Stella the Nurturer

I loved seeing all the back to school pictures friends posted this week! I can’t even imagine the disaster I’ll certainly be on Stella’s first day of kindergarten. If her first day of preschool was any indication, medication, or copious amounts of tissue and chocolate, may be in order.

Since Stella is not in school anymore, I’m striving to find educational and socially engaging activities to keep her little brain moving. Her favorite activity thus far is storytime at the local library. She wakes up every morning and, after asking Declan’s whereabouts, says “what’s coming up today, mom?” Followed by, “is it the library?!”

Library lover

Library lover

She sat here and told me she wanted to be sure she could see the pictures. (Story time didn’t begin for another 10 minutes.)

At Tuesday’s visit to the library, we were seated towards the back when she spotted a little girl cradling her baby doll. Stella looked up at me, and with wide eyes said, “Mommy, where is my baby Coco?” Ummm, whoops. (Baby Coco is crammed in a box somewhere in our storage unit in Texas.) The next day I bought her a new baby doll that came with it’s own pram. It was dirt cheap (which is hard to find here in Australia) at just $20 but has made her so happy.

Stella and "Baby Sara"

Stella and “Baby Sara”

Baby Sara goes everywhere with her now. As I push Declan along (in the double pram she won’t ride in anymore) she pushes baby Sara alongside me. If I’m rocking the stroller back and forth at a cross walk to keep him asleep, she copies that. She even pretends to release the brake! And she copies this, too.

Nursing her baby

Nursing her baby

It is precious. Like, beyond.

She loves being a “little mommy.”

Nap time... at the play park

Nap time… at the play park

Other kids go to the park to run slide, swing, and generally run amok. Stella’s play is putting her baby to bed. She has an AMAZING imagination. And I just love her nurturing nature with Sara AND Declan. I can only dream that she always loves her brother as much as she does right now.

P.S. That pram? Yeah, the handle broke off 25 hours after purchase. POS. Good thing she has a birthday next month!

Stella is 2 years, 11 months

Sydney Wildlife Zoo

Friday the kids and I hopped the ferry into Sydney for a fun filled morning. Joining in on our fun – Jill and Nate and our new friends, Dominique and Gabby and Jasper.

Gabby, Nate & Stella on the ferry

Gabby, Nate & Stella on the ferry

Ferry to Darling Harbour

Ferry to Darling Harbour

Ferry snack

Ferry snack

The ferry dropped us in Darling Harbour and we made our way to the Sydney Wildlife Zoo. We saw all kinds of cool Australian animals! We saw lots of lizards, spiders and snakes, all of which I zoomed right past. Our favorites were the Kangaroos, Echindas (spell check is desperate to change that to “enchiladas”) , Wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, Kookaburras, a Wombat named Meg and a giant saltwater crocodile named Rex. He’s so mean he has to live by himself as, rumor has it, he’s had previous roommates for dinner. Stella loved the Nightfall exhibit that displayed tiny white glow-in-the-dark mice scurrying all over.

Saying hi to the wallaby

Saying hi to Meg

Kangaroos!

Kangaroos!

One lean mean crocodile

One lean mean crocodile

Woke up for a quick scratch

Woke up for a quick scratch

We missed the ferry so we adventured through China Town and took a train back to Circular Quay. Once back on our ferry home to Manly, all the kids were hungry, tired and cranky (NAP TIME!). All except Declan, of course. He slept in his pram all morning so he was awake and ready to party!

Smiley boy!

Smiley boy!

As I write this, Stella is teetering around the apartment wearing the high heels that I wore to my Girls Dinner last night. She’s talking about going to a fancy dinner and drinking rosé. Whoops. Ha! That’s my girl.

Stella is 2 years, 10 months

Declan is 6 months