My beautiful Son,
This letter to my son comes after a very eventful month, for you and for your family. You experienced for first Christmas, we traveled to California to visit family and you even went to the zoo for the first time. You were such a great baby, hanging tough with the big people and making everyone fall in love with you. But, with all those firsts also came your first really bad cold. Actually, it was my first time to deal with a sick baby and, I have to say, it’s not fun at all.
You got sick after we came home from California. You were miserable, coughing like a barking seal, throwing up and battling a mid-grade fever. We went to the doctors repeatably that week, who said you had croup and gave you medicine and breathing treatments. I knew you would be okay, and thank my lucky stars that you are healthy otherwise, but man – that sucked. Hearing that horrid cough the first time jolted me out of bed quicker than anything else ever has. I’m so happy you are feeling better this week.
But even sickness doesn’t keep you down, my strong boy! This month you have grown tremendously, still weighing in at around 22 pounds and now 29.5 inches tall. I told Daddy that I think you got longer than heavier this month, and your Dr. agreed. You jumped a bracket and are now in the 85-90% in height! Daddy was ecstatic! You are wearing 12 months in clothes and a size 4 diaper. Since I can’t keep shoes on your chubby feet, I have no clue what your shoe size is. Once you start walking we’ll get you fitted for some comfy, supportive kicks.
You are a crawling professional, and really quick too! You pull on on anything and everything. You cruise on furniture, the walls, from toy to toy. You aren’t fearless, but you do take chances. If you fall on your bottom, you’re fine, but if you somehow end up on your back, you lose it. You are standing up alone for a few seconds at a time, but once you realize what you’re doing, back on the floor you go. You haven’t taken steps alone, but love to walk around the house holding our hands.
Sometimes I wonder what is going on in that beautiful head of yours. Each month your communication improves and I can’t wait to bond with you even more. This month you started to use the sign for milk (or leche in our house), although you use it anytime you want a drink of anything. You also love to wave! It’s the cutest thing ever! You say Dada very often, meaning you want either me or your Dad. The last couple of weeks you started making a new sound – ooooo. So cute! And, you say Hi. But I’m sure you have no idea what you are saying, just copying others who greet you. You follow simple commands and recognize “no” or “no touch”. You look at me knowingly, then test me! You are already the strong willed person your sister is!
My sweet Sebastian, I love you. In the craziness of our lives and your demanding big sister, do I tell you enough? Do you know that the sun rises and sets on my love for you? That I watch you sleep on our monitor and am excited when you wake up, that we get to spend another day together? I hope so. I love you, Sebastian, because of your big smile and loving embrace. I’ve never been hugged so tightly by a baby. Your hugs are the most amazing feeling.
As we get 2013 underway, as Alina grows and ventures into the world without Mama by her side, I am looking forward to some much deserved one on one time with you. I know you want it, that I will cherish it and one day our relationship will lean on the time we spend together building a strong mother-son bond.
I adore you, my son. May this year bring you an unbridled amount of health and happiness.
Te quiero por siempre y despues de siempre,