My baby is now a four year old and getting ready to take on Pre-Kindergarten in the next month.
- You are the best big sister. You are always watching out for “Z”, helping to take care of her, and loving on her. It is one of my favorite things to watch the two of you together, although I am sure that will be changing soon as she is now mobile and getting into your toys more and more.
- You still have yet to receive your first official hair cut. We have been contemplating it recently but it is still not extremely long. (These pictures don’t do it justice because it is pulled back out of your face.)
- The natural curls in your hair are gorgeous and unruly at the same time. I am in awe of them.
- Your memory still amazes us. You can tell us exactly what other people said and did, even if it was months ago. If we miss place something we usually ask you where to find it, and you are usually correct!
- Not only can you write your first and last name but you have also taken interest in writing Zella, Kristin, and Nathan.
- You are still in swim lessons and doing great. We can’t wait to put your skills to the test during our upcoming Disney cruise.
- You had your first “friends” birthday party at our house last weekend. You were on cloud nine. (Post to come)
- You have started saying the “Our Father” and “Hail Mary” throughout the week at bed time along with the usual “I am thankful for/who I pray for”.
- Every once in awhile you get a treat of watching a Disney movie. Your current faves are Lightening McQueen and Beauty and the Beast.
- You are constantly singing and dancing. I love when you “shake your booty” and the face you make while you do it. You love requesting songs from “Alexa.” Your current go-to’s are the Trolls soundtrack, Snapback, Uptown Funk, Sugar, and more. It is hilarious when we have a playlist of country music from the 90’s playing and you immediately say “This is a good one” to songs you have never heard before in your life. You definitely have your mom and dad’s love for music.
- You love to be a helper and often ask how you can help with jobs around the house.
- Bentley is still your bud. He comes in and snuggles up next to you in bed each morning.
- You are full of spunk and always keep me laughing. You can also be extremely stubborn and have your share of fits but you can usually snap out of them pretty easily.
- You rode on the Primrose bus for the first time last weekend and loved it. (You were helping mommy take the bus back to school.) I am so sad to think that you will be going off on field trips in the bus this summer. How can you be old enough for that?
I love you so much little lady. I am incredibly thankful for the joy you bring into our lives.
please ignore the poor lighting in this months photos due to a hectic schedule
- You are still “inchworming” your way around the house. My personal favorite is when this occurs on our kitchen floor. It looks like you are doing the worm and it gets you places pretty quickly. (Baby proofing has started.) Slowly you are learning to do less belly flops and more leg movements to resemble more of a crawl. You have just a few weeks to be in tip top crawling shape for the diaper dash on the cruise…we are going for gold, baby!
- You were baptized this month. Hopefully one of these days I will get around to posting the pictures.
- You are chattering a lot more. You have said things that sounds roughly like “mama”, “dada”, and “ella” which we have convinced ourselves is “Zella.” Hopefully soon you will actually know what it is you are saying.
- You currently receive twice daily hand massages (Dr.’s orders.) It is amazing how much this has improved the scar tissue in you hand.
- You are eating all kinds of fruits, veggies, and other soft table food. Still no signs of teeth.
- You love to fall asleep on your tummy. Whenever you are placed on your back you are usually frantic. The minute we flip you over and pat your bottom a few times, you go right to sleep.
- You want to pull yourself up on things so badly but are not quite there yet.
- You have recently been taking about 5 out of your 6oz. of formula with each bottle. I’m not sure why that last ounce has become too much for you.
- I can’t get enough of the rolls on your thighs…more spaces for kisses.
- You have just about grown out of your car seat and are currently in 12month or 12-18month clothing. Such a big girl!
- You can often be found repeatedly slapping your hand on the nearest surface (usually someone else’s face) when you get excited. It hurts but is still pretty funny.
You bring us so many smiles, little girl. It is wonderful to see your personality coming out more and more.
We love you!
In the craziness that has been life this past week, I find it odd that as I sit down to write this it is almost the exact time last week that I got the phone call that my grandpa Starbody (my dad’s father) had passed away.
grandpa on my wedding day
Two weekends ago, hours before our family came into town for Zella’s baptism, I got a call from my dad. He told me that grandpa was in the hospital again and made it known that this time it wasn’t good. After a few days had passed and I was told that they had put grandpa on hospice.
Thankfully, my work was amazing and I was able to immediately pack up the girls and our dogs and make my way over to Illinois to see grandpa on Wednesday night.
Even though grandpa was asleep when I visited him Wednesday night and again on Thursday, I found great comfort in being with him and being able to talk to him and my family in that hospital room. The last thing I said to grandpa before leaving his room Thursday night was “Jesus loves you grandpa. It’s ok.”
Grandpa passed away the next day on Friday, March 24th. All four of his kids and one of his sisters were by his side when he took his last breath.
It breaks my heart not to have grandma and grandpa here on this earth with us but I find great comfort in knowing that they are together again.
I feel incredibly blessed to have had the time I did with these two amazing people. I love looking at the legacy they created in their children, their children’s children, and their great grandchildren. I miss them both each and every day but I know that I will see them again.
God is good, all the time.
- You are such a happy baby and laugh a lot. Your sister can still make you smile like no one else can and she does a great job soothing you when we need a little help.
- Your left hand is healing really well. We go back for your check-up soon but I’m sure everything will be fine.
- Even though there are still no signs of teeth coming through, you have started eating some table food. You always have to have something to eat when the rest of us are eating dinner (even if you just finished eating yours.)
- You are sleeping great at night and still do a very nice job of putting yourself to sleep. You get fussy, we lay you down with a blanket and paci and you are usually asleep in a moments notice.
- You have started to play peek-a-boo with us. You love hiding your face with the burp cloth after we are done feeding you.
- About a month ago you developed some stranger danger. Your grandparents hate this but you usually get over it pretty quickly, especially if food is involved.
- You are getting baptized this weekend. We are excited to celebrate with you.
- Recently, you discovered that you can splash in the bath. You love to do this and listen to/watch the bath water run.
- Your favorite thing to do right now is to get up on all fours. You are constantly rocking back and forth trying to get somewhere.
- You have discovered that you can spin yourself around on your belly pretty well. Between that and rolling around, and going from a seated position to a laying position, you are really all over the place already.
- You still kick your feet like a crazy woman whenever we are getting ready to give you a bottle. You just can’t hold in your ecitement.
Zella Lou, you mean the world to us. We are so incredibly thankful that you are a part of our family. We love you and that beautiful smile!