Rachel has realized that whenever I bring out the camera I want her to smile and look cute and attentive. I rarely have to coax her to look at the camera anymore; in fact, the minute I bring it out she puts on a little show.
I wonder what she thinks. Probably something like, "Mom has that little black box again. That means she's going to act all silly with me. It's so funny when she does that." She probably doesn't mean to smile at all--she smiles in spite of herself because she's thinking of all the goofy things we do to get her to look cute for the camera.
The other night, just before Andrew and I were ready to call it a night, Rachel woke up screaming. We sat for a few minutes, crossing our fingers that she'd console herself and fall back asleep. This time, that was not the case, so Andrew went in and got her.
She was not a very happy baby...but then she saw that I had the camera and gave us a winning smile.
She's definitely one of those babies who can be entertained just by pretending to use the camera. When she gets older, she'll probably pose for it, too!