Sophie at age 3 | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sophie at age 3



Sophia's birthday was this past Saturday. While I am still in a bit of denial that my baby is already three years old, it definitely happened and we had a blast. We had a few friends and cousins over to my parents' house and let the kids swim and play while we threw some hamburgers on the barbie. Summer birthdays are so much fun.

Sophia is undeniably my wild child. She would prefer not to wear clothes, and definitely fights having anything in her hair, which is why I finally just cut bangs for her. She doesn't seem to possess the capability to stay still unless she is sick, and even then she wants to run around as much as possible. She can definitely be exhausting. Just the other day when we were at a swimming pool with a waterslide, she went down about 36 times before she lost steam and fell asleep on a deck chair. Of course, this means that Mommy had to go down about 36 times as well, and I had lost steam around trip number five.

She is a tease. She loves nothing more than to harass her sisters by stealing their things and running for it. She also quite enjoys badgering Joel and me, too, but if she has a garden hose in her hands, you'd better run for it no matter who you are.


Sophia is also my "why" child. I thought my other two were pretty curious, but she puts them to shame. She has to know why about everything to the point that even I don't know why I am doing something anymore. You know the drill:

Sophie: Whatchoo dooning?
Me: I'm making lunch.
Sophie: Why?
Me: Because we're hungry.
Sophie: Why?
Me: Because we haven't eaten anything for a while.
Sophie: Why?
Me: Well, because a few hours have gone by since breakfast.
Sophie: Why?

And then I just get frustrated, because trying to explain the time-space continuum to a toddler is about as enjoyable as poking your eyes out with a fork. Especially when that toddler doesn't seem to have any other word in her vocabulary besides "why?".



She is incredibly tender and will hug and kiss her sisters whenever they are sad. If either Joel or I is the reason for one of her sisters' emotional outbursts, Sophia will lecture us. "You no be mean to my sisser!" she'll say heatedly with a little stamp of her foot. Very loyal, that one.

She has brought nothing but joy (and a lot of fatigue) to my life these past three years, and I look forward to the next year with my crazy bundle of vivaciousness. Hopefully I can keep her alive while simultaneously keeping her from jumping into the fountain at the temple or anywhere else.


Happy Birthday, Sophia!

28 comments :

  1. Lara,
    She is beautiful!!! I Love those pictures. All 3 of your girls are beautiful! You are the greatest writer. I LOVE to read your blog. You have a way of writing that just captures anyone! You need to write a book. I love your girls and I can't believe Sophia is 3!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Happy Birthday, Sophia! I love the pictures, Lara; I've never met her, but you capture Sophia's free spirit perfectly. What a lucky mom and a lucky 3-year-old!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Remember the song "thank heaven for little girls",from the movie Gigi?
    Just so true...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Happy Birthday to Spohia!! She is (as are all of your girls) so adorable!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hope she has a great birthday! Great photos and I love what you had to say about her. When my baby turned 4, that was when it was really hard for me. Definitely no longer a baby. Sad, isn't it?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Ooooo ... I like her lots. I would love her to be my daughter-in-law. Is the position available?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hehe. Cute post. My three year old is very much like this too. Sounds like Sophia is keeping you busy.

    ReplyDelete
  8. She is so adorable! I love the 3 year-olds.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Sounds exhausting but a lot of fun. I love her swimsuit in the first picture. Cute!

    ReplyDelete
  10. CAN NOT BELIEVE SHE IS 3. I mean, I knew you were having her party but I don't think it registered.
    WHERE did that time go?
    And I love the picture of the girls at the fountain. That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love the why's. Some of my most creative thinking comes after answering seven or more why's on the same subject.

    ReplyDelete
  12. So fun...and she sounds so much like MY Sophia. Three was an easier age than two with my little Soph, but she will never ever be a boring child, even now that she's 9.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Happy Birthday I love you swim suit.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Cute post...and GREAT pics! She is really cute. What's funny is not only is her personality a lot different than the other two, but she looks so much different than they do too! Cute girl!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Those photos are *so* good! They really sum up Sophia's personality—talk about being worth 1000 words!

    Happy birthday, Sophia!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Happy Birthday, Sweet girl!

    ReplyDelete
  17. her expressions are priceless.

    happy birthday, sophia!

    ReplyDelete
  18. What a cutie. We are coming up on three for our little princess. two hasn't been too bad, and with her learning more I'm hoping 3 will be even better.

    ReplyDelete
  19. She is the most adorable little spitfire on earth! We love you so much Sophie-Happy Birthday sweet girl!

    (the boys had a blast at the party)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I always enjoy your photos. Look at her bright eyes! From pictures I have seen of your husband I can see some of him in her face, but she has those blue shiny eyes. You know, my husband has sky-blue eyes that I love, but do you think I would have gotten any blue-eyed kids? All four have brown, which is fine, but I would have loved at least one of them to have gotten blue.

    I love when the youngest turns out to be the tease, and not the oldest. Then it is just kind of sassy, but not mean. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh Sophia, you are so cute. We love you so much and love hearing all of your funny stories. Sadie sends her love. Happy Birthday.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I'm still waiting for the "why?" phase. Maybe we skipped that one.

    ReplyDelete
  23. LOVE the water hose picture! She is such a beautiful little girl!!! Hope your move goes well for you.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh, how I love the photos of Sophie. She is such a beauty. :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. One thing I adore about every picture you post of her is how expressive her face is. I can only imagine how her personality matches. What a doll.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Happy, Happy Birthday Sophie! Three is such a fun age and being the "why" master doesn't hurt the cuteness factor angle either. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  27. She's so cute, I love the pictures. We'll miss you guys

    ReplyDelete
  28. Another great, great picture of her with the hose! Such an expression!!!!!! Happy birthday to your little one - what a character! She's just the right age to be in my class now; she'd be one of the youngest. Wow, would I ever be tired at the end of the day. :-)

    ReplyDelete