The child's infectious smile also worked its magic on netizens who saw the video, many of whom admitted that they couldn't help but smile along with her.
Millions of netizens across the world are falling in love with an adorable 8-month-old baby girl after an endearing video of the child went viral on social media. The video, which was taken by the infant's adoptive mom, shows the child with Down Syndrome flashing her cheeky "new smile" at her mother when asked how her day's been going so far. According to Daily Mail, the video was filmed at her home in Texas and amassed over 15 million views after it was shared on the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network's Facebook page.
Beautiful wee thing❤️❤️x— Billy Nelson (@BillyNelsonBox) November 5, 2019
"How's your day going?" the adoptive mom asks the child — who is referred to as only Baby H due to the adoption process — whose face lights up at her mom's voice. Baby H beams at her mom while lying on her belly on a play mat, melting our hearts in the process. "Oh, I love your new smile. Oh, that is the cutest. Can you show me again?" her mother asks in the 40-seconds-long video. Baby H indulges her mom's requests and flashes her cheeky grin right on cue, setting off a burst of joyous laughter from her mother.
Baby H's infectious smile also worked its magic on netizens who saw the video, many of whom admitted that they couldn't help but smile along with her. "That smile could light up the darkest day," commented Facebook user Jessica Baumann while Elizabeth Leavitt Farris wrote: "I could eat that baby up! So precious. Couldn't help but smile along." Meanwhile, another Facebook user by the name of Eileen Brownfield commented: "This little child is absolutely gorgeous. [Her] smile will keep me smiling for days. Bless [her] little heart." Countless others showered words of love and affection upon the toddler while contrary to internet norms, not a single negative comment was to be seen.
Speaking to media outlets about the story behind the viral video and Baby H's "new smile," her mom said: "When Baby H was almost eight months old, she woke up one morning with this brand-new smile. We noticed it several times and realized she was showing us a cheesy grin - we laughed and laughed every time she did it and she just loved the attention. She got to where she could do it on cue and I just happened to be talking to her, in our home, one morning and she started cheesing for me."
I work with downs people. The most amazing, considerate, loving non judgemental people I know. I love them.— Andrew (@theorphanmoon68) August 30, 2020
"You can tell by my laughter how much we adore this smile and she actually only smiled like this for a couple of weeks so this video is a treasure for us," the adoring mother added. She also addressed the prevalent stigma surrounding the adoption of children with Down Syndrome, stating that she hopes the video will help people understand the beauty within kids born with the condition and encourages them to look beyond the diagnosis whenever considering adoption. "We hope that all the viewers will see the beauty that lies in people with Down Syndrome," she said.
"Although a Down Syndrome diagnosis can be scary, the reality is that your child has a purpose and will be able to live a full and happy life," the absolutely smitten mother assured. National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, an adoption program that also educates individuals about becoming parents of a child with Down Syndrome, was involved in ensuring a safe and loving home for Baby H. Stephanie Thompson, the director of the network, said revealed that although she knew of the infant during the adoption process, she never got to see her face. "I was so happy to put a face with a name," she said. "I indirectly meet these children before they are born, I meet them on paper, so I fall in love with these kiddos early on. I walk the journey with the expected parent and the child, so when I have a chance to meet them, it brings it full circle. I can't explain the joy that it brings to me."