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happenings & Julian update
First, I have to say that my new dairy dishwasher ROCKS. Completely. I cannot wait until we have the fleishig one!! It's even cooler. And the same day that the dishwasher gets here, the new washer and dryer get here!! Hooorah. So that's the random stuff. Actually, I'm not sure that I have anything to say that isn't random. Someday I'll have something substantive to say again. HAH!

Anyway, may as well turn this into a Julian update. Much of what's going on with Julian needs to be a friends-only entry, but here's the basic stuff: He's still growing. He's HUGE. He has a lot more words now, and will say "mortgage" and even "carbohydrate" but he refuses to say "Eema" out of spite. He's all about "Abba" though. His favorite word is "outside!" and he's very good at saying "Peas?" (Please). He is also quite fond of "No."

He adores his whale shaped pool and loves water of all sorts, except if it comes out of a shower head. He giggles uncontrollably around sprinklers, though, so I really don't get the shower head problem. *shrug* He has his first swim lesson on Sunday at the YMCA. Seth will be taking him, though his second lesson will be with his grandfather, since Seth will still be at Shoreleave.

His bedtime has moved a bit later (around 8 now), but he's excellent about his bedtime routine: We sing Pajama Time to him, and he knows that means it's time to walk to his room. He climbs into bed and takes his water & his ducky. When we finish with Pajama Time, we sing the Sh'ma to him, and he lifts his head up for a kiss, then pushes the duck toward you to give the duck a kiss, and then he rolls over and curls up. It's about the easiest bedtime routine on the planet. He's also taken to sleeping slightly later, or at least entertaining himself in his room quietly for longer. He's been waking up around 6:30 these days, which is lovely. A few days last week, he even slept until 7, which was rather unbelievable (but a fluke, I'm sure).

He takes a 2pm nap without fail every single day for Gina. And on Shabbos, he falls asleep by 10am. I don't get it. And I would much prefer he take a 2pm nap on Shabbos so that we could go to shul and such and so that all three of us could take a nap in the afternoon. SIGH. Oh, and trying to force him to stay awake doesn't work either. He just ends up in a screaming fit and THAT is no fun for anyone.

In the mornings during the week, Seth is typically out of the house before Julian first starts stirring. I let him out of his room around 6:30 (admittedly, he's usually awake by then, but playing quietly in his room) and he gets to watch Between the Lions and/or Arthur on PBS while I do important things like shower. He curls up nicely on my bed and drinks a cup of milk while I get ready for work. Then, when I'm ready to leave, he plays with the blinky pen I wear around my neck at work and gets very upset when I take it away from him.

He loves Gina. He loves everyone, really. He's a very social creature and is very excited when new playmates come. He's usually not jealous of other children playing with his toys, but he does get upset if another child takes something directly out of his hand. But I suppose that's entirely normal.

Mostly, he's a kid who craves structure, but loves to test limits. He does really well with a routine and doesn't rebel against it too much. He seems to know exactly which of our buttons to push when he wants to have a little adventure, but I hear that's normal.

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cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: June 28th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
this is adorable. post teh friends only one please.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 28th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
will do, though a bit later. I'm tired and about out of words right now.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 28th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
it sounds like you've taken a little boy and made him blossom karen. i'm impressed. i couldnt do it!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 28th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
*blush* Thanks, Gitty. That's so sweet.

I don't feel like we do much. I feel like he's just naturally wonderful and we lucked out.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 28th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm working on it. I have the photos, but they are in my digital camera. When I get some time (hah!) I'll upload them.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: June 28th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
loves water of all sorts, except if it comes out of a shower head

Sounds JUST like Jacob. Maybe it's a boy thing...
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: June 28th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope my daughter feels the same way, but also about sprinklers. She's like me. Doesn't like the uncontrollable spray.
beckyfeld From: beckyfeld Date: June 28th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
And the same day that the dishwasher gets here, the new washer and dryer get here!!

Does that mean you're not coming to visit us any more? :-(
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 29th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
of course not. We'll probably be there again to do laundry before Sunday! (and aside from that, maybe we'll start random drive-by-drop-ins after you return from Boston)

Anyway, you could visit us too, you know.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 28th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
And on Shabbos, he falls asleep by 10am. I don't get it.

Oh! Maybe he gets all tuckered out from the excitement of having the family around. All that love burns a lot of energy! :)
malkin From: malkin Date: June 28th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, sorry, that was me posting! I had to turn off my autologin when my brother was here, and keep forgetting to turn it back on!
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: June 28th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Routine is very helpful. It really helps cut down the arguments and gives a sense of security.

The shower head thing is pretty common. I don't know why.

"Craves structure but loves to test limits" means you have a very normal well-adjusted kid on your hands. They have to test limits to understand the boundaries. And pushing buttons - oh yeah, very normal. Jamie's a great kid, but when he's in the mood for it... oh boy.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 29th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, he is completely normal, thank G-d. He was bounced around so much his first year that he could have gone either way... learning to be flexible about his environment or needing only constant routine. He somehow became both. He's very flexible, particularly with regard to visitors and babysitters. But he needs his morning and evening routines (and they have to be at roughly the same times each day). The middle of the day isn't a huge deal to him... he's pretty flexible about where he is and what he's doing. But it has to be started his way and ended his way.

Yeah, we have a detachable shower head (on a hose, thing, so you can hold it and move it around)... and he's freaked out about it even if it's not looming over his head spraying down mercilessly. That's the weird part. I can imagine being freaked out by spray coming from above relentlessly. But I'm surprised that he's freaked out about it even if it's down at his level and not spraying at him.
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: June 29th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a normal kid to me!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 29th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank G-d! He is so utterly normal, and we love it. He's a good kid, we really lucked out.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: June 29th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I hated, hated, hated showers until I was like eight years old. I had no problems with sprinklers, though. The noise from the shower scared me and I was afraid of such a strong spray.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 29th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's interesting. It's just weird because he gets freaked out even if it's down at his level.
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