Baby smiles are elusive things, especially the early ones. My books tell me that most babies start smiling between 4 and 8 weeks old. Hannah is 10 weeks old, but since she was early you have to correct her age by 6 weeks, meaning she is just now in the wheelhouse. She is showing signs of smiles–she focuses her eyes well, she mimics mouth movements, and faces will hold her attention for several minutes at a time. I think I may have seen some early smiling efforts–little fleeting half grins, but nothing that leaves me feeling confident that she was smiling intentionally.
Before Hannah was born I would have said that she’ll smile soon enough. Now that she’s two and a half months old, though, she can’t smile soon enough. I just want the confirmation that she recognizes me, and generally likes me. At some point, you need something to sustain you when you drag your butt out of bed for yet another late-night feeding. Someone told me that babyhood flies by, but there are some very long moments. I’ve had enough of the long moments, I’m ready for the good stuff. 🙂