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Deliberate Smiles

Yesterday morning, sometime in the six o'clock hour, the Pookie had woken up but wasn't falling back asleep. I had changed his poopy diaper and he had nursed. Although he wasn't really fussing, he wasn't drifting off back to sleep while lying on my arm in bed next to me.

Instead, he looked up at me with his big, round, dark blue eyes. He looked up at me two or three times, while I looked down at him and then pretended to close my eyes. Then, he smiled at me. A big, full-mouthed, toothless smile! I couldn't help but smile back. He glanced down, back up again and smiled again! I couldn't help it, I totally laughed.

The Pookie has always been a smiley baby, since maybe his 2nd or 3rd week when he first smiled. But in the last week or so, he has started smiling on purpose. I can absolutely tell the difference, and I'm sure he is deliberately smiling. Of course, we smile right back.

In fact, yesterday afternoon, we were smiling back and forth at each other and I started laughing again because it was soooooo cute and sweet. And he? Started laughing back! This adorable little giggle, which he repeated another couple of times. I tried to get the camera to capture it on video, but the camera distracted him and he stopped laughing and smiling in order to examine the camera aimed at him. But it was a wonderful moment for me.

Moments like these are why I went through the last year.


Cloud said…

Pumpkin was making us look through her baby photos recently, and we came across the ones of her early smiles. So sweet!
Anonymous said…
Awww ... that's so adorable. That's when the baby stage becomes fun -- when the smiling starts.
- Dana said…
That's cute. I sooo need some of that REAL smile action. Our little guy has another couple weeks to go. I'm ready to be done with the fussy blob stage :-)

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