More Captured Moments

The biggest reason I started My Sophia Ryan was to document Sophia's memorable moments. I've been distracted with sharing my DIY projects. So here are just a few photos from this last month. Okay, more than a few. Time flies when you're having fun and I'm really glad I have all these photos to look back on in the future. I love capturing and preserving these precious moments, they fill my heart, they help me remember. How adorable are they? This is Sophia's best friend Timmy. He's four months younger than her and the cutest little boy you've ever seen. It's been so much fun watching the two of them grow and change month to month.Out for an afternoon walk, enjoying beautiful Mammoth.We spend a lot of time at the park. Sophia loves the swings, the slides, the other kids, and everything else that comes with going to the park. When we drive up to the park, she starts kicking her legs and waving her arms with enthusiasm. It's so cute!To the side of the park is this beautiful creek. She loves the creek-she really loves anywhere where there is water.Another park day.Watching her favorite movie, A Turtles Tale.These pictures didn't come out very good but I'm so glad I got them. She was sitting with her baby and feeding her on her own (middle picture). It was so cute because I didn't tell her to do this. Then I told her to give her baby a hug. I had never told her to do this before and she surprised me with giving herself a hug (first picture). It was so sweet. … [Read more...]

Summertime Pics

As I scroll through the dozens of photos I've taken of Sophia in just the last month, I can't help but feel overwhelmed with love and happiness. Sometimes I think back to the 72 hours it took to bring her into this world and I can barely even remember all the pain I went through because that finite amount of suffering seems so utterly insignificant in comparison to the infinite amount of joy and value she has brought into our lives. So it's no wonder why I take so many pictures of her. I can't help but want to capture the so many great moments of her life. With mobile phone photography it's easy to capture every waking (and non waking) moment of her life. I'm not sure if this is such a good thing. I hadn't thought about how this may affect her until now. As she gets older, she may act differently when she knows the camera is there. This may make her self-aware which could be a bad thing because a lack of self awareness is what makes children so precious and innocent. This is something for me to think about. Do you take a lot of pictures of your children? What are your thoughts on this? Anyway, as I glance over at my little toe headed daughter, her ink blue eyes catch mine and I can barely suppress a smile and think, I can't imagine my life without her and I'm so grateful I've had the opportunity to capture so many great moments of her life that I will someday get to share with her. We had a great time at Timmy's First Birthday. She wasn't happy with me trying to put a … [Read more...]

At 14 Months Old

  At 14 months old, Sophia is happy as ever. She’s getting into everything. She loves to play, clap, laugh, dance, kick her legs vigorously, and wave her arms with enthusiasm. She’s a mover and a shaker and doesn’t like to sit still! She has a little personality that is all her own. She cracks us up! At 14 months old, Sophia has several words she’s saying regularly like, “mama,” “dada,” “ba”(ball), “baba”(bottle) “oh, oh, oh” (her way of saying hi to new people). She understands many words. I'll ask her to give her baby a kiss and she kisses her baby. Or, "Can you bring me a block?," and she brings me a block. "Let's play ball," and she brings me her ball. It amazes me how much she can comprehend at this age. She also communicates by handing me things like the remote (which means she wants to watch Yo Gaba Gaba)! At 14 months old, Sophia enjoys taking the tops off of things and putting them back on. This includes caps to pens, the lid to the yogurt tub, or top of a lotion bottle. It doesn't matter what it is, if it has a top, she wants to take it off and put it back on. If it needs to be screwed off, she hands it to me to unscrew and puts it back on. I don't know if this is a 14 month old thing or just her thing. It's cute to watch. At 14 months old, Sophia loves water. She loves her baths and will stay in for an hour if I let her. She's been in the pool and the ocean and has a blast in both. At 14 months old, Sophia loves her bed. She goes to bed after we … [Read more...]

Motherhood Has Changed Me For the Better

As I was sorting through photographs of Sophia this morning, I thought about how motherhood has changed me. I thought about how my life has changed for the better since Sophia's arrival. I thought about how the center of my universe has shifted to her, giving me so much to celebrate. I thought about her being this little person that somehow I never get tired of being around. Most days are really fun with her. Sure, there are times when she is fussy and whiny. There are times when I feel really exhausted from the juggling act but I still love being around her. It’s a different sort of love than anything I’ve ever experienced. She’s a delight and when I’m away from her for even a couple of hours, I really start to miss her. Since I've entered the world of motherhood, my priorities have shifted and Sophia has helped me realize what really matters in life. I’ve noticed my values have sharpened knowing I’m setting the example for another person and her tiny pair of eyes constantly fixed on me keeps everything in perspective. Motherhood has changed me for the better because I find that things that once seemed important are now less important and Sophia has helped me discover an inner strength I never realized I had. Motherhood has changed me in the regard that every day is a surprise with Sophia and I love that. I feel constantly grateful. Watching and helping her grow is a continual progression from one thrilling stage to the next. She has helped me to live less for the occasion … [Read more...]

