He's been captain smiley lately and we've found several things that bring it on. We have the "mommy says (insert coo or silly sound here), and Lathan says (hopefully he repeats the sound or makes some kind of general grunt or noise)" then he smiles a little and I (mommy) go nuts. I know, it sounds like a stretch for me to go nutty (ha) but it's true! I love it when my baby smiles. I'm probably the first mom to ever say that.
Anyhoo, it is so super sweet to see. It's mostly just weird faces and raising eyebrows that bring on the smileys. He's also been chatty, making cute sounds and responding a little when we talk to him or show him some of his favorite toys (mainly the keys...sometimes his new surfer-duck). Tummy time, the kind when I rest him on my shins and lift him up in the air, elicits some cute grins too.
We had a great time at Coco & Poppy's for their 40th anniversary last week! The gang was all there, Nana, Fran & Steve, me, Andy & Uncle B. We had a lovely dinner (and amazingly Lathan slept through it) and got to heckle some golfers (not to their faces of course). C & P's new digs have a great echo-chamber hallway that is like white-noise sleepy-time for Lathan. We eventually decided to wake him up so everyone could pinch & squeeze him but he even slept though all of that! He saved up and was very conversational (screaming) while Uncle B & Mommy drove home. He just wanted to see what UNC was gonna bring for the big final game on Monday! Go HEEELS!
Andy's been working outside lately sprucing up the yard (it looks so juicy in the spring). He went postal on our Quince (it needed to be punished, it's been scratching up the cars for 2 years now, it's so big) but decided to spare it's life and let it remain in place (who wants to dig up all those roots anyway). It did get a major haircut though. It's like we shaved it's head after losing a bet. Remind me not to make any bets.
We had a great visit with Aunt Jennifer (or Aunt Slow-J as the other niece & nephews call her now, I'm Aunt J-Dawg) and Uncle Mark. Lathan decided that he likes them both (can't believe its their first meeting!) and that he wants to visit them in Marshall. Our visit couldn't have been better...we had tacos, held the baby, shared "true facts about the world's greatest human--Chuck Norris", caught up on world events and traded gifties. We always have an awesome time with J&M, just wish it could be more frequent!
I've been working towards working more lately (yeah, sounds fun, right?) but it's been fun to go into work if even for a short amount of time. When I stopped in the other day I walked through the kitchen and mentioned to Pattie that it was like visiting an old school...sometimes you just want to walk around to see if anything has changed. Ever re-visit your old elementary school...know how everything seems miniature now when it seemed huge then? It was a little like that at work but not too bad. It's only been 3 months not 15 years.
It was weird to see my desk though. It's just as I left it on January 17th. I probably have about 140 voicemails (sorry if you're someone that left me one 3 months ago). It's funny to think back on a time that wasn't that long ago but that is so different from you life in the present. I knew it would be great but it was hard to imagine what he would be like then. People kept asking, "are you excited"? What are you going to name him? I always had answers for those questions but it really is the "unknown". I'm glad we joined the club. Who wouldn't be when you have a face like this to look into day-after-day. :) Love him.