one year old.

by Janetha on September 22, 2017

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dear stella,

one whole year has gone by since you have joined our family! i cannot believe you are one. i cannot believe you are closer to being a toddler than being a baby. but that’s okay, i will always and forever be calling you my baby. you may not like it, as the baby of the family i always complained about it as a kid, but now it’s kind of nice to know i was the baby. and you are our baby. always and forever.

let’s just start by talking about the BIGGEST NEWS of all. you can walk! yep! you figured it out just two days before your first birthday… and we can’t even believe it. you are so happy and excited to be walking, and very, very proud of yourself. rightly so! it is so cute to see you do this little cowboy-ish walk. you still prefer crawling, as it gets you from point A to point B much faster, but you definitely like to practice your walking quite often. i am sure you will be running around before we know it.

your one year checkup went great. you are ticking off all the boxes and are healthy as can be. you are 19.5 pounds, which is in the 45th percentile for weight. you are 28.5" tall, which is the 25th percentile for height. your head is 18.25" around, which is the 85th percentile for head size. you have the cutest, round belly and a teeny, tiny bum. your feet are long and slender and your nose is as cute as a button, with the benson ski slope shape. you’ve got your dad’s olive skin and beautiful brown eyes. your hair is getting so long! it gets tangled in the back and you hate to get it brushed out. your eyebrows are expressive as ever, and you have lots of teeth already in and more coming in. three on the bottom, four on the top, and who knows what else will pop through in the near future!

the funny thing is, while you are growing and changing every day, you still look exactly like you did as a newborn! fox looks like a completely different person when we look back at his newborn photos. but you haven’t changed. i mean, you have.. but you haven’t. you look the same. just bigger. with more hair. it’s the funniest thing. and you are oh, so adorable.

you have definitely taken a leap in your brain development since last month. you are such a smarty-pants. you will sign to us when you want more, or when you are all done. you shake your head "no" (all the dang time!) and will nod your head "yes" in approval. but more often than not, when you are happy or approve of something, you will scrunch your nose up and smile REAL big and stare at us with your approval. it’s the best thing, ever.

you are quite the light sleeper, so we have to be pretty quiet during your nap times or night time. you prefer to sleep on your belly, with your bum sticking up in the air. you are a little stink bug. you are taking two naps right now, but neither of them usually last very long. you have been napping in your crib in your room, though, so that’s good! as long as you have your zipadee zip on, a soft blanky lining the crib, and a few binkies nearby, you are pretty good to sleep in your crib. you also like to sleep in really, really dark rooms.. so sometimes daytime naps in your room can be a challenge, and we will resort to having you sleep downstairs in the dark "nap room". you are still waking up about once a night on average, and i will get up and nurse you for a bit. you are good to go right back down. you are going to be a very sad lady when i stop nursing you.. i am kind of sad just thinking about it. although i will not miss the nipple biting that has become somewhat of a game for you.

you love to eat! you actually are not a huge fan of pouches or any type of baby food or snacks. you much prefer to have whatever the rest of us have. that’s fine, for the most part. you love raspberries and meatballs the most. you are a big fan of noodles, watermelon, string cheese, mini bagels, and yogurt drops. you handle a sippy cup like a champ and are OBSESSED with la croix (sparkling water). if you see any of us with a can of la croix in hand, you go bonkers until we give you a sip. it’s pretty hilarious.

you are a chatter bug, and are quick to say "haaaaiiii!" to anyone and everyone. you wave hello and goodbye. you love to play patty cake. and peek-a-boo. you love to clap. when we ask, "how big is stella?" you raise your hands to the sky, and we say, "SO BIG!" it’s the best. you love to give kisses (open mouth ones, mainly) and hugs, and love to lay your head on someone’s chest when you are sleepy. you are obsessed with going outside, and will dart to any open door so you can get out there to explore. you love to sit on the porch out front.

you put everything and anything in your mouth. we have to watch you closely because it is hard to keep the house baby-proof with fox around. he has his gear all over the place, and of course you want to have whatever is his.. and you want to put it in your mouth! but the good thing is, fox is a great big brother. he is very protective of you, and if you put something in your mouth that should not be there… he either asks you to take it out or tells me or your dad about it. and the awesome thing is, you gladly take whatever it may be out of your mouth and hand it over to us! sweet little lady.

you really are just the sweetest. you love the dogs, especially penny. probably because she is just your size. you love to put your arm around her and lay your head on her back. it’s so cute. you always want to be held and you will give us a big victory grin whenever you get picked up. you love to play in empty boxes and love to climb on anything and everything. you are so curious. you are always wondering what fox is up to, and are quick to copy him. you are such a sponge. the bond I see growing stronger each day between the two of you just melts my heart. he loves you so, so much and you think he is the greatest person in the world. I hope you both love each other this much forever and always!

