ten months old.

by Janetha on July 22, 2017

in stella


dear stella,

ten months old! my tiny human, how are you already in the double digits? i am really in denial, this has honestly been the fastest year of my life. the fact that your birthday is right around the corner is unbelievable.

you are a very, very mobile little lady. you crawl so dang fast and we can hardly keep up with your curious antics. you are always climbing things, pulling up to stand everywhere you can, and getting those little hands in places they shouldn’t be. we have to keep a close eye on you. but it is so fun to watch you explore, learn, and move around.

you have made a few big changes this past month. the biggest being that you have moved out of mom and dad’s bed and into your crib! it’s sad and good all at the same time. i actually can’t believe we kept you in our bed for as long as we did, but i was in denial that you were growing up, and growing out of your dockatot. so the time came to get the bigger dockatot (the grand) and transfer you over to your very own crib in your very own room. and it’s very far away from me. okay, okay.. i guess it’s not THAT far. but i have to say i do miss having you right next to me sometimes!

at first you did not do too well in your crib. well, first we tried it without the dockatot and you did horribly. you didn’t make it through the night. but then once we had the cozy dockatot in there, you did a little better. you were still waking up multiple times a night for awhile there, but you have slowly narrowed it down to waking up once in the night, right around 4 AM. of course there are those nights that you still wake up 2 or 3 times, but overall you are doing a lot better!

you were still napping in your rock n play, even though you were doing nights in your crib. but then i told jordynn (your nanny) that we switched you to the crib.. and failed to mention that it had only been for nights.. and she took that as you were sleeping in there for naps, too! somehow she managed to get you down for your naps with her in your crib, so that’s that! i tried a few times to get you in there, and was pretty unsuccessful. but after trying and trying, you have been getting better at napping in there. your naps definitely are not as long as they were in the rock n play, which i think has something to do with the fact that it’s so light in your room for naps, and it was dark in the room with the rock n play. so maybe we need to get you some black out curtains for your room!

oh, yes.. you may have noticed i said your nanny was putting you down for naps. that’s the other big change you went through.. you stopped coming to work with me! i am actually so sad and miss you lots during the days while i am away from you. but you were crawling everywhere and climbing on everything and the office was just not the place for a little wiggly lady like yourself. so you are now officially home every day! monday and tuesday with your dad, wednesday and thursday with jord, and fridays with nana sue. fox likes to have you around every day, and i know you probably prefer it to being at work with me.

you have had another bottom tooth poke through! still nothing up top. but those bottom teeth are sharp, sharp, sharp! you are biting down a little more often than i would like, haha. but i am still nursing you when we are together and pumping milk for you while we are apart. you have been drinking less and less milk, though, and are really into ALL the food. some of your recent favorites include string cheese (you hold the whole thing and gnaw on it until it’s gone!), watermelon wedges, ravioli, chicken, mini bagels, and of course bananas.. always bananas.

you get really mad if we eat in front of you and don’t share. you get especially mad when fox has a drink (juice, chocolate milk, etc) and drinks it in front of you. you don’t like that he has something and you don’t! but he is usually good to share whatever he is having, if it’s something you can have.

actually, fox is great at sharing most things with you. he is a very sweet big brother. he gets very concerned when you are crying. he will pat your head, give you hugs and kisses, and say, "it’s ok baby stewwwah, i lub you" – it melts my heart! nobody can make you laugh as hard as he can. it’s so fun to watch you two play together. i know you love each other so much, and hopefully the love you have for each other will outweigh the bickering in years to come. we shall see. :)

you really want to be held more often than not. and if we aren’t holding you, you want our attention. you are very good at shrieking real loud to get our attention. and once you have it, you grin from ear to ear and are happy as a clam. your smile is basically the cutest.. and don’t even get me started on your laugh. it’s hilarious and contagious and, oh, i love it!!

you really are happy more often than not, and you have a smile for everyone you meet. you don’t always want to go to new people, though. you will go to them for a second, and then reach back and ask to go back to mom or dad. but at least you are giving people a chance! and, if nothing else, you will always give them a smile. you’re so sweet.

the bath is a love hate situation for you, these days. you are fine splashing for a bit, but when it comes time to get your hair and face wet, you flip out. it’s a struggle, so we don’t wash your hair every night like we used to! one day you may like it.. but it’s not looking like any time soon. you also aren’t a fan of putting any clothes over your head. you are turning out to be a little particular about quite a few things! it’s funny!

it was a fun month, things started out on a family vacation in st. george! mom’s whole side of the fam was there – all your cousins and aunts and uncles and nana and paw. you had the time of your life! you loved the pool, playing with your toys in the living room, having everyone give you tons of attention, and eating anything and everything you could get your little hands on. it was a blast. we also had some professional photos taken while there, and you did great! you are one happy, photogenic baby.

you have been out and about quite a bit. summer is the time for outdoor activities! we headed up to snowbird for a little hike on stevie’s birthday. we hit up the pool many, many times. some days we would just hang out in the backyard with a sprinkler and the dogs. you love penny and randy.

you have gone to lagoon quite a few times. you absolutely love the carousel and you are also a big fan of people watching. you have been great at taking little doze-arounds in your stroller while fox rides the rides. don’t worry, next year you will be able to go on more rides! it has been hot, so we have done a few indoor activities, too. you loved the children’s museum and could have stayed all day.

you celebrated your first fourth of july with a parade and popsicles and cute patriotic outfits and barbecues and ice cream.. all of the things! no fireworks for you, this year, you conked out a little early for that! you were a big fan of all the festive things we did, though.

the summer of baby stella is just the best. it has been so fun seeing how you’ve changed and watching you enjoy every last minute of life. it is exciting to watch your face light up with every little thing you encounter. you make things so, so awesome. i love you to bits, my baby girl!

love, your momma



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nine months old.

by Janetha on June 22, 2017

in stella



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.


your momma



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eight months old.

May 22, 2017

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 […]

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california dreamin’.

April 28, 2017

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

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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