Here we are 4 months later and Stella is 20 months old! We have done so much over the last 4 months but it all blends together like one big blob. I've started my new job which is a grand new adventure. Stella is talking up a storm and learning new words and things EVERY day!
She enjoyed the holiday season because on Thanksgiving, she got to eat as much as she could (for those of you that know Stella, you know that is her heaven on earth). She also met Santa (picture above) and she had so much fun visiting family! We visited Matt's side of the family (Grandma Red, Grandpa Troy, Uncle Tony, Uncle JR, Aunt Erin, Aunt Amanda, Collin, Great Grandpa and Great Grandma) on Christmas eve and Christmas morning and then flying with me to San Francisco to visit Grammy, Papa, Uncle Chris, Aunt Saira, Roan and Ananda. Unfortunately while we were there she picked up a nasty cold which we have been battling for the past 4 days.
She has had a low fever, runny nose and awful cough but she is still my sweet, upbeat Stella. On Tuesday night, she fell asleep in my arms at 6pm watching cartoons (something she never does) and so Matt just laid her down in her crib for an early bedtime. She then woke up at 7pm crying really hard. Normally we would let her soothe herself but I went up to comfort her since she was ill. I kept the room nice and dark and just rocked and sang to her. We sang all sorts of songs from the ABC song to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I think I even threw in a few tunes from Jersey Boys :)
While I was singing, Stella looked up at me, put her hand on my cheek and said, "Tay too, mommy" (English translation is Thank you, mommy) in her sweet little squeaky, sick voice. I think at that very moment I melted into one gigantic mommy puddle and I responded, "You're welcome, Stella."
Then she responded by asking, "More?"
I said, "More singing?"
She said, "Okay!" (Like it was my grand idea :) This is one of her new tricks to make us do things she wants!)
I asked, "Do you want twinkle twinkle?"
"No," she responded.
"Do you want Itsy Bitsy Spider?"
So I proceeded to sing my baby the Itsy Bitsy Spider and many other songs while I rocked her. After about 45 minutes, I put her back down in her crib. She wasn't asleep but she was no longer crying. I gave her BunBun (her grey bunny from Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Layla - a regular crib companion) and she said, "Ni-ni, Mommy."
You have all heard me say that Stella has her moments where she is more terrible toddler than my sweet Stella but then there are moments like these where she is the sweetest, kindest little person, even though she doesn't feel well and these moments happen far more often than her monstrous ones. I thank God every day for picking me to be her mommy. It is truly a blessing and a gift!