Excuse me but I would like to make an announcement. Ahem.

THE BABY IS SMILING. REPEAT, WE HAVE ACTUAL NO-SHIT ON PURPOSE SMILING.

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Also, pouting.

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But the SMILING, good god. All of a sudden with the goony SMILING and the cooing sounds and the EYE CONTACT.

Am mushy. Cannot type. Too busy talking in a ridiculously high-pitched voice, doling out belly zerberts, nibbling baby toes, acting like a love-drunk fool, etc.

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Amy M.
Amy M.
14 years ago

That’s the best! Congrats!

Swistle
14 years ago

OMG. It’s like a light switches on and suddenly somebody’s HOME in that previously automated baby body.

annie
annie
14 years ago

Ahh… makes the bullshit endured thus far so much better doesn’t it? :-)

Sarah
Sarah
14 years ago

Aww, how exciting for you! I know you had just posted on this over at PD and now you’ve got it. Go enjoy and quit reading comments!! :)

Also, love the pouty face too.

Gillian
14 years ago

I loved it when my baby finally smiled because it was reassurance that HEY! You’re doing something Right!!!

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
14 years ago

Oh my god, my teeth hurt! So cute!!!!

Emily
14 years ago

Goddammit. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am not ready to have children, you post pictures like this, which make me want to go out and get randomly sperminated. Currently repeating to self over and over: am only 25 … am not ready …am only 25 … am not ready …

Kirsten
Kirsten
14 years ago

I have a 17 week old and he started smiling at 2 weeks old–no kidding! Compared to my daughter who looked suspicious of everything we did, he is a pleasure to care for almost solely for that reason. I have since come up with a theory that survival of the fittest also extends to babies –that in the cave days the smiling babies got fed more, cuddled more, and bugs picked off more. Agree?

warcrygirl
14 years ago

Awwww!!!! And Dylan looks 57% less suspicious than Riley at that age. That first smile just makes your heart sing, doesn’t it?

Elisha
Elisha
14 years ago

Yay!!

Aunt Linda
14 years ago

Hey, this is Stand In Baby, right? Where did Dylan go?

mrsgryphon
mrsgryphon
14 years ago

YAY! I vividly remember Bean’s first smiles, and I love that you’ve got such lovely photos of the moment!

Now, get back to zerberting and nibbling – a happy baby is waiting for you!

ladyloo
14 years ago

Awww. Wow! All of a sudden he totally looks like Riley!

Elizabeth
14 years ago

Holy goodnight, is he the cutest or what? The fuzzy little hairline is KILLING me.
I was also going to say that in these latest pictures he looks shockingly like Riley AND JB.

Denise
Denise
14 years ago

Aww, the smiles are adorable! But that pout??? Oh man, I would be giving him everything I could to try to make him happy again. It pulls at my heart.

fairydogmother
14 years ago

Aww, each of those photos is adorable. Especially that last one. But the one that melts my heart the most and kicks my ovaries into overdrive is the pout. That pout? It kills me with the adorableness of it all!

RubiaLala
14 years ago

Oh my goodness, he is just beautiful! What a precious face. I love his little lip quiver. Ahhhhhh, good therapy during the workday, thanks for sharing!

kali
kali
14 years ago

omg, the pouting, lol, it is incredible.

samantha jo campen
14 years ago

Oh I’m so happy for you! Also? Thank you so much for posting this, because I am anxiously awaiting the 6-week mark so things can get a lot easier for me too! Three weeks to go, not that I’m counting.

I love the pouting face.

nonsoccermom
14 years ago

Ahhh! Too eye-searingly precious! It really does make it all worthwhile, doesn’t it? My second is about 6 weeks older than Dylan, and I thought the exact same thing when she smiled for the first time. Yay for baby smiles!

kalisah
14 years ago

can’t say that I blame you. my god you make cute babies.

Sara Moon
14 years ago

HOO RAY!!!!!!!!!
Enjoy every cute second of it.
So happy for you!

beach
beach
14 years ago

that last picture…..mini JB!