we have had lots of fun adventures this past month! we went to wheeler farm and you loved looking at the animals and basking in the sunshine. you were able to sit on one of the farm porches with fox, stevie, and molly like a big kid! we went to silver lake a couple times. once to walk around the lake with our gang, and another time to take our family photos with jordynn. you loved picture time and loved your birthday smash cake even more. although we did have to show you how to smash it and convince you that it was actually an edible cake. you were a little skeptical.

you went to your first state fair! the first of many, let me tell you. we never miss a year. you absolutely loved going down the big yellow slide! you were also happy to try all of the fair food – especially the peaches and ice cream. i can’t blame you.. that’s the best food at the fair.

on your birthday, you woke up to a room full of balloons, which you were very excited about! i took the day off and we went on a shopping spree with nana sue! fox came along, too. since you decided to start walking, we had to get you some shoes. you needed some new clothes since it’s getting colder, so we got some cute pants and cardigans and hoodies for you. you loved shopping basically ’til you dropped! we went home and you had a nap, then the celebration continued with presents from me, fox, and dad – a slumber sloth, some clothes, books, magnets for the fridge (since it’s the perfect height for you) and a few toys. your big gift was a wagon! dad put it together and then fox pulled you around in it at the church next door. you LOVED it! then we went to tony burger’s for dinner where you devoured your dad’s shake. it was the perfect day.

we also celebrated your birthday with a party the next day at nana sue’s and papa randall’s. we were going to do it at the park, but the weather took a turn for the worse and it was windy, cold, and rainy. it all worked out and we had such fun at your first "stellabration" with your family and friends! we had two kinds of soup (chicken noodle and nana sue’s stew) and scones, salad, rolls, and cupcakes! you loved getting sung to and weren’t too sure about eating a cupcake. you really liked opening gifts and got excited when opening each one. you are such a fun and funny lady.

stella.. how are you already one? i keep replaying the last year in my head, and can’t believe it went by so fast. maybe it’s because we have done the baby thing before with fox, and knew what to expect.. or maybe time really just speeds up the older i get. whatever it is.. i am not a fan of how quickly that first year of yours went by! but i must admit it is always exciting to see you learn and grow, and the changes you make each day make my heart burst. you are so cute, clever, and charismatic. you make life awesome. you are seriously a dream, my little lady. happy birthday to you… and many more.

love, your momma

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eleven months old.

by Janetha on August 22, 2017

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dear stella,

i am in denial as i write this.. but you are eleven months old. that means your days as a baby are numbered, and it makes my momma heart ache a little. ok, maybe a lot. you are the most delightful baby, and i know you will be the most delightful toddler (well, i hope).. but i just want to freeze time with you as a baby for a little longer. it’s true what they say.. the second baby grows up wayyyy quicker than the first. time. it’s a funny thing.

and with that said, it really seems like you have grown up SO much this past month! your little personality is so distinguished and your sense of humor shines through. you really are a clever girl, learning more every day and surprising us with everything you do.  you are quick to mimic anyone you are watching, you are a very observant little lady. and of course you are so, so sweet. you always have a smile for anyone and everyone you see. you have this squeaky, screechy giggle that makes us all laugh. you scrunch up your nose and breathe really fast when you are excited. you click your tongue. you always say "tikkatikkatikka". you like to wave with both hands, using lots of wrist action. i love all these little quirks of yours.

i am not sure how much you have grown this past month, but i know you have gotten taller. your legs are so long and really leaning out, not sure where those stems came from. definitely not from me. probably you dad- you also have his olive skin.you have not really grown out of any clothes lately, though.. i wouldn’t say you have plumped up much more than the last month. it will be fun to see what your stats are at your one year appointment. (but, really, no rush.. you don’t need to turn 1, just yet!) your hair has been getting lots fluffier, especially in the back! it is starting to curl up at the ends. it makes us wonder if you will end up with curly hair like your dad.. or stick straight, like mine. only time will tell. your dark, brown eyes are so beautiful, as are the long lashes to go with them. you have a twinkle in your eye and squint those baby browns when you smile at us. you are one pretty lady.

you have alternated from sleeping in your dockatot in your crib, to just your crib by itself. you can never really make up your mind on what you prefer. you do this not so awesome thing where you wake up, roll over, sit on your bum and holler until someone comes to rescue you.. and help you lay back down. this is something you have started doing over and over, many times each night.. it will be good when you figure out that you can lay back down on your own. sometimes you will be shouting at us in the middle of the night, and i will come in to find you scrunched down at the foot of your bed, not sure what to do from there. i remember this same exact thing happened with your brother.. it’s all part of learning new skills and being mobile. you will figure it all out soon. i hope.

