He is probably the happiest baby I have ever met. I always get the biggest smiles and it is SO FUN to be the fun parent for a change ;) He still smiles quite a bit for Joel, though... and the girls, and his Nona. He's a chatty little guy, and certainly gets excited when he has undivided attention. He gears up to coo and squeak as much as he can, with big smiles the whole time.
His eyes are starting to change color and they're looking increasingly brown every day, just like his momma. He hasn't lost any of this thick brown hair yet, which is great news for when I comb it over nicely for mass on Sundays (all the heart eyes!). His facial features and squinty eyes when he smiles make him look just like baby Joel and I am loving every minute of it.
Clive is sleeping in longer stretches now. I know that the girls spoiled us when they started sleeping through the night at 6 and 8 weeks, so we were expecting to really struggle with number three. However, as long as I keep up with feeding him every 2-3 hours during the day he can manage 5-6 hour stretches between 10 PM and 8 AM, which isn't bad! He's a trooper, that's for sure. He also likes to sleep with his hands by his face and without blankets and DEFINITELY without a swaddle. None of that nonsense, apparently.
|He's clearly into this photo shoot... she would hold him all day if I let her|
|Sweet sister "sharing" toys with baby brother|
He certainly gets a lot of loving around here. The girls are more than happy to smother him with toys and kisses all day long (I'm working on getting them to reign in the energy a little bit). They're starting to take more of a vested interest in helping Clive-related situations though... now 4/5 of the Rauches in this house know how to give Clive his pacifier. The only one left to learn this skill is the man of the hour himself.
Tummy time is still probably one of his least favorite things. I think it's mostly because he gets bored and can't see much from down there, because when I'm leaning back and he's on my chest he can push up with his arms and hold his head steady to see all around the room and smile at any faces he can recognize. Maybe we'll just have to start getting some exercise together ;)
Your smiles are enough to lift me through my darkest moments as a mother. I've only known you a little while, but you've already made me better. I don't know what I'd do without your love. My love for you is so different from anything I've ever experienced. I am honored that God blessed us with you. Please be patient with me when I can't help you right away or when it takes me a bit to figure out what's making you upset. As excited as I am to see that man that you become, I am soaking up every moment with you until then. You are my son, and I am your mom. I love you.
And just for fun, here's a peek back at Celine and Monica at two months. :)