It is inevitable I suppose. I mean, every other child grows up. I just didn't imagine it would happen so quickly to MY baby. I feel as though I just had her, and even so, I feel as though I have known her my whole life. I can't imagine my world without her. I don't remember times before I knew her. Every day another piece of her personality comes out, and I am amazed that I am blessed enough to know this little girl. There is not much baby left. I mean, every once in a while, she wants to cuddle, she still sleeps with me- a measure I hold on to more for me than her I suppose. Every once in a while, she might be playing, and look to me for reassurance- a thing I find more comfort in than her, I think. But, more often than not, she is growing. She has a contagious personality.
She is funny. She makes you laugh, and laughs herself. She has a smile that lights up the room, and a laugh that makes everyone around her laugh. She thinks things are funny that aren't, which in itself is funny. She delights when her brother is around. When he enters the room, she becomes a whole new person. When she sees her daddy, she throws her arms in the air and yells "up up up". She loves him dearly. But, oh man, does she LOVE her mommy. I hope to always have this bond with her. I hope that she will always trust me as she does. Every day she says more new words. Her favorites? "Yellow, help, up, down, COKE, gig em, bobo" She wants you to read the same book to her over and over and over. Each time, it seems new and fresh to her (and her alone). When you stop, she screams at the top of her lungs.
She knows how to get what she wants. She knows how to scream at the top of her lungs- a scream that makes the world stop. She also knows how to manipulate a situation- she cries at the right time as to get her brother in trouble. She screaches if she wants something, and usually gets it so you don't have to hear the scream anymore. She is exploring the world, and discovering things we adults forgot about long ago. Butterflies are amazing, slides are way more fun than any roller coaster you can pay for, flowers stop her in her tracks while she squats to take them in more closely, dogs make her laugh while she runs towards them with eyes wide and mouth ready for a slobbery kiss. Discovering the world through her eyes is amazing. She is a wild child. VERY wild. She climbs anything and everything.Lastly, she loves aggie baseball. Perhaps she didn't have a choice in the matter. She has been drug to the majority of aggie sporting events from birth. Games that people pay hundreds of dollars to get a seat to, she has slept through. But now, she enjoys them. She lights up and squeals in delight when we get to the parking lot to go to a baseball game. She cheers on the aggies the whole time- "gig' em ags." She makes everyone around us happy as she does her "alligator clap" and mimics the students talking to the pitchers. She says "batta batta" when the students yell swing batter batter. She dances to all of the music. But, perhaps my favorite, is when a train comes by. You see, we live in College Station ,which I would assume gets its name from the trains that come through here all of the time. The baseball field is on a track, and everytime a train comes through, all of the students put their hands in the air to guess how many engines it will have. So, in our last photo shoot, Sophie heard a train coming through. She threw her hand in the air un prompted, excited to give her guess of five engines.
How I could love one little being more, I do not know. I am priveleged to have time to love this little girl!