Saturday, July 18, 2009

Samuel: 4 Months

Hey little buddy,

You're already four months old, and making our lives so much fun! You have entered, as Kelly refers to it, the "Dream Baby" stage. You are fun, sweet, cute, engaging and a joy to be around! You still take naps in your car seat and are fairly immobile which makes it easy to take you places. On top of it all, you are quite the flirt, making friends everywhere we go.

You are changing so fast, learning new tricks and sounds and faces each day. In one month you started really laughing, rolled from front to back, got your first haircut (and lots of new hair), met your great-grandparents and some amazing cousins, and took your first tractor ride.Whew, what a list!

They say that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but we just returned from a trip to visit family where you hardly laid on the floor, simply because you are such a delightful, snuggly boy and no one wants to put you down! Grammy and Papa couldn't believe what an easygoing, cuddly, sweet little bear you are, even with your Mama's nonstop bragging. What they got to experience firsthand over the past few weeks is what I am fortunate to wake up to each day. You are such a wonderful baby and we just can't get enough of you, plain and simple.

You've learned to grab for things and bring them straight to your mouth. Most of the time this isn't a problem but when your sister left a dryer sheet on your swing tray you got quite the surprise! That's a flavor you don't taste every day! You love to play on the floor, sit up on laps, stand up, play peek-a-boo, and be tickled under the chin. You an your big sister are smitten with each other and if you aren't smiling or cooing at her, she's fawning over you, "Oh my very best buddy!"

I am shameless when it comes to getting a smile or a giggle, talking in insanely high voices and tickling you until you've laughed and laughed. My eyes still well up a little each time you give a big, warm smile and coo. Even today you had the loan document notary grinning from ear to ear and completely losing her train of thought. You are one sweet boy.

A few weeks ago, your Dada commented on my left bicep, which is noticeably bigger than my right. He wondered for a few moments before moving his gaze to your full frame. "Oh, " he said, "I get it." You weigh in at 18 pounds, gaining weight at a rate which will put you at triple your birth weight long before you turn one year. You are a fabulous eater and I greatly enjoy our nursing time. You've started to be easily distracted, and will pull off to smile or coo in my direction. We could spend hours on the couch, just "talking," me covering you with kisses.

You've made our lives so much richer and more meaningful. You are delightful and inquisitive and engaging and the. smiliest. boy. ever. Ever. Thanks for letting me share in who you are, each and every day!

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