Dear Julien … Letters to my second son.

Thursday, 9th November, 2006

15 Months

Filed under: Checkups,General,Progress,Year 2 — Beth @ 19:10

Dear Julien,

Sadly I missed out on writing to you because October was a very busy month for all of us . Mommy and Daddy were both working really really hard on big projects, we got notice that we’re getting kicked out of our house and we all came down with a slight bout of the flu at the end of the month so you and I sort of missed out on Halloween, though your Dad and big brother went out and had lots of fun!

You did a lot of growing putting on a full pound and a full inch since your last Well Baby visit. You’re up to 22lbs 1oz and 32 1/2 inches, still following in your brother’s footsteps of being tall and slender though you are built very differently and look much more solid than Vic did at the same age. You’re a cuddly little guy and you enjoy curling up in my lap at the end of a long day and nestling your head in the crook of my shoulder.

You’re still a very talkative fellow, you’ve mastered “Mama”, “Dada”, “No” and something that sounds like “Victor” but comes out more like “Deetow” this is more recognizably your big brother’s name than previous pronunciations were though. You’re working on affirmatives, be it a nod of your head or an “Ah-huh” or “Yaaaa” but no definitive “Yes” yet.

You walk very well now and have a shuffly-toddling run that moves you along at a good clip. You do funny things with your arms when you’re moving fast, it’s something that’s best captured on video though, very hard to describe. Suffice it to say, you have a very distinctive walk-run. You’re doing your best to keep up with Vic in all things now, be it walking, running, climbing or playing. It’s so much fun to sit with the two of you of an evening with a pile of paper and crayons while you both draw or scribble and make paper airplanes and other paper shapes.

You’re very tuned into everything around you and take things in with intent attention before reacting. Right now you’re also in a very grabby stage and like to get your hands onto everything and check it all out. This makes for lots of exercise for your Mama and Dada and Deetow because we’re always darting across the room to remove crayons, Legos and other objects from your mouth or to catch you from falling off chairs as you try to tackle climbing obstacles that are just a little bit beyond your ability.

Sometimes it’s hard to sit back and just let you try things out, but we try really hard to let you roam, while keeping an eye on you for safety.

You cut your 7th tooth just a few days ago (finally) and your doctor says you’re budding another one, a molar this time on the left side. I’m hoping that some of these teeth will show up sooner rather than later and give you and me both a bit of a break. Your little mouth has been bothering you a lot and making for difficult nights for both of us with lots of waking up, application of gum-soothing remedies and comforting.

The weather has turned and we’re well into autumn now with some leaves turning golden and cooler nights. You don’t like being cold much and snuggle down under the blankets or plaster yourself against someone’s side to stay warm. We’re going to be moving soon to a new apartment and I’m looking forward to having central heat again to help you sleep through the night better.

You’re growing well and strong and emerging into a wonderfully curious little boy with a lot to say about the world.

Love,
Mommy
Julien, 15 months

Sunday, 4th June, 2006

10 Months

Filed under: Checkups,General,Progress,Year 1 — Beth @ 14:13

Dear Julien,

I’ve missed two updates from life being so hectic in the past few months and here we are staring your first birthday down way too soon.

You’re starting to have that look, that toddler look instead of an infant’s look. You’ve been so busy crawling and cruising the furniture that you’ve slimmed down some, though you still have nice chubby thighs and dimples in your cheeks.

Mobility has been the big milestone of the past two months since I last updated. You’ve gone from uncertain to expert crawling baby and from crawling baby to cruising baby, tentative pulling up that started about a month ago giving way to constant, capable pulling up and the first trial steps between pieces of furniture, holding onto one and stepping to the other without letting go until a hand is firmly in place at destination.

Like your big brother before you, you’ve drastically reduced the amount of milk you’re drinking over the last few weeks as your overall consumption of solid foods increases and the range of foods you can eat broadens. I’m looking forward to serving ice cream at your first birthday party so you can have some at last after months of “not for baby” while serving you sorbet.

You’ve grown a lot too, you now weigh just a few ounces shy of 20lbs and you’re 30.5 inches tall (last well-baby visit was on May 29), again matching your big brother’s growth curve with your height up in the 90th percentile or higher and weight hovering around average. You’re comfortable in 6-12 month sizes and starting to edge into the 12-18 stuff, especially pants, due to your height.

Verbally speaking, you’re starting to make more and more speech-like sounds and you correctly use “m” and “d” sounds to identify me and your father. It’s not quite “Mama” and “Dada” yet, but it’s close. You also enthusiastically say “Umyumyumumum” during mealtimes, lunging for the next spoonful of eats with eager appetite. You vastly prefer feeding yourself in fact and I’m thinking of ways to let you do that without turning mealtime into a total smear-fest of baby food. My best ideas are veggie breads and meatloaf, but I’ve yet to sit down and bake any of these for you.

Emotionally you’re starting to show signs of separation anxiety. You don’t like it if I leave the room you’re in and follow doggedly after on all fours, wailing at changes in direction that take me out of sight. You’re also showing affection these days, tilting your head to rest on shoulders with a sweet look, giving slobbery kisses and proto-hugs.

You only get sweeter as you grow up.

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2005

Not Quite 4 Months Well Baby Visit

Filed under: Checkups,General,Year 1 — Beth @ 13:17

That’s what Dr. Oken called it when we went to visit him on Tuesday morning. Your “Not Quite 4 Months” checkup. Because you’ve been so sick, you couldn’t get your shots, so those will have to be scheduled after Thanksgiving. However, Doc looked you over and pronounced you otherwise fit as a fiddle and growing well indeed. We didn’t get the percentile that you’re in, but that’s okay, because basically, you just keep trying to give Vic a run for his money both in weight and height.

Stats at 3 months 18 days

Weight: 15lbs 2oz
Height: 25in
Head circ: 41cm

You’re 2 inches shorter and 6 ounces lighter than Vic was at 4 months 3 days, but still well within that ballpark.

I’ve got another big tall boy on my hands!

Friday, 16th September, 2005

6 Week Checkup

Filed under: Checkups,General,Progress,Year 1 — Beth @ 16:30

Julien reached his 6th week yesterday and had his checkup and first round of shots today. He was tired and hungry and cried a lot, but was otherwise relaxed for the appointment. He nursed and fell asleep as soon as we were through.

His stats:

Weight: 11lbs 4oz
Height: 22 3/8 in
Head Circumference: 38.25 cm

His numbers are very close to Vic’s from the same age, but he carries his weight very differently!

Friday, 19th August, 2005

2 Week Checkup

Filed under: Checkups,General,Year 1 — Beth @ 18:10

Everything is looking great for Mr. Julien.

Weight: 8lbs 8oz
Height: 21.5 in
Head Circ: 36 cm

He’s a little bit longer and a heck of a lot heavier than Vic was at the same age though their head circumference is the same.

Doc fixed his little belly button up so it’s not oozing anymore, no shots today and his pooping level is just fine, perfectly normal.

In other words, all’s well and I need to try to change Jules’ appointments so that we’re actually seeing doc at 2 and 4 months instead of 1 and 3 months.

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