Dear Julien … Letters to my second son.

Saturday, 22nd October, 2005

First Fever

Filed under: General,Year 1 — Beth @ 8:31

Well here’s an unwelcome first. Julien felt warm to me last night as I tucked Vic into bed, but not warm enough for concern. Vaguely at 2 am or so, I registered the idea that he felt warmer. So this morning when I changed his diaper I took his temperature and he’s running 100.7. It’s not a worrisome fever, being so low, but still, it’s a fever, and it’s his first fever and I’d hoped that he wouldn’t get sick quite so young.

This is what Infant Tylenol is for though, and the little man will get his little dose of the stuff and hopefully feel better. He’s not particularly lethargic, but he’s fussing a bit more quickly about things, so it’s affecting him on a low level.

Sunday, 16th October, 2005

Julien, Hanging Out This Morning

Filed under: General,Pictures,Year 1 — Beth @ 7:48

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Originally uploaded by littleowl.

Here’s Mr. Jules hanging out all chill in his baby chair, taking in the sights.

Sleep, Growth & Reaching

Filed under: General,Progress,Year 1 — Beth @ 7:47

Dear Julien,

This past week you have slept for up to 5.5 hours at a time at night, giving everyone some much needed rest. I don’t know if this is a permanent shift for you that you’ve grown into sleeping longer, but it’s been a nice change from 3-4 hours for you and 2-3 hours for me. You still sleep the first part of the night in your crib which is attached to the side of our bed, but you sleep better cuddled up against me for the second part of the night because you dream so much after 2am. You seem to settle down better if you have reassurance within reach of your own arm when you cycle through dream states so quickly in the early hours of the morning.

You’re continuing to grow quite rapidly, though I don’t know exactly how much you weigh or measure. You were in your bassinet all stretched out last night though and your toes were touching the bottom wall and your head was pressed up against the top wall of it so I really think it’s time to take the bassinet down. This means that we’ll have to settle you in your car seat to snooze downstairs and use the waterproof pads to change you on the couch. We still have the playard of course, but I don’t really like having to bend over the three-foot tall railing to get you in and out and it takes up a huge amount of space, so I think we’ll just retire the lot.

Your exodus from 0-3 month sizes continues as well of course, every day I find that something else no longer fits and the pile of things that’s going into a box for donation and passing along to friends is getting bigger and bigger. I’m keeping a few little things as mementoes of your and your big brother’s babyhoods, but the bulk of the itty bitty things will be marching off to clothe other little babies very shortly.

You continue to work on reaching for things that interest you and are getting more control over your arms and hands to do this with. My hair is a favorite thing of yours to grab at these days, though you also continue to go for the toys on your toy arch and you got interested in a black and white linking ring yesterday when you and Vic had playtime in your room. Vic was showing you the baby toys and you kept going for that ring, even though you never quite managed to grab it for yourself.

Right now, you’re sitting up in your chair, watching Vic jump around and making faces at me and giggling every time I make a face at you. It’s been a good morning, even though the chill of coming winter is in the air. It’s only 45 out today, a big change from the hot days of August when we welcomed you into the world.

Tuesday, 4th October, 2005

2 Months

Filed under: General,Pictures,Progress,Year 1 — Beth @ 14:56

Dear Julien,

Today you are 2 months old and it seems as if an eternity and yet no time has gone by at the same time. It’s hard to remember life the way it was before you arrived, in some ways, it seems as if you’ve always been with us. You continue to grow like a weed and delight us daily with the sweetness of your smiles, the gentle thoughtfulness of your personality as you continue to take in the world with innocent solemnity.

Smiling has been your biggest development over the last two weeks. There were a few first tentative grins that have turned into sunny flashes of your gums that wreath your face with gladness. Along with the smiles have come laughter, big baby belly chuckles to accompany your delight as I tickle your chin lightly or beep your nose. That’s your favorite game so far, and you love it so, when Mommy beeps your nose and smiles at you. We spend a goodly amount of time every morning and evening doing that, you and I, just beeping and laughing and snuggling.

Your brother is still just as enamored of you as ever, though he’s learning to dislike your crying. He comes to tell me right away when you start crying and orders me to do something about it: “Mommy, Julien’s CRYING. Mommy, give MILK!” He loves helping us to take care of you and asks to hold you often, though he gets tired pretty quickly because you are a big boy!

You’re starting to outgrow your newborn-sized clothing and I’m pulling the 3-6 month sized things out of the bin and the closet, especially pants. Though your legs seem shorter than your brother’s were, it’s still the hems on pants that you’re outgrowing first, just like Vic. Other than the growth curve and how much you look alike, you’re very clearly different little people though. You’re very easy-going and content to sit or be held or walk around on a shoulder for the most part unless your tummy is bothering you. Then you vastly prefer to be held upright over someone’s shoulder until the bubble passes.

You love to look at patterns of light and shadow on the wall, the checkered pattern on the bassinet, and the toys on your toy arch. You enjoy baths and kick your feet around and ‘float’ well with my hands just under your shoulder blades. You like to cuddle up in the sling in an upright position and will snooze or curl up quietly awake in there for hours. Your hands are very strong and you cling to my shirt like a little monkey when you’re in there or you feel me unwrapping the sling.

You’re still nursing well and I’m pumping 12-14 ounces a day for you at work and you usually drink 9-12 ounces of them and sometimes all 14! This would probably explain why you’re growing so well and have the cute double chin and little rolls of fat on your thighs, arms and have such soft, chubby hands.

You’re still sleeping no more than 4-5 hours at a time, and we haven’t had a 6 hour stretch at night yet, but I know we’ll get there when you’ve grown enough and your tummy can hold enough yummies to get you through a nighttime sleep. In the meantime, Daddy and I just try to get a nap in on weekends and take turns taking care of you and your brother so we’ll be rested enough to make it through the week.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you learn next and more of those sweet gummy smiles before your teeth come in!


Julien Smiles

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