Illuminating Stella

June 2013 archive

Stella – One Year Old! Happy Birthday!


Dear Stella,

You are ONE YEAR OLD! We can’t believe it. All day your Dad and I have commented what was happening on this day a year ago. It was not until 11:47 pm that you made your official debut. We had a nice long day of anticipation and drama before you made your way. The year since has been the best of our lives and we are so thankful for the joy you have brought into our lives. We feel so lucky.

Your twelfth month was another great one. You are walking, climbing, spinning, swaying….pretty much constantly on the go. You are talking a lot too. Sometimes you pull all of the stuffed animals and dolls out of your toy box and then you stand over them and give “speeches”. You have said so many words now, I noted some of my favorites on the blackboard in the picture above. My favorite is Mermaid. You like to learn people’s names and love to call them by name. Honestly, you are a great mimic. If someone coughs or clears their throat, you mimic the noise. You like to climb up somewhere you should’t be and then look at me and say “down” with a sly little smile. You love music and songs, when you hear a familiar song you get so happy. I love singing to you and you tolerate my terrible singing voice.

You love being out in the world and among people. You often say “Hi” and have a smile for everyone we pass on the sidewalk or in the grocery store. You have been spending a lot of time with Sofie, your cute friend from gym class and each play date you seem to interact more and more with each other. Gym class is your favorite and when we walk into the building you get so excited and swing your legs until I put you down. You are quite exuberant.

We celebrated Father’s Day with your proud Dad this month. We had a nice picnic in the park and he chased you around when I wasn’t pushing you in the swings. We all blew bubbles. You took your first big trip, a family vacation to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. My little traveler, your passport has a stamp! You loved the pool and spending time with your cousins, Aunt, Uncle and Grandparents. I know you wish we all lived together so you could wake up every morning and play with them.

Thank-you for another amazing month and a wonderful first year. It’s going by too fast. We are trying to soak up every moment!

Love you so much,

Mom & Dad






Forever Young


May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.



May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.



May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

-Bob Dylan

No Shirt, No Shoes….Yes Service!

Mealtimes have become a mix of fun and drama around here. Stella is tasting more foods all the time. She will usually try everything, though some things get the once over and are promptly chucked to the floor. For a while it was all red fruit, not sure why that color fruit was so offensive. Thank goodness we got a Haan Steam Mop from Costco (LOVE) otherwise the floors would be so gross and berry stained.

She is stubborn about feeding herself, especially anything I try to give her with a spoon. Sometimes I give her another spoon (tip from my Ped) to play with and I can sneak bites in, but other times she looks at me like, “as if”. I’ve often thought whoever invented pouches is a genius!  Apparently they were introduced by Plum Organics, which happens to be one of our favorite brands. The Peas with Mint are probably Stella’s #1.

Mealtimes really bring out the most sassy (which can range from cute to bratty) aspects of her personality. It is funny to me because this comes very naturally to her, it’s not like she is modeling behavior she has seen anywhere.  Mercy me. The mess ranges from mild to epic. She’s ruined enough clothes with food stains that I am now feeding her shirtless whenever possible.











No shirt, No Shoes…..Yes Service! The new mealtime dress code.


Kinda says it all.