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As a new mom, it's easy to feel underappreciated. After all, you're working hard for a sweet baby who can't feed herself, let alone utter an "I love you." (If only she could! Wouldn't that make you forget how sleep deprived you are?) But baby does love you. You just have to tune in to how she shows it.
When baby flashes that beautiful, heart-melting grin, yes, it means she loves you, mama -- and her emotional needs are being met (at least after she's eight weeks old). "Smiles turn into a real emotion after two months of age," says Dr. Bill Fournarakis, a pediatrician at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
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