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My last LJ Idol post was about the long battle my husband and I fought to get pregnant. This week's topic lends itself perfectly as a follow-up.

When a child is first born, leading experts claim their "smiles" are just gas. Only after the first few months are the smiles the result of happiness, and only months after that does a child smile socially.

And maybe that's all true, but those early intestinal disturbances break a mother's heart with love.

Roland's first on camera smile

This photo was taken when Roland was a little less than two months old, and is the first "real" smile I caught on camera. He was laying on a blanket on the couch while I sat next to him. After that, the smiles came often.

Roland smiling in his bassinet

This photo is a month later, while he played in his bassinet in our living room. I stayed home the first nine months of his life, so photographic evidence of these early smiles abounds.

A brilliant smile while Roland sits up with his Boppy

At six months, the smiles happened so often I just had to get the camera out every so often to capture the best ones. This one is on the couch again, sitting up with his boppy.

A rare smile in the carseat

This smile is important, because Roland HATED his carseat. To capture a picture of him grinning in "The Chair," was a miracle!

A transcendent 9 month old with his daddy around Halloween

Roland at ten months in his spiderweb jacket, outside at my husband's fall company picnic.

At 12 months, a great big smile

Roland is 12 months old here, getting ready for Christmas. The background is dark, so all you can really see is his brilliant smile.

Sitting in a mass of tiny shells with a scooper

Roland at 18 months, on the beach in the Outer Banks. He has a plastic sifter for the shells, but seems to be using it more as a prop for the picture- he mostly dug with his hands!

Back on the couch, horsing around

And this is Roland now. Nearly two, he's horsing around on the armchair in the living room. The requisite toddler grime is in evidence here, as well.

Roland's famous model smile

This is my son's quintessential smile photo. Taken at eight months, he turned to smile at me off-camera in the photo studio and the photographer captured this incredible image. I have a 10x13 up on the wall at my house. It is my favorite photo taken of Roland during the first year of his life.

A child's smile makes a mother's heart warm and light with love. My son's has always made me melt.
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Date: 2009-11-03 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comedychick.livejournal.com
I love my son's smile too. I love his laughter even more. Roland has an incredible smile! I think my favourite is the one of him in his spiderweb jacket. :)

Date: 2009-11-07 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
That is a really good one, and was a good day. I can't believe it's been a year since that picture was taken...time flies when your kids are little, I guess.

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Date: 2009-11-03 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormkitty.livejournal.com
He is absolutely adorable! And what a smile! These pics made me smile throughout. :)

Date: 2009-11-07 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thanks! He is my light and joy, even though we're well into the terrible twos already (he's only 22 months!).

Date: 2009-11-03 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cacophonesque.livejournal.com
I really like the one at 12 months old. Very photogenic child.

Date: 2009-11-07 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
He is. He went through a period where he would absolutely mug for the camera. He loves the attention.

Date: 2009-11-03 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playmoby.livejournal.com
OMG, thank you for this. It brought tears to my eye, as I love to see my own son smile....

Thank you :)

Date: 2009-11-07 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Sometimes he brings tears to my eyes, too. Although not always for good reasons! But I guess that's what being a mom is all about.

Date: 2009-11-03 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brand0new0day.livejournal.com
There's nothing more amazing than seeing your baby smile and watching him discover the world around him. You have a very precious little boy!

Date: 2009-11-07 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thank you. Experiencing the world with a toddler can be a little slice of heaven- little things we never think twice about make them laugh, or squeal with delight. So incredible.

Date: 2009-11-03 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drjeff.livejournal.com
How adorable! Sometimes I miss mine being so little, but the older stuff is fun, too. :)

Date: 2009-11-07 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
One of my coworkers has a son who just graduated from high school, but she says it feels like he just left for kindergarten yesterday. I told her today I can't believe Roland's going to be two in a month or so. The time goes by so fast.

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Date: 2009-11-03 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com
Awwwww! Very sweet!

Date: 2009-11-07 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thank you! He's my sweetheart.

Date: 2009-11-03 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rejeneration.livejournal.com
Roland has a gorgeous smile. That one of him in the Bobby is too cute to even comment on! =D

Date: 2009-11-07 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
He's already learning how to use his smile to get his own way. Look out toddler girls- he's going to be a lady killer someday.

Date: 2009-11-04 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnmill79.livejournal.com
I can't see, but I can still say aww!

