Sep 24, 2014



Damian Julio: Five Months

Dear Damo,

You’ve changed so much in the last month! It’s like that light went on in your brain and you’ve discovered there is a big world around you to see, touch, and taste. You try to grab everything, and everything you do grab goes in your mouth. I haven’t tried giving you solids but I think I will soon. Sometimes when I’m eating you watch me with the widest eyes and make smacking noises with your mouth like you want some too. I definitely think you’re ready. You can sit upright on your own forever now, but I still put a nursing pillow behind you just in case. You haven’t quite mastered the art of getting out of the sitting position. When you’re on your belly you can scoot and roll to get places. You can also get up on your knees and launch forward a bit, but I think you need to get a little stronger before you crawl. I can’t wait until you’re crawling all over the place. I’ll have to baby-proof everything again, and you’ll probably give me frequent mini-heart attacks, but I think Eva will love it.

You still love Eva more than ever. You just stare at her with those big blue eyes, smiling and giggling like a little goofball. Your eyes seem to be changing a bit, actually. When the light is shining on them a certain way you can see some green in them, like your mama and two grandmas. I still think that’s how they’ll end up. All that thick black hair that fell out is coming back a little lighter and a little thinner. No signs of teeth yet.

For the past week or so you’ve only been waking up once in the night. I thought I’d never see these days again after the 2-3 hour stretches we had been getting. I have to rock you to sleep again now, though, for naps too. We sit in our big squeaky lazyboy and rock until you drift off to sleep. Or I can just wear you. I can finally put you on my back now so life is a lot easier. When you cry I can sing you “Ten Little Monkeys” and you’ll stop. I can sing other songs after that, but that’s the song I have to start out with. Usually I move on to “Love Story” by NoFX because that’s about the extent of my lullaby knowledge. Sometimes I sing a song your GiGi made up since Eva asks for it now. I’m not the best signer in the world but you two don’t seem to mind.

Things you love: You love toys, in all shapes and sizes. You love to go for walks outside. You love the beach. You love bathtime and splashing around. You love when I read books to your sister. You love our Selena cat.

Things you hate: You still hate being in the car seat if the car is not moving. You scream your little head off at every stop light.

I just love this stage you’re in and that we’re able to interact with you more and more. I am so happy that you’re a part of our family. Thank you for being such a sweet little baby and thank you for being mine.