When we brought Clara home from the hospital, there was quite a bit of kicking and scratching to get to her and
Seriously, I had to keep track of who held her and for how long because the kids were lined up and ready to argue their case for why it should be their turn next!
Benjamin mostly wanted to identify her "MOWWW!" (mouth), "EYE!" (eyes) and "NOOOOO!" (nose) by gouging her with his grubby index finger ... But of course it was done with great affection ;)
When I tucked Sam in that first night I will never forget his sweet face and these words that he spoke as his big brown eyes filled up with tears:
"Momma ... You know Momma, sometimes people cry when they are happy ... You know?"
(as tears spilled down his cheeks)
"And Momma ... I am real (sniff) happy ... and I just ... just ... I JUST LOVE BABY CLARA SO MUCH!"
(as he burst into tears)
I am thankful for this sweet little boy who has a gigantic heart that gets so full sometimes ... it makes him cry with joy.