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Happy 2nd Birthday, Sophie!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006.  Sometime after 11:03 p.m.
The first time ever I saw your face...

The first time ever I saw your face...

I realize that this picture is not exactly a great shot of you so I’ve added another one below.  But this pic is much better of me than the one of me with your sister, Cammie, in her 18th Birthday Post.  (That’s called an ulterior motive.)
Sent from Heaven...Handle With Care

Sent from Heaven...Handle With Care

You are indeed a blessing from on high!  Daddy and I prayed for you to arrive for many years.  And at the right time, you arrived.  See how your mouth is open?  You were hungry, but I still think it was a sign of things to come because you are a very chatty little girl.  Even after watching your sisters grow up, I am still amazed at how you changed each month.
We loved watching you sleep.  We loved when you started cooing.  You would sing yourself to sleep.  It sounded something like this:  “ohhhh, oh, oh, ohhhhhh, ohhhh”.  I’m sure Mommys everywhere can appreciate the magnitude of that beautiful song you sang.  We were all smitten by you.  Still are, too!  I remember when you were still brand new and your Daddy couldn’t find you OR the bassinet.  “Where’s Sophie?”  He was startled.
We found you in Cammie’s room.  We asked her if we were going to wake up in the middle of night and find you and your bassinet missing.  She said, “I’ll bring her back!”
Courtney liked to rock you and sing to you.  Time sure did fly.  Before I knew it, you turned 1 year old.  Cammie and Courtney chose Hello Kitty for your birthday theme.  I didn’t mind.  I loved Hello Kitty when I was little.
1 Year Old
1 Year Old

Just as your first year was amazing, your second year has been astounding.  You have a vocabulary that makes you seem much older than you really are.  You talk in sentences and ask me questions that shock me.  You are bossy much like I was when I was little.  I’m sure you will find that hard to believe one day.  You can be as sweet as you are bossy.  When you want my attention, you often say, “Mommy.  Listen.  MOMMY?  Listen…”

When we pass up a McDonald’s, you say, “McDONALD’S!  I’m SOOO excited!”  When we ask what you want you ramble… “uhhhh, want fry-fries, want ham-bug-er, want chi-cken nuggets, want toy, want apple juice.”  Sometimes you say, “large Diet Coke”.  Sad, but true.

When you wake up before me, you toddle into my room with your blanket and try to pull up my eye mask.  “Gooood morning, Mommy.  I awake.”

Sometimes when I ask you if you need to potty you say, “I already potty.”  Ooops.

Sometimes you say I’m sorry immediately when you are doing something you know you shouldn’t.  You tell your sisters to “be caaaareful” when they are driving.  You grab my attention often with, “guess what, Mommy?”  You don’t like veggies much so I’m thinking I’m going to have to force your Daddy to eat more veggies to encourage you.  You LOVE chocolate!  You can’t help it.  Your parents are addicts.  You love animals, love to dig in mine and your sisters’ make-up and take our cell phones.  We love hearing your conversations.  “Uh, huh.  I’m leav-in.  In traff-ic.  Ok, bye-bye.”  You are absorbing everything you hear so I hope that we are reflecting Jesus.  You love to go to church, love to sing about Jesus and especially love to listen to Hillsong sing Mighty to Save on the con-ti-pu-ter.  But you do mistakenly think the robed statue that precedes many of today’s movies is Jesus.  Perhaps it’s the glow around her.  Hmmm…. You really love your family, your grand-parents, cousins and even friends.  But you ‘are’ bossy.  You only prove my point when you tell us, “I not a bossy, you (sometimes lu) a bossy!”  You also refer to us often as “baby” as Courtney and I both use that word when ending sentences to you.  Sometimes you sound like you’re in an Austin Powers movie.  “NOOO, ba-by!  Dat’s mine.”  “Hey, ba-by.”  “Ba-by, no-no!”

