Thursday, January 24, 2008

Letter to My Three Month Old

Dear Julian,

Today you are three months old! Time is whizzing by and you seem so different from the baby we brought home from the hospital. You've doubled in size, and quadrupled in personality. Your days are spent smiling for hours on end and cooing and shrieking about all that excites you. You're rolling over more and more - at least once a day now. And all of your clothes are looking mighty tight on you. There still isn’t much hair on your head, and your eyes are still blue – but lighter and clearer than before. Everyone is starting to say how much you look like your Papa, and I have to say I agree. Nico loves to bring you his toys and put them on your face or lap in hopes that you will play with him, and he snuggles up next to you when we're hanging on the couch. You even give him treats squeezed tightly in your little fist that he always takes gently before he snarfs them.

You love to suck on your fingers, thumb and hands, especially when you are hungry or ready for a nap. You love the sound of Papas voice when he talks in your ear when you are upset. It always calms you down and helps you relax. You love tummy time, pushing yourself up to look in your crib mirror or out at us, and then smashing your face into your blanket or hands. You're bouncer has become the biggest hit. You can sit in it for nearly an hour batting at the monkey and the parrot and watching the water fall go, bouncing away talking to yourself. The swing is on its way out, though it served a great purpose in the beginning, I think you're almost too heavy for it!

This month we jumped into the outside world attending babywearing and La Leche League meetings, and even got together for a playdate with another baby in the neighborhood. We've taken walks outside when the weather is nice, headed out to the library, and the thrift store. And yesterday was my last pregnancy/birth related doctor appointment, yay! You were so sweet and all the nurses ooh'd and awwww'd over you, telling you what a charmer you are.

You still eat like a champ, and your sleep is right on track with what it should be at this age. You usually give us a nice 4 or 5 hour stretch in the beginning followed by 2 hours until it's time to wake up. Unless your in a growth spurt that is, then it's eating every hour and sleeping very little! Hopefully this will be the last one for a little while. At night all we have to do is turn off the lights, turn on the sound machine, and snuggle up close to you and you fall right to sleep. If I get to far away you always scooch right up to me again so you can have your hand on my face or your feet in my belly. For naps if I lay you down in your crib and put on your wave machine usually all you have to do is stick your hand in your mouth and your out like a light. If you’re having a rough time of it, a little butt patting and singing Hush Little Baby or You Are My Sunshine goes a long way.

I need to get a woven wrap to use with you now that you’ve outgrown the Moby. I’ll miss the stretchy coziness of it, but not your sinking booty! You love the Baby Hawk and the Moshi when we go to the store or take walks in the neighborhood, but I want something a little more snuggly for you. Wearing you has been a really great experience, and I hope it is something we can continue for the next few years. I love having you so close to me, and exploring the world from such a different vantage point. I love that it keeps you safe and secure and away from the view/hands of strangers when we’re out. And it’s great exercise for me!

I now call you: munchy, munchy-munchy, punkin, punkin-poo, my little bean, little homie, and Ju-ju-Juuuulian .

And to end this long letter, I just want you to know how much we love you, every roly poly inch of you! You have brought so many smiles and so much laughter into this home; we couldn’t imagine life without you here.

Hugs and Kisses,

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