Meeting Sophia

January 29, 2015
I'm officially an aunt now!  My sister Denise had her baby at the beginning of January, and the weekend before last I decided to take a trip up to North Carolina to meet my niece for the first time.  I was worried that Denise might be too tired to want to hang out/talk, but she seemed to welcome my company.  Also, I know this is stupid, but I'm very inexperienced with newborns and don't think that I'm a "natural."  Once kids get past 16 months, I feel like I know what to do since I've worked in a toddler room before, but as for the infant stage...well, I'm kind of clueless. Denise told me to relax and that there was no special secret to holding her besides that I should just support her head.  Once I held her, I got over my hesitation and just wanted to hold her more.



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.


 

 What's your favorite thing about babies?  Any tips for my sis that I can pass along to her? If you have kids already, what theme did you pick for your baby's nursery?
30 comments on "Meeting Sophia"
  1. Congratulations one becoming an aunt, she is adorable! I am the same way, newborns I don´t really know what to do with, but once they get a bit older I am comfortable.

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  2. Congratulations on becoming an aunt! She is absolutely adorable. Oh my goodness! I am the same way with newborns...like what do you DO with them ha!

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  3. That smile!! She's adorable. I'm the same way with newborns. They actually kind of scare me.

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  4. awwww she is adorable - that last pic is priceless. congrats on becoming an aunt :)

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  5. Lol, I like the stage where they get kinda chubby and start babbling!

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  6. Thanks so much--I'm already wondering when I get to see her again.

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  7. I know...They are not as fragile as the appear, so I've been told but I like to err on the side of caution.

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  8. She makes so many funny expressions! I'm glad my sis has been pretty good at capturing them and sending them my way.

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  9. She is so freaking cute Lisa!!!! Adorable!

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  10. Aw, what a cutie! Congrats, Aunt Lisa! ;)

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  11. She is adorable! That last photo is everything! When my cousin just had her baby I remember going over there and just being stunned at how everything he did was above and beyond cute. Congrats!

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  12. So cute! And so much hair!!! The first time I held a newborn, I was terrified. It gets less scary with practice. :)

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  13. Awww!!!! I remember when your sister was barely expecting!!! Makes me feel old :p You look so sweet with her :) I love babies.

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  14. Aww what a darling! Especially that last picture!!! I hope you enjoy being an auntie and spoiling her rotten :)

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  15. So beautiful! I love all of the pics. Being an aunt is awesome!

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  16. I know it! I am a proud auntie!

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  17. She really is and thank you so much. :)

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  18. I even find the one of her yawning with one eye open so adorable!

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  19. For sure! I felt much better about holding her after the first few times. :)

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  20. I'm not even sure I'm a baby person, but I am a Sophia person!! Maybe now I'll feel more comfortable with my friends' babies.

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  21. Hahaha, yes, I hope I'm "the cool aunt." I think my sis's husband will try to keep my sis in check when it comes to spoiling her!

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  22. I haven't even been one for a full month yet, and I already love it. I just planned another trip up to see her in May, too! :)

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  23. Aww!! She's so adorable! Congrats!

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  24. I heart Sophia! Can't wait to meet her!

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  25. That was so nice of you to post about our visit Lisa! You are already a fabulous aunt! Sophia was very calm and happy in your arms!!! She is looking forward to seeing you again in May as well as meeting her aunt Melissa !

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  26. Lol! You are right about that one! But they say you can't really spoil a baby ! 😉

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  27. You were a natural!

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  28. Thanks!! I'm so happy to be an aunt. :)

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  29. I know--I'm looking forward to that trip in May!

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  30. Hahaha...until she wanted her mommmy, anyway. :) I can't wait to visit her and you again soon.

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