eleven months old.

by Janetha on August 22, 2017

in stella

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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.

by Janetha on 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 for your birthday, and really didn’t ask for anything else. so a pinata you had, and some cake and ice cream with some of your favorite folks.

you, my friend, are the sweetest and smartest guy around. you are constantly teaching me to be a kinder human (while simultaneously teaching me to be a more patient human-ha!) you really are a tender soul, and i am grateful to have your sensitive influence in our family.

you love very fiercely. you are quick to tell people and things how much you love them. you love to give hugs and kisses. you have great manners. you always, always say "thank you". please is usually there 75% of the time. you are great at saying sorry, too.. you usually greet me after work with a, "sorry you had to go to work, mom." it’s pretty dang cute. you are very into saying goodbye, waving, and exclaiming, "see ya next time!" to whoever – or wherever – we are leaving. "see ya next time, lagoon!", "see ya next time, swimmin’ pool!"

you can count to fifteen, sometimes you can get up to eighteen. you can sing your ABCs. you love reading books or having them read to you. some of your books you read to us, you have them down pat. you love talking about shapes and colors. you will spot shapes out and about, and especially love to point out crescents and diamonds. you retain so much, you are like a tiny sponge, just soaking it all in and figuring things out.

you are very artistic and musical. i can always catch you singing a tune to yourself. you pick up on songs quickly, and sing them often. you always ask for us to play certain songs, and when a new one is on, you ask, "what’s this one called?" you also love to draw and paint. you can write your name, or your own version of it.. and it actually does resemble "FOX" more than you’d expect!

you still have a few remnants of your baby-hood hanging out there, like your nap and your B. you take a nap each day, usually for close to two hours. you are still in your crib, too. you have skipped this nap maybe once or twice in all your life.. and you do not fare well without it. but as long as you get that little snooze in, you are good. you wake up early, still.. usually between 6 and 7 in the morning. you like to stay up until 8 or 9, but sometimes we can get you to sleep in the 7 o’clock hour. i am sure that will change come wintertime.. it’s just so nice to stay up until the sun goes down. and, yes, you still use your B for naps and night. but that is going away… we told you that once you go to school, you can’t have B anymore. you tell me all the time, "mom, when i go to school, B is going away." so i hope that you can handle it well, when the time actually comes.

you surprisingly don’t eat a whole lot of food. for how big you are, i would think you’d eat more. (yes, you are big.. you fit in lots of 4T clothes already!) breakfast is usually a yogurt or a string cheese, and sometimes a bite or two of toast or a bagel. but really, you don’t eat much in the morning. lunch time is hit and miss, you’ll usually eat some fruit along with one your favorite things, which include a grilled cheese "sammich" or mac and cheese. we can usually get you to eat whatever we are having for dinner, at least a few bites. hands down your favorite place to eat out is chickfila, you love chicken nuggets and the fruit cup. oh, and the dunk dunk. you have to dunk the majority of your food into something. you are also a big fan of hot dogs and pizza. one of these days you will come around to vegetables…

you talk. nonstop. all the time. you have so much to say. always. nana sue says that’s how i was as a toddler.. so i suppose you get that from me. you are very observant. you tell me exactly what is going on, and hours – days – even weeks later, you will tell me what happened on a certain occasion. you are still telling me about a green balloon that flew away last december. you speak very well, and you are not shy about giving us a piece of your mind. you like to try to bargain with us… and we bargain right back. you definitely don’t miss a beat. paw is teaching you some spanish. you always have an "hola" to greet him, and an "hasta luego!" when you are saying your goodbyes. you are very tidy, you love to get things out.. but not as much as you love to put them back. you are very concerned about putting things back where they go. if something is out of place, you have a mini-meltdown until we get it back. i suppose that is a bit of OCD from me, as well.

you love to work. gardening and cleaning and mowing the lawn and doing the dishes or laundry.. you are always there to lend a helping hand. you always want to do whatever your dad is working on. you also love to help with your little sister. stella ADORES you, and you love her right back. nobody can make her laugh quite like you can. and you are always singing to her, giving her hugs, or telling her how much you love her and/or miss her (if it is first thing in the morning, you will say, "stewwwwah! i missed you last night!" the best. i think watching you care for her is my very favorite thing in the world. i hope you always love her as much as you do right now.

sometimes you get frustrated, which comes with the territory of being three. your brain is growing and learning so quickly, but sometimes life is just too much for you to comprehend.. and you will act out. your favorite ways to do so are to smack or shout.. but you are working on folding your arms and stomping your feet when you are upset. i know you are trying your best, and that’s all i can really expect of you. you are quick to say sorry, which is good… but sometimes you will go right back to being naughty, ha! we will roll with the punches, and keep working on keeping you in line.

you are potty trained! it took about ten days of really buckling down with things, and now you are awesome at it. you loooove to wash your hands afterward, part of your love of being tidy, so sometimes i wonder if you try to go potty JUST so you can wash your hands again. it’s one of your favorite past times…

you also really love swimming (you took lessons over the summer), riding your scooter, cuddling with cozy cozy blankets, playing baseball or soccer in the backyard, visiting nana and paw, going to any and every park, and baking cookies. you have so much PASSION. about everything. you are always excited. you are always ready for an adventure. you are so much fun to hang out with!! you have the rosiest cheeks, the greatest smile, the cutest button nose, and the most expressive eyebrows. you make my momma heart burst over and over, all the time, always amazing me at how clever you really are. you are growing up too fast, right before my very eyes. i am excited to see you learn and grow… but i am also in denial that it’s happening so quickly.

fox, i love you to the moon and back, times infinity plus eleven.. you are truly my very best guy.

love, your momma

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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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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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