My baby was just five weeks old when I walked into his room to feed him and he smiled at me. Not the “I am smiling because I have gas” smile, but a “I see you” smile. Man did it melt my heart. Over the next week he really started to smile more on purpose. A few times he even giggled. Of course every time I tried to catch a smile on video he wouldn’t do it. I did get a good picture though.
The bigger I smile at him the bigger he smiles back. I am sure I look like a big dork, but it is worth it to see him smile.
I was glad I got to see the first smiles and not Grandma (who he smiled at later that day). I am one of those parents that will be jealous if he has a “first” with someone else. I know I will miss stuff, but when you are a stay-at-home mom you expect to be there for everything.
Advice: Respond to every smile. The more response he gets the more he will smile.