dad from day one: Instantly 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:



4 thoughts on “dad from day one: Instantly Becoming a Complete Goofball to Entertain the Baby

  1. 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. 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.


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