Thursday, February 16, 2012

11 Months and growing!!!

Sorry i'm a few days late, we have a busy 11 month old on our hands :) 

Stella Jean,

You are just a few weeks away from no longer being a baby, technically you will be a toddler very soon, but you will still be my little baby for a long time to come. This past month has been yet again, full of firsts! You popped through your first 2 teeth!! FINALLY! It took a good week full of fussing, pain, snuggles, and lots of sleep, but you now have two tiny little teeth at the bottom of your mouth. They are so cute! and sharp! Thankfully you have yet to bite me with them, you still curl your tongue around my nipple while nursing so it's protected, but i'm sure when those top teeth come through I'll get to experience a little bite or two, or three... 

You still are not super sure of walking, but soon, I think you're close. You'll stand there staring at us, and walk holding one finger of ours, but you dont like this too much, you'd rather hold both hands and run, you'll learn to be confident on your own soon enough. We've even been out walking around the back yard a lot lately with the beautiful weather we've had here, you love stopping to pick up leaves and grass, and always follow Abby around the yard if she's out with us. 

We get out on walks almost every day now, or at least every other day, we have to take Abby for 20 minute walks 2-3 times a day for her rehab on her knee, but that doesn't always happen... were trying though! You love walking with her, either wrapped up on my back, or in the stroller (where you hold your hand out to touch her the whole walk...). I'm sure one day you'll love actually holding onto the leash yourself, that's still a long way out, she pulls too much, but you'll be trying soon i'm sure. 

You are a signing pro! well, sort of. You do "all done" all the time. Tired of shopping? *All done*. Tired of being in your carseat? *All done*. Done eating? *All done* it's pretty hilarious. Daddy and I ran into a friend at Barnes and Noble the other day and after a few minutes of chatting your hands shot up and started waving while you bounced in daddy's arms.... you were over it, haha. You also ask for "more", banging your fists together usually while full of food. "Dog" is another one you know, you pat your leg when you hear a dog bark, then you bark back haha, it's pretty adorable, if we ask you about dogs, you bark, i love it. You have done a few others randomly, like Airplane,eat, cracker, milk, mom, thank you... I think they were accidents but I took them as the sign intended. You love the baby signing time DVD's, we watch one with breakfast most mornings (so mom can eat too!) and you love them, You move your hands and arms and bounce and dance along, you love them. You also clap at everything now, if you hear applause on tv, you clap, if someone says Yay!, you clap, anything really, you clap, it's adorable. And waving "hi" and "bye bye" is a big thing, you wave all the time.

Speaking of dancing, when you hear music, or anything with a beat, you're dancing! I love it, you sometimes even bend over and bob your bootie up and down, it's hilarious! We love to dance around the living room and make up songs, and if you hear music in the background of anything, you're moving.

You are also talking more now, You clearly say dada, momma, hi, yay, abs (abby), kiggy (lilly), and not so clearly say a few other things that we are trying to figure out still... You chatter all day long, having conversations with myself, dada, abs, lil, anyone who will listen really, you just chatter who you are comfortable with.

You are pretty temperamental, which can be both good and bad. You have been very moody lately, and i'm not sure if it's your teeth moving, or needing another nap time (you have been trying to drop down to 1) or what, but if you dont get what you want, it's tantrum city! You fling your head back, whail, scream, kick... it's awesome. you've even done it at the grocery store when I put you in the cart... again, awesome. But mostly you are pretty great, it's only a few torturous moments a day that you have melt downs, and it's usually because you are tired or hungry... so we lay down to nap and nurse and you are a happy girl again.

A few nicknames right now:
Bug
Gremlin
Munchkin (daddys)
Stell

Some of your favorite foods right now are:
Tortellini (you devour them!)
noodles of any kind
puffs (still a favorite snack)
raspberries
kiwi
potatoes, all kinds
chicken nuggets
broccoli (seriously loves this stuff, even raw)
yogurt (shared with daddy most of the time)
beans
olives (black, like your daddy loves)
water
ritz crackers (complements of daddy)
pan dulce (mexican sweet breads)
any bread really
and many more that i'm blanking on right now...

You are about 30 inches tall, and 22lbs, from our measurements. And you are wearing 12 month onesies and 18 month pants, you have long legs like your mama!!We think you're eyes have settled into a grayish/blueish/ brown swirled color, they are beautiful, you are beautiful and so uniquely you, I love you. Stella we are so thankful for such an amazing little girl, even when the gremlin comes out, you are still an incredible little human to be around. We are so thankful to have you in our lives, and are so lucky to be your parents! Happy 11 Months baby girl, we love you!

Momma and Dada


2 comments:

modern Suburbanites said...

great post!!

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Anonymous said...

Jess---LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your month to month updates on precious Stella. Thank you...love Aunt Michelle + family.

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