My sweet, sweet baby boy. You get cuter every day. I know every parent says that about their children, and I'm biased because I'm your mother, but I really do mean it. You're a good-looking kid with the most contagious smile I have ever seen. You always seem to be smiling and you LOVE when anyone is making eye contact with you. You're turning into quite the socialite. I'm glad, too... when you get older, I don't ever have to worry about running out of things to say.
You hair has been thinning for a while, but it was getting harder to disguise, so Daddy and I gave you your very first haircut. I wasn't sure what you'd think of the whole experience, but you didn't seem to mind it at all. You look a little less like a baby grown man (in a good way) when you have short hair, but you're still a fine gentleman to us.
You're hitting all of your marks developmentally and I can't believe how strong you are already. You feel like you're all muscle! Maybe you and I can work out together before too long.
You are VERY ticklish. It's not hard to find a new spot to get you giggling.
You still seem to favor me over everyone else so far... which is awesome. Your sisters are great entertainment for you; your eyes follow them all over the room. They love to love on you, giving you all the toys and pillows and blankets you could ever hope for. They're a little overwhelming for you sometimes, but just remember that they're just showing you in their own way how much they care.
You're fascinated by books, which is pretty typical for a Rauch kid at this point. You follow along with the pictures when we read to you, with your eyes open wide as you take it all in. I want so badly to know what you're thinking about all the time, but I know that at the rate you chatter away, it won't be long before you can tell me yourself.
We get lots of comments on how you seldom cry, which is pretty accurate. You only really get upset when you want to be held, when you're hungry, or when you're tired and trying to fall asleep but we just won't leave you alone... and that's pretty much it. You love to be held and cuddled and be a part of the action. I'm doing my best to make sure you're included, but things are a little bananas around here most of the time, so I'm sorry if you have to entertain yourself for a while. Just let me know when you're lonely, and remember that I'm doing my best.
Clive Anthony, you're my best boy. I love you with my whole heart and I am so proud to be your mom. Every time you smile at me, I feel like my heart is going to burst. As I say all the time, God knew my heart needed you. You are the best surprise we've ever received. I love you.