Meet the colleagues

Juliette decided to get dressed up in her grey dress to meet Daddy's colleagues

uomo cerca trans Prato Juliette decided to get dressed up in her grey dress to meet Daddy’s colleagues

donna cerca donna Verona Yesterday was a big day for Juliette. She got to come and visit Dad at his office, where she was introduced to all of his colleagues.

uomo cerca donna Lazio Of course, she managed to fall asleep in the car, so she was just waking up and a little bit grumpy when we first walked into the office. Noticing that half the room were on the telephone, she decided to introduce herself with a nice, loud cry. Daddy hastily made his retreat back to the lobby with the noisy baby — so much for the stories he’s been telling about what a quiet baby we have!

uomo cerca donna Trapani Juliette eventually calmed down and made the rounds, meeting everyone and getting everyone to fuss over her, her proud father showing her off to anyone who seemed even remotely interested.

Taking a little nap after a big day out.

uomo cerca donna Cava de Tirreni Taking a little nap after a big day out.

Today, she made another outing with Mom to the museums. Now, after a busy day, she’s pooped and ready for a good sleep!

Getting taller every day

Juliette is growing taller and taller every day. When her Dad was growing up, he was a chubby baby. None of that for little Juliette — she is turning out long-and-lean, at least in the early days. She’s quickly trying to catch up to all of her friends, not realizing that they’re all six months older!

I think it’s probably a good thing that our new house has a basketball court across the street.

Lounging in her towel after bathtime...

Lounging in her towel after bathtime…

Someone's got long legs!

Someone’s got long legs!

Juliette a fait sa nuit (bis)

Another milestone evening!

Another milestone evening!

For the second time, Juliette has made it through the night — and what a night. She went to sleep around 8pm, and didn’t even get up for a midnight feed. She was still sleeping when Aude eventually woke her up at 7:30am.

On the other hand, it seems that Aude is having trouble to faire ses nuits. She’s gotten so used to getting up during the night to feed that she woke up at 2am and again at 5am out of habit, while the baby calmly slept through. 🙂

Thanks Karl and Anke!

When Uncle Karl and Aunt Anke bought the six-month-old sized clothing, they probably thought that it would be a little while before they were the right size for the baby. Little did they know that Mom and Dad are lacing Juliette’s milk with anabolic steroids* in a bid to accelerate through her teenage years. That’s right, our little weed is ready to wear the six-month-old size at just over two months.

It’s great that she’s gaining weight and growing so successfully. But there’s also a little, tiny part of Dad that is wondering when it’s all going to end. Are we growing a six-foot supermodel? The next WNBA champion? Someone who can reach all of our lightbulbs when they burn out?

In any case, Juliette looks very cute in her new outfit, especially her little hat. We may have to wait just a little longer to try the barrettes, when Juliette has enough hair.

Chilling out in the rocking chair after my bath...

Chilling out in the rocking chair after my bath…

Check out my teddy bear shirt!  And my cute little hat!

Check out my teddy bear shirt! And my cute little hat!

* This isn’t actually true, before anyone calls the police for illegally drugging our child. We’re actually only lacing her milk with the occasional Valium, or half-an-Ambien.**

** This is actually also not true. But there are nights when every parent considers it… 🙂

Tough day to be a baby

Today was the big doctor’s appointment, and Juliette didn’t disappoint, weighing in at 5.55kg and 61cm tall. Everything is developing as it should, which is great news.

Less of a highlight, at least for Juliette, was her first course of vaccinations. One big shot in each thigh, and an oral vaccine against rotavirus just for good measure.

To say that Juliette did not enjoy this experience is an understatement. Beet-red and screaming at the top of her lungs, reported Aude, in a way that we’ve never heard before.

She’s now calmed down and sleeping it off in her playpen, a box of paracetamol at the ready.

Still, in this village, where many people don’t vaccinate their children and where preventable disease occurs with worrying levels of frequency, Mom and Dad will sleep a little easier knowing that Juliette is now on her way to having a more robust immunity. (And as an aside from Dad, a plea to all parents: VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN!)

Sleeping off a tough afternoon at the doctor's...

Sleeping off a tough afternoon at the doctor’s…

Smile-o-gram

Juliette is just learning to smile. She’s most smiley in the morning, when she’s still full of energy and not worn out from the day.

One of Dad’s biggest regrets is that he’s at work most days and doesn’t get to see this very often. By the time he gets home, Juliette’s mostly smiled out.

So what a nice surprise to receive a smile-o-gram in his inbox!

One happy baby!

One happy baby!

A new pink dress from Daddy

Daddy went shopping for baby clothes, buying plenty of stuff in the 3-6m size range so that Juliette would have something to grow into in a few months. Well, unfortunately Juliette is growing ahead of the curve and is ready to wear her new clothes already, at just two months. Still, she looked so cute that we had to snap a few photos of her in her new outfit.

"Could I be any cuter?"

“Could I be any cuter?”

Juliette's captivated by her butterfly mobile

Juliette’s captivated by her butterfly mobile

Straight out of the bath and into her nice new ensemble

Straight out of the bath and into her nice new ensemble

* Editor’s note: Lest anyone is looking at the pictures over the past few months and thinking that Dad has assumed the white-trash-tee-shirt-24-7 look, he would like to point out in his defense that photo time usually follows bathtime. And if you’ve ever given a wriggling baby a bath, it’s best not to be dressed in anything you want to stay dry.

We’ll introduce Juliette to her redneck side soon enough…

Juliette a fait sa nuit!

Yesterday was really a day of milestones. It was Juliette’s two-month birthday, which was a milestone in itself. But as parents, the more important one came this morning.

Dad is usually up-and-gone before Juliette and Mom are awake. So he was very surprised to find that they were both downstairs and playing when he stepped out of the shower.

Rather than being a picture of a blissful family passing their morning together, the sight of Mom before morning coffee usually means that it’s been a tough night. Juliette was very fussy last night and it took two attempts and nearly an hour-and-a-half to get her to go down. But when she was finally down, she was really down.

“Elle a fait sa nuit!” exclaimed a very cheerful looking Aude.

In English, we don’t really have an expression for faire ses nuits, which literally means ‘does her nights’. But this is an important right of passage in France, and anxious mothers will compare their little darlings, always asking if little Junior does her nights — meaning sleeping through the night.

And Juliette crossed that threshold last night. She fed at 10:30pm, then slept straight through until nearly 7am. As always, it’s too early to declare victory. But it does show us just a hint of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Vaccinations start tomorrow. I suspect the light at the end of the tunnel will have to wait. The next few days are liable to be a bumpy ride.

One very excited Facebook update from one very excited Maman!

One very excited Facebook update from one very excited Maman!