Sophie at age 4
Sophie is sweet sweet sweet. She is wearing one of my dresses from when I was little in this picture. She has a very gentle and quiet disposition. She loves to do calm quiet activities, and is super easy to have around if she is by herself (otherwise the screaming and fighting may ensue). She still is a big reader, and her favorite thing to do is to have us read her a book and then immediately read it back to herself on her own. She is great at communicating with us, but sometimes chooses not to if her emotions are running high. She sometimes will just cry and cry without wanting to explain what is wrong. As far as potty training, she is fully trained! However, sometimes at naptime, she will randomly go #2 in her panties and come tell us. I can't figure it out, because a lot of time she will actually use the potty without any problem. She will be starting preschool next week which I think will be great for her. She is still a little hesitant in social settings and doesn't speak up much (very different from Sally!), so I think this new environment will help her spread her wings a bit. She will go on Monday and Wednesdays from 8-11:30. We are very blessed to have access to FREE preschool through Ryan's school district since he is a teacher. Even though she is four, she still loves her mommy and daddy and will take you up on any offer to cuddle with her. She is not very independent, and prefers to have us do things for her or help her whenever we are willing. She has recently taken an interest in all things Jesus/God. She has lots of questions and sometimes it is hard to give her answers she can understand. One day she asked if she could go see Jesus, and I told her yes, one day, in heaven after we die. She then asked, "How do I dive mom? I want to dive and go see Jesus!" She loves to read her "Jesus book," which is just a children's Bible. When my sister was talking to her one day about Jesus, Sophie told my sister, "Jesus is a book." She is actually sort of right when you think about the Word made flesh! I am just amazed at Sophie when I look at how far she has come. Sometimes we forget that she had such a rough start and that it is truly a miracle she is even here! And doing so well at that! I was reminded of that miracle the other day when I heard of a couple whose baby was born at 25 weeks, weighing 1 lb. 7 oz., but did not survive. That is almost the exact same place we found ourselves with Sophie, 25 weeks and 1 lb. 12 oz. What a blessing that God has allowed Sophie to be a part of our lives!
Sally at age 3