitz god family, too!
Sophie actually really liked her Godmother Dani so this was sort of bad timing to catch her looking so unhappy with her. (Sorry, Dani!)
Godfather Christian has a slightly different style (of course, she liked Godfather Christian too)
Sophie now has a Bumbo and a new exerciser toy which she seems to be really enjoying though her feet don't quite touch the ground on the exerciser and she has a tendencey to lean slightly to the right when sitting in her Bumbo. But still, it's just amazing to me how quickly she is growing into these "big" toys. It's all going by so fast!
Sophie is doing really well with my working from home arrangement on the days I'm not in the office. For the most part, I either hold her during meetings and conference calls and videoconferences or sometimes I can put her down and have her play in her Bumbo or on her play mat or her bouncy seat. Occassionally she gets fussy but I can usually quickly help her get past it by shaking a rattle in front of her while I'm on a call or otherwise try to distract her. By the end of the day, we're both ready for quitting time for sure and then I like to take her outside for some fresh air and to water the plants or just walk around the back yard so she can see the world a bit instead of being couped up inside all day. When Jim gets home, she is always thrilled to see her Daddy and we all really enjoy our time together in the mornings before work and at night as a family. Lately, she has not been going to bed very early. She seems just too interested in everything going on all around her so we have been playing with her or helping her "walk" or even sit up to look all around. It seems like she is 3 and a half months going on a year already - she's just so curious and active. Because of this new extended nighttime playtime, she has been sleeping later and later in the morning. It was great before because we loved not needing to set an alarm but now she is sleeping till 8, 8:30 and even 9am if we let her now! So, we are having to set the alarm to make sure we all get up on time. We're all happy it's almost the weekend and look forward to a quiet summer weekend home together.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Sophie got to meet her MacDougall family and the Schranks and the Deerings and all sorts of other cousins and family friends. While she never got to meet her Great Grandfather MacDougall in person, she will know him through our love and our stories and memories of him as she gets older.
Getting to Hang Out With Great Grandmom MacDougall
The Entire MacDougall Family
Sophie loving her Daddy
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Here is a link to an article written about him by a reporter for The Post and Courier newspaper in South Carolina.
Grandmom and Grandpop MacDougall at our wedding in October 2005
Jim and I with Grandmom and Grandpop at our visit to Arizona in Dec. 2004
The MacDougall Family in the hospital with Grandpop on Christmas Day 2007