Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our Growing Little Girl

As a first time mother, I find it amazing to witness Stella's new physical and mental developments. I am so blessed to be able to be the mother to this precious child.

She reaches for all objects, including Lindy, and brings most of them straight to the most important thing, her mouth! She cut her first tooth, the bottom left, on the day she turned 5 months. Stella has always been very strong! Just this week she can sit up for a few minutes, without assistance, before falling over. At this age, they begin to "scoot" on their bellies, she "scoots" but the opposite way, backwards!

When I was pregnant I was so excited to put the car seat in the backseat. I believe the seat was in the car ready when I was 7 months pregnant. When I would drive around town, I would daydream of our new baby being in the back seat. I would even pretend to "talk" to the baby and adjust my mirror to see our "baby"! Yes, I was very excited!! Now, it is so funny because I am not the one "talking" to Stella as we drive, but Stella is the one "talking" to me! She babbles, coos, and laughs every time we are in the car. Stella now recognizes her name; when Lucas or I call her in the car she turns her head to look up at us (she is facing backwards) , with a look on her face saying, "Yes, I'm here, can't you hear me?!"

Stella is eating very well and likes everything I have made for her (squash, apple, pear, peas, butternut squash, sweet potato, asparagus, and carrots). I love making her food for her! It is very easy, takes no time at all, and I know exactly what she is eating, all organic or locally grown, no preservatives, etc.

I am also teaching Stella sign language. The books I have read say she will not master the signs until around 8 months. The signs I am teaching her now are "more", "eat", "milk", and "please". Every time I give her the sign for "more", she kicks her feet and opens her mouth... well, I guess she does that for pretty much every bite. Like I said she takes after her Mama!

Many have told me, "This is not your child, but God's child". Lucas and I know this to be true, but I must say, God blessed us with one of his most precious children, as we are ever so grateful and humbled. I do believe Stella's late Granddaddy (my father) was holding, calming, and laughing with her in heaven before she came to us.




Mr. Randy and Mrs. Val gave Stella her first "original" Radio Flyer red wagon for Christmas. Lucas put her yellow Bumbo chair in the wagon so she could sit. We pull her down the street and she is fascinated by every mailbox we pass.


Beautiful Stella


Stella sitting by herself!



"Look at me!"

4 comments:

joanie said...

Love this post Jenny! It is so much fun to have you share your new life with Stella with us. I so loved reading every word.
The pictures.... oh my gosh! How precious is our girl?!! I think she is really starting to look like you Jenny when you were a baby! She's just gorgeous! Please kiss our girl for me!
xoxox, j.

Anonymous said...

LOVE-----these new pictures! What a DOLL BABY! She ought to be in pictures!! Those eyes and face steal your heart!

Love you all,

Susan

Anonymous said...

Jenny, I too believe that your Daddy was holding and loving Stella before she came down to you from heaven.

I miss Bob more than I can say and I know he is watching every moment in Stella's sweet life and laughing that wonderful laugh of his watching his little girl being such a precious mama to her little girl.

I love you,
Susan

Great-Granny said...

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU JENNY--YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD AND CALM MOTHER**
STELLA IS SUCH A PERFECT BABY , AND SUCH A CALM & HAPPY BABY TOO !
WE ARE ALL SO HAPPY TO HEAR STELLA WILL HAVE A SISTER OR BROTHER TO GROW UP AND PLAY WITH SOON....
LOVE YOU ALL--GREAT-GRANNY