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