The family of little Antonella believe the beautiful moment happened because she recognised her father’s voice – that of 25 year old Flávio Dantas. Her mother Tarsila Batista told SóNotíciaBoa, “They put her on top of me sleeping and as soon as he spoke to her, Antonella opened her eyes and smiled!”
Flavio talked and played with the baby throughout pregnancy: “He always told her that he loved her so much. Good morning when I went to work, arrived good afternoon, said I’d always be there, kept stroking my belly… And amazingly it always seems at the same time every day she started to move.”
Antonella smiled at the moment she heard the phrase her Dad had always said during pregnancy.
Flavio said, “I thought I knew what a feeling of true love was, until I looked at that most sincere smile in the world … it was [there] that I could be sure what love is,”
Flavio is a Brazilian naval soldier, whilst Antonella’s mother, Tarsila, worked in a kiosk as an attendant and then as a cook until her daughter was born. Antonella came to the world at just over 3.1kg and 49 cm in Rio de Janeiro.
She was born on August 11th, which is Father’s Day in Brazil.