For Christmas, Stella recieved her first baby doll from her Sallay cousins Nathan and Chloe. She didn't like it at first, and that might be putting it mildly. But after we got home from the cruise after Stella had spent so much time pushing her "baby" Ava around in her stroller, she seemed to have found her inner motherly instinct and "Baby" was officially welcomed into our home as the most important inanimate object since Ni-Night. It didn't take me long to buy her a baby-sized stroller and now Stella spends many a day placing Baby in her stroller, throwing her purse over her shoulder, and then waving bye-bye to me as she walks around the house. It was such a nice day today that I thought it would be nice to take Baby out for a stroll in the neighborhood. Stella took this task (like she does so many) very seriously.
Now this stroller thing seems like pretty normal toddler behavior, but there is another thing Stella started doing this week that makes me realize just what a great mommy she is. Stella has a cold, which means we are always sucking out her nose with the blue sucky thingy. Two days ago, Stella picked it up, walked over to Baby, touched it to Baby's nose, and then used a tissue to wipe off Baby's face.
Now this of course is genius in my book. However, it falls in line with all of the other motherly duties that Stella has taken on for Baby WITHOUT any help from me. So far Stella has:
- dressed Baby (as seen in these pictures, with the striped pants).
- put Baby to bed and tucked her in with kisses and a "Ni-Night, Baby."
- laid Baby down on the changing pad and gotten out a diaper and wipes to change her diaper.
- fed Baby snacks and shared her sippy with Baby.
- hugged her and given her a million kisses, especially in the morning when they are reunited again.
She is such a good mommy, and I am such a proud grandma! I just didn't think I would be a grandma at 31.