Today’s daily dose of happy crying is brought to you by this video of a four-month-old baby seeing his mom for the first time. Leopold Wilbur Reppond has a rare eye condition called oculocutaneous albinism, which is a group of conditions that affects the pigmentation of the skin, hair, and eyes. The disorder also affects eyesight, which means Leo sees by using his sense of touch.
The video, filmed by Leo’s dad, David, starts with his mom, Erin, sliding the glasses over the baby boy’s head. Slowly, a smile creeps across Leo’s face when he finally puts his mother’s face and voice together. “Hi sweet boy,” Erin croons as Leo beams up at her. “I was overwhelmed with emotion,” David told the DailyMail about the moment. “It’s just very touching. You cannot anticipate how you’re going to feel when something like that happens. It was very heartwarming.”
Leo’s now a changed baby. “He’s smiling a lot more and he can see everybody in the room, he’s interacting more,” David said. The couple, who live in Seattle, Washington, went to LA-based pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Kenneth Wright for treatment and he created the rubber glasses for baby Leo. Wright also has a personal history with children with eyesight issues — when his infant son developed crossed eyes, he operated on him himself.
As of Friday, the video has been viewed over three million times on Facebook and people are taking to the comments to share their personal stories and to collectively melt over the cuteness. “Damn it, I said I wasn’t going to cry today. OK tomorrow definitely tomorrow,” one commenter said. Another wrote, “Omg, beautiful nothing else to say!” We agree. Please excuse us as we spend the rest of the day pressing replay.