smile practice

12 Dec

Clearly trying really, really hard:

smile practice 1smile practice 2smile practice 3

She’s been flashing reflexive smiles during (supposedly) REM sleep for a while.  (BTW, isn’t’ it fascinating that babies spend 80% of their total sleep time in REM sleep, while adults only spend about 20%?  One theory as to why is that the primary function of REM sleep is to stimulate central nervous system development.)  Now we’re getting some real responsive smiles, clearly elicited by the most ridiculously animated facial contortions we’ve been making 12-18 inches from her face (ideal distance for her still pretty terrible vision).  This is the best form of encouragement for sleep-deprived moms.


6 Responses to “smile practice”

  1. Jill December 12, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Her vision maybe terrible, but look at those beautiful eyes and pretty fabulous smiles. The BEST!

    • annaojesus December 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Awww…thanks! They make me melt! So much of John in her 🙂

  2. phantomdiver December 12, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    They are great smiles! And that first picture makes her look so much like John—of course I’ve seen him only in pictures, so what do I know, right?

    I think that God gave us babies so that we could play and make faces and be silly and act like fools and not feel embarrassed about it. Well, anyway, that’s one reason. I’m pretty sure that God has more than one reason for something as important as babies!

    • annaojesus December 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      Haha, so true! She really looks like John, immediately from birth but definitely more each day!

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