Saturday, December 1, 2007

One Month Today

Dear Julian,

Today is December 1st, 2007 and you are one month old, and we are so thrilled to finally have you here in the world with us. Your entrance was slightly more dramatic than we were expecting but in the end it every twist and turn was worth it. You've changed a lot in this last month, and it's taken me a bit by surprise. Your little body has grown a ton, and every day I can see changes in your adorable little face. The cheeks are bigger, hair longer, and eyes are wider and as blue as could be. Your little arms and legs are getting roly poly, and your belly gets bigger and bigger all the time. You’re a terrific eater!

As every day passes you are more and more awake during day time hours, and the early morning is the most interactive part of your day. You love to kick your legs and punch your arms into the air, or even better into our faces while we have our morning cuddles. You love to stare at our faces, and we can tell that you recognize our voices turning your head back and forth as we talk.

Your big brother Nico seems to be adjusting very well to your arrival. He loves to get treats that you squeeze in your tight little fists and when you cry he comes running with a worried look on his face. He loves to snuggle us all on the couch when you’re in your boppy nursing or hanging out. It's going to be fun watching you grow up with him and learn to play with him.

You seem to be a very laid back kind of guy, only crying when you’re hungry or tired or want to be held. The middle of the night isn't very rough because you make your needs know by little grunts and noises rather than wails. Most days are full of two hour naps on and off, with many hours of awake time, but slowly you are adding time between feeds and naps. Though most days you’ll only nap swaddled in your swing on the highest speed – I fear we’re going to need to buy stock in batteries for that thing! When you are upset we shush in your ear or say "heeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyy" over and over to get your attention, and you seem to love music like Bob Dylan and others with deep voices and calm tunes to help you settle down.

Papa is back at work now, but every day when he comes home he gives us all big hugs and kisses, and tells us how much he loves us. I send him pictures on his cell phone whenever you are being extra cute so he doesn't miss any of the good stuff. It’s so nice to watch the two of you together, and to see more and more everyday that you look like him.

I love to give you eskimo kisses and smell your sweet little noggin. I love to watch you sleep with your little clenched fists and pursed lips. I love giving you baths, you just close your eyes and lay back to enjoy the warm water pouring over you. And I love holding you as tight as I can without squishing you while whispering "I love you" into your ear.

I hope you always know how dear you are to us, how much you were wanted, and how happy you have made us. Our little family has expanded, and I couldn't imagine a better gift, or better life than with you in it.
I love you my darling boy!

Your Mama

1 comment:

LizLaine86 said...

Dear Rachel,
There is no way in this world that Jules wouldn't know how much he is loved. We could tell at the baby shower how much you wanted to be a Mother and now that you are, I can only think of one other person that is as good a Mom as you, and it makes sense because she is your best friend. I am so excited for you, Pete and of course Nico!