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My Stoic Little Man

By MadelinePetersen |

In the last week or so, we have been so pleased that Tate has learned how to smile. It is so cute and sweet to see his little grin. Unfortunately for us, we are lucky if we see one smile out of him a day. At this point, I think I am going to have to adjust my expectations of a cooing, laughing, giggly baby. He is sweet and cuddly and as cute as I think a baby can be (maybe I am a little biased), but he may just not be a smiler.

And that’s ok.

Is your baby more smiley or stoic? Leave your thoughts below.

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About MadelinePetersen



Madeline blogs and tweets about budget-friendly clothes, modest apparel, sales, her obsession with pop culture, and her pudgy little baby, Tate, on her personal blog, Uber Chic for Cheap. A former Babble contributor, she currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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7 thoughts on “My Stoic Little Man

  1. m.j. says:

    It’s so interesting how babies’ personalities are there from the get-go. My son was definitely more stoic. He didn’t smile until about 10 weeks and it took every trick in the book to get a smile out of him. My daughter is 2 weeks old and she smiled at me yesterday for the first time. It wasn’t in her sleep either. Now my son has a great sense of humor, but he is not very easily amused. I have a feeling that my daughter will be a little more like me and think just about anything that walks is funny.

  2. lo says:

    My girl smiled within the first two weeks of her life while it took longer for the boy. By 2 months he was a master at the grin and sparkly eyes. Now at three months we manage to get some sort of chuckle occasionally, usually when I kiss him under his chin or when my husband does exercise with him. He moves his arms, the boy’s arms I mean, and the little one keeps smiling and laughing.

  3. Sara says:

    My boy was smiling by 5 weeks, and he loves to charm everyone – as long as he’s napped. If he gets sleepy he’s all seriousness, but he doesn’t fuss much.

  4. Kate says:

    I have a fairly serious baby, but now that he’s 6 months he’s lightening up a lot.

  5. SJ says:

    Tate’s stoic expression is very cute. He looks very zen-like. :)

  6. Lindsey says:

    My daughter is SOOO smiley, but she doesn’t laugh too much. I absolutely am thrilled to hear her laugh when she does it. Sometimes it can be more than a week before she’ll laugh sometimes.

  7. Katie says:

    My daughter was super stoic as a baby. She smiled for no one but me and my husband (and occasionally my sister) until she was well over 6 months old and we often had difficulty getting her to smile either. She was very observant and just liked to take everything in. Now she is a smiling, giggly 2.5 year old, but she remains stoic with new people.

    My 10 week old baby, on the other hand, smiles at me a billion times a day, smiles at my husband when he gets home, smiles at everyone! It is such a different experience being with her as a newborn.

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