five months old.

by Janetha on February 22, 2017

in stella


dear stella,

the fact that you are five months old already is kind of freaking me out. i swear it was just last month that we brought you home from the hospital. and now you are this giant (but still tiny) baby that is learning and growing and doing new things each and every day. it is going much too fast. much faster than it did with your brother, for some reason. pretty sure i said that last month.. and this month is no different. i don’t like it one bit.. but i like you a whole lot!

this past month started with your four month checkup. you are actually a tiny baby, even though i think you are getting too big. you clocked in at 12 lbs 12 oz, which is the 19th percentile for weight. you are now 23.75" tall, which is the 7th percentile for height.. little shorty like your momma. your head was 15 7/8" which is the 40th percentile for head. i am wondering if your noggin will surpass the charts, like fox’s did. we shall see. you had a round of shots, which was more sad for me than for you. you only cried for a second and then they really didn’t phase you the rest of the day/night. that’s great. you are a trooper.

you have still kept your calm and cool composure. you really are just the chillest baby in all the land. you rarely cry, you smile and giggle all the time, and you are just happy to be here.

i will say your sleep has regressed just a tad. you used to only wake up once, mayyybe twice in the night. but lately it has been more often. for a few nights, it was up to 5 or 6 times in the night. that was rough. but then i remember that you are just a little baby and the fact that you were sleeping so well before was probably not the norm. luckily those nights with many wakeups did not last long, but now days you are still waking up more than in the beginning. you will go to sleep around 6:30 or 7, and your first wake up is now around midnight. then you will wake up usually two more times before morning.. so i would say an average of three times each night. you also aren’t sleeping in anymore. i am sure this is because fox wakes up early, and you also have to get up to go to work a few days a week, so now you are just programmed to wake up before the sun.

you are pretty consistent with taking three naps a day, now. a short morning one, a longer second one, and a short one in the late afternoon. the lengths of your naps are really all over the map. sometimes that long one is three hours, other times only one hour. but the best part is that you are never cranky, so you must be getting enough sleep to power through your day.

you are eating lots. and lots. and lots!! you are getting so, so chubby and i LOVE it! you are a roly poly bug and i love all those yummy rolls. you definitely eat more on the days that your dad has you at home, probably because it’s just so easy for you to drink milk from a bottle. sometimes after you’ve had bottles all day, you will be a pill about nursing when i get home from work. i don’t blame you, it takes more effort to nurse than it does to drink from a bottle. but luckily, no nursing strikes.. so far, so good.

you tried your first food! your dad was making tacos.. or was it quesadillas? i forget. but we had plenty of avocado on hand, so we decided to give you a few bites. you really weren’t sure about it. definitely were skeptical about having something solid in your mouth. but i am thinking that overall, you liked it. you didn’t spit it out or make a face.. so that’s a good sign. we haven’t tried any other foods, yet, but we are planning to start incorporating some new things this coming month! i am sure you will love it… you are always staring us down when we are eating in front of you. you want to be in on the pizza party, i know it.

you are still loving your hands, you shove those guys in your mouth constantly. you always love to slowly move your hands in front of your face, seemingly fascinated by them. you also love to stare at your feet. i am sure it is exciting to realize you have all these body parts that you are gaining more and more control over! you will take your binky in and out of your mouth, and hold it in front of your face and just stare at it for ages. i love the curiosity in your eyes.

it’s safe to say that fox is your favorite person. you will smile and giggle for me and your dad.. but fox.. oh, boy. he cracks you right up. you could watch him all day long, laughing at everything you see him do. he loves to make noises to you and you laugh these great big belly laughs when he does it. it makes my heart sing! i seriously can’t get enough of the two of you interacting.. it is the very best.

you are loving tubby time, as usual, and you have really started kicking things up a notch! you will kick those legs so fast and furiously, it splashes water all over the bathroom. you don’t love getting your neck washed, but you are pretty content with getting your hair washed and water being poured over your head. your face, not so much. but you could stay in the tub for a long time and just be happy kicking away!

after your bath, we have tummy time, and you are loving it lately. you have stayed on your tummy for longer stretches and you don’t get mad. you also haven’t been rolling a ton.. you like to just lay there on your belly. oh! but one day, we were at work, and you were laying on your mat on your back. i was on a phone call, and i heard you squealing. i looked over, only to find that you were on your belly and weren’t sure how you got there! so i guess that means you can roll from your back to your tummy… although it hasn’t happened again. you do just love to roll to your side and chill there. it’s a pretty comfy position, so i don’t blame you.

