Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our First Family Vaca

This past weekend, we went on our first family vacation with some great friends, The Lackores. After hours of organizing and packing, we loaded up the Envoy and realized we pretty much packed our entire house for three (that's right, I said 3!!) days!

After loading the car we began our trek to Folly Beach, but first we had to drop Bella off at Grandma and Grandpa Stromans. We were sad to leave our sweet lil Boo but luckily it was only for a short weekend getaway.

I was a little nervous about this trip as this was Stella's first overnight visit away from home. However, she did great! She's getting to be such a big girl!! She did great sleeping {and playing} in her pack n' play. [Don't mind the scratch on her face...I did that. :( Bella and I were playing and she was getting too close to Stella. So I went to grab Bella and ended up scratching Stella's sweet lil face. Needless to say we both cried!!]

The beach was so much fun though and Stella really loved it.

She even had watermelon on the beach in her new teethie snack thing - greatest invention ever!

My friend, Duncan made the girls adorable sand buckets to play with. Chappell + Stella = BFF's!

Stella loved playing in the sand, but didn't like it so much when she was ready to suck her thumb. She LOVED playing in the water and was soakin' up the rays!

{not sure why, but I can't delete the duplicate pic below - sorry!}

Anywho, we had an awesome first family vacation with our friends and are looking forward to many summer vaca's to come!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Nine Months Already?!

Seriously, where has the time gone?! I can't believe that our sweet Princess Stella is already nine months old. Seems like just yesterday we brought her home from the hospital and introduced her to Bella. Now she and Bella are playmates and BF's. ;)

What sweet, precious girls we are blessed with. Stella's sweet all the time and well, Bella, she tries to be sweet but I think she really enjoys playing with (and taking!!) her sisters toys to get our attention. I can only imagine how fat Bella's going to be (our vet said she's already overweight!!) when Stella starts dropping food from her high chair!! Guess we'll cross that bridge when we get there! Which, is actually going to be any day now because at her 9-month well check up today, the doc mentioned that we can start giving her finger foods. What?...Finger Foods?...At first I didn't think I heard her right but in fact, she mentioned we definitely need to get started on that right away in order to transition her by the time she turns 1. I can't believe we're going to start giving her REAL food - like, big people food! My sweet baby girl is growing up too fast!

They did all of her measurements and the princess weighs 16 lbs. 3 oz., is 26 inches tall and her head circumference is 43.1 cm. She is about in the 10th percentile for her weight, 5th percentile for her height (guess she's not going to be a model on the catwalk! lol) and 10th percentile for her noggin'. So overall she's very proportionate - and very petite! I've always said she's "tiny but mighty" and I guess I'll be saying that for a long time unless she has a major growth spurt.

She never ceases to amaze me though. Each day she learns something new or explores a toy a different way. It's truly amazing to watch her progress and grow - she's so smart - guess she gets that from her daddy! ;) She's definitely a daddy's girl...look at them snuggling together...simply precious!

Speaking of "daddy", she is constantly saying "da da da da" and it's the cutest thing ever. She's been doing that for a little while now and saying "ba ba ba ba". I'm waiting for the day that she says "ma ma ma ma"...hopefully that day will be soon!!

If you ask her where the light is she will look up at the ceiling and look at the light. Sometimes she'll even point to it! Uncle John thought this was SO awesome! ;)

Stella can also play peek-a-boo. If you put a burp cloth on her face and say "Where's Stella?!" she'll pull it off by herself and giggle.

She can go from sitting to gracefully laying down on her belly and then can scoot back up to the sitting position. And she LOVES to stand up!! That's all she wants to do is stand up. She's so proud of herself after she's up and it's so cute to watch...and of course clap for her and scream with excitement when she does it! :)

So as you can see, Stella is exploring, moving and groovin' and getting to be a big girl!! We're so proud of her and can't wait to see all the new things she'll learn each day.

This weekend we're going on our first vaca as a family and Stella's first trip away from home. We're heading to Folly Beach with our friends, Ashely, Brian and Chappell Lackore and we can't wait! Stay tuned for pics and an update from our trip!