Sophie has many amazing skills and abilities these days, but my favorite moments come when she improves her speaking. First of all, she sounds adorable (my current favorite words: blue (ba-looo), splash (sp-lASH), noodles (guh-loooos), and wow), but more importantly I get a glimpse into her mind as she communicates more effectively. Here are a few recent surprises from Sophie's mouth:
While playing with a set of farm animal magnets, excitedly: "two chickens!" (I had no idea she understood numbers and counting that well.)
Upon seeing Mama wearing a shirt she hadn't seen before: "Mama new shirt!"
Instead of getting worked up into a crying fit on the diaper table: "Mama, I want durse."
When asked whether she would like to sit on Uncle Tim's motorcycle: "No want motorcycle."
(I want and I no want are both new additions to Sophie's vocabulary.)
After nursing one morning: "Snuggle mama!" (This is my favorite new word, but unfortunately, it has quickly passed out of use.)
Sophie's favorite new game involves her panda and rabbit puppets from Nana. She is overjoyed when panda and "dee-dee" cheer for her as she goes through her usual routine. She requests their cheers at every turn: "Time durse. Panda, Dee-Dee Yaaaaaaay!" "Diaper change. Panda, Dee-Dee Yaaaaaaaaaay!" She likes to see Panda and Dee-Dee clap when she behaves well. I wish she would like to behave well for ME, but I'll take what I can get.
Also, that naughty monkey Alex has expanded his repertoire of misbehavior to include jumping on the chair. Now I have another thing to reprimand him for, much to Sophie's delight.