Sophia was a lot smaller than I thought she would be, but Denise said that's because she lost some weight at first, and it was also because most of her pictures were taken close up. Regardless of her size, Sophia is adorable and the outfits Denise dresses her up in certainly don't take away from the cute-ness factor! Sophia already a bunch of fun hair accessories, too.
Denise filled me in on Sophia's personality and described her as "a diva." She likes to be held constantly, she's starting to like the swing I bought her, and she enjoys sleeping on top of my sis. Denise said that sometimes she'll fall asleep and not realize if she is being held or not, so what she'll do is she'll open her eye just the tiniest bit. If she sees that no one is holding her, she'll start to wail in hopes of getting picked up.
Although she isn't spending a lot of time in her nursery quite yet, it's super cute. Denise said she used Pinterest as inspiration to decorate it. My favorite thing is the holder that Denise made for all of Sophia's ribbons, headbands, and bows.
Growing up, none of us were close to our aunts. They seem like nice people, but we just lived so far away from them and didn't get to see them that often because of the physical distance between us. I know that I'm not too far away from Denise now (about 5.5 hours driving if there's no traffic/construction), but I guess one of my fears is that Sophia might grow up without really knowing me and we both don't want that to happen. I'm thinking of teaching internationally again next year and if I did, I wouldn't be able to make a weekend trip here and there, which bums me out, but at least I'd be able to see her during the summer. I just hope that I'm always a part of her life and that I'm a good (and involved) aunt.
As for Denise, I was really surprised at how calm and put together she was. The poor thing told me that a good night's sleep for her is 2 hours total, so I expected her to be grouchy or stressed, but she just seemed really happy (albeit tired.) She's got this! She went ahead and put in her notice at her teaching job in order to be a full-time mom to Sophia. I knew that once she met her she wouldn't want to go back to work, and she figured that this would happen. Even though my sis is a new mom, she is already an amazing one--I can just tell. :)
I'll leave you with a collage of Sophia and her many expressions. My faves are her big, sleepy grins. Denise says she does that a lot after getting fed.