I can't help myself though. He's just so darn cute! Even when he's crying. Why do we find crying babies cute? It's not just human babies either. Kittens are cutest when they're mewing, and puppies are adorable when they whine, but cuter when they bark, I'd say. Even still though, there's something to be said about a cute-looking dependent crying for you, when you can fix it. You just want to scoop them up and kiss them (after capturing it on camera, of course.)
The white balance isn't very accurate in this one, but I really love his profile. He's a pretty good looking baby, in my opinion. Even if I AM biased, I've come to realize that most people think he's cute. I think he's absolutely beautiful on top of that, but I'll settle for people thinking he's cute.
I was going for more like this one, but he was pretty camera-d out, what with the photographer and me making the video. At least he's smiling lots in the video. Even still though, isn't his expression cute?
Aaaaand here's a video of Elijah. It's long, I know...but he just kept on doing cute things and I didn't want to miss anything so I kept recording. The video covers smiles, frowns, fussing, sneezing, a couple yawns, cooing, wiggling, and general cuteness. It also shows you just how big his baby hands are, and at the beginning he does the whole throwing-out-the-chest things, where he sticks his chest up and puts his shoulders back while wiggling. SO cute. Basically the video gives people who have never seen Elijah in person (like Heidi, we miss you!) an idea of what he's like. He's been smiling more and more lately, I love it. Usually after a feeding and diaper change he spends a while happy and talking, unless he falls right asleep.
Speaking of Elijah sleeping, I'm going to go up to bed. It's 11:30, and Matt and Eli are in bed while I finish this post. I need to get to bed too, though, because Matt is going into work early tomorrow (okay, so he's going to work on time) which means I can't sleep in until 9:30 or 10 like I've been doing for the last...ohh, I don't know. 6 weeks? So it's going to be a tough morning. I need all the sleep I can get!
Oh, and please forgive my annoying voice in the video. I know child-directed-speech bothers some people (especially Japanese, who don't use it at all!) but babies generally do like it better, and Elijah is no exception. He doesn't smile and coo unless we're gasping, smiling and cooing right back at him, and to be honest, it's fun to just babble on and imitate the sounds he makes. I tried really hard to not make a fool of myself in the video (apart from the high-pitched voice) but it's hard to not make a fool of yourself when you're trying to get a baby to smile. We might look ridiculous doing it, but in the end, I think the reward of the smiles, cooing, and laughter is more than worth it. :D