I was reading through old posts tonight, trying to think of something good to write about, when I stumbled across a comment from fellow blogger Amy LV. She said her pediatrician called the 4-9 month stage the "always happy" stage for babies. I was thinking something along these lines while washing dishes tonight - that ever since we returned from the hospital 3 days ago, Violet seems remarkably happy (except for right after she wakes up). Her generosity with her smiles is a joy to behold. She sat in her vibrating chair on the floor near my feet, and every time I would turn to look at her, to make sure she was okay, she would look up at me and break into a wide tongue-in-the-gums grin. I even caught her smiling (and talking) at the birds on the feeder outside our window. And we get five more months of this? Is it the calm before the storm?