Jacob turned 5 months old on Sunday and we are amazed at how fast he has grown. He has a very distinct personality now. Overall, he is a very happy baby and amazingly, can entertain himself by making noises and staring at things like ceiling fans. And then when he sees us and smiles, it is heartwarming. Yesterday, Valerie came home and started holding him and he hugged her as tightly as he possibly could. When I give him kisses, he opens his mouth, not quit knowing how to give a kiss, but trying regardless. Oh, and television. He is fascinated by television. A habit that we are trying to break a bit. But if we are out and he sees a TV, he will stare at it in fascination.

Early next month will be a big test for us all. His first big trip. Jacob will be traveling to Hawaii. Kauai to be more specific. We picked that island because it is one that we are very familiar with already. So that may make things easier. We know that he will not remember the trip, but are excited to take plenty of pictures of him in paradise. He has never been on the beach before. He has seen the ocean from afar in Manhattan Beach, but he has ever actually been on the sand or touched the water with his toes. So we are excited for more first experiences with our little man.