Date: 2009-11-07 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
I knew that a few of the people on LJ Idol wouldn't be able to see these, so I tried describing what was in the pictures. I probably could have been a little more descriptive, but in pretty much every one the central (often largest) element is Roland's face, plastered with a big grin.

Date: 2009-11-04 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vaguelyclear.livejournal.com
My favourite's the one in the spiderweb jacket, too - so adorable! He has such gorgeous eyes, too :)

Date: 2009-11-07 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
I have a picture from our vacation where his eyes are absolutely gorgeous. They look a little like Paul Newman's eyes- dark blue around the outside with a starburst of lighter blue inside. But he wasn't smiling in that picture (he looks rather brooding and serious in it, actually), so it didn't fit the theme here.

Date: 2009-11-04 09:37 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] kiwiria.livejournal.com
There are few things more precious than a child smiling at you. Wonderful pictures.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
It's so true. When a child smiles, you know you're seeing unadulterated bliss.

Thank you. The little guy in your icon is gorgeous, too- look at those blue eyes! ^_^

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Date: 2009-11-04 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamaraland.livejournal.com
He's gorgeous. Beautiful eyes.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
He's my beautiful boy. He takes after his father. (I jest, but he really does...)

Date: 2009-11-04 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] majesticarky.livejournal.com
Wow, I can tell the topic of babies/small children smiling is going to be very popular this round!

Roland is very adorable : D.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
I haven't had a chance to look at a lot of other entries, but when a child smiles it is just pure happiness. So I'm not surprised so many people thought of children when they thought of smiles!

Date: 2009-11-04 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phoenixejc.livejournal.com
I certainly understand. The only thing better than seeing my son's smile is hearing his fullest, happiest laughter. Even now at almost 17 years old, his laughter still affects me as deeply as it did when he was the age of your son.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Roland's laugh has entranced me from the first time I heard it. I'm lucky to live in an age of digital cameras and recording equipment- whenever I feel depressed, I can just watch some movie files of Roland as a baby to cheer me up!

Date: 2009-11-04 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
How sweet! Cute pictures. :)

Date: 2009-11-07 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thank you! He's my sweetheart, even when he's being a terror. :)

Date: 2009-11-04 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elderwoodpixie.livejournal.com
Awww! What a sweety pie! My son's smile has always melted my heart. I used to wonder if there was anything I wouldn't do to make him smile.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Very little I wouldn't do, that's for sure. Although now that we're getting into toddler-hood, I'm learning to lay down the law. He's adorable, but he's also as stubborn as they come!

Date: 2009-11-05 06:39 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-07 03:19 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-05 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixiebelle.livejournal.com
Precious. Nothing sweeter than the cmiles of a baby :) Your son is adorable.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thank you! He is my sweetheart, although he looks less and less like my little baby every day. I can't believe he's almost two!

Date: 2009-11-05 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plastrickland23.livejournal.com
You bet it does! These photos are gorgeous! And that feeling will never go away...even when they are about to turn 20, as my "baby" will do on Monday. P.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Congrats on surviving your son as a teenager! I've heard I'm in for a wild ride (although everyone swears boys are easier than girls).

Roland will always be my baby, even when he's 50.

Date: 2009-11-05 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mstrobel.livejournal.com
What a beautiful boy!!

Date: 2009-11-07 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thank you! He's my treasure.

Date: 2009-11-05 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneonthefence.livejournal.com
Ahh, you know I love that face. I feel honored that I got to see it the day it came into the world. He's grown into such a beautiful boy - not that I doubted he would ;)

Date: 2009-11-07 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Well, look who his parents are. :P

I am so glad you were there when he was born, too! I wouldn't have gotten through it without you and Steve both.

Date: 2009-11-06 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheshire23.livejournal.com
What an adorable little guy!

Date: 2009-11-07 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thank you! He is way too adorable.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2009-11-06 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soundscool1.livejournal.com
I can see why that last shot is a favorite of yours. And what big blue eyes he has!

Date: 2009-11-07 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
The photographer who took the shot even had us sign a waiver so she could use it in her portfolio. He just looks so vibrant and happy, and the blue sky background makes everything pop.

Date: 2009-11-06 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] m-malcontent.livejournal.com
Very cute kiddo/entry.

Date: 2009-11-07 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alisandre.livejournal.com
Thank you!
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