I tell all my friends that are new parents that the first six weeks are so hard, but there is a light at the end of it. After those six weeks, your baby is awake more, makes eye contact, and starts to act like a person. It is awesome. And soon after that, your baby starts to smile. That’s when most parents become circus performers, doing everything they can to make that baby grin.
And then, just when you think the smiles couldn’t get any better, something magical happens – your baby starts to laugh. The first time, you will say, “was that a laugh?” The second time you say, “I’m pretty sure she’s laughing!” and then every time after that you will scream and shriek until your husband is like OMG I GET IT SHE IS LAUGHING, I AM STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO YOU.
It’s pretty amazing.
It is now my mission in life to make Annabel laugh.
if you can’t see the video above, click here.
The best part about her laugh is that it sounds so much like Madeline’s. It is a comfort when I hear Annie’s happiness and I can remember Madeline’s. I smile, and I tear up, and I close my eyes and image the two of them laughing together.
Hey LA Peeps – Annie is going to be on the KTLA morning news between 8:30am and 10am! Be sure to tune in. For the rest of you, check back later in the day, I will post a video clip. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that she doesn’t barf on camera!
Kate @ UpsideBackwards says:
That made my baby (who is nearly two) laugh as well! She loves “babies” and is asking me to play it again right now as I type I think we’ll have to watch it again and again. There’s nothing quite as happy-making as a baby laughing.
Love and hugs to you!
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Baby laughs are the best. And Annie is too cute!
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That’s the loveliest sound in the world x
Rachel ~ Southern Fairytale says:
There is something so purely joyful about the laugh of an infant.
The sweetest sound! Pure joy!
Baby laughs rock.
We watch KTLA every morning. I will be waiting patiently with my coffee and toast. Yay!
I smiled the whole time i watched this. Baby laughs are what gets me through my day with twins! Love her!
Omigah. Possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. That sound is simply divine.
I smiled and teared up, too. What a beautiful sound. Annie gets prettier all the time.
Marti from Michigan says:
Oh my, she does sound a lot like Maddie! I have peeked at a lot of your pictures of Maddie, and some of them are videos. They are definitely sisters!
Annie is so adorable, and I love her laugh. She may start laughing at Rigby, for no apparent reason that you can see….. kids and animals sense things better than adults do. I also believe Maddie is right there, watching over her family!
Mary Ann says:
Adorable! She helped put a smile on my face this morning.
I love the sound of a baby laughing. I tell my friends all the time that is you want people to think you are a fool have a baby. I will act like a total idiot in public, home, in front of strangers, at the doctors…wherever I happen to be, to get a giggle out of my baby.
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Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
That IS a laugh! So cute! Annie is so nibble-able!
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Catherine Lucas says:
Truly the most beautiful sound in the world! Laughing babies are good babies… ;o)))
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Ella xxx says:
Absolutely gorgeous as usual. Its just the best sound in the world.
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That was the cutest. So cute, that it makes me want to tell my husband that we need to make one. right. this. second.
I LOVE BABY LAUGHTER!!! Ok, I’m a sucker for all things baby, but a baby’s laughter is high on my list. Annabel is getting cuter by the day! : )
Anna Marie says:
Best sound in the world. She is just fabulous!
That was great. I love baby laughs.
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What a great way to start my Friday! She is SO sweet!
Have a great weekend!!
OH MY GOODNESS! TO CUTE!!!!!!!
There is something so satisfying about a good laugh – even if it’s not your own!!
That video put such a huge smile on my face and completely brightened my morning and ensured that I could get through the entire day before the weekend! LOL!
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The laughs, and giggles, of Annie & Maddie are beautiful music to the ears!
If that does not make up for the “crazies” this week, I don’t know what will. Enjoy every minute, I know you do!
I agree, baby smiles and laughs are the best!! Annie is so stinkin cute in the video! I think her and Maddie sound just alike, too sweet! Have a great weekend!
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Jen at Cabin Fever says:
Who doesn’t love a babies laugh?! They are the best thing on Earth.
I can’t imagine that first six weeks being THAT bad… but then again I have no babies yet and sleep most every single night without a disturbance
Cabin Fever in Vermont
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adorable!! made my day.
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Megan (Best of Fates) says:
Such a beautiful sentiment.
One of the most beautiful noises in the world.
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What a SWEET way to start the day!
Jen L. says:
There is nothing in the whole world better than a baby laugh! My dad says that’s what he thinks doorbells will sound like in Heaven.
