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

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

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

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

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

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: 2009-11-05 06:39 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: 2009-11-05 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: 2009-11-05 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mstrobel.livejournal.com
What a beautiful boy!!

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

Date: 2009-11-06 06:47 pm (UTC)

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