Dear Julien … Letters to my second son.

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

1 Comment

  1. Awwww, so cute! It seems as though he was just born, but yet he’s smiling already!

    Comment by Nicole — Wednesday, 5th October, 2005 @ 7:37

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