Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters

The girls are so into each other these days.  Sophia signs that she wants to write Zoe's name over and over again when she's drawing and when she's telling us to write.  When she hears Zoe waking up from a nap, she squeals.  When we go to get Zoe, she is always most interested in seeing "Sah wee wee."  The other day when I got home from work, I thought Zoe was coming over to see me like she usually does, but as it turns out, she just came over to hug Sophia (who had actually come over to greet … [Read more...]

“Bumping up and down in [Life’s] little red wagon”

Well, the thing about going so long between posts is that there always seems to end up being both ups and downs by the time we write.  This time is no exception.  On the up side, the girls continue to grow in communication and in their senses of humor.  Zoe has learned several new words, including renaming John "Poppy," and hiney (which I kept thinking all day was "ah-knee" until I saw her little giggle and remembered John working on it with her this morning).  She can say "Zooo-ee" and "Sawee … [Read more...]

A Comedy of Errors

All in all, we had a great trip to San Antonio, and the girls got to see/meet many of their Wright relatives.  Unfortunately, all of their second cousins were sick, so they didn't get to play with little ones.  The bride and groom had also been exposed to H1N1, so the girls didn't get to follow the bride around in her pretty dress or give them kisses and hugs.  (Thanks, Kelly, for shielding us from the germs during the family pics).  As you can see by John's pictures, Sophia spent most of her … [Read more...]

Growing Strong

We were back to the docs again this week.  They both had check ups on Monday.  Sophia really lucked out and got the nasal flu vaccine and the doc said we really didn't need to draw blood to check her thyroid because she's been so stable.  Phew!  She even tolerated getting her blood pressure checked.  Zoe had to get the actual flu shot and had another immunization, so she wasn't so lucky.  They are growing well; Zoe is  a little over 25 pounds (69%) and 32.5 inches (71%) and Sophia is almost 30 … [Read more...]

Potty Talk

Well, today was Day #4 of Zoe successfully telling us when she needed to poop and her then pooping on the big girl potty!  Such excitement in not changing poopy diapers!  She signs "diaper" or "potty" and seems to give us plenty of notice; today there was actually too much notice.  After lunch Papa took her up when she asked, but then she didn't go until a couple minutes later when she was back downstairs again.  Tonight, I thought the bathroom routine might just be a delay tactic, but on the … [Read more...]

Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk

We did our first fundraising walk for the Down Syndrome Association, today at Como Park.  It was a beautiful day, and we were thrilled that so many people were able to join Team SoZo in our one mile trek!  I think Sophia danced every moment she wasn't buckled into the stroller, going down the big slide with Siobhàn, or meeting new friends.  Zoe was pretty clingy at first since we had to wake her from her nap, but she seemed to warm up eventually.  Now that we've seen how it all works, we'll have … [Read more...]

“Hi”….and…”Bye-Bye”

The girls are talking!!!  (I think that deserves multiple exclamation points, don't you?)  It seems that as they've started to talk, their mother has stopped writing (blog entries, that is).  My apologies for another long post, but I'm hoping the craziness of work this summer will subside a little this fall.  Back to the exciting news... in addition to "nyum, nyum," Zoe can now say:  hi, moooooore, nana (banana), and Dada, and Mama, (John is thrilled that she is now distinguishing us, but I … [Read more...]

I guess opposites do attract

Go ahead. Yearbook yourself! … [Read more...]

“Did someone poop, or did you cook broccoli again?”

Needless to say, John isn't too fond of Zoe's breakfast of champions:  steamed broccoli (along w/ eggs and toast).  Zoe, on the other hand, likes it so much we found that she had stored some in her "bee-bo" (belly button) for later. The girls had lots of outings this week, visiting both zoos (Sophia loves the people at the zoo, and Zoe keeps asking for "more" animals).  Zoe's favorite at the "new Zoo" was the prairie dogs (I guess she takes after her Mama), while the flamingos seemed to be … [Read more...]

Walkie Talkies

Well, I have a lot of catching up to do (warning:  this is a long one!), but in summary...it's all about walking and talking these days.  The biggest news is that Zoe is now walking!  She started about 10 days ago, just before her 16th month birthday.  One day she was still walking 4 or 5 steps to get to us, then the next day she'd go to something else on her own, then she was crossing the kitchen floor (hard tile, yikes!), and then suddenly she was walking across the whole house (which of … [Read more...]