eight months old.

by Janetha on May 22, 2017

in stella


dear stella,

you are eight months old! you are the biggest you have ever been. and also the littlest you will ever be again. it is a very sad thought, because you are just growing up right before our eyes and we can’t even stop you. i keep telling time to slow down, but it doesn’t.

as usual, you have been loving life. you are the ray of sunshine that lights up the mood of anyone and everyone you come in contact with. you seriously are just the sweetest girl in town. people are always asking, "is she EVER not happy?!" and i answer… "basically always happy." because you are. you’re the happiest. just so glad to be hanging out and part of the action.

you are the cutest little roly poly bug. you are getting so chubby and round. your cheeks are perfect little rosy round balls that get even rosier and rounder when you smile your sweet, crinkled smile. when ever you smile, your nose bunches up and you squint your eyes, it’s the cutest. sometimes people think you might be getting mad, but in reality.. you are just so stinking happy that your face can’t even handle it and it gets super crinkled. it’s a pretty contagious grin.

your laugh is equally as contagious. you giggle and squeal and have a high pitched shriek that is especially reserved for laughing at your big brother. he still is the one who can make you the happiest. you love his voice, his singing and his dancing, and basically just being near him. it melts my heart to see how much you guys love each other.

you have been eating more and more food lately. you ate two whole bananas the other day. TWO. gobbled them right up. you are a big fan of chicken and broccoli casserole. you love watermelon and crackers. you tasted mustard for your first time, and you weren’t sure about it. don’t worry, it will grow on you. loving mustard is a requirement in this family. avocados aren’t that exciting and you aren’t super interested in them. your latest fave is cucumber slices, they are perfect for your tiny hands and equally as tiny mouth. you are ready and willing to try whatever food we put in front of you, and you also want to try OUR food.. but it’s not always something you can eat. you’re not impressed when we have to tell you, "no".

due to your increase in food consumption, you have been nursing less often and drinking less milk when you are home with your dad. you usually only nurse for a few minutes, and not nearly as frequently as you used to. probably every four hours or so. you don’t need to nurse or have milk right before sleeping, but it definitely doesn’t hurt the situation.

your naps haven’t been awesome. you had a few days in there where you only took a single nap for the whole day! the weird thing is, you’re happy even if you haven’t had much sleep.. so we aren’t forcing it and just roll with whatever you decide to do on any given day. you are napping in the rock n play still, and are still swaddled up tight in a swaddle sack. you don’t seem to fight it, so we keep with the swaddling for naps. not sure how naps will go once you are too big for the rock n play…

night time sleep isn’t stellar, stella. see what i did there? ha. you wake up two, three, four.. sometimes more times in the night. the other night you woke up seven times. seven. i think it’s because you are teething. yep! you have one tiny, sharp tooth poking through your bottom gums. you are ridiculously drooly. you aren’t cranky about it, but we can tell it’s not your favorite experience. so maybe that’s why night time sleep is spotty.. who knows. the night you woke up a whole bunch, you didn’t even want to nurse. you just wanted to be held. so i held you. you’ve got me wrapped around your pinky, tell you what.

you haven’t started crawling just yet, but you realllllly want to. if we leave you sitting in one spot, we will come back and you will have scooted on your bum all the way across the room! you bend forward in half, wanting to creep and crawl, but you can’t quite figure it out. sometimes you will lean forward so far that you end up face down on your belly, and that makes you pretty mad. from there, you holler at us so we will plop you back upright.

you love to be in the standing position, and there have been a couple times where we can prop you up standing by an activity table and you will stay there for a little bit.. but for the most part you want us to hold you while you are in the standing position. you stiffen up, arch your back, and insist on standing on our lap.

you also like to bounce and jump! when music comes on, you get super excited and start flapping your arms, bouncing in place, and shaking your head. i think you will be just as music-obsessed as fox is! it’s so cute to see how much you love hearing some tunes.

you are still going to work with me, three days a week. you are happy to be there, don’t cause a ruckus, and basically charm everyone at the office. i am surprised you still do so well, and i will take you until you prove otherwise. it is a lot nicer to have you there with me, rather than having to pump and leave you with someone else. it’s nice that there are a couple days you can stay home with your dad, and then come with me to the office a few days. it’s a good balance for everyone, and i will be a sad momma when those days come to an end.

you had an ophthalmologist appointment this past month. they had to dilate your eyes and check your vision. it turns out, your vision is super sharp and developing nicely, which is great! nothing is wrong with your eyeball or eyelid, but your left brow seems to sag down a bit, obstructing your view. they diagnosed it as "brow ptosis", or a saggy eyebrow with weak forehead muscles. it’s nothing to worry about, but they do want to monitor you every 6 months to be sure the obstruction isn’t hindering your vision development. so you will go back in november! you were so good for the doctors and nurses, and i am really proud of you!

