six months old.

by Janetha on 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 still the sweetest baby in all the land. your chill, happy demeanor has only been magnified as you learn and grow. always smiling, always squealing, and always just happy to be hanging out, where ever that may be. you are still coming to work with me three days a week, and staying home with your dad and fox on mondays and tuesdays.  you are happy to let anyone hold you. you have the biggest, cheeky smile and the most expressive eyebrows. you are seriously the prettiest. and the happiest. you’re a little social butterfly. you love kids, and if a little kiddo starts talking to you, you let out the loudest shrieks and giggles. especially when it’s your brother. you have a bond with him that makes my heart burst.

you talk nonstop. instead of little baby noises, you are shouting things like "babababa" "dadadada" and "mamamama". it is fun to hear you chatter, and you definitely are always saying something. you scream at the top of your lungs, just because you can. and then you giggle about it. it’s pretty funny and of course adorable. you like to kick your legs and flail your arms while you are chattering and shrieking.. you are always just wiggling and moving.

you are getting so strong! you love sitting in your bumbo. i also broke out the door jumper at work, and you like to bounce in there for a little bit at a time. you like to play in the exersaucer, and you absolutely love sitting in the high chair at the island in the kitchen. you like to be right in the middle of the action. i was hoping you would be sitting up by the end of march, because we have your six month photos coming up. we practiced and practiced, but you kept flopping over. then, about a week ago, you decided it was time to start sitting up on your own. i know it was what i was hoping for, but when you could actually do it… i got a little sad! it means you are getting bigger and older and my little baby girl is growing up a little too quickly! but now that you can sit up on your own, you are LOVING it. you still flop over and roll to your belly when you get tired, but i have noticed that with each passing day, you can sit up for longer and longer stretches of time. you like to have an array of toys in front of you while sitting up, and you grab them all and put them right into your mouth.

we haven’t seen any teeth yet, but i know they can’t be too far from poking through. you drool quite a bit, and chew on anything you can get into your mouth. you are always grabbing your feet and gnawing on them. you love to suck and chew on your thumb. you aren’t really into your binky, but you absolutely love sophie the giraffe. you hold onto that thing and chew it all day long. you try to grab our fingers and put them in your mouth, and i have to say you have a super strong bite! luckily you aren’t a biter when it comes to nursing, so thank you for that.

you are still a snacker in the nursing department. you like to eat frequently and just a little at a time. this typically leads to shorter naps when you are with me at home or at work, because you wake up after 30-45 minutes and want a snack. but when you are home with your dad and you get a bottle, you sleep for much longer stretches. you are napping in the rock n play, still swaddled in your halo sleep sack. you like that cozy spot, and you listen to your symphony music while you nap. if your phone dies mid-nap and the music stops, you will wake right up. you usually take three naps a day, still, but sometimes if there is a long one in there, you only take two.

night time sleep has been a little tricky this past month. you sleep in our bed, swaddled in your dock a tot. you like it there. you used to only wake up a couple of times and would go right back down after eating. you would also go right to sleep at bedtime. i am not sure if it was the daylight savings time change and it being so light at bedtime, or just your developmental changes, but you have had a harder time going down at bedtime. and instead of staying down for hours on end, you will often wake back up in as little as an hour after you go to sleep. also, you have been wanting to party in the night instead of going right back down. a few nights this past month, you woke up six or seven times! it was rough. i know some of that had to do with your belly hurting…

we started the month out with trying some new foods. you were always showing signs of wanting to eat whenever we were eating in front of you, so we decided to let you try some things. you’d had avocado already, but we added a few other pouches of foods here and there. you loved eating! but i don’t think your little insides loved it. you see, you started to get a little backed up. this wasn’t normal for you, as you’ve always had pretty good digestion and never had horrible tummy troubles like fox had. when you didn’t poop for a week, and started to grumble and cry, we realized that maybe you weren’t ready to be eating. we decided we should stop with the foods and stick to your liquid diet. it took about ten days for your digestion to get back to normal, but now things are great again. we will try introducing foods to you again in a bit, and probably lots slower than we did with fox. so, now you see us eating and get super jealous, but just know we have your tiny baby insides in mind, and this is for your own good.

the thing is, even when something is bothering you, you don’t really cry. there are short bursts of crying, but it’s such a mild cry so i don’t even know if i can call it that. it is more like a fuss or a grumble. and it never lasts for too long. it’s also pretty easy to figure out what is bothering you when you do cry. it’s always either time for some sleep or time for a snack. if you get one or the other, you are back to your happy self again! how did we luck out with such an easy little lady?

your hair is coming in more, and your bald spot in back is filling in with new, fuzzy hair. you actually had a super thick layer of cradle cap that we didn’t realize was as bad as it was. one day, your dad oiled and brushed your scalp for three hours! he got all the flakes off and washed your hair, and it has been growing much better since. we had no idea it was such a bad case of dry scalp, because it wasn’t flaky at all and was basically one solid layer, but i am glad you are all fixed up now.

we aren’t sure what your official stats are, yet, because your six month checkup isn’t until april 5th. but we did put you on the scale and you weigh about 15 pounds! that is up a couple of pounds from your four month checkup. you have theeeee chubbiest thighs, so many cute rolls, and a belly that is the softest thing ever. your cheeks are so chipmunky and everyone comments on them. they stick out about as far as your cute little nose! you are still a petite little thing, though. you are still wearing your 3-6 clothes for the most part, but can fit into 6-12 month pants and rompers. luckily they are still very big, though! you have been wearing lots of fox’s hand-me-downs, and it’s so cute to see you in them and compare that to photos of fox wearing the same stuff when he was your age. you guys couldn’t look any more different, it’s crazy.

like i said, you like to go and do whatever is on the agenda for the day. you are happy to go on adventures with fox and friends. we’ve had a fun month with warmer weather, so there have been plenty of park dates and basking in the sun. we went to the dinosaur museum/park, the children’s museum a couple of times, and liberty park lots of times. you celebrated st. patrick’s day and made sure to wear some green. you also went to a taping of good things utah, where you had to leave the set about halfway through because you were squealing, haha. you went to a wedding reception and a little friend meet up with me and really were just such a treat to everyone you met. you are just the life of the party!

we have a fun and eventful month coming up. a photo shoot and a trip to california to see your cousins, along with easter and lots more excitement. i look forward to every day i get to spend with your sweet little self. lucky momma, right here. can’t wait to have more adventures together. thank you for being the best, ever.

love, your momma

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five months old.

by Janetha on 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. 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.

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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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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life, lately.

January 14, 2017
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hey! so, it’s a new year. I hope everyone had an awesome holiday season! things over here have been great. super, duper busy.. but awesome and fun. I cannot even believe that it’s been almost four months since I had my baby. it legit feels like yesterday! I am sure that is partially because the […]

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three months old.

December 22, 2016
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  dear stella, you are three months old! I told your dad that that’s a quarter of a year, which is halfway to six months, so you’ll basically be one tomorrow. time goes way too fast. and you are growing WAY, WAY too fast, my girl. I am not quite sure how much you weigh […]

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two months old.

November 22, 2016
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dear stella, you are two months old! as expected, this past month whizzed by in the blink of an eye. although it went quickly, we have had the best time watching you learn and grow. and, my, have you grown! at your two month check up, you weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces. this was up […]

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