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November 11, 2012, 1:45 pm

The Joy of a Laughing Baby

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There is something magical about a baby laughing – especially when it’s your own.

On Friday evening, we were sitting in the living room with our three kids ages 11 and 8 years along with our newborn of four months.

Our boy was on my lap while I was twirling one of his toys in mid-air and he was laughing to beat the band.

I tried to finagle my iPhone out and record some of his jovial sounds, the :60 seconds below is what I captured.

 

I just wanted to share a few moments of this incredible blessing we get to raise!

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A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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