Other than the obligatory trip to Disney, a tour of the White House is on most families’ dream vacation list. But unlike a visit to the Mouse’s house, seeing this iconic home up close and personal requires more than deep pockets. Before you can even enter 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, your invitation must be cleared and submitted by one of your Congressional reps. In other words, like most things in government, you’ll have to jump through some hoops — and that’s without stepping foot in the inner sanctum of the Oval Office and meeting the Commander-in-Chief.
As delightful as these photos are, what stuck with me was how perfectly they captured what it is to be (and raise) a child. After all, the only thing predictable about children is their unpredictability. That holds true at home, on a play date or — as these kids show — even in the Oval Office.
Tell us: Has your baby inadvertently put you in an embarrassing social situation? How did you respond?
New dad Al Ferguson did what so many of us do when we have a baby — he and his son, Ted, posed for professional pictures. The shoot started out innocently enough. Al held a sleeping Ted tenderly in his arms while looking at the camera with a hint of a sweet smile.
But then suddenly, Ted woke up. Well, at least his bowels did. “It happened within a second,” Ferguson told Today.com. (He also wrote about the incident on his blog, The Dad Network.) “As I felt his stomach tense, in the back of your head you know he’s about to go poo, and then before you know it … he’s doing it.” By “doing it,” Ferguson means his son unleashed a steady stream of loose poop over the crook of Dad’s arm and onto the carpet below — all with a self-satisfied smile on his face.
Thankfully, photographer Kirsty Grant was there to capture the still-snoozing newborn‘s “deposit.” In fact, Ferguson said she picked up a diaper to “stem the flow. And she still got the shot.” (Well done, Kirsty!) Anne Geddes this photo is not, which is probably why everyone is going bananas over it. After all, most of us parents can relate way more to being covered in baby poop than we can to a baby dressed as a flower sitting in a garden pail.
But don’t take my word for it — check out the hysterical before and after shots below:
Tell us: Did you have a professional photograph your baby? How did your child do during the shoot?
Jay Z may have 99 problems, but finding his baby twin ain’t one.
Word of the rap mogul’s pint-sized doppelganger quickly spread after a Reddit user posted a photo of him with the caption, “My friend’s son looks like Jay Z.” Um, you think? This kid has Hova’s full lips, almond-shaped eyes, and even the half-scowl down pat. Just saying, he can give this other Jay Z lookalike from 1939 a run for his money.
Of course, baby-celeb lookalikes are nothing new. Last year, Mommy Shorts rounded up 30 such twins, and though some were kind of a stretch, a few nailed it. (See: John Goodman and the Cabbage Patch Kid.) Still, I have yet to see one that’s as spot on as the Reddit baby, have you?
I’m a sucker for the funny, fleeting faces babies make. Their expressions can go from deliriously happy to inexplicably stormy and back again in the blink of an eye. It’s amazing.
So when I came across this oldie-but-goodie video today (thanks, Facebook friends!), I couldn’t help but share it. It stars a sweet-looking baby sitting in his high chair, holding an ice cream cone. He’s giggling, his eyes are sparkling — all is clearly right in his world. Then a man off-camera asks him to show his “evil look,” and just like that, the boy’s smile turns into a scowl and his eyes narrow like an exasperated adult’s. But in true baby style, two seconds later, he’s back to his jolly self.
Check out the full video below. We dare you not to laugh — and then watch it six more times in a row.
Tell us: What funny expressions or faces does your baby make?