You’ve been rehearsing your birthday.  Sep-tem-ber nineteen.  AND your name.  Sophie Jeanne Gun-ter.  Here you are ready to go cheer for Courtney’s volleyball team.  (Mom needs to work on the lighting with her pics.)  “Go Jack-ets!  Hit the ball.  Go Courtney,” you cheer.
2 Years Old
2 Years Old

Today you are 2 years old.  Since your big sisters are 18 and 15 ALREADY, this day is especially bittersweet for me.  You all grow up so fast.  Your birthday party will wait until next Saturday.  So, today, I will spend some special time with you.

I’d sure like to know how you feel about turning two years old.  I think I’ll interview you after you wake up.
Mommy loves you, Sophie Jeanne. 
Interview with Sophie:
Mom:  Do  you know what today is?
Sophie:  Sophie’s birthday.  Mighty to Save…. (wants me to play this song on the computer)
Mom:  How do you feel about being two years old?
Sophie:  I want No-No!  (Song by Oscar the Grouch on Elmo CD)
Mom:  You’re a big girl now.  No more baby bed.  No more high chair.  No more baby swing.  How do you feel about being a big girl?
Sophie:  I gonna’ hit the buttons now! 
Mom:  What buttons?
Sophie:  Con-ti-pu-ter (computer).
Mom:  One more question.  What do you want to do today on your birthday?
Sophie:  Con-ti-pu-ter.
There you have it, folks.  The deep thoughts of a two-year-old.


  Dawn wrote @

Hi! I was leaving a comment on Annie’s blog and read your comment and followed you here. You little girl is adorable. 🙂 I hope she has a wonderful birthday. Oh, and, I LOVED the little interview you did with her.

My little one (Camryn) turns 2 in Dec. I have another daughter that will be 11 in Jan. I see that yours are even more spread out than mine!

  Annie wrote @

It is a bit of a heart-tugging time for you, my friend. One daughter out of the house to begin her new life, and another one out of the baby stages, beginning a new stage of her own. I loved the precious words; they bring back so many memories. I always think that if I could have another baby now, that I would appreciate the little things so much more than I did when they were little. After all, I had a 4 year old, 2 year old and newborn, and it seems like I was just survivin’ for years… the days blurred by… I tried to slow them down, but it was so hectic. If I had a baby now, would I be able to appreciate more the tiny, little things that make motherhood a joy and that speed by so fast? Did you notice a difference on your third?

  ginger wrote @

Happy Birthday Sophie Jeanne! We love you!
Uncle Jerry, Aunt Ginger, Gordon, and Jordon

  Mrs. Q wrote @

Happy Birthday Sophie! She is adorable 🙂

My oldest just turned six yesterday…time really does fly by…

  Mama Belle wrote @

Sweet! Happy Birthday Sophie.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Denham Springs, huh? Some of my family lives in Pine Grove. Know where that is?

I already told Rachel we need to get all these LA bloggers together some day soon. Nice to meet you.

  punke217 wrote @

Great party, can you tell me the name of the camcorder I used at her party? P.S. Happy B-Day Sophie!

  Audra Krell wrote @

Such a beautiful post, especially in light of knowing her story now! : ) You are so blessed.

  Lil Mama wrote @

Hey sis. I love you so very much. Hey Courtney and Sophie. I love u both so very much also. O.K. ReRe u know I just had the joy of spending some unorthodox, but quality time with u and Sophie yesterday. Thank u so much for that. It means so much to me I wish I had more time with all of u. I still sometimes think of Courtney as “THE BABY”. Of course, Sophie’s the baby now and what a precious gift from God himself she is. I LOVE ALL SO MUCH! I LOVE U SO, SO VERY MUCH JOE,RENA,CAMMIE,COURTNEY,AND SOPHIE JO. Joe, u and Rena have made such a beautiful family. JOSEPH GUNTHER, u make my sister so happy. U really bring out the best in her, as I’m certainly sure that she brings out the best in u. Furthermore, I think that u two make awesome parents to all three of those girls and they r so blessed to have u both. Well I read all this page & laughed &cried and I’m still crying, but not sad, blessed. I MISS CAMMIE. Thank U so much for being u & letting your light shine so bright for so many to see!!!! I love u so much, but I must stop now cuz I can’t quit crying. LOVE, JAMIE

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