I am so happy for you guys that her laugh sounds like Maddie’s. I imagine that is a huge, bittersweet comfort. Just another way she’s looking out for her little sister.
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That is a WONDERFUL sound!
(((Hugs))) from here!
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Oh, wonderful. That just made my whole day better! What a lovely, happy, loved baby.
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Assertagirl Amy says:
The first time Nate laughed I was tickling him just like that! It’s the best sound in the whole world.
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Sooooo adorable! That’s my favorite baby stage and it makes me want to have another one! =)
Those first giggles are so awesome. I remember when Maya giggled for the first time Lorne and I did everything to try to make her laugh. She went through a phase where she would never laugh at the same thing twice so we had to get very creative.
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Baby laughs are the best.
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That is so adorable! I have been reading your blog for about a year now and this is my first comment. I had a baby girl about 2 weeks after you had Annie, and she looks so much like her. When I saw the video this morning, I started crying because that is the most beautiful sound!!!
Every time my baby laughed, she would get the hiccups. Now she’s almost 4 and still gets the hiccups when she giggles!
Ms. Moon says:
Oh Annie! Oh, that glorious laugh! My grandson is about to get here. He is almost eight months old and I spend all day trying to make him laugh. Sometimes now he laughs just because he sees me.
And if that’s not glory, what is?
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When I hit the link to hear Annie laugh, for some reason it to me took me to YOU TUBE! The first thing I saw was Maddie dancing to her music.. She was so happy & so were you.
It instantly made me cry and miss Maddie too It reminded me so of her beautiful, gentle, fair smile with those gorgeous BLUE eYes…A gift only God could give!
Annie is great too. I love her laugh although I must say it does make me miss Maddie a lot and wish more than anything it could have been Maddie who was making her little sister laugh….one day she will though.
In the meantime, sending you friendship hugs, lots of love and maybe….just maybe something alittle in your mail box that will make you smile!!!
Take Care & thanks for sharing…your girls are prefert! I’m so glad you are such a giving person and share so much of them with us all. Thank you!
Its heart warming. Enjoy your little giggle pot. I watched Maddie’s video too. She is so sparkly!!
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So very beautiful!!! For the first time ever I wish I lived in LA!! Alas, I will be patient and check back here for the video to be posted;)
love from az,
used to be @1mcmommy, now just me;)
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Also, I forgot to mention, I think Maddie gave Annie her beautiful gift of laughter! Xoxoxo
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That.is.awesome. Thanks so much for the big smile this morning!!!! LOVE it!
Michelle H. says:
My babies first laughs alway smade me tear up. There is just something so pure about a baby laughing! Thanks for sharing!
Lisa @ lists in my pocket says:
One of the most beautiful sounds ever!
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She’s adorable!! I so enjoyed that video as did my 16 month old daughter. We then enjoyed a few delightful clips of Miss Madeline. Hearing your girls laugh is an excellent way to kick off a Friday! Clearly, I’m behind the times on how YouTube because we started watching clips and then we came to one that said “Maddie’s First Swim”. I started playing it and wondered who that strange lady pool was that was claiming to be Maddie’s mom and then I suddenly realized, “Hey, that’s not THE famous Madeline. Whoops!”
Clearly, I can’t type today. Left out some words. “how YouTube WORKS” and “strange lady IN THE pool”. Maybe, I need to take up coffee in the morning.
cindy w says:
I remember having this conversation with somebody when Catie was tiny, that the first 6-8 weeks were SO. HARD. And that it seemed like there’s almost some sort of baby survival instinct, that they push you to the point where you’re almost ready to leave them on the nearest church doorstep… then they start making eye contact and smiling at you. And then you’re like, alright fine, I guess you can stay.
The first full-on laughs, though? Are freaking awesome. For some reason the one that always got Catie was when I’d sing “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan. Don’t ask me how we came across that one, but she loved it and it always cracked her up.
Awww! Love it! My baby just laughed for the first time last week from doing the same thing. His is a little deeper chuckle I think our babies are only a few weeks apart. So cute she is!
Trisha Vargas says:
Went back and watched the Maddie video and teared up here at my desk. They are both amazingly gorgeous And what awesome little belly laughs they have.
(((HUGS))) from Florida
So sweet! I love baby laughs.
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there is nothing in this world like sound of pure joy!
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That is the sweetest thing ever!!! I so wish I lived in LA right now just to see her this morning. I will wait patiently for the clip!!! Thank you so much for sharing your sweet precious daughters with us.
Love from Oklahoma!!
That brought tears to my eyes it made me so happy! She is adorable! She looks like Maddie when she laughs too!
