7 Months with Stella

This past month brought more major changes, as Stella and I ended our stint in Korea. We traveled back to Seattle, where we are waiting on Bobby to finish up his remote assignment. Although the first 5 or 6 days back took some adjustment, the Bean did so well and got back on her schedule of sleeping 12’ish hours a night.  She also adjusted to sleeping in a *real* crib and particularly loves the mobile above her bed.  This month, Stella sprouted her first tooth, figured out how to sit up for a few seconds at a time and started saying her first word – “ma-ma” – to my delight and Bobby’s dismay (ha!).  She continues to love bath time and tried a few new foods this month – peas, green beans, apricots and mango. She didn’t love the peas, but doesn’t mind when I mix them with other foods. :)

It’s sad to say, but Bobby and I didn’t do much for Christmas this year. It was Stella’s 1st Christmas, but we wanted to wait until we got back to the States to get her any new toys or large items. I figure she didn’t know the difference just yet, but I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty.  She did have some cute holiday attire though, so we just did a few photo shoots to commemorate the event.

Gearing up for Christmas

Gearing up for Christmas

On Christmas Day, the guys had the day off and Bobby’s office decided to spend it at the bowling alley.  There wasn’t a whole lot to do on base, so we figured “why not”?  We had a great time and Stella really enjoyed watching all the commotion around her.  I didn’t get a photo, but her friend baby AJ was in attendance too.

Bringing holiday cheer to the bowling alley

Bringing holiday cheer to the bowling alley

However, Stella and Baby AJ did get a photo shortly after Christmas in their matching bear suits.  It’s crazy to think that she was actually that small at one point. (Actually, she was even smaller!)

Twins!

Twins!

Baby it's cold outside!

Baby it’s cold outside!

Before leaving, Stella had a last minute date with her best bud Ollie.  We took a trip to Lotte Mart (Korean “Target”) and indulged in some donuts.

We wore the little people out.

We wore the little people out.

Stella worked on her muscles by sitting up in her chair and playing in a borrowed activity center.  The activity center ended up being a huge hit, so Mimi bought Stella one when she returned to Seattle. The thing is like a Bentley; it has all the bells and whistles a little one could want. She has flashing flights, music, 4 toys and has figured out how to rock back and forth and turn in circles. We’ve created a maniac!

Calling the shots from her executive chair

Calling the shots from her executive chair

She was a bit overwhelmed at first and played so hard she lost her sock

She was a bit overwhelmed at first and played so hard she lost her sock. (This is the borrowed play gym)

Check out those lights. She's enthralled.

Check out those lights. She’s enthralled. (The new version).

The activity center causes all kinds of great faces.

The activity center causes all kinds of great faces.

She used her last few days in Korea to spend time on her beloved play mat, since we didn’t have room for it in our suitcase.

Happy girl!

Happy girl!

Dad played dress up with Stella at Lotte Mart.  I think we have a fantasy film mini-fan in the making.

One tough girl.

One tough girl.

Of course, we took a few last walks with our friends Stephanie, April, Beth and Ollie as well. Stella continues to love her car seat and long walks in the stroller.  Soon we are going to have to get a convertible car seat though, as she is getting too heavy to carry in the infant seat!

Ducks lips!

Ducks lips!

DND...I'm growing (and dreaming about something sweet!)

DND…I’m growing (and dreaming about something sweet!)

She's up to something....

She’s up to something….

Baby blues

Baby blues

We also enjoyed some bath time snuggles the night before we left Korea.

:)

:)

And we were super sad to have to say bye to Dad at the airport. I like to think of it as a “see ya later” instead.

So long Dad! Catch ya on the flip side!

So long Dad! Catch ya on the flip side!

Stella was really excited to see Mimi and Granddad in Seattle though. Even though she only slept about 4 hours (out of the 10) on the flight, she was all smiles and laughs for her grandparents. We spent the next few days getting on the right time zone, playing in the bath and examining her new toys.

Mimi was happy to see the Bean!

Mimi was happy to see the Bean!

Happy girl in the bath

Happy girl in the bath

And she reads like her mama in the bath

Taking after her mama

Poor octopus can't get out of Stella's death grip

Poor octopus can’t get out of Stella’s death grip

She loves her new crib!

Nap time in her new crib

We also had the pleasure of seeing Aunt Debby.  Unfortunately, we got together to watch the Seahawks play and they lost.  I keep telling myself that there’s always next year…..

Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!

Stella came home to a whole new closet of clothes that now fit her, so she got to wear a new outfit almost every day for Mimi and Grandad. The downside of that means that she is growing WAY too fast. We have several drawers of things she can no longer wear. :(

Look, I can fly!

I can fly like dad!

<3

<3

Day 4 of her activity center and having a blast!

Day 4 of her activity center and having a blast!

My new bashful fox sweater

My new bashful fox sweater

We are continuing to work on Stella sitting up.  At her 6 month appointment, the doctor said that she should be able to sit for a couple seconds by herself.  She technically *can*, but it’s not consistent and really likes to fling herself backward or falls over to the side. When she does sit on her own, she uses the “tripod” stance to keep her torso up.

Big girl sitting up on her own

Big girl sitting up on her own

7 month photo shoot. No hands, mom!

7 month photo shoot. No hands, mom!

Studying her shoes, her newest fascination

Studying her shoes, her newest fascination

Tired from all that sitting up

Tired from all that sitting up

All dressed up with no where to go (well, we did go out for Stella's birthday lunch!)

All dressed up with nowhere to go (well, we did go out for Stella’s birthday lunch!)

She continues to grow at an alarming rate. Stella is drinking 24-28 oz of milk a day and 4-6 oz of fruits/veggies two times a day (morning and evening). It’s crazy to think that she was barely on the growth chart when she was born and now she’s almost in the 70th percentile for weight.

7 months!

7 months!