No pictures yet, they are too fast for that, but she has definitely learned to smile!Â Â Â She's smiled at my friend, Sally, her daddy, Rachel, and of course me!Â Jessica is definitely bummed that Esther hasn't given her a smile yet, and she's been trying so hard to get her to smile!!Â And it's such a cute smile - she even has at least 1 dimple!
With Esther having Down Syndrome, I have no idea what her learning curve will be, but I'm so encouraged that she's smiling already!Â I was talking with her pediatrician about this just last week, when I asked her when she thinks that Esther might start smiling, and she said that as withÂ most babies, it can vary a lot.Â I commented that "yeah, with my normal kids..." and she just about laughed/coughed or something like that - she said "you can say that about your kids, but I can't!" and we both laughed!Â She has to call it "typically developing children" and "special needs".Â I was going to say that even with my "other" children, they smiled anywhere from week one, to waiting until 8 weeks to grant me a smile!Â So she's right in there with Reuben and Dayton as far as learning to smile!
I do know that Down syndrome children have a different growth chart - they usually have a smaller adult stature than average, and they typically grow slower.Â She's doing great so far - I weighed her again this morning and she's gained 3 ounces in 3 days!Â Yeah!Â She's getting down right chubby in her legs and arms!Â And what a budda belly!