Ella loves looking through her baby book, especially now that Sophie is part of our family. I’ll mention to her, as I’m feeding Sophie, that when she was a baby she loved sweet potatoes, and then I’ll show her the picture of her grinning in her high-chair, covered in orange mush. Or I’ll point out one where she’s wearing the outfit that Sophie now fits in to. She loves the idea that she was a baby once, and rushes to the book any time I mention anything “baby” related. I wore those jammies when I was a baby, Momma! I was in your belly when I was a baby! I could sit up when I was a baby – let’s find my picture!
It’s kind of adorable that she gets so excited about the concept, and I love looking at the old pictures just as much. Maybe it’s a mom thing – Tom’s not that in to it, but I could look at them every day. You never get that time back, so it’s fun to reminisce. And I’ve noticed, more and more, that Ella and Sophie look a lot alike. Ever since Sophie’s hair turned blonde (which we knew would happen as soon as she was outside for more than a minute) the similarities have become more apparent. They are still obviously individuals – Sophie’s Princess Personality is nothing like Ella’s Laidback Legacy (as a baby – as a toddler, not so much). But there have been more and more times when I’m looking through recent pictures, that I go back to Ella’s baby book and see an almost identical image in Sophie’s Big Sister. It’s probably a good thing that we live in a different house now, or I might not be able to tell the difference in the future – especially since they’ve shared so much clothing.
Take this shot, for instance – a picture of Tom and Ella:
And here, a picture of Tom and Sophie, wearing the same sleeper (although she’s wearing it about 6 months before Ella did – that kid has Schroeder height genes for sure):
And then there’s this one of Ella:
That looks pretty similar to this one of Sophie:
I know they aren’t really identical, but with the way Sophie is growing, she’s going to catch up to Ella and people are going to mistake them for twins. I’m thinking Halloween next year will be the perfect time to dress them up as Thing 1 and Thing 2. Porter can be the Cat in the Hat.