Nothing sweeter in this world than baby giggles.
There is no better sound on this earth
Exactly what I needed today. love you guys! xoxoxoxo
i don’t even have sound on my computer and still, that video is awesome. i can just imagine the little adorable baby giggles. there is NOTHING better! i remember the first time my daughter laughed – my hubby wasn’t home, so i was determined to show him how she laughs once he did get home. i indeed turned into a circus performer. my daughter and my husband both looked at me like i was completely off my rocker. but eventually she laughed, and then my husband was the one who started performing hilarious tricks her her! can’t get enough of the baby giggles!
I’ll be here in Mi with my fingers crossed waiting to see her tv dedut. Maybe she’ll laugh!!
I nanny for a two-year-old, and we have enjoyed the Friday Annabel videos since she was born. Today, he got her name confused with another name he knows, and at the end of the video he declared “Baby Tinkerbell funny!”
Have a lovely weekend!
That much joy can’t be contained What a shining, beautiful girl.
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What a great laugh! And they do sound just alike.
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Overflowing Brain (Katie) says:
Why must you torture my reproductive organs?
What a great way to start the day!
Consider my heart completely melted.
She’s such a cutie =)
BEYOND Adorable!!! She does sound so much like Maddie! I am sure that is so preciously bittersweet for you. My money is on very soon you won’t be anywhere nearby and she is gonna start feeling her big sister tickle her to make that giggle happen. Maddie is going to grow up right along with her little sissy, because that is what big sisters do…wherever they may be Fingers crossed for no barfing on the news!
I LoVe video Friday’s! So cute!!
Adorable! thanks for making my morning! Have a great weekend! XX
Days are not perfect but if you smile it will help.
There is something magical about a smile. Hope it always brings you some happiness.
May you have many missions and many laughs along this path.
Can’t help but to smile and laugh along with her when watching that video! She’s too precious!
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Thank you! I have a 2 week old and am really struggling with the baby blues/exhaustion and was so reassured that this WILL get better soon
Sweet little Annie…..thanks for the laugh.
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Oh, how sweet! This totally reminds me of the first time my daughter (now 22 months) gave me a good hearty laugh. I was giving her a bath and although I can’t remember exactly WHAT made her laugh, I will never forget the moment or the sound or the overwhelming feeling of being filled with pure joy. There are few things in life that compare to hearing your child laugh.
There is nothing more adorable than a baby laugh. Makes me laugh every time.
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Annie made my day. It’s amazing how they make u so happy. Enjoy her and congrats because she is beautiful.
Karen Chatters says:
My 18 mo daughter and I fell into the Spohr’s YouTube video stream and loved every minute of it. Annie is so cute!
Adorable!!!! You are so right, You never forget their first laugh,then spend all your time trying to make them do it again! I was sitting in the car at Target with Kalie the first time she laughed and I acted like all silly to get her to do it for her dad when he came out of the store but she wouldn’t do it again for anything. Wish I could rewind time and see that all over again.
LOL! my 7 month old son Vladimir was laughing right along! too cute.
Wow Heather… what struck me the most watching this was how much she looks like Maddie when she laughs.
So, so lovely.
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Love, love LOVE the belly giggles! So cute!
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Such a gorgeous baby girl. And she does laugh like her big sister. ;o)
aaaawww she’s lovely
Erin made me play the video three times and then cried when I clicked away from it lol.
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She is such a doll!
A good friend of mine lost her infant daughter unexpectedly yesterday. I was wondering if you could email me and let me know some things that I could do…or say (although I know, probably not much) to help her during this horrific time?
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So sweet! Do you realize that reading your blog is one of the highlights of my day? Seriously!
I saw little Annie on KTLA this morning, what a good girl she was for her big TV moment! She looked so happy and oh so adorable in that cool crib! A STAR is born!!!!
What a beautiful sound! She’s too sweet.
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How adorable is that!!! That is just precious! That could make anyone’s day!!
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oh my word! Just when I thought her cuteness alone was too much, now I hear her adorable laugh! What a doll, I love her!
I LOVE the video. Love her.
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Oh! I could listen to that ALL day long!!
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I can’t keep this to my self, but I don’t want you to get sad, but I think Annie laughs just the same way Maddie did. I can see it in her eyes and her smile Your 2 adorable girls!
Adorable! Baby laughs are the best. Last night, just as I was slipping into bed, my baby girl started giggling in her sleep. I fell asleep with a huge smile on my face.
Soooo adorable. Awww. Laughter FTW.