In preparation for his current job, D went through a training module on micro-expressions. Scientists have found that regardless of culture and upbringing, all people the world over exhibit certain basic emotions in the same way. As adults, we try to hide these expressions and when our faces betray our innermost thoughts, they do so for only a split second before our mind regains control. Not only do babies lack that kind of self-restraint, but they actually appear to exaggerate their facial expressions — perhaps as a means of compensating for their inability to express themselves verbally. In honor of Munchkin’s 1-month birthday, here is a small sampling of his many facial expressions.
Is it safe to open my eyes?
Life is exhausting. Maybe I just better go back to sleep.
Typical. Like D when he was a baby, Munchkin is a champion sleeper…for now.
I’m not ticklish, I swear…
…Ok, maybe a little.
Ok, you woke me up…now what?
Are you going to feed me or just look at me?
I’m about to get real upset — just thought I’d warn you.
Now you’ve done it!
Fingers…almost as delicious as mother’s milk.
Happy sucking, even while asleep.
Dreaming about breasts.
I can’t believe you’re making me ride this ridiculous moose. I’m mad as hell I can’t do anything about it.
You have deeply offended me. I may never forgive you.
This world sure is a curious place.