Saturday, January 28, 2006

I Made It!

When Sophie climbs the ladders to the top of the play structures at the park, she exclaims "I Made it!"

She can mimic the animal sounds on Diego surprisingly well.

As for naps, she is not going down til 1-2pm, and today, it wasn't until 2:30 - YIKES!

Monday, January 23, 2006


I have no idea where she picked this up, but when she is excited about something, like when I am rolling the play doh into a snake so we can break it apart, or when I am fixing her something good to eat, she shakes her head back and forth and says, "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!"

Yesterday, we watched an episode of Calliou where he was learning to ice skate. He kept falling down and getting back up, so suddenly, she began hopping around and stamping her feet, then saying "Uh - oh! Fall down!" and plopping down on her bottom.

Video - Counting to 20

Elephants and Play doh

Sophie is LOVING putting her arm up and making a screeching elephant sound these days.

She is also able to play with Play Doh for 45 min on end. I roll it out like a snake, and she says "Limey!" for Slimey the Worm on Sesame Street.
Then I begin breaking it up into little bits and laying out the bits on the mat - we count "One, two, three. . " all the way to 20! I was shocked - I had no idea she knew how to count to 20.

Then she begins putting each piece on top of the next, one by one, to make a giant mound of play doh. She will do this over and over again for 20-40 minutes. She calls Play Doh "pay-pay".

She is still going potty at least 1-2x per day, but not self initiated yet. She has made the connection that she gets a treat for going potty. The other morning she woke up talking about "treat? please? potty?"

She is also a climbing fiend at the park. She can go up the ladders to the big kids playsets almost without any help, and loves to jump off the top into my waiting arms (which is a little scary).

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Potty training

It's going well - she goes whenever I put her on. Sometimes it takes a while, like 1 or 2 episodes of Diego or Dora, but tonight, she went immediately as soon as I put her on after her bath. I'm trying to have at least 1 success per day and am hoping it will catch on before Baby 2 arrives.

She's had a success a day for a week now. Then she gets a treat - either 1/4 of a truffle or fruit jelly candy. She still doesn't notify me when she has to go.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Here are her and Nathan kissing - too bad we can't say its the first time. . . :o

Counting to 10 with Mommy.

First Answer!

Yesterday while driving, I heard grunting coming from the back seat. I said, "What are you doing back there?"
Sophie replied, "I'm reaching!"
And she continued stretching her little arms up into the air and grunting!

An episode of Diego and/or Dora has them singing "Reach! Reach! Reach!" so she was practicing.

She is able to count to 10 as well, but not without help from Mommy or Daddy. Daddy was first to notice this.

She is also singing lots of songs, surprisingly recognizably. She loves Ring around the Rosie and was even singing some Loverboy in the car - "Turn Me Loose! Turn Me Loose!"

Today we had another first. She would not go into the daycare at the gym. There is a new woman there, with a son named Donny. Sophie was in there yesterday with them, and she didn't really like it. Donny may be a bully. Today she took one look at them, and wouldn't go past the doorway without being in my arms. We ended up abandoning the gym after I overheard the woman saying some particularly damning things. . . . not a good sign.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Hole in the boot

There is an episode of Dora in which Boots discovers a hole in his boot. He and Dora go on an adventure to find the Fix It Machine which can repair anything, and along the way, they find many friends who also have items with holes that need repair.

Every day, Sophie points to her feet, socks and shoes, several times a day, and proclaims, "Boot! Hole!"

Singing like a lark

Sophie is now singing songs, officially. Of course, she can't enunciate all the words properly, but she definitely sings the notes closely, the beat is correct, and knows how long to hold notes, etc. I was singing her some lullabies to sleep the other night, and she was singing along! I guess it makes sense, since she's been listening to this music for 20 months now.

She also sings the songs to her TV shows - she holds the note on DragonTales, she says "Aw Man!" at the end of the Dora music, and she sings all the song sequences to Diego. . ."Clap, Clap, Clap" and other little songs in the show. She also loves Twinkle, Twinkle and the ABC song (one in the same).

We start back to swim lessons this week, and music class next week.

We put Boston on through the stereo speakers last night, and she was dancing up a storm! She knows classic rock when she hears it.