Illuminating Stella

August 2013 archive

Stella – Fourteen Months

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Dear Stella,

You are now FOURTEEN MONTHS OLD! I have decided to start doing these update posts every two months. It’s been a busy couple of months, pretty much the summer. You are a water baby and being in the water makes you a happy girl. Your walk is transitioning more into a run. Everywhere we take you involves a lot of chasing you around. At the Farmer’s Market you would be happy to just run through the park and market, stumbling across picnic blankets, snatching other kids toys and saying a cheerful “Hi” to everyone you meet. You are very independent and do not even look back to see if your Dad or I am even behind you. This makes me a little nervous to be honest.

Verbally you are still pretty chatty and seem to add words pretty often. Sometimes you just repeat a random word. I tried to count up all the words and names you have said and it’s about 45-50 total. You are also learning animal noises, the “ooo ooo ahh ahh” of a monkey is the only one you usually get right, the cat’s “meow” too. Right now you are learning body parts and if I ask where you belly is you pull up your shirt and say, belly and then button. I love this. You also now say “cat jump” whenever the cat jumps from the stairs into the living room and then over again into the dining room. You also say “gentle” when you pet him. Jump is a new fascination, you are saying it about yourself and trying to kick up your leg, I think jumping will take some time, but you want to really badly.

You love chatting on face time with your Grandparents and seem to have a big soft spot for your Grandpa on my side that you call “Papa”. You kind of blew my mind when you recently looked at a picture frame that is in the bookcase of your Grandpa that is about 30 years old and you said “Papa”, you recognized him with blonde hair and everything.

You are really into books and love picking out books from the bookshelf to read. Your Dad reads to you almost every night after your bath and it’s very cute how you crawl in his lap and enjoy it. You are attempting to climb on everything and have figured out how to get up on the ottomans in the living room and your bedroom. I have a crazy video of you pretty much surfing on the ottoman in your room that rocks pretty fast. I could not believe you actually had the coordination to get up on your feet. You also love to push your “babies” around in the stroller your Aunt Ally got you.

You still do not sleep through the night on many nights. We are working on weaning, but you are pretty adamant when you want to nurse. You have little interest in milk, toddler formula, almond milk….really any substitutes. Often you throw the bottle away and say a simple, firm “No”. You also veto foods left and right for no rhyme or reason. Meals are often a game, it seems to work best when we don’t try to sell you on the item or make a fuss. Also, when I make peace with the aftermath mess. Telling you not to throw food only makes you more excited to do it. Sometimes though you take a bite of something and say “Mmmmm” so joyfully with big eyes. I love those moments.

It’s been a great couple of months. We are having so much fun watching you develop and loving your funny, sassy personality. You are an adorable girl with a big passion for life. We are so proud of you.

Lots of love,

Mom & Dad

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Stella and Genna Montage

Delay in posting! I had two wisdom teeth removed and the whole event took an even more painful turn with a case of dry socket. It has had me down for the count for many days. Actually my surgery was a week ago today, I (thank goodness) am finally feeling better! Anyway, I’ve been meaning to post a montage of pictures of Stella and her cousin Genna.  I have loved watching these two grow together, they are only 7 weeks apart.  I’ve been seeing them really starting to play together more and more, cute stuff. I also love the early pictures where they kind of reach out and pat each other. Because my Sister and I get together at least once a week, they see each other all of the time. I hope for them to remain close throughout their lives, I hope they know will one day appreciate how lucky they are to have each other.

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Los Olivos Daytrip

Another Sunday came around and yet again we did not feel like grocery shopping, doing laundry or even just being at home. Plus, the weather app on my phone was predicting another beautiful summer day. So we decided to drive up to Los Olivos/Santa Barbara and pick up John’s wine shipment in person. We got some warm temps once we got over the hill into the Santa Ynez Valley and the car said it was 94 degrees when we arrived on Grand Street at the quaint little strip in Los Olivos where Andrew Murray’s Tasting Room is. We decided to have lunch first at the Los Olivos Cafe and Wine Merchant (our usual). We enjoyed a bottle of Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc and a shared a fantastic Steak Cobb and a Turkey Muffaletta Sandwich. We were seated on the patio, but there was a slight breeze and it was really comfortable and relaxing. After that we ventured next door to Jedlicka’s Western Wear and got Stella some Minnetonka Moccasins for the fall/winter. They are so cute, I can’t wait till they fit. She had a blast trying on shoes and running around the store.

Then we moved on to Andrew Murray where John tasted and picked up his shipment. We met a few fun couples, one on their honeymoon and another celebrating their fifth anniversary. Los Olivos is a really fun spot to taste, there are about 30 or so tasting rooms in a town square setting that is just adorable. Everybody you meet seems to be in a great mood (wonder why :) ) Some of the tasting rooms are very classic in feeling and then there are lots that are more bohemian or modern and hip. I love all the variety. It’s really beautiful to stroll the street, which is what I did once Stella got over wine tasting cracker tasting with her Dad. I took a few pictures of things as we walked.

Our last stop of the day was at Saarloos where we got a flight of mini cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes to go. They share the tasting room with the winery and are supposed to pair with the wine they were pouring, which we will have to try next time. We tasted three on the drive home and they were pretty yummy. Looking forward to sharing the last three tonight. Our girl had just fallen asleep in her stroller and we had to hit the road. Till next time Los Olivos, we love visiting and will be back! (First on my list will be the new Epiphany Tasting Room and Garden, the super modern with orange accents locale in the photos. Looks really fun.)

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