you actually have become quite the stinker when it comes to both night time sleep and napping. you don’t want much to do with naps, and while you definitely NEED two naps a day.. you often only take one. you do this thing where you flip out righhhht before zonking out for your nap. so if whoever is putting you down can power through the flip out, you will snooze happily for over an hour, most times. it’s actually kind of cute, in a way, and a funny little habit you have. a lot of times you will snag your nap in the car, because this summer has been full of going and doing. one day we drove all the way to ogden.. over an hour round trip of driving, just because you REALLY needed a nap! you are still in your infant car seat, which is kind of surprising. you aren’t the heaviest baby, so we just roll with it. i am sure we will switch you to a new seat in a month or two.

you, my friend, loooove to eat. you love it to bits. you always want to be eating something. meal time is your jam. you love to sit up at the island in the kitchen and eat whatever we are having. you also can often be found with a snack in your hand. i usually find bits and pieces of your snacks around the house, because you like to carry them around with you. you are a big fan of watermelon, string cheese, bananas, meatballs, tortellini, and blackberries. oh, the blackberries. we have a blackberry bush out back, and you eat those things like there is no tomorrow! you are happy as a clam when you are munching on those things, and you always end up covered head to toe in purple blackberry juice. it’s pretty dang cute.  oh.. and.. you are OBSESSED with la croix. it’s hilarious! you see a can of la croix and you start chirping really loud until someone cracks it open and gives you a sip. you do really well at drinking out of a sippy cup all by yourself, too. we usually put some of your very own la croix in a cup to keep you happy.

you like to hang out in the bathroom for some reason, so we have to be careful to keep that door shut. fox has a potty chart on the wall, with stickers, and you love to book it into the bathroom and pull the stickers off the chart and try to eat them. fox usually forgets to keep the bathroom door shut, so then it’s go time for you to get to the bathroom and eat those stickers! you are a quick little crawler, too. it’s funny to see you try to get away from us, when you know you are doing something you shouldn’t be doing. you’re hilarious.

you still hate getting your hair washed, but it’s just something you need to deal with. you do love sitting and splashing in the tub, though. you are still in your baby tub and we set it up on the counter so you can see yourself in the mirror. i am not sure how much longer that will last, it’s almost time to move you to the big tub. you have this game now, where you plop your face straight into the water and try to drink it. i make you pull it back out… and then you put it back in.. and i tell you to get it back out.. and then you laugh hysterically at the situation. fox will also say, "stewwah! don’t dwink the wadder!" and that makes you laugh even harder. bath time is actually pretty fun with the two of you, these days. when you are a little bigger and more stable, you’ll be able to hang in the big tubby. it will be fun to see what you think of that!

with summer coming close to an end, we are hanging on to all the fun outdoor fun we can get! we have done lots of exciting things this past month. we celebrated the 24th of july, you loved to watch the bigger kids do sparklers. you also loved gnawing on corn on the cob. you checked out the parade and had fun there, but weren’t as interested in it as you were the snacks everyone was eating.

fox took swimming lessons and you came along to watch, playing with the foam blocks on the sideline and trying to crawl into the pool. not to worry, you did get lots of pool time in! you love to be held in the water, but aren’t a huge fan of the infant floating raft. you would rather be in someone’s arms.

we went to lagoon a handful of times, including our work lagoon day which you had a blast at! it was the longest we’d ever stayed at lagoon, and you were a trooper. you took a couple doze-arounds in the stroller and ate all the watermelon you could handle. it was perfect.

we also had a day at the lake! you loved playing on the beach of pineview and watching all the action. you came on the big raft and thought that was pretty cool. but you mainly hung under the shade canopy with your dad, eating watermelon.. of course.

you are always a good sport about going along for the ride with your brother’s plans. you hang out at gymnastics and at soccer, and for the most part enjoy watching your surroundings and scouring the floor for any snacks that may be left behind.

we had a few park dates with friends. you love to swing. we also hit up craft lake city where you enjoyed a refreshing watermelon coconut juice. girl, you love watermelon. we checked out the davis county fair where you tried cotton candy for your first time – obviously it was a hit. you also went to my friend haley’s wedding and loved dancing to the music! it was so cute to see you bobbing your head and shimmying your shoulders.

the month ended with fox’s third birthday, which was fun! we had family and friends over for cake and ice cream, and a pinata, and you just charmed everyone with your giggle and scrunchy nose. you are so much fun.

it was such an exciting month, and this next one coming up will probably be the same! you really do make life so much fun, you are the light of our lives and we all love you to pieces. i am sad that you are growing up, but i am so grateful i get to witness it and help you along the way. being your mom is seriously the very best. i love, love, love you, stelly belly boo!!

love, your momma

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three years old.

August 21, 2017
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dear fox, three whole years have gone by since the day you were born. i can’t even believe it. you have been so excited to tell everyone that you are THREE! you hold three of your cute, chubby fingers up and exclaim, "hey guys, i’m three now!" it is pretty exciting. you wanted a pinata […]

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ten months old.

July 22, 2017
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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 […]

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nine months old.

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 […]

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eight months old.

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 […]

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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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