Sophie has really blossomed in the past couple weeks. We spent the holidays in Hawaii: two full weeks of fun in the sun with all four grandparents. It was wonderful! When we came back, I could really see how different Sophie was from when we had left, even though it was only half of a month! She's also outgrown a bunch of clothes. Wow, I guess eighteen months is a real milestone!
One of the aspects of Sophie's development that has really exploded is her language. She is making a lot more two-word utterances ("Bye Dada," "hot noodles," "See-see turn," "Mama sit"), and her vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds. She can call her friends by name now and can tell Keegan some things that we did during our days. My favorite new skill, though, is that she says thank you when I give her something or do something for her. There is nothing more rewarding than getting a "gecks" from Sophie. During those terrible first few weeks, when my every effort at comfort and care was met with screaming, I could never imagine such sweetness. But here it is, and I love it!
I was really proud of Sophie earlier this week when she named both the orange and blue markers in her marker box. The grandmothers report that she was identifying her yellow cup in the bathtub last week, but the markers were the first I saw of her really getting her colors. She's not terribly consistent yet, but I am impressed nonetheless.
Updates about Hawaii will come soon!