Monday, May 10, 2010

Sophie's baptism

This is for you, Mom--finally a few pictures from Sophie's baptism. She was baptized April 24 at St. Gertrude Parish in Chicago. During the ceremony, she kept wanting to play in the water! My sister and her husband are her godparents, and they provided the music at the ceremony. Most of my Women's Group made it to the church, and a bunch of friends joined us for a party at our house afterward.

 I've got to admit she was pretty darn cute in her little white Chinese dress. I wore mine too!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Little helpers

Auntie Trish is coming to visit tomorrow, and it's the day before her birthday. So Sam and Sophie helped me bake a birthday cake tonight. They both enjoyed licking the spatula/beaters.

It was the end of a busy day. Sam got his haircut (the second time he didn't cry) and we had Wiggleworms this morning. They both crashed in the "roller coaster" (what Sam calls our new stroller) on the way home from Wiggleworms. I should have left them there. Neither stayed asleep after trying to transfer them to bed/crib for nap.

All tuckered out!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sophie's first Easter

Some cute pix from Easter Sunday at my sister's house in Aurora. The Easter egg hunt was a highlight for the two kids. Sophie was pretty good at it, as you can see!


(Sophie wearing Easter sweater handknit by my mother 40-plus years ago for me and Amy. Sam wore it last year.)

We also had a phenomenal Easter liturgy at the 10:30 gym Mass--all the best music, plus Fr. Bill and the liturgical dancers.

Sophie had little interest in her basket (containing 1 chocolate bunny, one row of yellow peeps, one rabbit toy and one package of sidewalk chalk). Sam, on the other hand, couldn't stop talking about the chocolate.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Sorry for disappearing. We've been so busy with our family of four. Here are some pictures from the past few weeks. Things are going pretty well--Sophie is a happy girl and a great sleeper. Sam is adjusting more and more every day to the intrusion into his life! We've had fun showing her off to lots of friends.

She still loves to eat!

She loves to play in the toy kitchen.

 Taking a nap at my friend Kristin's.

Also happy in the bath, but hates having her hair washed.

Funny faces while eating.

Her first (unaided) steps were last Thursday while our friend Christian was visiting for dinner.

Playing under the dining room table.
Two nudie cuties in the tub.

With Auntie Amy for lunch in Aurora.

With Daddy at "Maple Syrup Day" at North Park. Friend Delia also braved the snow!

Thank God for the pack 'n' play.

My friend Lourdes visited back when the weather was so nice.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Big brother

While getting ready for bed on Monday night (our second night home):

Sam: I love Mama.
Mama: Mama loves you. So does Daddy.
Sam: I love Daddy.
Mama: Do you love Sophie?
Sam: I love Sophie.
Sam: I think so! Maybe... Just a little bit.

On Tuesday, he bit her.
Here they are riding in our fancy, new-to-us stroller, compliments of our friends Karen and Jeff. Sam calls it "the roller coaster."

They're warming up to each other, though haven't had to spend too much time together since Sophie (and Mama) has still been on China time most of this week. So she's up when he's sleeping and vice versa. You can tell Sam is trying hard, but that the adjustment to no longer being the center of the universe is not fun. I am making a special effort to give him some one-on-one attention and snuggle time.

For her part, Sophie doesn't take too much gruff from him. Seems like she'll be able to stand up for herself!

One week down...