Interview with Sophia 2

I interviewed Sophia this evening.  She was very cooperative.  Listen for “the baby Jesus.”  She also talks about her best friends, her latest show, and a few of her favorite things.

Sophia growing up

We recently had a few days away from Sophia, and we came back to this very big girl.  She’s more able to have a conversation, asking more questions, knowing her letters, and knowing all kinds of weird stuff–like Mommy’s and Daddy’s names!  Last night we were looking at some letter cards and she was showing me how she knew all of them.  She said, “Look Mommy, it’s just like your name. Your name is Angela.”  WHA?  Then we asked her what is Daddy’s name.  She said, “Daddy’s name is WillSpicer” as if it were one word.  So cute!  I had to get this on video.  So, we did a little interview of her to see what she would say.  Here’s two videos.  The first is of the interview and the second is of Sophia singing.  The annunciation of her singing kills me!  Enjoy.

Growing up too fast.

Last night I was pushing the girls in the stroller for a walk around the neighborhood.  We passed a bike with two small boys riding on it, boys about 7 or 8 years old.  Sophia says–imagine a thick southern accent, “Ooh Mommy, those boys are SO CUTE!”

This morning while I was in the bathroom fixing my hair a bit, Sophia came in frown-faced with her hands on top of her head, “Mom, my hair looks so funny.”
I said, “Well, do you want me to use the blow-dryer on it?”
She hollered, “No! I need a pretty hair bow!”

Ah. Life is fun right now.

As of late… a few videos

Sophia loves to sing in the car.  On a recent trip around Memphis, she was singing the little piggies!  I just happened to have the camera.

Abby recently has started enjoying Sophia’s new walker/table toy.  Only Sophia doesn’t like to let her enjoy it so much.  She likes to play, “Mommy,” pushing Abby around, telling her “no,” and showing her which music is preferable.  I told her once, “Sophia, now be nice and let Abby play the music.”  She said, “I wanna tell Abby no.”  I said nothing and listened.  She proceeded to tell Abby over and over again, pulling her away from the piano keys, “No. Don’t do that. Abby, I said no. No, Abby…”  HA!

In this video, she’s just horsing around.  It provides great entertainment for Abby, though, which I appreciate.  I hope you can understand Sophia.  She’s pretty funny.

Sunday. Beautiful Sunday

I had the most wonderful Sunday.  There is much to celebrate.  My heart felt such joy today with my family and with “Sunday” things.  We went to a new church today, and Sophia went to the big kids room.  She was by far the youngest, and I was so worried about her.  Will she wet her pants, will she cry, will she suck her thumb too much or be too shy? She did so great.  Color sheet and craft bag in hand, she left the Kingdom Kids room confident and happy.  I asked her on the way home what she did at church.  She said, “Pway, song, color, watcha t.v.”

I said, “Watch t.v.! What? What did you watch on t.v.?”

My baby girl said, “Jesus.” Then a bunch of jibberish and pointing.  This much I made out: “Jesus… Church… Watcha t.v… Jesus…”

I don’t have any idea if she really watched t.v. and whether or not Jesus was on it… Her color sheet was a picture of Jesus as a boy with the caption underneath, “Jesus liked going to church.”  She also had a paper with the Luke scripture of Jesus’ trip to the temple when he began to teach.  I think maybe she was trying to tell me about it.  (Sophia is sort of obsessed with t.v. lately.  She can tell me everything about Caillou and Dora and Brobee and Foofa… So, to hear her tell me about Jesus was the warmest feeling in the world.  I can only imagine how God’s ears must melt when He hears His name spoken by a child.  

Tonight, I decided it was time to teach Sophia to pray.  She repeated me so well.

Dear God. (Deh Goh)

I love you. (I loff you)

Thank you for today. (Cank you day)

Thank you for my family. (Cank you famwee)

Amen. (A-meh)

I’m so excited to share my faith with her.  I’m so excited to tell her about the person of Jesus and about the heart of our Father.

I hope you had a blessed Sunday as well.

