Sonya: 11 months!
We've had a fun couple of weeks now that the weather is getting nicer. Sonya is a pro at army crawling all over the place and particularly likes pulling Margo's fur and touching Chester's toes (neither of them appreciates this). She likes to play with the stereo, remotes, iPad, and phone (just like her dad!) and likes to lay in the dog bed and get furry. She still loves books and has learned how to hold one with her feet while lying down (she needs to free up her hands to point and turn the page, of course). She loves to dance and sing and is really enjoying the music class we signed up for.
Sonya is way into music and rocks out whenever she can
Her nickname is 'monkey feet' because she tries to hold everything with her feet
Sonya: 10 months!
After we arrived home from a great visit to Virginia, Poppy came to Portland to hang out with Sonya. He also helped fix some stuff up around the house that we just couldn't find the time to do (a big help!). We went to the zoo (finally saw the baby elephant and polar bears), Washington Park, and the walking path down by the river to see all the sights and sounds (and people) of Portland. It took a while before Poppy was able to hold Sonya without a freak out, but eventually she got used to it. She had a great time!
At the zoo--check out the baby elephant in the background
Enjoying some porch time--we had great weather that week
Sonya: 9 months!
Sonya is now 9 months and its really hard to believe! She laughs and smiles like crazy, is curious about everything, and is vocalizing more than ever. We're still working on that crawling thing--she got up on her hands and knees for the first time this month, but still prefers to roll and scoot her way to the action. She really seems frustrated by not being able to go forward, so perhaps she'll figure it out soon. She loves to clap, wave, and put her arms up and down. We are trying out more fruit and veg (beets and blueberries are messy!) and she can even do some finger food now. She absolutely loves other kids and babies and shrieks with joy when she sees them.
A nice sunny day at the park
Its been a very busy month for the Portland Doroshenks! Sonya took her first plane trip to the east coast to visit family and friends in Springfield VA. She did great on the plane and made lots of new friends (she mastered the art of waving en route). She had so much fun hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa, all of her aunts, uncles, and cousins, and of course, the Springfield Crew! Thanks to everyone who came to visit with us--it was great to see you all!
The running joke for the week was to see how long someone other than mom or dad could hold Sonya. Unfortunately, she was in a clingy phase and not thrilled to have others hold her. But that didn't stop anyone from trying :)
Grandpa trying his best to hold Sonya the longest
Sonya: 8 months!
We've had a fun couple of weeks with the Superbowl, John's birthday, and activities out and about town. Sonya is getting bigger by the minute (at least it feels that way) and has started 'creeping' along the floor. Granted, she only creeps backwards, but at least she's moving! She is a master roller and can swivel around on her tummy with ease. We're not really ready for a mobile baby, so she can take her time on the crawling thing :) We have been trying out more fruits and veggies and she has liked everything but green beans. Her two bottom teeth are coming in nicely and she recently discovered she can bite down and hold on to the spoon. She's also discovered her voice, which is really rather loud!
Sometimes, life can be tiring
We've found a few activities geared for little ones, including story time at the library (FYI: Sonya does NOT like bubbles blown in her direction) and a sing along with a local musician. Sonya seems to enjoy it all, letting out little squeals here and there and 'dancing' to the tunes.
Have you wrestled a bear lately?
Sonya: 7 months!
Christmas has come and gone, but Sonya is still having a blast with all her new toys! Grammy Poliquin came into town to spend the holidays with us and we all had a fun time. Sonya enjoyed ripping the wrapping paper and playing with all the noisy toys she got. Grammy enjoyed feeding Sonya her first vegetable--sweet potatoes (they were a hit). We can't wait for Grammy's next trip. Sonya also went to her first New Year's Eve party and lasted all the way til 6pm! Party animal!
Is this beard real?
Over the past month, Sonya has mastered all aspects of rolling over and doesn't even mind tummy time anymore. She is grabbing at everything and likes to sing in bed when she wakes up. She's tried a few different veggies and seems to like butternut squash best. We also have our first tooth coming up (so THAT'S why we've had so many sleepless nights).
Up at the crack of dawn, of course!
Sonya: 6 months!
Well, we've had a very exciting month with Thanksgiving and then a fun visit from Alexa, Nate, Declan, and Zane. The gang visited the Oregon Zoo (where we saw some cool bats), Multnomah Falls, a local brewery, and of course, Voodoo Donuts! Sonya was very interested in her cousins and perhaps learned a few tricks from them. Only a few days after they left, she rolled over from tummy to back for the first time! Declan enjoyed hanging out with Margo and Chester and Zane was busy trying to master walking. We had a blast with everyone and hope to see them again soon.
At the zoo, which was all lit up!
Awww, how cute!
Dad Graduated From College!
Mark Tarquinio, while in the process of cleaning out his
father's house came across this video. It's from my dad's college graduation 50 years ago this coming
My database moved to a new server and unfortunately, the sonya at 5 months post got lost in the transfer :(
So here are the pics from that blog. I think it was about my parents visiting and Halloween. We went to a pumpkin patch and moved into our new house.
Sonya: 4 months!
Well, Sonya is now 4 months old and seems to be getting bigger all the time (although we're still waiting to hit the 10 lb mark--hopefully soon!). She enjoys smiling at herself in the mirror, playing on her activity mat, and going for walks. She is starting to reach and grab for things and quickly tries to put whatever she catches in her mouth. She is also trying to roll over from back to tummy, but so far only makes it on to her side. Her toes are an endless source of entertainment, as are all the funny noises we make. We've had some shrieks of joy during play time and I think I got my first laugh out of her today.
In other news, we hope to close on a house in NE Portland in a couple of weeks and are looking forward to Grandpa and Grandma Doroshenk's visit at the end of the month! More on that later. In the meantime, here are some recent pics:
Sonya is sad about the lockout.
Rockin' out! Mom is no longer allowed to do her hair...
Congrats to Jeremy and Tiff on the recent arrival of their daughter, Zoey! Although Sonya doesn't look interested now, someday they're going to be bffs.
Sonya: 3 months!
Let's see, what's happened in the last 4 weeks? Well, Sonya continues to amaze us every day! She's as cute as ever with her wild blonde hair and seems to be a pretty happy baby. She's smiling more than ever (except for our appointment with a photographer to get her pics taken--no smiles there, of course) and we swear we heard her giggling and talking to herself at 4 am one morning (it would have been really cute if it wasn't 4 am). She's still not a fan of tummy time, but she loves to kick. I'm pretty sure she used her legs to twist herself over one time, which led to panic because she hates being on her tummy! Here are some recent pics:
Don't worry--she was being supervised during this nap with Miss Bessie, the cow blanket. I guess the room was too bright.
She likes to eat her hands. She is determined to make it fit!
A trip to the local playground. She doesn't look too amused.