Mazzy is 8 months old and although she smiles a ton, she hasn't laughed yet. She's not ticklish and no matter how hard I try, I can't elicit that coveted belly laugh. I've come to the conclusion that either she is a very serious kid or I am not that funny.
In my efforts to get her to laugh, I've gone on Youtube to see what works for other babies. What I am confronted with is that other parents seem to have it ridiculously easy. They can get their babies to laugh from making animal noises, ripping paper, sneezing, playing peekaboo, pretty much anything. But when I try any of these things, Mazzy just sits there staring at me like I've lost my mind. We've even tried watching the videos together in hopes that Mazzy just needs examples of other babies laughing to push her over the edge. But nope, that doesn't work either.
My mother, a few weekends ago, bought Mazzy a doll that laughs when you press the belly. All weekend we were determined to make the doll Mazzy's new favorite toy. We pressed that belly at least a hundred times until I'm sure even the baby wanted to throw it out the nearest window.
And then yesterday something monumental happened. It wasn't quite a belly laugh but it was a definite laugh none the less. You know what did it? I kissed the back of her hand. How sweet is that? It's as if Mazzy was saying, "See, Mommy? You don't have to try so hard."