Feeling Thankful Today

I'm feeling thankful today. We have had beautiful Spring weather this past week. Sophia and I have taken advantage of some outdoor time at the park. The sun has been warm and the smiles seem to be more abundant than usual. This weather has made me feel especially thankful for so much goodness in my life. I realize how easy it is to get caught up in the monotony of life. The each-of- these- days is just like the other, sort of thinking. It’s easy to become complacent and to lose perspective. So quickly I can lose sight of just how lucky I am to have been born into the privilege of a loving and supportive family. It's easy to lose sight of the privilege I have had of being born in a country where I have had access to good healthcare, great education, and so much opportunity. I could have easily been born somewhere else with less of a chance. It’s easy to be greedy and to forget just how lucky I am to have food in the fridge, clothes to wear, a car to drive, a bed to sleep in, and so much more than the basic necessities. There are people who don't have any of these things that I often take for granted. It's easy to think I want more and to forget how much I really have. It’s easy to lose sight of all the beauty that surrounds me. I go outside and am reminded just how lucky I am. I’m so thankful for the clean air, the fresh green grass, the breathtaking mountains, and beautiful trees. I’m thankful for the walks I get to take with my girlfriends. I'm thankful to have parents and … [Read more...]

What’s New With Sophia?

What is new with my baby? It has been a while since I posted any pictures of Sophia. I have dozens but since she is moving all over the place so very few of them are of her not looking away or covering her face. She's wild, funny, full of energy and teaching us new things everyday. She loves to crawl around, show everyone how big she is, say Dada and Mama. What is new with my baby? Below are a few photos to show you.  Recently I tried putting sunglasses on Sophia before we went outside and she didn't like it! I managed to get a couple shots while I held her hands down to prevent her from taking them off! It's not easy getting good pictures of her these days. We went to her Grandpa's Birthday party in Orange County and she loved being in the swimming pool with Dada and her step sister Lauren and step brother Devon. The first time she's been on her new bike she got for her birthday. I think she likes it! She had fun at the park, crawling around with Dada. This is the first time she's crawled on grass. She loved it! … [Read more...]

Letter to My Baby Girl

My Little Angel, I want to write down some of my favorite things about you so I never forget this stage of your life. I love your enthusiasm and energy. I love how you wave your arms, kick your legs, and roll your little ankles when you are excited. I love that you love people especially when you get their full attention (like at the grocery store or post office). I love the way you throw your arms up to show them how big you are followed by vigorous hand clapping. I love your sweetness. I love when you lean over without any request with an open mouth and give me a kiss. This is one of my favorite things. I love when I tell you to lay your head down and you lay your little head down on my chest. I love your sense of humor. I love when we laugh and you mock us. I love your forced fake little laugh! I really love to hear the real Sophia giggle. Your giggle lights up my day. One of the cutest things you do is wait for me to come get you in the morning. I watch you in the monitor standing up, just waiting. You look around observing your surroundings, you make happy noises, bounce up and down, and just wait. Sometimes it’s fifteen minutes I will watch you in the monitor while you hum and wait. I can’t think of a better way to start my day than to come down the stairs and open the door to your room to see you standing in your crib with the biggest grin, so excited to see me. It doesn’t get any better than this. I love watching you grow, laugh, play, explore, and … [Read more...]

Baby’s First Birthday Party

We just celebrated my babys first birthday party. We had a small celebration for Sophia's first birthday on Sunday. She had no clue what was going on but the adults enjoyed it and I had fun putting it together. I made a banner (Sophia is 1), tissue paper flowers (you can find the tutorial here), party hats (you can find the tutorial here), and gift bags (you can find the tutorial here). You can learn how to make a table runner like the one in the picture here. We served spinach salad with chicken (you can find the recipe here), bread from Schat's Bakery, fruit, and cupcakes from Mimi's Cookie Bar.  The favor bags were filled with dark chocolate covered acai berries. We made a simple flower arrangement of long stem pink roses. We blew up a picture of Sophia and put it in front of the fire place. She was amused by the life size picture of herself! The babies looked so cute in their party hats. Sophia held hands with her little boyfriend Timmy! Mommy was proud! Daddy was happy! Sophia was a little overwhelmed! … [Read more...]

She’s One

She's one! It's hard to believe it was one year ago today I went through the most grueling labor experience I never imagined possible. I talked to a lot of moms beforehand. For the most part, everyone said, "get an epidural and you'll be fine." That was my plan. I honestly wasn't worried. I've come to realize labors are as individual as fingerprints, no two stories are the same. My labor story was incredibly  intense and painful. It lasted 52 hours. No one could have prepared me for the fear, pain, and agony I would go through bringing this little being into the world just as no one could prepare me for the happiness, joy, and unbelievable amount of love I would feel when she was put in my arms for the first time.   Watching my tiny helpless infant grow over this last year has been an absolute miracle. In one year I've watched my little girl coo, smile, and giggle. I've watched her learn to roll over, sit up by herself, say Dada and sometimes Mama. I've watched her learn to crawl, feed herself, stand, and pull herself up. I've watched my little girl express herself- showing us how big she is, clapping her hands, and most recently using her finger to make funny sounds with her mouth. My little girl is so full of energy and life. She constantly humors and entertains us. I always say she's wild because it's the first word that comes to mind when people ask how she is! Time flies when you're having fun. Sophia Ryan is one and from the very core of my being I can say this has … [Read more...]

I Love My Baby Girl

I love my baby girl! I can't get enough of her! She brings me so much joy. It's no wonder I take hundreds of pictures of her a week. I don't know if it's hundreds, but it's a lot. At this age, the return of good pictures is not many compared to the hundreds I take. I shouldn't say that. They are all cute. It's just difficult to get her to look at the camera. She's at that age- she's moving all over the place. Just when I think I've captured the perfect one, she throws the binky in her mouth! I love my baby girl. She inspires me in so many ways. I love the sweet open mouth kisses she gives. I love her little giggle. I love giving her baths and getting her dressed in the morning. She's growing and changing so much and I'm grateful for the hundreds of pictures (whether she's looking at the camera or not) I get to take of her every day.  Just a few pics from this week … [Read more...]