This was definitely the Mother's Day where I really appreciated the mothers in my life most fully. I now know how much work a baby really is, how much you love your little ones, even when they're hard and difficult, and how much joy there is in motherhood, to help balance out the sleep deprivation, tiny pinching fingers and poopy diapers.
I swear, she's learned that we like it when she smiles to the camera...
To help us celebrate, Tyler organized a lovely day:
Mother's Day Brunch with Tyler and Stella and surprise flowers
Delicious Turkish breakfast for Mother's Day
You can see that we didn't like it at all.....
And Stella did her part, sleeping until 2:15 and then waking up at 5:15. Much better than the four times a night feedings she's been demanding the past few nights. We think it's the infamous six-month growth spurt.
After the breakfast, we relaxed, then took a walk along Lake Washington, with some beautiful views of the lake and the Cascades. Though we brought the camera, we failed to actually take any pictures. But it was lovely, you'll just have to take my word for it.
After our walk, Stella spit up and ended up naked having some tummy time with mom on the floor
I love these little moments when she looks into my face
My little naked sweetpea
Besides Mother's Day and growth spurt, Stella's had a few other developments lately:
Stella's starting to be able to sit on her own, but it's still nice to practice on the bed where it doesn't matter so much if she tips over
She's getting so long!
Happy tummy time! And now she can turn from her belly to her back, though she doesn't seem to like to use that skill as much as the reverse
Now the next big question is how Stella will do on the plane ride to Texas this week....
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