Becoming a Complete Goofball to Entertain the Baby

Twenty-seven weeks.

I know nothing about how to take care of a baby, yet.  But what I do know, and what I have always known when it comes to babies is how to make them laugh and play with them.  In the way that women instinctively speak in a high, falsetto voice to babies (I’ve read that that’s the frequency babies hear when they’re that young, as opposed to a normal speaking voice), I automatically become any given idiot monster when I find myself in a situation where a baby is looking at me, waiting for some kind of confirmation.

The default character I play while entertaining babies could best be described as Popeye mixed with Grimace mixed with Beaker: A smiling, squinty-eyed, beeping mutant.  But what can I say?  Babies like me when I am this fictional goofball.

And really, that’s what happens to any adult when a baby is set in front of them.  Adults become ridiculous.  That’s one of the many reasons people like babies.  Because adults get a free pass to act stupid.  All in the name of making a baby happy.

Needless to say, I am so looking forward to my free pass.

All pictures with the “JHP” logo were taken by Joe Hendricks Photography:



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  1. by geewits

    On August 12, 2010 at 6:28 am

    You will be getting tons of advice but please remember these three key things:
    Baby: Nothing works better on diaper rash than a fresh squeezed aloe vera leaf. Go buy yourself that plant ASAP.

    Toddler: Never ever forget that you are smarter than they are and on that note, learn to master the arts of distraction and misdirection

    Toddler: Learn the baby Heimlich manuever. Every little child, no matter how carefully attended will get something caught in their throat.

    One last thing: Buy lots of waterproof mattress pads because newborns’ poo slides right out of their diaper like liquid silk. It’s a simple small pad you put under their butt in the crib. Otherwise you guys will be washing crib sheets every day.

  2. by nickshell1983

    On August 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Awesome, thanks for the tips :)

  3. by Christi M.

    On August 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    One of my favorite commercials of all time is a Cheerios commercial where they show a guy dancing on a sidewalk like a complete dork and making a fool of himself, then there’s a shot of a kid in a stroller laughing.
    My husband was always way too cool for his own good, until our kids came around. Now he’s one of the biggest goofballs I know. He does whatever it takes to get a little grin.

  4. by nickshell1983

    On August 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    That’s funny. Surprisingly, I’ve never seen that commercial.