your core strength is getting better and better. you love sitting in both your bumbo and your exersaucer. i am thinking you will be able to sit up on your own pretty soon. although you really don’t mind laying on your back, so who knows when you will decide to start sitting up. i need to bust out the door jumper, because i know that will be a hit. you are always kicking your legs and waving your arms. such a wiggle worm. i love it.

so, you took your first vacation! it was just a mini getaway to denver. you were a perfect angel on the flight. one flight attendant actually said she thought i was carrying a doll, and not an actual human. you are just that perfectly cute. you didn’t cry one bit. you slept and nursed and smiled at everyone around you. you are so charming. in denver, we went to the children’s museum and also stayed with some friends and went to dinner and to breakfast the next morning. we went to mylisa and kyle’s wedding reception and you charmed the pants off everyone there.. you really are just so cute and fun. i am glad you were a great traveler, since we will be going to see your cousins in cali soon!

well, stella bella boo, i just love you to bits. you make life so great, and you make our family oh, so happy. while it’s hard to see you get so big, so fast.. it’s also just so fun to watch you change. you are the best little lady around. thank you for being the sweetest!

love, your momma



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two and a half years old.

by Janetha on February 21, 2017

in fox


dear fox,

two and a half. i have to say, life has never been more fun than it is right now. the amount you have learned and grown in the past six month seriously blows my mind. you are basically a 70 year old man in a tiny human’s body. i honestly don’t think i can even put how awesome you are into words. but i will try, for posterity sake.

the biggest thing that has happened is obvious – you became a big brother. and you are the very best big brother around. you love stella so much. you love to hold her. you love to kiss her. you are very protective of her. you say, "no, dat’s my mama’s baby!" whenever someone else is holding her. you have learned patience. you have learned to be softer. you are doing so well at sharing the spotlight.

you talk. you talk and talk and talk. from sun up to sun down. you tell us that the sun’s up. you tell us that the sun has gone to bed, and the moon is up. you tell us when you are awake, you say, "i awake now!" it is so fun to listen to you talk, because you literally say everything you are thinking. your stream of thoughts is all over the place. you will be telling us about the pancakes you ate for breakfast and the green balloon that flew away months ago and how you want to read your shape book…. all in the same breath. you are a mile a minute in your thoughts, and it’s the best to hear you put those thoughts into words.

it makes me cry happy tears as i sit here and think about all the things i want to say about you. i can’t believe you are mine, i feel like the luckiest momma to have you for a son. your smile is contagious. your laugh is hilarious. you always blow kisses, give hugs, and make sure to tell everyone – and everything – "bye bye". We leave the park.. "bye bye blue slide!".. we leave the store – "bye bye groceries, see ya soon!".. jordynn (your nanny) leaves the house.. you have to wave and blow kisses in the driveway, "bye bye jew! i yub you!" you love to say i love (yub) you. you are so great at expressing how you feel. sometimes you get overwhelmed, and you will shriek because you are frustrated.. but you are getting better and better at folding your arms and stomping your feet when you are upset. a little trick you learned from daniel tiger.

you love your shows. while tv isn’t my favorite activity for you, i feel like they have taught you lots. you are obsessed with washing your hands WITH SOAP. "MO’ SOAPY", you say. you can count to five, forwards and backwards. you recognize your name when you see it spelled out. you know all your colors and shapes. you have a passion for yeyyow (yellow). you say please and thank you. especially thank you. over and over and over. it is the best.

your very favorite thing is to make cookies with me. we literally do it multiple times a week. you know all the ingredients, you get out the ones you can reach, and you demand me to get "dat white one out wyte now!" in reference to the mixer. you pull your chair over to the counter, and we start mixing up the "cooks". every time we turn the mixer off, you hold your index finger up, look at me, and say.. "it’s time to have a taste." i think you eat more dough than cookies, and i wouldn’t have it any other way. the dough is the best part, duh.

you have become partial to showeys (showers) with your dad, rather than baths. you always get so excited to strip down and hop in the shower to wash. i think you just really like to be clean! even if you get a little something on your hands or shirt, you will ask for a towel. you also like to help with the laundry. you are actually a super good chore helper, and i hope that stays fun for you for awhile.

