Sadako is almost three months and I’ve just realized something: she doesn’t like to smile. Well, she does smile, but her smiles are rare. So every time she curves her lips upwards, I instantly whip out my phone or my digital camera (whichever is nearer) and hope that she smiles even more and that I can get a snapshot.

My little girl instead likes to do an Audrina, and she does it during the most inappropriate times. For example, when she’s half-asleep or groggy because of too much milk and she still hasn’t burped yet, I’d turn into sweet dad mode and whisper, “I love you, Sadako,” and other sweet stuff. And what does she do? She does an Audrina.

Lately, however, I’ve been talking to my daughter more when she’s awake and it’s amazing how she makes all these sounds as if she understands what I am saying and is seemingly replying. And it goes on for minutes.

I truly can’t wait for her to talk already. I’m sure we’re going to have lots of fun conversations about “The Hills” and “The City,” but I guess I always have to remind myself to stop wanting to press the fast forward button and just enjoy the moment. I know I won’t be able to go back to these moments ever again.

And so in the meantime, I’ll enjoy Sadako’s smiles and Audrinas, and even take photos of both.

I have some smiling photos of Sadako already. Can’t wait to catch her Audrina moments.

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