S: Big Sister Stella
2: stella marie, on this overcast morning you slept late, then awoke to the day with passion. you smeared yogurt across the kitchen floor, pulled every toy from its living room bin, and dumped dry cereal all over the carpet. you ripped apart a magazine and yelled back at me, arms waving, when i said, “NO!” because that word is not in your vocabulary and sometimes i hope it never is.
3: you giggled as you carried a giraffe twice your size and placed him in the center of the floor. you buried your face in his softness and sighed, just for a moment, before moving on to the next adventure. and in mere minutes our house becomes your world, your creation out of chaos, full of promise and beauty. and in you, i see god. amen. love, mom 2011
4: for Stella Marie as you prepare to become a BIG Sister... 2012 Love, Mom
5: Big Sister Stella
7: A new baby is coming, dear Stella Marie, Your own little brother you can't wait to meet! Some days go by slowly, while others are fast as we prepare for the baby to come home at last! And you, our dear Stella have already begun to give sweet hugs and kisses to the new little one.
8: We're all very excited to meet our new little guy, to love him and cuddle and help him to thrive. And you, our dear Stella, as we watch your brother grow, have the most important job of all - you'll teach him everything you know! We know that this job will be perfect for you, there are so many things you will teach him to do!
11: You love to inquire and tinker and play with Daddy's computers - you fix them every day! As a new big sister you'll teach our new little boy all the skills he will need to help you fix Daddy's toys!
12: You're an excellent helper with a shovel or broom, you love to pick them up and drag them around any room! Your brother will need your help when he's new so that as he grows up he shares the work load with you!
15: You LOVE to SPLASH in the pool and the tub. Every single day you ask to hop in for a scrub! You can help your brother so that he won't be scared when he takes on the water with his big sister right there!
16: You are a great eater, you've grown healthy and strong. You eat anything and everything, and you eat all day long! Your brother will need you to show him the way when he's ready to take on three healthy meals a day!
19: Writing and drawing take up a lot of your time. You put your thoughts on the page, and your art is sublime! As a big sister, soon, you'll have two things to do: fill your brother's room with art and teach him to write like you!
20: When it comes to reading books, you, dear Stella, are a pro. You sit down with a stack of books and through the pages you go! Your little brother will be happy to be read to every day, and as you share the stories, he'll soak up every word you say!
23: Of course, we all have moments when things seem oh so bad. You, dear Stella, have your moments when you let us know you're mad. When your brother comes he'll also have those days when he feels some tension. It will be up to you to teach him how to get Mom and Dad's attention!
24: Because you are so smart, you've learned there are better ways than screaming to get just what it is you want without sending your tears streaming. When it comes to winning battles, you'll help your little brother see that charming Mom and Dad will always be the key!
27: Finally, dear Stella, there is nothing more intense than your beautiful little smile and your impeccable fashion sense! You will love your little brother with a heart so filled with joy, and be the most amazing sister to our brand new baby boy!