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My little man crush Monday. I’m taking a break to look at a few pictures while Luke is sick with a cold and there are about a thousand things to complete before the end of this dayโ€”and he just looked at me and let out a big one ๐Ÿ™‚ So I best be back to it. Hope you all are enjoying your Monday!

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I’m proud to say that smile up there was caused by me ๐Ÿ˜‰

So today my baby boy slept in my arms like he did when he was a firstborn (all nestled in my arms, cradle style).. twice!! He hasn’t wanted to be in that position since his “sit-up” muscles have kicked in (although he’s not sitting up quite yet, almost!) and so I imagine it’s at least been a good two months. It was heaven. I treasure those little moments with him, because I’m acutely aware of the quickness of things.

It’s so strange and incredible all at once. These little beings grow before your eyes and while I long for the next stage, I am clinging to the last one at the same time. I understand wanting to bottle it all up and be able to pop it open when the time is right. But alas, it just doesn’t work that way!

But I’m in love with this stage. Luke’s belly laugh is really coming into itself and it’s delicious. His hair is growing longer and he’s beginning to burst out of some of his pants (so many highwaters at the moment.. sorry son!). He loves engaging and interacting with people, playing with his big bird stuffed animal and swatting and grabbing all his rattling and colorful toys. He tries to crawl and is starting to have a preference about everything.

What stage is your favorite with the little ones in your life? ๐Ÿ™‚

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luke at four months:

+belly squeaking and laughing.. it’s the cutest

+babbling much more and distinct “la la” and sometimes a “ma” pops out!

+loves toys (specifically a musical monkey and big bird stuffed animal)

+much faster nurser than before (praise hands in the air!)

+loves walks by the beach and strolling in the stroller

+approx. one nap a day ends up in the stroller ๐Ÿ™‚

+has discovered trees, thumb sucking, rolling, my phone

+runs warm like daddy, sweaty child

+loves playtime with daddy, i love watching these boys play together

+got his first virus & sore throat, woke up every hour whimpering the first night, so so sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

+probably has entered four month sleep regression but his cuddles are worth it

we love you little boy!!

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a photograph of luke, once a week, every week in 2014.
week 28: we are seeing little man’s personality way more these days. giggling (well..high pitched little screeches), watching conversations so intensely, wanting to be held way more. he’s our little joy and burst of energy! i’m pretty sure he’s constantly moving. i’m already getting ready for the running shoes once his feet hit the ground ๐Ÿ˜‰

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a photograph of luke, once a week, every week in 2014.
week 24: luke’s first vbs! he’s been snug as a bug this week, cuddling in my wrap and sleeping on the go. i took this right after removing him from the wrap (and a nice nap!) and he was pure joy. love my little boy.

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a photograph of luke, once a week, every week in 2014.
week 23: this little 10 week old is all smiles, all the time. i don’t know who taught him how to bat his eyelashes but it’s trouble i tell you! stealing our hearts, little boy. every single day!

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luke at two months:
+still smiling all the time (yay!)
+now cooing, gurgling and early signs of his laugh ๐Ÿ™‚
+sleeping from his 10pm feeding all the way til 6-7am depending on day! fist bump baby boy.
+likes to sleep unswaddled from time to time but still prefers being all smooshed to sleep
+happily sleeps in his crib, our arms, his bassinet and the like
+starting to look way more like daddy in his eyes and cheeks
+hair seems to be getting a little lighter on top, looking reddish-brown
+getting to be a better communicator! and we’re really learning his cries
+cutest underlip shudder when something is not to his liking**
+so so so content!!
**funny story: the other night, james and i yawned simultaneously while luke was on my lap. it must’ve hit him the wrong way because his bottom lip curled over the top and he stared at us withย theย saddest faceย for a moment and then let out a faint, sad but sweet little cry. heart wrenching-make-you-never-want-to-yawn-again! hope he gets used to those yawns fast though..they’re not going anywhere soon ๐Ÿ˜‰