Sophia says her first consonants!

Sophia was having a little diaper-free time tonight to relax before bedtime, when all of the sudden she said: “Da, Da, Da.” Papa, of course, immediately thought she was talking to him (conveniently ignoring the fact that he has never called himself Daddy). Although she hasn’t repeated it, it was very exciting to hear it come out so clearly, seemingly out of the blue! A little while later she was sucking her thumb, saying “La La La.” I’m afraid it won’t be long before she reaches Papa’s “you talk more than I can listen” point…

Sophia also had a big day on Friday when her OT came for therapy. She maintained a quadraped position for a little while, with very little support, even rocking a little bit. Her arms were straight under her and her knees bent; she looked like such a big girl! Her OT was very excited–she also thought Sophia was much improved in reaching for things and playing with her feet. (She seems to have replaced watching her hand with watching her foot when she wants to entertain herself, but still uses her hand to calm herself). Her OT also helped us make sure Sophia was in the best position in her high chair for picking things off the tray and for getting more supported sitting practice. We also learned some Valentines songs that we are supposed to practice for our next session on Valentines Day. Sophia loves to perform her “I’m a Little Snowman, short and fat” song (sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”) that she learned for christmas, so I think she’ll love these too.

Saturday was Sophia’s 10 month birthday; all she had was pureed squash and corn–no cake, poor dear. This week we also made arrangements to switch OB practices so we can deliver Sophia’s little sister at Riverside, allowing us to be closer to home with more options for taking care of Sophia. It was a big relief–thanks to Ann “Recipe” (Grandma’s oldest friend) for the professional recommendation.

Life in the nursery has been going well for the most part–we just had one night of spitting up every 15-30 minutes. Luckily, we haven’t had to spend too much time with Winnie-the-Pooh for a pillow, a ducky towel for a blanket, and two little round rugs for a mattress…