Fleur makes us work at times to get great smiles for photos. As she has gotten older, it seemed like she has gotten more crafty about getting more. Then I ran across this nugget of confirmation bias:
The research team found that by timing their smile precisely, babies can elicit maximum smiles with little effort on their part.
My wife fills up her phone trying to get the perfect smile because the toddler is manipulating the adults to get entertained enough to bestow upon us a photo worthy one.
Proud of her.
Fleur is ten months. She is crawling and standing. She has preferences and willing to enforce them.
Galahad is seventeen years. He has a year and a half of high school left. He wants to become an engineer. We get along okay for me being a stepfather.
The wife recently resigned from her job to become a stay at home mother. The job was not a good fit for the time.