Dear Julien … Letters to my second son.

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.

Friday, 12th May, 2006

Fruit Plate at Left Bank

Filed under: General,Pictures,Year 1 — Beth @ 9:14

Fruit Plate at Left Bank

Originally uploaded by littleowl.

Mr. Jules is eating more and more solids these days. Here he is enjoying some fruit at a local restaurant. He was doing really well with self-feeding. I barely need to wield a spoon with him at all anymore.

Also note his attire – we’ve broken out the Berkeley togs. He’s grown into Vic’s Berkeley Baby outfit.

Wednesday, 3rd May, 2006

Cruisin’ on a Tuesday Evening

Filed under: General,Pictures,Year 1 — Beth @ 7:08

Cruisin’ on a Tuesday Evening

Originally uploaded by littleowl.

Julien figured out how to pull up fully yesterday and decided he’d toss some cruising in for good measure and tried to to take his first step while he was at it too.

He didn’t quite make it, though you could see from the expression on his face that he had determination aplenty and he was quite surprised when his little legs weren’t ready to hold him.

Still, he took my hand and stepped away from that chair, wobbled for a second, then stumbled into my lap and gave me a big hug.

Saturday, 1st April, 2006

Julien and The Croissant

Filed under: General,Pictures,Year 1 — Beth @ 21:00

Julien and The Croissant

Originally uploaded by littleowl.

Sabs went over to the bakery and picked up breakfast for us this morning: a box of different kinds of croissants.

I turned my back for a second only to discover that Julien had crawled over to the box, snagged a croissant and was happily and proudly trying to eat it.

He seemed to be having a grand old time, even though he couldn’t really bite into the treat and technically he shouldn’t be having something so loaded with butter for another four months.

However, I didn’t have the heart to take it away until he’d had his fill of fun with it and I managed to get a bunch of cute shots of him with crumbs all over his face and this big pastry clutched in his tiny little hand.

Thursday, 9th March, 2006

7 Months

Filed under: General,Year 1 — Beth @ 14:10

Dear Julien,

I’ve been sick this month so I’m behind on updating. I missed a whole week of work and lost track of time and you turned 7 months in there somewhere when I wasn’t paying attention. You’ve grown a second tooth since I last wrote, it came in right on the heels of the first, within just a few days. You’ve been making good use of your chompers since they came in, suddenly becoming extremely enthusiastic about food. It’s not enough for you to have puree, you eye all our plates with keen interest and lunge after the contents with wide open hands and eager grunts of hunger.

Last night we went out for sushi and you attacked the avocado from my avocado rolls on the end of chopsticks as if you were lost in the desert and being offered water for the first time in days. More, more, more your grunts seemed to say and if I wasn’t fast enough at providing you with another bite, you leaned forward and tried to grab my platter of various rolls, including some that you definitely couldn’t have!

You’re making all sorts of interesting sounds now, of late you’ve taken to cooing like a pigeon and making other bird-like chirps and trills along with your growing repertoire of consonant-vowel vocalizations. You’re starting to hold your hands up to me while saying “Mmmmm” or “Emmmmmmm” so the right sounds are starting to get sorted with the right people slowly but surely.

You’re starting to sign as well and responding to the sign for “milk”. If you want to nurse and I sign “milk” to you, you get all excited, your little face just lights up and you start scooting in place and grunting and reaching out all eager for some yum-yums.

You still want 16 ounces of breastmilk a day, but I can’t quite keep up with you, so you’re getting at least one bottle of formula most days and sometimes more if I’m late to pick you up. You also eat carrots, barley cereal, bananas, pears, applesauce and avocado and you love it all. Daddy gave you some peas the other day and you adored them but they gave you the worst poops ever, so we’re going to hold off on legumes for a bit longer. You’re coordinated enough to hold your own bottle now as well and you’re showing signs of having a good pincer grip, so feeding yourself is not far behind I’m sure.

You are on the verge of crawling: you’ve done the odd bunny-hop here and you keep trying so hard to put it all together. Frequently in the evening if I put you down for tummy time, you will push up onto all fours and rock back and forth and then give a big shove, bunny-hop once and then the whole posture falls apart and you’re back down on your tummy. This frustrates you sometimes and I have to pick you up and hug you and kiss you and encourage you all over again, but by and large you’re pretty mellow about it and keep trying. You also like to sit in the bassinet from your playard and play with toys. It’s a lot of fun to watch you playing by yourself or with your big brother.

Speaking of Victor, nobody can make you laugh like he does. His enthusiasm for playing with you and cuddling you is endless and when he cuts capers and makes faces at you, you laugh these big deep belly laughs that just make me laugh out loud too.

You’re showing some signs of separation anxiety but it’s not too bad so we’re playing lots of peekaboo with you and letting you know that it’s okay and we’re still here even when we’re out of sight. You love to play peekaboo and bounce up and down on my knee while I sing “Yankee Doodle” to you. You also love clapping games and you’re starting to clap your own hands together though you can’t quite do it twice in a row yet.

You’re very comfortable sitting up now and you join us at the table in your high chair for meals. You’re starting to really like holding onto my hands while you stand in place or bounce up and down on your toes. You’d probably also enjoy more time in your doorway jumper, but the only place we can put it is in the doorway to the bathroom which really isn’t the best place for it. At any rate, you’re getting really, really strong and into moving so I’m sure we’ll be chasing after you on all fours very very soon!

Julien at 7 months

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