Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sofia's First Day Playing Outside!

I can't wait to see what her reaction to the grass is!! Warm weather, we're waiting for you!! 






Love these chubber cheeks! 



She is so full of wonder. I love capturing her quiet moments...they're so few and far between! 



Thursday, April 4, 2013

3 Months Home (The Many Faces of Sofia)

Sofia has been home for 3 months! I just asked Shawn "Are you sure? It seems like so much longer!" He agrees! She is doing SO WELL that we often forget she wasn't always here! She is 18 months old. Her personality has come to light even more in this past month. She definitely thinks she is the Queen of the house! She enjoys following Mila around EVERYWHERE, taking every toy Mila wants to play with, and crying if she's told no or corrected! And by crying I mean carrying on for a lonnnnng time as if she just lost a limb or something! Girl holds a grudge and definitely thinks she should not have any rules! She's a rule breaker for sure :)

My dad calls her Bruiser and really it's very fitting! She is s rough and tumble, loud and rough....much like a little boy! I laugh because if you remember we started this adoption process committed to a little boy....so God gave us our hearts desire in a way with Sofia here! We were trying to pick out pajamas for the girls and Shawn picked up a pair of boy pajamas all excited and thought they'd fit her perfectly! The shirt said "I like to crash things!" Oh, so perfect!


It will really be a miracle if we make it to her 2nd birthday with no trips to the ER! She has figured out just about how to climb out of her high chair if not buckled in. She can pull herself out of the jeep walker by walking over to the kitchen drawers, opening the third one up, and using her upper body strength to pull herself up and nearly out!!!! Seriously you guys, we are in SO.MUCH.TROUBLE with her! She is close to taking her first steps I believe, but until then she'll use anything and everything as a walker (kitchen chair, desk, push toys, baskets) to get to her destination faster than crawling! 

Giving me her classic "duckface"
She was being silly while I was feeding her dinner tonight, so I snapped some pictures! You can see her meatloaf (on her face and clothes) and some kiwi on her tray. She is a great eater, except she needs some work with the chewing part. She will chew/crunch hard foods, but soft foods like cheese or cooked veggies she will swallow whole. I actually had to give her the heimlich the other day and it scared the pants off me! Thankfully it worked and we avoided any real problems there. It's not the first time she choked but definitely the first time she needed that level of assistance! I tell ya, I'm learning to sleep with one eye open because this child is FEARLESS! 

 And this look, don't even get me started.....I am afraid of Sofia as a teenager after seeing this look! And seriously, she can give some DIIIIIRTY looks! No idea where she learned it!

More duckface! 
Even though her personality is so overwhelmingly FIERCE, she has moments of tenderness and moments where she really needs her mama and daddy! She has been going through a stranger-fear stage lately, which is a huge positive in this stage of the bonding game! She acts shy around new people who come to our house or when we are at a new place! It is so funny to see her go from wild and crazy to calm and needy, but I love it!! It shows me she is bonding with us and understands we are "her people!" 

Seriously, when she gets happy, her ENTIRE BODY shows her excitement! 

When I look at these pictures of Sofia I clearly see that bright mischievous spark in her eyes! Can't you? 

She recently had her early intervention evaluation and we'll be starting a couple formal therapies soon! 

Since they don't make bubbles for little kids, we may need to invest in a crash helmet for this little lady! 

To all of you with crazy little boys, I get it now :) 

THE GREAT BIG NUTRITION POST FINAL PART!

Deanna and I have been slacking a little on getting this final post up....sorry! We are busy mamas trying our best to balance our time :) So we're finishing up this series with a brief list of some great foods and a little description on the bone broth we have talked a lot about!

Here is a list of some "super foods" that we like to use! Feel free to do some research on the products to see if it's an ingredient you might want to consider adding to your child's diet!

Pure Coconut Milk (the kind that comes in a can, not the carton. Native Forrest Brand has BPA free cans)
Blackstrap Molasses
Coconut Oil
Chia Seed
Flaxseed
Raw Honey
Quinoa
Bone Broth!

So, speaking of Bone Broth!!! I truly believe this stuff can contribute to bringing adopted children (and all children and adults for that matter) to much better health! THIS IS A VERY GOOD ARTICLE TO READ to understand the benefits of bone broth, and find out exactly what bone broth is! It's certainly NOT the broth you buy in a can or a carton in the store!! It's really important to soak the bones in the water/vinegar as the first step of making bone broth...make sure you don't skip that step! We mostly use chicken bone broth here but every now and again I make beef bone broth. I've never made the fish one, though! If your child's no longer on a bottle, you can find lots of other ways to incorporate it! Any foods that you'd use water to make you can substitute the bone broth (mashed potatoes, rice, crock pot meals, etc.). I hope that link is helpful! We'd love to hear from some of you that have made changes since reading our posts!