Dear Jackson,

October 17, 2011

Catching up on things

Filed under: Uncategorized — aJOHNymous @ 3:11 pm

Wow, it’s been a really long time since my last letter. Sorry about that. As you may have surmised, things have been pretty crazy since the addition of Kameron into our lives.

Jesus, hold on–I don’t even know which one of you I’m writing this for anymore. This used to be a collection of ‘Dear Jackson,’ letters, but now I’m not sure how to adjust my perspective and writing voice for two kids. I’ll do my best to make sure I address both of you at the same time, but please forgive any weird perspective shifts that will no doubt occur. If anything, this will be an interesting experiment in existential rambling in a myriad of different voices (first person, second person, third person, etc).

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get right to it.

The last few months have been really busy. Kameron, you’ve been a remarkable little newborn. Sleep schedules are much better than they were with your brother. I think it’s mostly due to you being on time and fully developed. You’re definitely a bit chunkier and rounder than your older brother was at your age. You seem to have a much better temperament than he did as well. Again, I think that’s just a development thing.

For being only a little under three months old, you’ve been quite a busy little guy. We’ve taken you up north, to weddings, and even made it to Miller Park you so could enjoy your first Brewer game. We won. You slept through it. Don’t worry, we took pictures.

Since I just mentioned the Brewers, I’m going to touch on them a bit here before moving on. We just experienced our best year since the ’82 Brewers made it to the World Series. Last night saw our dream season end in game 6 of the NLCS as we were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals, who’ll move on to play the Texas Ranger in the World Series. Oddly enough, the Cards were the team who beat us in the ’82 World Series. Milwaukee was an American League team once upon a time. We won a franchise-best 96 games and came within two wins of getting into the dance. But such is life, I guess. We still had a great season and it was a lot of fun watching us kick ass down the stretch. Besides, we still have the 2010 Super Bowl Champion Packers to watch every Sunday, so there’s that. Speaking the Pack—we won the game yesterday (against the St. Louis Rams of all teams) to improve our record to 6-0. We’re the only undefeated team in eth NFL right now. Taking that into consideration, it’s a damn good time to be a sports fan in the state of Wisconsin. And let’s not forget the also undefeated Badgers, who’ve been clowning every team they’ve played so far. Yep, definitely a good time to be a Wisconsin sports fan.

Ok, so where was I? Oh yeah; we’ve been busy.

I hope you guys don’t mind, but I’m going fast forward a bit here. Much of what I could speak to about Kameron’s development would pretty much be just a recap of some of the earlier Jackson letters. I’d much rather focus on how we’ve all been adjusting.

I’ll say this much, Jackson: you sure are obsessed with hugging, kissing, and laying on top of your brother, I sincerely hope that it stays that way because it’d break my heart if you two aren’t able to grow up as best friends, not just brothers. I don’t think I have to really explain [again] why that is so important to me. And Kameron, sometimes you freak out in the car when you get overtired or too hungry. It’s important for you to know that your brother will reach over into your car set and hold your hand, without us having to ask. It’s absolutely one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever seen. He genuinely loves you and wants you to be happy. Jackson, I hope never grow out of that. You’re already a natural big brother and it amazes me to see how quickly you’ve grown into that role without coaxing.

Jackson, I should also mention that it seems like you’re learning new words almost every day. Well, you aren’t so much learning them as you are trying your best to mimic them, but that’s huge progress. We’re teaching you letters and numbers during bath time every night and you seem to be picking most of them up. There are these soft, floating letters and numbers that we got you and we’ll ask you where the B is or where the 7 is, and for the most part, you’re able to find the right one. Your mom is convinced you’re colorblind because you aren’t as good at picking up the colors we ask for, but I think she’s overreacting, as per usual. Baby steps, as they say. Color identification will come in due time.

I’d like to touch on a few differences I’ve noticed in how Kameron acts at this age versus how Jackson acts [I’m writing for both of you here so I’ll be address a nonexistent third party. Expect more of this in future letters. Sorry for any confusion.]

Jackson—probably due to his prematurity—was not always the happiest of babies. I’ve already discussed hoe difficult his sleep schedule was, but even at a few months old, he was just a bit, well; behind, I guess. I find that Kameron is definitely a happier baby who smiles much more than his older brother did at his age. He also appears to be able to interact more as well as react to facial expressions from me. If I make a weird face, I can usually count on him to smile and laugh, plus follow my face if I should move. I don’t remember this happening with Jackson. Perhaps it’s simply because Kameron was full term and sleeps so much better. I’m really not sure. Several factors could play into it. I do wonder how these differences will grow as both of you get older.

Jackson, you’re getting pretty smart about technology too. It’s late 2011, so touch-screen devices are all the rage. We have an iPod Touch, Android mobile phones, and a 10-inch Android tablet (Jesus, by the time you both read this, will either of you have any idea what these devices even were?) that you are able to fully unlock, swipe from screen to screen, switch between apps, and play games on. I’m pretty sure you picked up how to use these devices all on your own and that you can do more on them than even your grandparents themselves can do. It’s mindboggling. None of this technology existed 10 years ago (to consumers, anyway) so just thinking about what sort of devices you’ll be playing with at age 10 blows my mind. Who knows? Maybe we’ll have reached the singularity (look it up if it hasn’t already happened) by then. It’s just really cool to be able to watch the wheels spinning in your head as you play with television remote controls, phones, and even computers. I wonder if your younger brother will pick it up just as quickly as you have.

One more thing I’d like to mention before I close this letter is a trip we took about a week ago. Your mom and I have a friend who is an airplane mechanic. He just got a job with Harley Davidson and he recently offered to bring us to the hangar at the Milwaukee airport where they keep the two corporate Harley planes. Knowing how much of an airplane (or ‘dee-dow’, as you call them…yeah, I don’t get it either) fanatic Jackson is, we figured it’d be a lot of fun for everyone.

We spent a few hours in the hangar as our friend Tyler let us explore everything. We let you run around inside the planes and even let you sit in the cockpit while we snapped a few pretty cool pictures. We even got you to sit on the wing and inside one of the engines for a bit. You seemed to get a kick out of everything and looked like you were having one hell of a good time. At one point Tyler opened the large hangar door and we were able to look out at the runway and watch the planes taking off and landing. I’m pretty sure this blew your little mind. How many other two-year olds can say that they’ve sat in the cockpit of a private corporate jet and pushed random buttons? Not many. You’re a lucky little guy. And true to form, Kameron just hung out and looked totally uninterested in anything. Though in his defense, he’s only a few months old. I’m sure we’ll take you both back out there again once you’re a little older. All told, it was a pretty nice day and everyone had a lot of fun.

Kameron, I’m sorry; I wish I had more to say about you. So far, you’re an amazing little guy, but aside from eating, sleeping, and shitting, you don’t really do too much yet. That said, the day you start walking or talking is going to come far too soon, so we’re really trying to enjoy these newborn days as much as possible.

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