Jennifer
Jennifer
14 years ago

Oh, I just love him and I’m so glad things have gotten better!

The pout is priceless. I wonder if babies have been masters of poking out their lower lips since caveman times or if we’ve just evolved that way over time. Cute and funny, either way!

Sarah Lena
14 years ago

This made my day. He is just too precious. The personality is now born. (This would be the “better” everyone tells you is coming.)

Becky
Becky
14 years ago

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That Nervous Girl
14 years ago

Well, he’s earning his keep now, isn’t he? Adorable! You always take such great pictures.

Blythe
14 years ago

Delightful.
(Also, he looks just like JB in these pics. Sweet.)

Someone Being Me
14 years ago

Awww…Don’t fall for it. Thats how they sucker you in. He is adorable though.

Janet
Janet
14 years ago

What a beautiful smile Dylan has AND I love the blonde eyebrows! Too cute!

vague
14 years ago

Aww, so sweet! I am so glad for you!

McWriter
14 years ago

Glee. Delight. Joy. Love.

Congrats, Linda. You certainly give your boys a lot to smile about!

Caitlin
14 years ago

I am doing the same thing.
To my computer screen.
At work.
Is that weird?

PS – I will munch that little pout right off when I need a delicious snack because GOOD LORD that is just too much too handle.

Moriah
Moriah
14 years ago

And what a smile it is!

amber
14 years ago

And what a cute smile it is! He looks so happy, even his eyeballs are smiling and all aglow. I heart your family.

Jennifer
14 years ago

Oh God! So cute! All of my developmental psych stuff is coming into play and all I can think is Piaget, what stage is this?

But seriously, he is adorable, even the pouting! Congrats!!

Nancy
Nancy
14 years ago

Hooray!!

Dylan has got quite the peach fuzz going on — he looks like he’s going to be even blonder than Riley. Adorable! *smush*

Angella
14 years ago

That is the BEST part. When they start morphing from Blobs to sweethearts.

:)

anna
anna
14 years ago

Sooooo great! He is a cute lil’ thing!

jen
jen
14 years ago

awww. he looks JUST like riley in the pouting picture. haha.

M.A.
M.A.
14 years ago

I agree with LadyLoo and Jen (and probably others) — he looks JUST like Riley! I can’t wait for the first Christmas card — you in a just-right-festive frock, JB in a woolie sweater, dog with reindeer antlers, and Riley and Dylan in fetching (but never matching) Holiday outfits, scowling. Cat will be just out of eyesight on the mantle about to leap on all of you….

Donna
Donna
14 years ago

Oh my god — the Riley Cuteness that I thought would never be surpassed? It’s just been matched.

willikat
14 years ago

ahhhhhhhhhh! beyond cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i turned into a ball of mush too.

Sassy
Sassy
14 years ago

Soooooo cute!

donna
donna
14 years ago

God the cuteness. I too would sell everything I own to buy something to make that pout go away!
And the smile? Could light up the world!

Jessica
14 years ago

So cute! Hooray for baby smiles!

Josh
Josh
14 years ago

I didn’t know babies had to learn to freaking smile. I don’t think I like babies very much. Is there some sort of pod I could put one in that would just kind of sit around holing a lamp or something until the baby was old enough to send it away fro school every day?

Buckeye Mommy
Buckeye Mommy
14 years ago

My 14 mo son was on my lap while I was reading this and he LOVED the pictures of Dylan! He was smiling and pointing at each picture as I scrolled down. So I clicked on over to your Flickr page and just scrolled through the pictures. He was entertained by images of Dylan and Riley for a good 10 minutes. It was a welcome reprieve from the incessant whining that was the rest of his day. So, thanks for helping make us smile too!

biscuit
biscuit
14 years ago

When my 7.5 week old baby pouts I tell her a bird is going to poop on her lip.

She’s been cheesing since 3 weeks.

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j3/kellywmars/Maggie4-8weeks273.jpg

Makes me think I’m funny looking or something.