Sofie has flu symptoms today. She woke up with the chills and rosy little cheeks, and her temp was 100.5. She also has a slight cough today and just generally acts like she doesn't feel the greatest. I gave her some Motrin and called Dr. Y., her pediatrician. He called in some Tamiflu for her a little while ago, so she'll start that sometime this afternoon. Hopefully this will prove to be mild and short-lived!
Sofie had so much fun as their flower girl. We were worried she'd be shy around so many new people, but she was everywhere and had a great time. She was dressed and ready and checking everything out. There was so much fun to be had!
When her big moment came, she made Mommy and Daddy proud and walked down the aisle like a big girl.
Sofie was having so much fun, she didn't have time for a nap (even with much persuasion from Mommy). She did grab a 5 minute power nap just after the ceremony.
Oh, but then it was time to party. And Sofie does love her parties. She ate and danced. And danced. And danced. There was no stopping the girl.
She looked like she was fading around 9:00 pm (remember no nap), so I changed her into her jammies. But that just gave her a second wind, and then she really stared busting the moves.
She danced until midnight, and then was still awake back in the hotel room jumping in her pack n' play until 1:00 am. I think it's safe to say we all had a good time!
Do you think anyone would notice if we let her carry a remote or a random shoe down the aisle? This seemed to be the only thing that would keep her happy today while I snapped some pictures.
...there are really no words to express how it feels to see your baby like this...
So what else is new this month, besides walking? It seems like she's always doing cute new things. Here are a few new skills:
- Parts of the body she knows well - eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, chin, hair, ears, hands, fingers, toes, tummy, (belly) button.
- New words - Nana and huh uh (as in NO). This brings her vocabulary to 8 regularly used words (Dada, Mama, Lola, Hi, Bah Bah, Nana, Huh Uh, and What's That?) She'll also say "Hi Mama," "Hi Dada," "Hi Lola," and "Hi Nana."
- New food - frozen lemonade
One of her cutest new skills is praying at meal time. Here's a video...
Feeding is still Medium-Well and holding steady. She weighs 20 lbs, 9 oz. She had been stuck bouncing between 19 1/2 and 20 lbs since the beginning of July until a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Y. told me that once she started walking she would start gaining weight again. I hope we catch this upswing and pick up a big gain now that she's walking!
After our beautiful-practically-brand-new-but-not-new-enough-to-still-be-under-full warranty (of course) dishwasher
started doing this,
we were able to replace it with this.
And, do you remember when our closet did this?
As you can see, it's now back in working order.
And I'm sure you didn't forget the three-legged chair. I mean, how could you forget the way it snapped beneath me like a twig one morning while I was enjoying my coffee and a bagel?
We were actually able to get a replacement leg. So now that chair again has - count em' - one, two, three, four legs. Beautiful.
While we were replacing things, we also traded off my old Honda for a new Volvo. The Honda was a good car for a long time. We went way back. Twelve years way back. And let me just say that unless your car is a classic Camero, Corvette, or something of the sort, you and your car should not go way back.
I found this old (dorky) picture of me and The Honda from high school, where I look absolutely thrilled to be having my picture taken. I think this was from the day I graduated. The Honda and I had already been together for a year. Little did I know I would still be driving this car twelve years later! Oh, the memories.
So before we went to pick up the new Volvo, I made Kenny take this (equally dorky) picture of me with The Honda one last time. Goodbye, Little Red. I'll miss you.
Oh, look at that. I'm over it.
Isn't she purty?
So while all these things were falling into place for us, we decided to run with the momentum, and put our house on the market. You know, just to see what would happen. It was a completely spur-of-the-moment decision. So in the last three weeks we have remodeled a bathroom, recarpeted our sitting room, retiled part of the kitchen, and spiffed up numerous other things inside and outside of the house. Oh, yeah, we're painting the exterior of the house too. Yeah, I said three weeks.
What's that, you ask? Oh, you mean the sound of screeching tires? That was our momentum. Or moment...ummm, if you will. Yes, we are suffering from a little case of burnout, and remembering how much work and headache it was to completely remodel this house.
And so we started tearing things apart...
Now all that's left is a major cleaning to get the house in show condition. Gotta bury that St. Joseph statue, too. Oh, and find another place to live. Minor details.
Here's Sofie walking!!!!!
Capturing that video was not as easy as it looked. I have several attempts like this one...
And several where she uses the "wet noodle refusal tactic"...
P.S. Just ignore that outfit: too small pink pj shirt, brown leggings, red socks, and yesterday's hair.
Sofie kicked off her fun Friday afternoon with Grandma Cheryl when they went to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin.
Saturday morning, Sofie and Grandma Cheryl were up early to take their shift stirring the beans on the square. The legendary Biblesta bean feed is a town effort. Volunteers sort beans the week before Biblesta, then soak them, assemble the ham and beans in lots of giant pots under a big tent on the square, and then take shifts stirring all day until the bean feed at 5pm on Saturday.
There are TONS of beans! Everyone can have an unlimited amount and there are always leftovers. And by unlimited amount, I mean everyone takes up several big pots to be filled with beans. Beans, beans, beans! Beans in gallon Blue Bunny ice cream containers, huge stock pots full of beans. If it's big and can hold beans, fill er' up! And everyone eats their Biblesta Beans a different way. You've got The Plain Jane (straight up, unaltered Biblesta Beans). Or your choice of lots of crazy additions: ketchup, mustard, or cottage cheese, to name a few.
Saturday afternoon is the Biblesta Parade, and all entries are Biblically themed. We all gathered at Aunt Karen's house to watch the parade.
After the parade we went to a family wedding. Congrats Lindsy and Daniel!! After the reception it was time for the big Biblesta Bean Feed. Grab your pots!
My Aunt Sandy and Kenny's Aunt Karen live just a few doors from each other and just a couple of blocks from the square and all the Biblesta festivities, so we went from house to house and to the square and back all day. It was so nice having both of our families together. Sofie really enjoyed seeing her cousins and getting to play.
So now you know all about Biblesta Beans. What gives with the Magical Shoes, you ask? Grandma Linda and Grandpa Steve gave Sofie a new pair of shoes Saturday. Apparently they were magical, because not long after she put them on she took off walking!! Yes, Sofie is an official walker!!
She was playing with Ricklyn and Grandpa Kenny when she first took a few steps without a walking buddy. Then she was holding onto one of these balloons:
and started walking on her own thinking something was holding her up. Once she figured out she was doing it on her own, she went a little further and a little further, until she was walking all around Karen's house. Yay Sofie! Sherry, Sofie's OT, has been telling me for a while that one day Sofie would just start walking like a pro, and she sure did. She looks like she's been walking for months. It was three months to the day (July 3rd to October 3rd) since she first walked with assistance.
I actually DO NOT have any pictures of the big event, because I was afraid she'd stop doing it if she saw me taking pictures of her. And Kenny was out of town with Uncle Mike and Uncle Kris for Uncle Mike's bachelor party, so they all missed it. I swore everyone to secrecy to not tell Kenny, so he could witness it for himself and be as surprised and excited as he deserved to be about it. We have been waiting for this for SUCH a long time!
First thing this morning, I took Sofie downstairs and put her down to see if she still remembered her new skill, and she took right off. When Kenny came downstairs I turned the camera on him and caught his reaction to seeing her walk across the room for the first time. I promise to post the video of Kenny and some shots of Sofie toddling around very soon, but for now, here are The Magical Shoes.