we haven’t dived into potty training too much. you have gone peepee in your potty several times, and you get SO excited when you do, but you still haven’t quite caught the potty training bug.. so we are waiting a bit. you will start preschool in the fall, so we do still have a little time to work on it. i think you will be just fine, you definitely grasp the idea of it. you just aren’t quite ready to fully commit.

you are in a kindermusik class and a tumbling class. you like them OK, but you sometimes don’t want to participate. i think some of that has to do with stella being there at your music class, and your dad needing to pay attention to her. it’s sometimes hard to juggle you both. that’s why jordynn takes you to tumbling now, solo, and you have liked that one on one time. the teacher said you are almost ready to move up to the next class level! you have really developed a lot of skill and coordination. you love to throw and kick balls. your hand-eye coordination is basically already better than mine.

you love to work. i already said you love chores, but working in the yard is another passion you have. you like to put on your beanie, gloves, sunglasses, and headphones and head out to mow the lawn. you live to shovel the dog poop. you like to rake the leaves. basically anything you see your daddy doing, you like to do it, too. you are very much a sponge, soaking everything you see and hear right up.

you want to do everything yourself these days. you say, "no! i do it!" all the time. whether it be putting the dishes away, getting into your carseat, brushing your teeth, or reading a book. "no, mama, i do it!" you are very independent. but, at the same time, you also don’t want to be too far from mom or dad. you are skeptical about heights and doing things that are out of your comfort zone, like jumping at kangaroo zoo or going on the big slide at the pool.

you love your naps. you love your crib. you love, love cozy cozy blankets. you get excited to cuddle up and get comfy. you prefer us to lay on the side of your crib and hold your hand through the bars until you fall asleep at night. you nap for 1-2 hours every day, still. you go to sleep around 8, and you wake up around 6 in the morning. you still sometimes wake up in the night and cry out for B (your binky). you only get B at naps and bedtime. we are working on getting rid of it…

you love to "go under". you grab a blanket and have us all get under the blanket. you like to have penny go under with you. and stella. you insist on everyone going under. we should probably build a massive blanket fort soon.. you would love that.

you had a checkup at the doctor today  you are a big boy! you are actually already wearing some 4t clothes. you are not even three.. what is going on there? but you do love to tell us that you are a big boy. you are 37.5” tall, which is the 87th percentile for your age. you are 35 pounds, which is the 93rd percentile. you passed all the “should be” milestone markers with flying colors, and you absolutely loved getting a check up.

speaking of checkups.. you went to the dentist for the first time a couple weeks back. you absolutely LOVED it. your favorite part was the xrays, so you could see pictures of your teeth. the bad news is you’ve been drinking too much milk, and that milk has been sitting on your baby teeth, and it’s bound to deteriorate them before your big teeth come in. if the calcium buildup gets worse, they will have to sedate you and give you little, tiny fillings. yikes. so we have had to start giving you water bottles in the morning and at night, instead of warm milk. it kind of makes me sad to not give you that night time bottle of milk, because you have stopped doing the "baba dance".. which is basically the best thing in the world. you spin around in circles, naked, stomping your feet and waving your arms, while we sing you the baba dance song. then you get your jammies on. i guess water in a bottle isn’t as dance-worthy. good thing i have that baba dance filmed!

you still get milk in a cup at mealtimes. it’s actually made you start eating more food, though, so that’s good. you don’t love vegetables.. but you love all fruit, hot dogs, mac n cheese, scrambled eggs, pancakes, salami, nana’s vegetable stew, rolls, and of course cookies. you always want "dunk dunk", so whatever you are eating.. you need something to dunk it in. you are a big fan of mustard.

i get a little sad when i think of how fast you are growing. i would keep you at this age and stage forever if i could. my heart seriously aches when i think of you growing out of the chatterbox, tell it like you see it toddler stage. it’s been the greatest. YOU are the greatest.

this letter has been all over the place. i could seriously just go on and on and on about you. your quirks, your loves, your words, your habits.. every thing about you makes my heart happy. even when you are upset or being a tiny terror.. i love you during that. i know you are just trying to figure out how to live life and sort everything out as it comes to you. you really are the best, bud. like i said.. i am one lucky momma. and i love you the most.

love, your momma

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