speaking of eyes.. you broke a blood vessel in your left eye. we aren’t sure how it happened, you just woke up one day and it was super red. it looked much more painful and sad than it actually was. in fact, it didn’t even phase you and eventually it went away. i am glad it wasn’t a problem for you.

you had some first this past month! you took a shower with your dad, and weren’t really sure what was going on. you definitely prefer the bath. you took your first front-facing stroller ride, and you are sooo jazzed about that milestone. you love facing front and seeing what’s going on in the world. we went to the zoo and it was very exciting for you to be a part of the action!

this past month was mother’s day, and we went to my friend lindsay’s cabin on saturday night. your dad was sick, so he stayed home and you headed there with me and fox. you had fun with the other kids and were a perfectly pleasant baby. the only downside for you was the car ride, which you weren’t stoked on. we have a road trip to st. george coming up.. hopefully you don’t hate it too much.

it has been a lot warmer these days, so we have been spending a lot of time outside. and a lot of time naked. well, you, not me. you can often be found just hanging out in your diaper on a blanket in the sunshine. you are going to love summertime! we have been to the park quite a bit this past month, and i can’t wait to take you to the pool! it’s going to be the best.

i am so excited to have more fun with you, all summer long. i always, always say it.. but it’s true.. you are a dream baby! thank you for being such a treat, all day, every day. i simply could not live this life without you, stelly bean.

love, your momma


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california dreamin’.

by Janetha on April 28, 2017

in family time,travel

I am pretty sure every time I post about a cali trip, I title the post, “california dreamin’”. it’s fine, guys. also, did you notice how I haven’t posted a real life blog post in months and months? it’s also fine. I am so flipping busy these days! as I am sure you guys are.. and most of you who once read this little corner on the internet have vamoosed. that’s fine. I am still here, ready to ramble!

we recently headed to the sunny land of california, and it was probably the very best california trip of my life. which says a lot, because I go there quite often. I have a sister and a brother who live there, so there are many lovable people that need to be visited. the past couple of times I went, I was pregnant with stellz.. and so it was less than fabulous (because being pregnant is not my favorite thing in the world.. although I do love babies.. I am glad I never have to be pregnant again.)

anyway, the flight to california was great. it was stella’s second trip and fox’s.. oh.. maybe fifth or sixth? he’s been on airplanes quite a bit. everyone behaved and was happy and pleasant.


we started our trip out in san diego, staying with my sister and her fam for a few days. the first item of business was mexican food, because san diegoians (?) do it best. I got a california burrito which, much to my surprise, was legit as big as my forearm.


it was sunday, late afternoon, by the time we settled in.. so there wasn’t much time to do anything before bedtime. we walked over to the community park and played for a bit.



it was so fun to be there with my nieces, who I hadn’t seen in ten freaking months! they finally got to meet stella and also experienced the awesomeness that is fox as a 2.5 year old. he had changed a whole bunch since we were last there. he loves his cousins.



ollie was also pretty excited for our visit.


on monday we headed to la jolla. high fives for that adventure.


it was fun walking along the trails, seeing the sea lions, and basking in the sun. the tide pools weren’t around (high tide, I guess?) but we had fun checking everything else out!




my niece just turned 16, so she has her first job. it happens to be at one of fox’s favorite places: chick fil a. he loves “chi chi naw” (chicken nuggets) and was super excited when we went to see her at work and eat chi chi naw for dinner!


after that adventure, we hit up the pool.. it was a little too chilly for me, but the kids enjoyed it.


stella cuddled up with aunt ree! everyone loves aunt ree.


on tuesday we headed to carlsbad for some famous tacos at the taco shop. I had heard allllll about these awesome tacos, and was so excited to finally try them. they lived up to the hype! I had a fish taco and a taco al pastor. also, chips and guac, because.. yes. so good.


fox enjoyed his keeseedeeya (quesadilla).


after lunch, we hit up moonlight beach. it was a little chilly, but still nice to sink our toes into the sand. this was stella’s first time at the beach (and first time in a swimsuit!) although there was no swimming in that cold ocean, haha.





we walked to handel’s ice cream for a treat.. another spot I had heard oh so much about and was dying to try. guys. IT WAS SO GOOD. the horchata ice cream was out of this world. I also loved the graham central station. I could have eaten like 7 ice cream cones. gah I can’t wait to go back.





on wednesday we met my sis in law, nephew and niece in oceanside for breakfast at the buckaneer.


it was a cute little shack right on the beach, with the most delicious breakfast sandwich. pretty sure I fail at food photos these days.. but trust me, it was good.


there was a park right there as well, so we played for a bit before heading to the pier.


oceanside pier was super fun with fox. he loved seeing all the fishermen, the birds (especially the pelican) and he even found his name!



the entire time, he kept saying “I need a fishin’ pole mom!” we couldn’t find a toy fishing pole, but he got this little plastic shark chomper thing and just hung it over the edge, pretending it was a fishing pole. gotta love the kid’s imagination!


