Unbelievable excitement ensues as two Seattleites prepare for a baby!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

North East Public Library!

Wed 27 Sep 06
Today we head to the library just a few blocks from the house. We both have a blast. I find the articles needed for class and she finds "Bathtime." Her excitement reaches its peak in the children's section chirpping happy noises (kind of like words) and pointing at everything. Sophia loves books so she goes on sensory overload. Lots of running around and smiling and laughing and interacting with the other children . . . lots of saying "What's that?"

She keeps pulling individual books off the shelf, handing them to me only to run right back to the shelf for another. This goes on for about ten books or so. Sophia discovers the library's childsize tables, chairs, and beanbags. She touches and tries each one out like she's buying furniture at Nordstrum. As well, we pick up an information pamphlet to know when the library hosts a toddler reading time where someone will read a story to the children. Wow.

In the morning, Leigh tells me that Sophia picked out her own sweater. She knows stripes are still all the rage in young toddlers' fashion. As well, she sports a bruiser in the center of her forehead from an unfortunate crunch on the concrete in the park just a few days ago. At the library, Sophia meets a young girl, Pia, who keeps asking us if we want to see her "owey." Pia points to her scabby owey on her knee, and in turn, Sophia pats the center of her forehead. Is she really connecting the two? I have to think so, but it seems so amazing to me. I just love hanging out with this kid!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Eric's Babysitting Gig Begins

Tue 19 Sep 06
I prefer to think that Sophia and I are simply spending time together instead of mere babysitting. Her development amazes me since my last post in early August. I notice today that she understands simple commands like “put on your hat.” She also communicates hunger by tapping her fingertips together in a clapping motion. She says “two” when “one” is said to her first, and she seems to blurt out “yo” for yogurt. As well, when her attention turns to the swings at the park, she points and says “weeeeeeee.” Here’s a self portrait with Sophia as we sit together on the swing.

Before the park and afternoon nap, there is lunch. Again, she has changed since August. I am surprised when she grabs the spoon confidently from my hand and proceeds to feed herself! The spoon and food move from hand to hand, upside down to right side up, and from the top of her face to the bottom. She is unforgiving for the mess and very proud of this recent skill as you can see.

Also at the park today, she is all about pinecones, red galoshes, and dandelions. Sophia finds a small pinecone and holds tight to it our entire time in the park. She is also very curious about another young girl in the park of about 7 or 8 years old, but then I realize that maybe Sophia simply likes the girl’s red galoshes. They are very stylish after all. At one point, the older girl takes off one of her galoshes and leaves it in the grass as she runs off to play. Seeing opportunity, Sophia is a beeline to the red boot. I try to persuade her away with the park’s red rocking horse, but Sophia is unconvinced that this is the better option. For the walk home, however, she picks a dandelion, sniffing it occasionally, and turns it into a limp, lifeless flower before we make it to the front door.

Thanks to Leigh and Chris for giving me a wonderful opportunity to spend so much time with Sophia. She just brightens my day! See you on Thursday, Sophia. A parting shot from the merry-go-round.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Enter Benjamin

Playing Together
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

This weekend our friends Katie and Jeff came over with their son Benjamin, who is roughly two weeks younger than Sophia.

Sophia and Benjamin are old friends and always enjoy playing together, although Stackson's looming presence cast a shadow upon the proceedings for Benjamin. Cursed feline!

Smooth Operator

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We're working on getting all of our digital photos online - you can check out all of the albums we've currently plowed through here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A Day at the Concours d'Elegance

Phia wants a 360 Modena
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

To continue the theme of indoctrinating Sophia in all things automotive, this week I took her to the Italian Concours d'Elegance at Magnussen Park a mile away from our house.

It was a slightly different atmosphere from the blue-collar domestic ambiance at last week's Le May show. There were a smattering of various Italian exotics - Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lancias, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, and even Ducatis. Sophia seemed about as impressed as she was last week.

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We're working on getting all of our digital photos online - you can check out all of the albums we've currently plowed through here.


Smiling Through The Tongue
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

To get out of having to actually do any work around the house and feed Sophia, I whipped out the camera during a recent dinnertime to capture the joy of Sophia at dinnertime.

Feeding can sometimes be frustrating - the girl craves distraction and all too often likes to spit food out or play with the food in her mouth out of sheer boredom - but it can also be a lot of fun when she's hamming it up. When the camera comes out, show-off Sophia is on full display.

Check out the slideshow here.

Browse the photos here.

We're working on getting all of our digital photos online - you can check out all of the albums we've currently plowed through here.