Tummy Time: Daniel, 4 months

I hadn’t seen my nephew since before Christmas and in that short span he has become a brand new baby.  Fully aware and interactive, when I walked in to reunite with the little guy Daniel was on his back exploring his first play gym.  He peered at me from behind a small stuffed bug, and with wide eyes, mesmorized, he stared quietly but knowingly at everybody in the room for several minutes, just taking it all in.  For the first time I felt that he recognized me, because he stared for a while, blinked his eyes, and then smiled when he seemed to remember who I was. One smile and I had to remind myself to breathe.  Already the little heartbreaker. [SinglePic not found]

Daniel is in a hurry.  He’s only 4 months old but is already wearing the 6-9 month clothes.  He’s also in a hurry to start crawling, as he becomes visibly frustrated when he’s placed on his hands and knees but can’t yet seem to propel himself forward.  Defeated, he plops over onto his back and starts grinning again.  The knowledge building inside his brain feels almost palpable, as you see him trying to put it all together.  Every day brings the chance for Daniel to observe and assimilate a million knew things about this wonderful world.

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