Thursday, January 21, 2010

And what else?

Hey, Jude -

One of the things you're doing these days is babbling a lot. You like to "talk" to us and to Duke, to the lights in the bedroom, and to the trees outside. You'll make a sound and we'll respond, you'll say something back, and we'll keep the "conversation" going. When you say something we like to start the conversation by saying, "And what else?" when you babble. You look at us and just talk and talk. It's so much fun!

Daddy & I are eager for you to start saying real words, but we love your baby babble. it's fun for us to interpret what you're talking about.

I love you, my Jude. My chatty boy.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Grins... not so toothless anymore

Hey, Jude -

You have a tooth! It took until you were almost 10 months old, but you finally got one. It's teensy weensy and just poking up above the surface. You let me feel it and look at it today. You weren't exactly thrilled about it, but you allowed it... albeit reluctantly. It's on the bottom left. I have a feeling more are on the way because you're chewing on everything nonstop. You're also really into crunchier foods now - toast, crackers, apples and pears.

I love you, my Jude. My toothy smiley boy.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays

Hey, Jude -

Tonight we're going to Rhode Island to visit Meme & Pepe. Auntie Marissa will be there and everyone is really excited to see you. The most exciting part for Momma & Daddy is that Great Grandpa is going to put on his Santa outfit and take pictures with you. Not many boys and girls get their very own Santa, but you do. Great Grandpa has a long, white beard and he's been dressing up like Santa for years. You're very lucky to get your own Great Grandpa Claus.

I love you, my Jude. My Christmas boy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah

Hey, Jude -

This time of year there are many holidays celebrated by people all over the world. We celebrate 2 - Christmas and Hanukkah. Christmas is the holiday Momma & Daddy grew up with and Hanukkah is the holiday Momma started to celebrate when she was in college. Traditionally, Christmas is for Christians and Hanukkah is for Jews, but we like to celebrate both because at the root of them is family and giving. Those are 2 of the most important things in life.

I hope that when you grow up and have a family of your own you will celebrate however you think best embraces a spirit of giving and family. That might mean something religious, something secular, something spiritual, something fun, something serious, but most of all something selfless. Daddy & I like to take the best bits of Christmas and Hanukkah and fold them into our winter holiday season. We're really looking forward to volunteering with you when you get a little older. Giving to others is a powerful thing and we can't wait to share that with you.

I love you, my Jude. My holiday boy.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hey, Jude -

I was thinking today about how important is it to have a family around you for love and support. Family doesn't just mean mom, dad, and baby. Family can mean many things. Daddy & I talk to you about this sometimes - how families don't all look the same, but the love is the same no matter what kind of package it comes in.

This weekend we went to brunch with some friends and it made me think about extended family. Sometimes we don't get to see our friends very often, but they're still part of our big, extended family. When you get older you may have friends that live in different states or countries and you may not get a chance to see them very much. What I hope you experience is what Daddy & I have with our friends - even if we don't get together frequently we still keep the love we have for each other as strong as if we saw each other every day.

I love you, my Jude. My friendly boy.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tut, tut, cheerio

Hey, Jude -

There have been big developments in your world! Yesterday you tried cheerios! Actually, Joe's Os from Trader Joe's. I gave you some on your highchair tray and you looked at them for a few seconds with a rather puzzled expression... then you tried to pick one up. The first time wasn't a success, but you tried again and eventually you were able to grasp one and lift it to your mouth. Getting it into your mouth was another challenge, but you persevered and were triumphant. Cereal is no match for you!

The look of surprise and pride on your face when you got the first one in your mouth was great. You chewed (gummed, really) it and smiled at the same time. You palm them now, but I know pretty soon you'll be using a pincer grip (your thumb and pointer finger) to pick them up. Watching you grow is amazing and more fun all the time.

I love you, my Jude. My hungry boy.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Hey, Jude -

Thanksgiving is Momma's favorite holiday. There are many days that celebrations happen during the year, but Thanksgiving is the one I love the most. We usually have a big dinner with lots of family, but this year it will be just you, Daddy, and me. I'm really happy about that. It's our first Thanksgiving as a family and we get to spend it with each other in our own way.

History books tell us that the first Thanksgiving was held by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans back when this country was just starting out. It was a big, happy dinner where meals and good will were shared. The real story is a bit different and I'm sure Daddy & I will explain that to you later. Maybe Auntie Marissa will talk about it, too. She's a teacher and she explains it very well. Most people in America have a roast turkey, but since we don't eat animals we'll be having a different dinner.

My most favorite part of Thanksgiving is reflecting on what I'm thankful for. In my life I have many things to be grateful for, but this year I am especially thankful for you & Daddy. Our family is wonderful. Getting to watch you grow and learn every day is what I'm thankful for this year. Thank you, my boy. Thanks for being your wonderful, hilarious, happy, healthy self.

My wish for you is to grow up and know the value of gratefulness. It's important to be thankful and to appreciate good things in this world. We are a lucky family and remembering that makes us even luckier.

I love you, my Jude. My thankful boy.