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Reason to Smile

Even in the midst of sadness, the universe offers up reasons to smile. One of them, surprisingly, came the very night that Una died.

The very night that Una died, our Kung Fu Panda decided to surprise us by reaching another developmental milestone. My husband, The Gryphon, had put him on his back in his "activity gym," which is a play mat with arches that contain dangling toys.

We got talking about something, and I looked up and discovered that KFP was on his stomach. I told The Gryphon, who put KFP again on his back. About five minutes later, again, while we were looking away, he'd rolled onto his stomach.

Now, he's taken to rolling from one end of his play mat to the other. This is really cute, of course, until he ends up against the wall and starts to cry! In keeping with his nickname, he also kicks anything within reach or grabs it with his Kung Fu action grip. We have to keep socks on his feet, because he was constantly rubbing them together like a little cricket and cutting his legs with his sharp baby toenails.

KFP babbles constantly, trying out different vocal sounds. Lately, he's graduated from "ah goo" sounds into making noises that involve pressing his lips together. He also blows bubbles, and he "talks" to us and to his toys.

The other night, I could swear he called out, "Mom!" (although he wouldn't repeat it, even with prodding). I've also heard him say, "Hi," although not with any sort of definite purpose, so I suppose it was accidental.

Right now, he is making trilling noises in the back of his throat, kicking the arch on his playmat, and trying to pull a stack of blankets down upon himself.

At a time when it would be easy to be frozen with grief, KFP makes me smile. I am blessed.

Babies never slow down.

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Oct. 27th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)

So cute :)
Oct. 27th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
He is a little sweetheart. <3
Oct. 27th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oct. 27th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
It's truly hard not to smile around him.
Oct. 27th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
KFP for the win! =) He is so awesome
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Definitely a very cool little guy.
Oct. 27th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I guess life does go on.
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed!
Oct. 27th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Most awesome that KFP has so many ways to make you smile among sadness. What a fabulous kid.
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
I am so lucky to have him.
Oct. 27th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
He will be saying mama and dada before you blink twice.
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
No doubt! I'm hoping he says "Mama" first.
Oct. 27th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
They are amazing, a constant reminder of life's progress.

Just wait till he's crawling!
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
He's getting there! Right now, he makes all sorts of grunting noises as he tries to move himself around the mat. As soon as he figures out how to get up on his knees, he'll be unstoppable.
Oct. 28th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Heh, next thing you know he'll be borrowing the car...
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
I know. And it will be just like that commercial they've been running lately. I'll still see him as a little baby, sitting behind the wheel.
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Leo accidentally said what sounded like "okay" one time that I asked him a question.

But yay KFP! Adorable :D
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
Cute! He "replies" to things we say to him. I think he definitely understands the idea of a conversation. Right now, he's practicing sounds almost the entire time he's awake.
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
It's really adorable when they do that, isn't it? I love it when Leo gives me a smile and gurgles at me.
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
It really is! Of course, he doesn't always "speak" when I want to show off his new abilities.
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
That's usually the way.
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