Rousing Baby Quartet

Cartoon of four babies in baby bedsCartoon of four babies in baby beds. One baby says, “Do you know what we have here? We have the makings of a great quartet!

When I have served in nurseries and the babies began wailing, I’ve often wondered what it would be like if the kiddos cried in harmony. Someone needs to modify an autotune device so it could make church nurseries harmonious places. 

Can a baby be too happy?

Cartoon of a girl commenting on a happy baby. The girl says, "You have an attitude problem. You're just too happy!"When I’m not feeling in the best of moods, nothing can cheer me up like a smiling, laughing baby. Nobody ever wants to make a laughing baby settle down. After all, what are you going to do? Tell him to act his age?

I didn’t think it was possible for a baby to be too happy. Then I found this article from the 2010 Psychology Today that reported covered Angelman Syndrome.  This is a rare, neurological disorder that has continual laughter as one of its symptoms. My first thought was:

  1. Mom was right. No matter what it is, you CAN have too much of a good thing.
  2. Now parents have another thing to worry about.

Has someone told you to stop worrying about your child, only to discover later your suspicions were right? Or have you worried about something your child did only to find out everything was fine?

Birthday Stress

Cartoon of two babies. One says, “€œMy first birthday is next week. Talk about pressure!”

There are lots of birthdays in my family this time of year. I don’t know how we planned multiple generations to have summer birthdays, but I’ll take them. I much rather eat ice cream with my cake in the summer instead of the dead of winter. No pressure for you winter birthday people. I’ll eat the ice cream in January too, if prodded.

Pumpkin Seated

Cartoon of a baby in a pumpkin costume and a boy. The boy says, “”Get used to it. They will continually find new ways to humiliate you.”

Spooked Baby

Cartoon of two boys and a baby with vampire teeth. One boy says, “Ever since he’s began teething, he’s been looking spooky.”

Teething babies are spooky, especially when you are a first time parent. You’re cuddly bundle of joy suddenly becomes a slobbery, angry, spooky vampire. I made it easy on my mom. I was so colicky, teething was actually an improvement in my personality. Bless you, Mom!

I drew this for Illustration Friday. This week’s word is “spooky.”