nine months old.

by Janetha on June 22, 2017

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dear stella,

you are NINE months old. how in the world did that happen?! you’ve officially been on the outside longer than you were on the inside. these months are flying by way too fast, much faster than pregnancy went, haha.. and you are changing so much each and every day. this past month has been a busy and exciting one.

first and foremost – the biggest milestone of all: you can crawl! you had been scooting around the room on your bum quite a bit, and were pretty good at getting from point A to point B with your scooting. you would try to crawl here and there, but you couldn’t quite figure out how to support yourself on all fours AND be mobile. but right around june 16th, you started to actually crawl. now that you know the concept, you are really starting to get the hang of it and are getting faster and faster as the days go by.

another new thing is a second tooth, on the bottom, that has pushed its way through your gums. you are too cute with your two bottom teeth. it’s not so cute when you start chattering during a nursing session, because those cute teeth are SHARP, and they don’t feel great when you bite down on me. at least you aren’t purposely biting (yet) and it doesn’t happen all too often.

you are growing like a weed, and we can’t stop you. you weigh 17 lbs, 14 oz which is the 44th percentile for weight. you are 27 inches tall, which is the 23rd percentile. and your head is 17.5 inches around, which is the 66th percentile. you are healthy as can be, and hitting all the expected milestones for your age.

you have developed a little bit of stranger danger, and definitely remember those people whom you are around often. and if anyone else tries to get a hold of you? forget it. you want to be back in the arms of someone you are familiar with. you especially love your parents, which is definitely a good thing. when one of us has been away for any amount of time, and you see us, you start flapping your arms SO hard and SO fast- it’s adorable. i think you might take flight one of these days!

you have still been coming to the office with me three days a week. i am not sure how you have managed to sucker me into bringing you along, still.. but you have. it’s getting harder to keep you entertained, though, so i think we will call it quits come july. i don’t like to think about it, but i know it needs to happen and i am just grateful you have been sweet and cooperative enough to come as long as you have! you really are just the sweetest girl and charm everyone at the office.

in fact, you charm everyone everywhere. literally any and every time we are out and about, at least one person comments on how cute you are. and then you give them this crinkle-nose smile you are known for, and that just seals the deal. you are happy and charming and lovely and just the very best!

you are super into eating – anything and everything. you will try whatever we put in front of you, and there is nothing you have turned your nose up at. you especially love popcorn and popsicles. they are definitely two of your very favorites, and we can’t eat either around you without you squawking for a bite. it’s pretty funny. you also recently tried quesadillas, pizza, yogurt drops, rotisserie chicken, and garbanzo beans. one of your favorite things to eat is chicken and broccoli casserole. you could eat it all day long. you’re still really fond of crackers and bananas, and love to have one (or both) in hand as often as possible.

your sleeping habits leave something to be desired. you are not the best at sleeping through the night. you like to stay up late with me and your dad.. we don’t mind. you will go right down, but after about three or four hours, you will wake up and want to be held. after that it is hit and miss. sometimes you only wake once before the morning, and other times you wake up four or more times. definitely all over the map! but the nice thing is, you go right back to sleep after nursing you. you never wake up at a consistent time in the morning, either. it’s anywhere from 6 AM to 8 AM. you’re just doing your thing.

your naps are also not consistent. some days you take one, other days three. sometimes they’re long, other times super short. today you took an hour nap and then an hour and a half nap. it would be nice if that was the regular occurrence, but there is nothing regular about your naps. lots of time i will drive around for awhile if you happen to fall asleep in the car, just so you can catch some Zzzzs. the nice thing, though, is you are always happy – no matter how little sleep you have gotten in the day. you are very, very rarely cranky, and you hardly ever cry. it’s lovely.

you’ve had a fun month! summer is in full swing, and you are loving it. you went to lagoon a couple of times, and managed to sleep through part of it. but you did go on the carousel and LOVED it. it was adorable! you were so excited and your eyes lit up. i actually got a video of it and posted it to instagram, and lagoon reposted it.. because you are just that darn cute.

it’s food truck season, so we have been heading out to those for dinner quite a bit. we also hit up the liberty park farmer’s market one evening, and the bountiful car show another night. you do really well if you stay up past your bedtime, so it’s been fun to enjoy the extra hours of daylight at things like that.

you’ve also become quite the little water baby! we have been to the pool many times, and you love sitting in the shallow end and splashing your hands in the water. you look so dang cute in your swimsuit, too. there will be lots more pool days to come!

oh, stella you are just such a joy. i am having the best time watching you learn and grow, and you really add such a perfect touch to our family. thank you for being the sweetest baby in all the land. i love, love, love you.

love,

your momma

 

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eight months old.

by Janetha on May 22, 2017

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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’.

April 28, 2017
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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.. […]

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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
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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
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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
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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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