Stella Times…Week 7

To My Little Stella, 

This 7th week of your life marked the first one where you lost a family member. Sadly, you never got to meet your Great Granny Ann, but she was SO excited when she found out you were here and demanded that we send her pictures asap! I love that as long as I’ve known your Daddy, he has made a point of calling her every single week, just to talk. I hope you are that close with your grandparents when you grow up! This has been a really hard, sad week for your Dad…it’s hard to lose people you love so much. We are thankful she was at peace and ready to meet God.

Just so you know, your GreatGrannie was a crazy, funny lady that we all loved very much. It was not uncommon for us to groan and say, “Oh, Ann” while shaking our heads and laughing. She was manipulative and needy (in the funniest of ways!) and always wanted us to tell her that we loved her “the best” and that we had visited her first (i.e. before the other grandparents) when we were on a trip to St. Louis. She would sneakily slip comments into conversation, just to see if she could get you to agree with her. It drove us all a bit batty, but it was funny all the same. She was a great lady. 🙂

Today is her funeral, and I think it was really good your Dad got to fly out to St. Louis to say goodbye. He said they made dozens and dozens of chocolate chip cookies yesterday to bring to the wake, and they’re even going to bury a few with her in her coffin. Chocolate chip cookies were her favorite! Daddy made sure he “stole some sugar” from you to bring to her. Grannie loved stealin’ sugar (kisses) from her family.

Since your Daddy and Auntie Jaime flew out early Tuesday morning for Grannie’s funeral, it’s been just you and me this week. You’re such a snuggler and love to cuddle and be held all the time. It’s something I hoped for (to have a snuggly baby!), but I sure don’t get much done without your Dad here to hold you sometimes.

We do a lot of dancing to loud music lately, as well as lots of bouncing on the exercise ball in the evenings. That’s your fussy time of day lately, but as long as you are being held and moving, you’re happy, so we oblige. 🙂

Most of the day, you SMILE all the time lately. It makes me smile back at you every single time! You’ll have a quiet, pensive look on your face, and all of a sudden you’ll coo and giggle and break out in the biggest grin. You crack me up, child.

You’re definitely still growing – and quickly! I had to put away almost all of your newborn sized clothing this week – you’re just too long and hate when you can’t stretch out in an outfit. I can still squeeze you into a couple of my favorite onesies that don’t go to your feet, but those days are numbered. For the most part, you’re in 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers (on your cloth diapers, we leave 2 buttons on bottom and 4 on the top showing. When we started you in those diapers three weeks ago, we left two and two – so your cute little belly is definitely growing!

Your head control is growing by leaps and bounds – you are just so darn strong. I took you on a couple of walks this week in the stroller without you in your car seat for the first time, and you did great! When I hold you, you constantly look around, and love nothing more than looking OVER my shoulder and up and around at things. I’m going to have to take the newborn insert out of your car seat this week too – you’re too tall for it!

You are NOT a fan of tummy time on the floor, but if I lay you on my stomach when I’m reclining in my chair, then you love to hold your head way up and look around. On the floor though, look out, because you are going to scream!

You still LOVE the water, and probably every other day I’ll give you a bath or take you in the shower with me. You instantly calm down and smile when the water touches you. Cutest thing ever. 🙂

Chief still rarely notices or pays attention to you, though as you get louder and move more, I’m sure that will change. I hoping you two will be best buddies as you grow up.

It’s been a crazy week filled with lots of joys and sorrows. I brought you to church with me on Sunday, and you did absolutely great. When I stood up to share my joys and sorrows (you and Granny), I’m not sure if I was crying in sadness about Granny, in happiness about you, or most likely, a little bit of both. I am so thankful that you are in our lives.
I love you, 


  1. I've very sorry to hear about your loss.And I'm also intrigued about you showering with Stella. Aren't you afraid she'll get slippery and you'll drop her? And does she like the water falling on her? I've never thought to shower with Tay.

  2. That picture of her sleeping in the Boppy is to die for!

  3. OMG I Love the pics!!!HS

  4. I'm glad to hear Charlie was able to make it out to be with family. I can't believe you are getting smiles already! Lucky girl!

  5. She is so darn cute 🙂 Mu Mother In Law made my little man that SAME teddy bear blanket that she is laying on, but in Blue 🙂 Doesn't it make you sad to think how fast time is going by?? I hate that my lil man is almost out of all of his newborn size clothes 🙁 He's a little tank!!!

  6. I like knowing what she's like! Great post.

  7. Oh my goodness… I'm dying over here from the cuteness!!! 🙂

  8. beautiful!

  9. Don't stress yourself out about tummy time. Logan hated it to and I didn't force him. Eventually he got more interested and can hold his head up just fine!

  10. *too*. 🙂

  11. Umm that smile is unreal! SO cute!

  12. Ooh I love the idea of bouncing on the exercise ball together. I might have to steal that!

  13. So cute! My little one hates tummy time on the floor too, so I hope she gets strong looking around from my chest. I'm also curious about how the logistics of taking her in the shower with you work.

  14. I used to shower with Nolan too, and he LOVED it, I think he's going to be a dolphin when he grows up, that's great that she loves the water. I'm sorry to hear about your families loss, but its more person in heaven to watch over her.

  15. aww Maddie and Jax dont like tummy time either. Madison will go to sleep and Jackson just screams but I can tell how much stronger they are getting for doing it so I just let them fuss a little, doesnt harm them right?!:)

  16. Stella sleeping in the boppy is ADORABLE! I love sleeping babies! So sorry to hear about Great Granny Ann!

  17. Being a big grandma softie, I loved this! And burying with chocolate chip cookies? Best idea, and so sweet.She is truly gorgeous, Josey!

  18. Hi Josey – We are seeing a PT for a mild case of torticollis. She made a great suggestion for tummy time. Roll up a hand towel and place it under the chest and each arm. It kinda lifts them up a bit so they don't get as frustrated so easily. Works great for us so far.

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