I swear Aviana smiled BACK at me a couple of days ago. Yes, yes, I know all the books say that it doesn’t happen until 6-8 weeks old, but my 3.5 week old baby surely smiled back at me. It’s still possible, right?? It was different to all the other smiles we have seen since she was born – the so-called reflex smile. This smile lingered and she was looking at me and slightly turned away coyly, it just felt different, it felt like a genuine interaction.
But when I told Chris, we put it down to her gassy nature…our baby girl does have a lot of gas (the poor lass sometimes sounds in pain when passing wind). And so I thought nothing more of it…..
….Until yesterday afternoon. We were visiting a friends house when they were cooing over Aviana with Chris. Chris was talking about Aviana being a strong contender for the gurning competition (she has some wonderful expressions). And all of a sudden they exclaimed – look she smiled! Come see Dani! And so she did another two times. Chris was tickling her and getting a smile in response. But doesn’t this still count as a reflex smile? After all Chris was generating a response by tickling her, that’s the definition of a reflex? Or may be I wasn’t so daft in the end thinking that she actually smiled at me? But again, it was still dubious. Later that evening Chris managed to replicate the smile by tickling her. OK….so perhaps she is interacting with us??!
And then this afternoon she was wide awake, I was talking away to her, and after changing her I kissed her belly, told her how much I loved her and smiled at her – she smiled right back at me with a kind of immature half giggle to say she liked the tummy kisses. Or may be I just tickled her again??!
I don’t care what the books say when she should smile…whatever it was, it was freaking adorable and it was a wonderful reward. I can’t wait for more!!!!