Flashback Friday: Happy Birthday to Julian

Julian, the rookie baby who inspired this site, turned 6 years old on Friday.

At 6 months, he allowed me to take his photo like this.

He had more input on the shot this year

I prepared a survey for Julian to fill out to mark this point in time, the first birthday on which he was capable of independently reading and writing responses to a questionnaire, and it included the question, “What do you love about yourself?”

For most of us, this would stop us in our tracks, right? Deep thoughts. Self-doubt. Questioning.  For Julian, it was so simple.

I could drone on and on about how special I think this child is, but I won’t bore you.

Trust me, he is the smartest, most gifted, and amazingly affectionate boy on the planet. And it’s not just my opinion; his dad totally agrees.


A bit delayed, October in review, minus the Halloween-related posts. (But wait, first read my latest post on BabyCenter.com, Would you send your kids to Camp Grandma?)

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.