101 Smiles: the facial expressions of a blind child

Ronan's satisfied smile

Ronan’s satisfied smile

One of the most pleasant surprises of our journey with Ronan is the intense facial expressions that he conveys. As he experiences the world through physical and auditory sensation, he reacts with a change of expression. Fortunately as a good-natured child, these are mostly smiles. As many are fleeting acknowledgements of the world around, they are not easy to catch in photographs. Below we describe a few of these smiles, practicing our narration skills for when Ronan is older.

 

 

  • The overjoyed smile with wide open mouth beams across his face when one of his parents comes home.
  • The laughing smile with chin tilted up accompanied by a chortling laugh – he, he, he, he.
  • The I felt that smile with just a curve up of the corners of the mouth when we blow on his face or tickle his feet.
  • The gleeful smile with teeth bared as we swing him around upside down (definitely wouldn’t make me smile)!
  • The fake smile (usually accompanied by a fake laugh) to encourage someone in the room to come over and play with him.
  • The satisfied smile with pursed lips when a big poo has been accomplished.
  • The cheeky smile with a nod of the head when he turns his cup upside down to let the water drain all over his tray.
  • The bucking bronco smile with eye brows raised when rocking furiously on his horse.
  • The achievement smile with chest puff out after managing to stand himself up by himself.

There are many, many more. Paying close attention to Ronan’s expression has opened up the door to his world and led us in how we interact and engage with him.

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