Friday, February 27, 2009

So ugly it's cute

Say your friend, that you've known for several years and consider yourself pretty close to, has a baby. Her second baby, mind you. The oldest child is 2 1/2 and other than having moments as the queen of bossiness is quite adorable. But lets say you go to visit your friend 15 hours after the birth of second child. And you hold it. I mean him.

And you don't know what to say. You chalk it up to being emotional, that he's just too cute for words, that you're caught up in the moment. You're standing there racking your brain trying to think of something to say to this woman who just labored, intensely, for 10 1/2 hours to give birth to second child.

"He's just precious. What an amazing gift." That's what you finally come up with.

When what you're thinking is "Who let ET and Yoda mate?"


He And Me + 3 said...

You did good. I dated a guy who used to say...Yep, it's a baby, look at the baby, whenever he didn't think they were cute. I would laugh on the inside because I knew what he really meant. Too funny.

Mama Wheaton said...

They should make a small book of things to say in uncomfortable moments.

Kate said...

The majority of newborns are ugly. I am just gonna say what most people are thinking!

I think smiling and being speechless is fine. The parents are either so happy they don't even notice or thinking the same thing ;)

Joy said...

Wasn't it Jerry Seinfeld that said in one episode, "Now THAT'S a baby!" LOL

Practically Perfect... said...

Okay, that post had me cracking up! Very good writing :-)

chermonblie said...

Hilarious! Wonderful gift... that's a good line.

Blog Stalker said...

WOW! Hope this friend does not read this blog. lol Very funny though. I am sure we have all seen someone's ugly kids who are beautiful to them. Your response was great!

I always wonder if others see my kids as "ugly" but know that there is no way........

Have a great day!

Muppet Soul said...


Thank G-d!

I was beginning to think something was wrong with me!

I was just writing about this - so many babies just seem.. Funny looking, to me. Alienesque.

I do wonder if I'll be able to see my own kids funny-lookingness.

Trannyhead said...

I swear I did a post a long time ago about ugly babies. They are DEFINITELY out there and I always end up resorting to, "S/he looks just like you!" I just can't lie about it. I open up my mouth to tell them the kid is cute and I just physically cannot do it. I choke on it. I have no idea why because Lord knows I lie abotu plenty of other things like "Does this make my butt look big." But i just cannot do it with ugly children.

*hangs head in shame*

Candice said...

LMAO! Yoda and ET. That's great!!

Oh, there are some fugly babies out there. Thank God, as parents we tend to put the blinders on and think our children are the most beautiful little beings on earth.

It's lends itself to the very survival of the human race.

Then again, I'd imagine that if I were squeezed through a gooey mess of a vaginal canal, I'd look like shit when I came out as well. Talk about bad hair day!

Anway, I hope your friends baby cutens up a bit. If not, that's okay too. Diversity is what makes the world go round. ;)

Amber said...

This is great! A good friend of mine told me yesterday that she and her husband just realized how ugly their little girl was when she was a baby. She was like, "Why didn't anyone TELL us her head was so HUGE???" LOL! I'm definitely stealing your "What a gift" response!