Zoe has a smile that is a bit frightening, a bit angry and a lot hilarious. Actually, that's not true - she has a beautiful natural smile...but if you ask her to smile for the camera what you get is another thing entirely.
I remember Leo had a similar habit at this age (she's 19 months) - when asked to smile he would make a very surprised face, form his lips into an "O" shape and tuck his lips around his teeth. It never failed to crack us up.
It wasn't unlike this face:
|Zoe's smile and Leo's throwback smile|
Sometimes Zoe's smile is is more of a soft grimace - despite it's rough edges you can still tell it's joyful.
It's more playfully mischievous than anything else. You can't help but smile back.
Other times. It's a little more borderline. If you didn't know she made that face when prompted to smile you might think it was an unhappy moment.
|Even selfies get the grimace|
|The smoothie was delicious, that's just her smile|
|So excited/terrified to go out in the snow!|
Every once in a while, though, this strange yet delightful smile can turn into something terrifying.
|Having SUCH a good time|
Seriously. This is the stuff of nightmares.
Thankfully, every day she's getting better at flashing a genuine - freaking gorgeous - smile. Soon I'll miss these silly faces she makes. I know I miss Leo's.
It's certainly better than getting a duckface every time I pull out the camera, so I'll count my blessings.