You are three weeks old! You are still so brand new, but somehow it feels like you have been a part of our family for a long time. This past Saturday, after Kate had napped and Zachary had boycotted his nap, and well your life right now is one long or short semi-continuous nap so we don't plan around that, we got out the double stroller for the bigger kids and the carrier for you and walked to get some frozen yogurt.
Both your dad and I noticed that people in the shop were really checking us out, and at first we thought it was a little strange because a family of five in the beehive state is hardly rare, and then I said that maybe they thought we were Brad and Angelina or some other famous good looking couple, and then your Dad said that they probably were just debating whether or not to give us advice on birth control.
After yogurt your Dad took Zachary and Kate to the dollar theatre to watch some movie about Legos?? and I realized this was a prime time to get a pedicure. Because when the rest of you isn't exactly on pointe it feels good to have something looking good. The no nonsense woman who worked on my feet saw you in your pink and white stripped layette and pink floral blanket and asked
Your baby a girl??
and in that proud new mom voice with a hint of a smile I said
and she said
look like boy.
So now your father and I have been saying look like boy in our best Vietnamese accent (which I must say is the only good accent that we can do) pretty much non-stop. It is awesome (and hopefully doesn't count as cultural appropriation), and at this point I do not see it ever getting old.
But really Sophie, you are a beautiful baby, and after seeing plenty of babies I'm still not sure what a boy or girl baby is supposed to look like, although everyone does say that you look so much like your brother Zach, but everyone also said that Zachary was too pretty to be a boy.....so whatever, I don't get it. You are you and completely perfect.
When you were just a week old we went to a local photographer friend (hmarie.photos.tumblr.com) to get some proper baby and family photos. This is something that I didn't do when Zachary and Kate were babies, but with you I felt was needed. When you are not attached to me (which is most of the hours in the day and night) I am taking care of another child, or doing something indulgent like showering. Heidi did such a great job of getting some good shots of us all, and her house was equipped with plenty of toys and an outside playground which made it even more of a great expereince.
This is your brother Zach and he is so into you. He calls you new baby and lets me know right away when you start to cry. The first time that he heard your little newborn scream he came running in with big tears and said the new BABY is crying!!! quick mommy, come help her!!! He has such a big heart and although at random times he will let us all know what we can't do with you, which are alarmingly violent (we CAN'T hammer the new baby!), he has been nothing but sweet and loving to you.
This is your big sister Baby Kate. I was a bit nervous to have you two so close together and wondered what Kate's reaction would be---would she feel like her babyhood was being robbed? But so far it has been business as usual for Kate, which means she just wants play and party party. When she sees you its always a muhahhh with an awkwardly placed kiss, and then off to be busy busy busy.
And this is you, Sophie. You are the sweetest baby. You have two dimples, blue eyes, and more hair at this point than any of your siblings did. Dad says you are a man hater because you cry on him and are instantly soothed when I take you; I tell him he just has to remember all the tricks and try harder. Babies can smell apathy. Either way you are a generally mellow baby and this has been my smoothest transition with a newborn yet. I've had lots of help (I heart grandparents!), and your dad took a whole two weeks off of work. And while sleep deprivation is never easy, and I'm working on my tone for those utterly exhausted moments (although we have agreed that what happens in a sleep deprived state doesn't count), in general I have felt pretty good and have enjoyed you and spending time with family. Thanks for joining us!