we headed to san clemente to stay with my brother and his fam for the rest of the trip. stella was delighted to see a bunch of new to her toys.


the very first item of biz in the SC was to hit up banzai bowls. basically the best pitaya bowls on the planet. I have this thing where I only like to eat at new places when I am on vacation.. but I make an exception for banzai bowl. we ate there almost every day in san clemente, haha! I miss it so much. I even bought a shirt from them so I can dream about their pitaya bowl when I wear it.


that afternoon we watched my nephew kill it at his skate lessons. fox enjoyed sliding down one of the ramps and trying to skateboard.



it happened to be my niece’s birthday, so we headed to san O for a bonfire and some burritos. turns out it was flipping COLD and WINDY, so we tried to stay warm and tough it out long enough for presents and cookies.




thursday morning I did the unthinkable.. I exercised! at 6:05 in the morning. at orange theory fitness. ugh. haha.. I don’t work out anymore, guys. but linds goes five days a week (wowza) and I wanted to try it. and guess what? I didn’t die. I also really enjoyed it. and I am thinking about joining. there is an orange theory literally 3 minutes and 45 seconds from my house (I timed it after I got back in town) and I could totally see myself enjoying that type of workout regularly. but I also want to wait until stella is sleeping a little better at night, because sleep is a necessity haha. I would have to go at 5 AM to make it work.. so.. yeah. not just yet.

we came home after our workout and hung out around the house. it was so fun to have fox hang with his little cousin who is closest in age to him, just a year older. they had many important conversations at the kids’ table over pancakes and paint brushes.


it was a beautiful day, so we headed to the park for some playtime.



can I just move to california? so pretty!



during naptime, marshall and I snuck away and shopped at the outlets. we got a few things at the nike store and the vans store. then we headed home, hung out until everyone woke up from naps or got home from school, and then did some shopping on del mar. lots of fun shopping that day.

that night the grown ups were heading to dinner, so we got the kids in their PJs.. how cute are these matching getups??


the kids had a pizza party and then I put stella to sleep before we took off.


we went to the cellar, which was aaaaaa-mazing! this cheese pairing platter was what dreams are made of.


I also had the most delicious steak salad.


oh, man.. still dreaming of this meal. it was nice to have some (kid free) time to catch up with my brother and linds.


friday was another beach day! we went to dana point to a little bay called baby beach. it was nice because it was shallow, no waves, super soft sand, and way toddler-friendly. fox and nora had a BLAST.



stella had a pretty good time, too. she touched her toes in the ocean for her first time!



love this little fam of mine!


on the way home, we grabbed burgers at riders club. mmmm.. hit the spot. I love a good burger.


then it was naptime for the little kids (and marshall) so we left them all sleeping and headed to get some gourmet dipped ice cream bars.


so yummy. especially the strawberry shortcake one!

since easter was right around the corner, we colored some eggs! good thing we did it outside, because it was a messy operation.



the rest of the evening was spent riding scooters, jumping on the tramp, and hanging out.



saturday was our last day, and we had to head to the airport around noon. but we were able to cram a few last things in. of course we headed to banzai bowl one last time, then headed to my nephew’s baseball game. after that we made a quick run to the pool for a little swimming.




so fun to be with cousins!


and just like that, it was back to the airport to head home. we have a couple of great little travelers, tell ya what.



it was SO fun in california! I feel like we packed a ton in and it was just the best to see our family that we miss so much. luckily we are having a big family vacation in june, so it won’t be too much longer until we are reunited again!

Qs for old time’s sake~

1. where did you go on your last vacation?

2. have you tried orange theory fitness?

xo. janetha g.

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seven months old.

April 22, 2017
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dear stella, you are seven months old. that’s way to close to your first birthday, if you ask me! you are growing like a weed. a chubby, adorable weed. and we can’t stop you. you had your six-month checkup a little late, on april 5th, so we were able to check out your stats. you […]

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six months old.

March 22, 2017
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dear stella, six. months. old. half a year. whizzed right by in the blink of an eye. it really feels like we were bringing you home yesterday, and here you are.. trying to be all grown up and stuff. let me tell you about this past month of your life. first things first, you are […]

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five months old.

February 22, 2017

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. […]

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two and a half years old.

February 21, 2017

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 […]

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i’ve still got it.

February 3, 2017

hey! wild friday night over here.. I just reconciled all my bank accounts and credit cards for the month of january, and now I am having some mother’s milk tea (supports lactation and it’s delicious.) I have been on a ROLL this week with making dinners. I made three new meals! all of them used […]

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four months old.

January 22, 2017
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dear stella, stop growing! this past month has zoomed on by, and you are getting too, too big. it’s just one growth spurt after the next with you. it seems to be going faster than it did with your brother. maybe that’s because we know what to expect.. but I don’t like it one bit. […]

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