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    Oh, joy!

    I know grandmothers shouldn't compare their grandchildren. But since being around Bubby and Baby Mac the last couple of days, I've found it impossible to not compare the boys. Not in terms of bigger, bolder, brighter, or anything of that sort. This isn't a judgement, merely an observation.

    I'm talking here about smiles. For I truly don't recall Bubby—as full of unabashed goofiness as he is now—ever smiling as much as Baby Mac does at this age. Megan and Preston agree. I mean, the kid is 10 weeks old and he's more full of grins and giggles than most kids twice his age.

    Here's a small sampling of the happy expressions I've been blessed to receive since Friday...and this doesn't even include the ones he generously doled out during the 3 a.m. feeding I covered.

    No, in comparison—and by comparing the pert-near thousands of photos I have of Bubby by the same age—Baby Mac clearly has Bubby beat in the smiles-per-hour category.

    But then again, Bubby was at a slight disadvantage: He didn't have a goofy older brother to entertain him and encourage continual rounds of grins.

    I can only imagine the giggles and grins we'll see from Baby No. 3. And yes, Megan and Preston plan to have more. Eventually.

    How could they not after giving birth to sheer joy personified?

    Today's question:

    Fill in the blank: Of all the people I know, the one who most exudes joy is _______________.

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    Duncan - we the four of us who were here first often joke that we don't know what he has to be so happy about! Still as full of joy at 9 as he was as a baby, much like Mac. It changes life for the better to have a Mac around!

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Hollis

    OH, what a happy baby...can't help but smile too.

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    I love all those cute smiles! And you're right that he probably smiles more because he has Bubby for a Big Bro. Lucky boy!

    I think my dear friend Donna might be the one person who most exudes joy. I've known her an her hubby for 20+ years and nothing much ever gets her down. She's who I go to when I need a "pick-me-up", and lately I've had to do just that.

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

    What a happy smile-box. I'm glad you had time to catch all those darling pics.

    My fourteen-year-old neighbor, Reyna, is happy about everything and I love having her around.

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Milo smiles at me all the time. He can be half asleep, see me and smile. That makes me smile.

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPammeey

    SO flippin' cute!

    Interestingly, my nieces were the same way. 1st Niece took FOREVER to really laugh, even (although she does it all the time now). 2nd Niece practically came out of the womb laughing. I wonder if you're on to something with the older sibling playing a part in that.

    And I'd have to say it's 2nd Niece that currently exhibits the most joy. Out of the humans I know, anyway. After all, there is nothing like the unbridled joy of a Mayzie!

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

    Those are such adorable pics of Mac....they made me smile! He is soooo cute.

    My 9 1/2 she is so full of life and joy and no worries!

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    Gotta be Amara! That girl is always grinning and we love it.

    So glad you are getting time with your family. 3AM feedings CAN be fun!

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    What a beautiful baby, and that smile is charming! My 95 year old Dad is a happy guy any time I call him. Sees the best in everyone- how cool.

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandmother

    Lovely photo Lisa so full of joy & happiness.

    Wendy is a friend who exudes the most joy, she is my angel. Yesterday snowed in Wellington, most unusal, she & and I had lunch, walking arm in arm back to her work just made my day. Totally being silly along the way and decided that we couldn't care what anyone else thought we just enjoyed each others company and even the strange looks that we got didn't deter us in anyway.

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSally Kabak

    He is a happy little guy and has a very infectious smile. I think my youngest grandson, Beck, is the smiliest of my grandkids, but like Mac, he has older siblings to make him laugh all the time.

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    My second grandson is also a smiling baby! You might be right about the second one laughing more because of their older brothers! Baby smiles - nothing better.

    August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMimi
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