Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So much to blog about

UPDATE! Our friends Mike and Rhonda got their referral this go around go take a look at their blog for some BIG news. Congrats to them and to all the other new parents who received a referral this time.

It has been to long since we have updated the blog. It gets harder and harder to find the time with a toddler running around and being back to work..
We both went back to work on Sept. 2 and we both agree that we are glad to have jobs but it really stinks having to leave Sophia even with our parents. We both so much want to provide the day to day care for her. We have noticed some subtle changes in behavior in the few past weeks. We are attributing this to us returning to work and Sophia having to adjust to new care givers. We were talking this morning and it is really hard some times to remember that Sophia has only been with us for 3 months. She has had so much change in her life in the last 3 months. Her whole life is different then it was 3 months ago. Her routine is different, her food is different, her clothes are different, her caregivers are different. Really it is no wonder she is now reacting to yet one more change in her little life. We have been told by experts that consistency is really what she needs. It will help her to feel safe and secure. It will help her to know that although we are not there with her every moment any more that we will come back and that we are still part of her life. We can not be there to provide her with the daily care anymore but we feel that our parents are the next best thing and that they will provide the consistent care that we provide for her while we are with her. She loves her grandparents and is having a blast getting to know them better each day. We have a whole new respect for working parents and just how hard it is to turn over care of your child to others no matter how close they are. It is just human nature that everyone does things a little differently and no matter how well meaning or intentioned children see the differences and react to them.

This month we celebrated both my mother and father in-law's birthdays. It was my mother in-law's 60th birthday this year and father in-law is 62. Riz's mom reminded him that when she was his age ( Riz just turned 40) Riz and I had just met and started dating. WOW has it really been 20 years since then? Riz, Sophia and I took my mother in-law out for breakfast and then we did a little shopping.We had the whole family over to celebrate my father in-laws birthday. We had a nice time and we look forward to many more birthdays as a family....
Happy Birthday Mom and Dad

We have been to Disney a few times with Sophia. Most recently with our good friend Wendy and her two girls Kate and Claire from Savannah, Ga.. We had a blast and Kate in her oh so sweet way said to me the morning they were leaving for home "Is Mama Sophia's Auntie" I looked at her and said "well yes Kate she kind of is" Kate looked back at me with the biggest smile and said "well then that makes me and Claire like her cousins" I said yes Kate it sure does Kate said " That makes me happy" I said Me too Kate... So sweet....

This past Sunday we had company from out of town visit. Our friends Sharon, Ken and Shu Shu Harp are here this week vacationing at Disney World. It was so nice of them to take time away from Disney fun to come to our home and than take us out to dinner. We always love to see them and Shu Shu is growing so much I can hardly believe she is the same child. We have waited almost 3 years to see our girls together so it was very sweet to finally do it. Getting pictures of a 17 month old and a 3 year old well that is an other whole story but we did capture a few.

Sophia and her friend Shu Shu.

I will smile first, OK now you smile Shu Shu

Me with Aunt Sharon and
Uncle Ken

Come on Shu lets have a tea party

this past weekend we celebrated Sophia's 1 1/2 year birthday. See we missed Sophia's first birthday and decided to celebrate anyway when she turned 1 1/2 (technically she turns 1 1/2 tomorrow). We had a great time and are so glad we had so many friends and family there to celebrate with us. We rented a condo on the beach and had some family and friends join us for a day of swimming (well really more of floating and sitting in the hot tub LOL), pizza and cake eating and gifts. Sophia got some great things and spent the day with very special people in our lives. We want to thank everyone who came to share in that special day with us.....

Let me at that Cake Sophia turns 1 1/2

Grandma and Grandpa meeting my friend Stephanie

Cousin Breanna, Grandma and me

Me and my friend McKenzie and Stephanie in the background

Look I got a tricycle for my Birthday come on daddy push me around

We had to get a picture with our friends and travel buddies Mark, Gigi and Stephanie.

More random cuteness

look at this pretty outfit my aunt Kathy sent to me...

I just love this picture (Thanks Amy for the headband)


Angela & Bryan said...

ooooooh my goodness Susan, I can't believe how much Sophia has grown ~ she is such a toddler!!!

Isn't it sad? Our girls are growing up too fast!!

Great pictures ~ love the ladybug dress (Ella has the same one ~ we have great taste, don't we? lol)

Isn't motherhood awesome?? so worth the wait!!

hugs, Angela from Canada

PS let me know if you didn't get the update I sent out on Ella, I can't remember who I sent it to! Mommy brain ~ lol

Sharon said...

Great post Susan! Love the updated photos of Sophia. Glad to hear all is well, but not looking forward to the move back to work and having to leave MA at daycare.

Sophia's Mama said...

Thanks guys for the kind words about Sophia. As you can tell i was tired when I did this post the captions on the pictures do not match up with the right pictures Oh well LOL you get the idea right...

Cheri and Shane said...

So happy to see an update of pictures!! Sophia is so beautiful. I have to say, my FAVORITE picture is the last one!! Please give her big hugs & kisses from us!! We miss you guys!!

Cheri and Shane said...

So happy to see an update of pictures!! Sophia is so beautiful. I have to say, my FAVORITE picture is the last one!! Please give her big hugs & kisses from us!! We miss you guys!!

Susan said...

Looks like a fabulous weekend! All the girls are growing so fast...Kate and Claire look so grown up and Shu Shu has changed so much!

Love to all!

P.S. I find it so much easier to do my posts with pictures in the HTML format. It's much easier to get things in the right place and cute and paste where you need to.

Kevin and Kimberly said...

I posted your comment on our blog today...by the way, thank you for that...that was so sweet!! Then I came over and saw all of your new pictures!! :)

I love the one of all three of the girls at Disney...too cute. Happy 1-1/2 b-day to Sophia as well!

Oh, and the bow in her hair...that one is priceless!

Sheryl said...

Aww, she is so beautiful!

hiltonsheadeast said...

Wow! You guys have been so busy. I love your post. Love the photos. Can't wait till McKenzie can be a part of all this.


Billy and Maggie said...

Your little Sophia is cute as EVER! You guys look so happy. Glad to see the joy still there.

Sherri & Todd said...

oh how cute is that bow on her head. Susan she gets cuter every time I see her pictures.
Isn't motherhood GREAT!!!

hugs from the other coast,
Sherri, Todd and Sam

Kathy said...

Hi Susan and Riz,
Sophia just keeps getting cuter everyday. I love seeing all of the pictures of her. By the way, cute outfit she's wearing. I can't wait for Sophia and Emma to meet. She's such a doll.
Kathy and Erik