Monday, April 29, 2013

Nineteen Months

Stella is nineteen months old now. She continues to grow and develop at a very rapid rate and the time flies by. This month, she's been practicing her tantrum-throwing skills. Super exciting. She has learned to protest when she doesn't like something. And she currently doesn't like diaper changes, being pulled down from furniture she has been climbing up on, being moved from any situation or environment that she thinks she should be a part of, being told "no", not getting milk the instant she asks for it, etc, etc. We get a lot of protesting around here now.

Stella is also getting good at tormenting Scout. And Scout, bless her heart, has been the epitome of patience through it all (probably because she knows what'll happen if she does anything to Stella). As soon as the trouble begins, Scout flees the situation. It's slightly reminiscent of Joseph fleeing from Potipher's wife.

Case in point: Stella thinks it would be funny to crawl into Scout's kennel to bother her while she's trying to nap...

... Scout gets the hell out of Dodge...

... as fast as caninely possible!

Scout's only safe haven now is a small space under Stella's crib. And she goes there often. She's a good dog. They actually do like each other and play together sometimes. And, on very rare occasions, can even be coerced into taking a picture or two together.

Stella continues to be an excellent mess-maker. In fact, she sometimes does things with the express purpose of making a mess. Like hauling her mega blocks into the kitchen, dumping them in the middle of the floor, and then promptly making her way back to her room to actually play with something.

Stella loves her Daddy. Especially when he's computing. She loves to join in on the fun.

She also loves seeing her Daddy at church. Since he's in the bishopric, he always goes to church early for meetings. Stella doesn't get to see him on Sunday mornings until we arrive at church. And, since he sits up on the stand, it's always exciting when she first catches a glimpse of him up there. She starts yelling "daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy" and waves at him until he waves back. This usually happens within the first few minutes of arriving, so someone is speaking at the podium or the organ is playing - something is making noise that helps to drown out her excited daddy greetings. But, a couple weeks ago, she noticed him during the Sacrament. There was no other noise to drown out her yells. And she became very upset when I wouldn't let her run up to see him. I started to hear people around me laughing as her excitement and protesting got louder and as I dashed out of the chapel with her, I could hear most of the congregation laughing (myself and Mr. Frisby included). It was very cute and very embarrassing all at the same time. I'm glad she's the source of entertainment for so many during church.

Speaking of church, Stella is now going to nursery. She hates it. But, she goes. She screams when we drop her off (again with the protesting). But, eventually she stops crying and participates a little here and there. Hopefully she'll continue to get more comfortable with nursery and maybe she'll even start to enjoy it.

Stella continues to enjoy her gym class. She gets excited when we pull into the parking lot and she's getting really comfortable with running around and exploring everything there is to do at the gym. She's even getting braver on the balance beam.

One week they did baby rock-climbing and Stella absolutely loved it. She was pretty good at it, too. All I had to do was show her how to put her little feet on the rocks and she climbed right up the wall by herself. She made sure she got a few turns on it.

Her personality is starting to show even more and it's fun to watch it develop. She's starting to show her preferences, too. One of her current favorite things is her BYU shirt. Remember how she learned to say "cougar" last month because of her shirt? Well, now she just loves the shirt. She goes looking for her "googah" shirt everyday. She opens her shirt drawer and starts pulling out shirts until she finds it and then she carries it around with her. If I tell her it's dirty and it's in the laundry, she pulls things out of her hamper until she finds it and then she carries it around with her. Mr. Frisby and I are very concerned about what will happen when she outgrows it - which isn't far off.

She's also recently gotten into strawberries. She learned how to say the word and she recognizes them, so whenever she sees one, it's "bawbry, bawbry, bawbry". She has pajamas that have strawberries on them that she loves to wear and she has a book about a strawberry (it's actually about a mouse and a strawberry, but she just cares about the strawberry) that she loves to look at. And she likes to eat them. She also likes big trucks. She gets very excited when we see them on the freeway. It's handy if we're driving and I need to keep her awake. I just tell her to look for trucks. She also still gets excited whenever she sees the mail truck, garbage truck, or street sweeper.

Her vocabulary continues to expand and she's even started to say short phrases. Her first was, "Hi Daddy!" She's learning her body parts and can point to lots of them if we tell her to. We keep trying to teach her animal sounds, but she's having a harder time with those. She just barely started doing a monkey sound, but that's about it. She's very hesitant to try new foods, but she seems to sense when it's a dessert type food and usually has no problem with those. She's getting better at feeding herself with a spoon and she's working on drinking out of regular cup. She's a good little helper and loves to help us with whatever little task she can. Currently, she loves helping me put all of the pillows on our bed after I make it in the morning. She also likes to help pick up her toys at night.

She's very particular about putting things away. She will often put things back where she got them from and in the same position they were in. She's very observant and knows exactly where everything goes in her room. My mom says she's going to be a perfectionist. I have slight concerns about obsessive-compulsive disorder.

She definitely keeps us entertained. She was helping me get dinner going the other day and decided to wear her sunglasses for the occasion.

She also had her first trip to Gilroy Gardens this month, but that is for a different post. I guess that's our little Stella this month and we're excited to see what she comes up with next month.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Happy Easter!

This year's Easter celebrations were pretty quiet. There was an Easter Egg Hunt we could have gone to on Saturday morning, but instead we went to the airport to pick Mr. Frisby up from his two week long business trip. No matter. Stella won't remember anyway. I did want to do something, though, so we decided to dye Easter Eggs. This proved to be a very exciting activity for all involved. At first, Stella was not interested.

After she watched for a few minutes and saw what we were doing, she was eager to join the fun. And that's when things got exciting.

Take several hard-boiled eggs, six cups of dye, and one toddler who doesn't understand the concept that eggs are breakable and that dye can stain and you've got an evening of fun ahead.

We managed to keep her busy and happy away from the dye by having her put stickers on the eggs.

The finished eggs. If you look closely, you can figure out which ones are Stella's.

On Easter morning we checked out our Easter baskets to see what the Easter Bunny brought. I had gotten a bunch of stuff for Stella's basket, and then when we went to Disneyland, we found a couple of other things to put in it. So, when I put her basket out with the stuff, I thought maybe I had gone overboard a little. But, then I saw pics/read posts about what other people had done and decided we had not gone overboard at all.

We didn't get many pics of her checking out her basket, but suffice it to say she enjoyed everything in it. Particularly the M&Ms. Oh, and the mail truck. She loves it.

After checking out the Easter Baskets, we got ready for church. Mr. Frisby went early for meetings, so I attempted a photo shoot of Stella without him. I got her all ready in her new dress and fancy shoes. We had a few extra minutes before we had to leave, so I even grabbed the neckerchief Scout recently got from the groomer and included her in some of the photos. It went about as well as one would expect a photo shoot of an active toddler and small dog to go.

This is actually one of the better shots I got. And it's not good. We tired of this location quickly as the lighting wasn't good, and we moved to a different room. If you look closely, you'll see some tears in Stella's eyes. This is because she had a cold and her eyes were watery.

After moving locations, things went better for a few minutes and I got a few good pics, but the photo shoot still suffered from a definite lack of cooperation.

Apparently, it just got too exhausting at one point.

And, finally, we ended with this. You'll notice once again that Stella has some tears in her eyes. This had nothing to do with her cold and everything to do with her being done with the photo shoot. Oh well. She looked super cute even if you can't tell in the photos.

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Here's to better photos next year.