Her First Shiner and a Potty Training update

Sophia got out of bed this morning, and she was so excited.  Her diaper was dry and she was about to go have her morning potty.  She yelled, “My famwees!” She grabbed all her favorite stuffed animals: Cowboy, the Mole puppet, and Pooh, and took off running for the potty.  She ran right smack into the end of the changing table.  I think 2 is the year for booboos.

Despite the year of booboos, Sophia is getting more and more brave.  I was nursing Abby this morning, and Sophia came into her bedroom.  She pushed an upside-down laundry basket up to Abby’s crib and hollered, “I go back to bed rie now!  I angree!”  Then, she proceeded to climb into Abby’s crib.   She talks ALL the time.  She’s just a chatterbox; it’s insane.  I love to listen to the sentences and words that she strings together.  She was playing a game with Abby’s crib, throwing Cowboy into it and then climbing in to rescue him.  She said, “I throw Cowboy over Abby’s bed. See look. What now? I love my Cowboy. I get him.”  I hear so many things that I say that it’s unnerving.  Yes, I say, “What now?” to her all the time when she does something, says something and then looks to me for what to do.  I didn’t realize I said it all the time, though, until she said it back to me.

We’ve also been discussing feelings a lot lately.  She’s obsessed with how we’re feeling.  She always asks, “Mommy, are you happy?”  Notice she said angry before?  That’s her new favorite feeling.  I guess we talk about how angry Abby is all the time.  (Yeah, she hollers a lot.  When she’s upset, she can scream and cry like I’ve never heard a baby cry before.  Shew, she get’s angry.)  Sophia thinks that when Abby’s angry she needs to go to bed.  We tell her, Abby’s angry because she’s so tired and doesn’t know what to do.  We seem to be doing a lot of discipline/training with her by how we look at her–happy or unhappy.  We didn’t mean to do it.  It just sort of happened.

Potty training is probably how it all started.  It threw all of our emotions (mine and Sophia’s) out of control.  For a while there, she would incessantly ask, “Are you happy?” all the time.  Right after nap, right after she did something wrong, right after I looked at her sternly, right after I looked at her questioningly.  It was driving me mad.  We’ve exited that stage, though, and she’s making some associations.  Like at night time, she has to keep her diaper on.  “Diy-pa on.  Daddy happy.”

A potty training update:  We stopped Sophia’s habit of taking her diaper off at night time by using duct tape for a week.  She loved it.  She thought it was a belt.  Then, she just got used to keeping it on and eventually made the association that Daddy’s happy when it stays on.  We’ve had a week of no accidents and dry diapers at night.  It feels so good.  I’m starting to feel like I can trust her answer of no after I ask.  She’s also beginning to act on her own urges without accidents.  It took a while.  It took longer than I thought it would, but it was easier than I thought it would be.

My advice for anyone getting ready to potty train is one word: patience. Oh, and be positive. I got some advice from this great website I found.  Nearly erything’s there.  Oh, and training panties.  Gerber training pants are great.

Here’s some other great advice I got from friends that was really helpful for us.

1)Completely get rid of diapers/pull-ups, i.e. just use underwear.  That was key with us.  That just means you’ll have some accidents and clean up.  But, you expected that, right?  By the way, if you decide to go cold turkey on the diapers, you’re going to need a LOT of underwear.

2)One way you know if your child is ready to start potty-training is if they wake up with dry diapers either in the morning or after a long nap.  That was only occasionally the case with us.  That could take the pressure off of some parents who don’t think that their child is ready emotionally or physically.

3)Lastly, when you’re first beginning potty-training put them on the potty when you expect that they need to pee and keep them there until they do.  With a book.  Read to them, and every couple of pages ask them to try.  Eventually, they’ll pee and learn how to use those muscles.  Sophia LOVED all the extra reading time and all the cheers when she was successful.

Sophia loves to dance

Mammaw: Sophia, tell Nana what you did at the wedding.

Sophia: I dance.

Mammaw: Can you show Nana how you danced?

Sophia: No, I don’t have a dress.