Whilst I was away traveling with work Chris sent me regular photos of Aviana. In the photos I noticed little new things she was doing. Notably, walking with more confidence. One photo in particular, she had a beaming smile. The smile seemed so genuine. She was smiling at our cat Diesel, saying hello to him first thing in the morning. My heart melted. I felt massively home sick.
I drove home with bleary eyes after my red eye flight back from San Francisco, trying not to speed or shout at slow people because all I wanted to do was get a big hug from my family as soon as possible. I wondered whether Aviana would be mad at me for leaving her all week, or if she would ignore me or worse, not remember who I am. When I got home Aviana was in bed napping. Typical. And so when I heard her talking away to herself in her crib I excitedly went into her room and surprised her. I leaned over her crib and smiled and she gave me that huge big beaming smile I had seen in the photo. I smiled even harder. I just wanted to cry with happiness.
Something had definitely changed with her in the last week, this smile was meaningful and conveyed something. I felt like she was communicating with her smile, I think she has learned that she can make other people smile with her smile. How cool is that?