Wild & Wanderful

All About Lou

Katy McKinley3 Comments
We simply have too many pictures to share all of them, but I figured now was a better time than any to put a few up and share the life of our little Louis.  It's really neat to have a first-hand view of the development of another human being...something I could probably never put into words or explain to someone that hasn't seen it themselves.

Every day seems like a new milestone for Louis.  I will admit that sometimes I'm really happy that he's decided to give us a break and sleep -- but I truly love the time we spend with him while he is awake.  His big blue eyes always seem to be scanning the world around him and he's taking in everything little by little.  I wish that I knew what he was thinking...
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We give him tummy time every once in a while on this play mat that Nana (my mom) gave him to play on.  I think he has some time to grow into fully enjoying it just yet but it has been a great tool in helping him gain strength and control in his neck muscles.  Being on the ground like that gets old for Lou quickly so we don't spend too much time playing on the mat right now.  I imagine when he gets older he's going to love all of the hanging toys and the mirror.  Bennett likes to lay Louis on his chest while he's leaning back and talk to him to get him to lift his head up and look around.  He really is getting stronger by the day.

I love watching Louis' hands lately.  When we first brought him home, his hands were renegade objects on his body: flailing everywhere, scratching/poking himself in the eyes, pulling his pacifier out of his mouth and then crying about it, etc.  They basically had a mind of their own.  Nowadays, they are much more controlled.  Don't get me wrong, he's not performing brain surgery with his steady hands right now...but there is just such a difference.

He has really been gripping things a lot lately.  I catch him watching his hands as he makes a fist and then lets it go.  Much to our dismay, the things he tends to be gripping the most is hair...haha.  Bennett's chest hair has been quite the target and I can't imagine that it feels very good to have those teeny hands pulling on the hair that's sticking out of his shirt.  Louis is pulling on my hair and necklaces all the time but I believe chest hair is a bit more sensitive.IMG_6778
Smiling is the other thing we've been taking notice to recently.  Stimulus from his parents (raspberries on his tummy, kissing his cheeks, nibbling on his fingers, etc) have resulted in little smirks.  Sometimes he smiles in his sleep but I'm fairly certain he's just passing gas, hehe.  It's few and far between right now but I am so excited to be at the stage where he smiles and I'm sure it's because I made him happy.  Oh....and I cannot wait for giggling!