Lucas is a very popular fella 'round these parts. Sometimes I worry that my other kids are going to love him into an early grave. Abbie can't bare to hear him cry, so she'll even get him out of his crib (she's 6 remember) and carry him DOWN THE STAIRS to bring him to me. I've caught Anna literally LAYING on him. Also rubbing his face with her feet. Also poking his soft spot, over and over (it's his brain, not playdoh!!) Miles is actually the only one who seems to prefer to love him from a distance. And that's probably only because he's been threatened sufficiently.
But despite the dangerous affection that the kids feel for him, Lucas is obviously quite fond of them. Yesterday, I was sitting at my computer and heard the melodious laughter of no less than four children. The girls were playing peek-a-boo with Lucas. He would start laughing, which would set off the girls, which would put Miles over the edge. It was one of those serene moments that justify your decision to have so many kids so close together.
So, I took a picture so that later, when they dump a five pound bag of sugar on each other, I might not kill them.