One of my mom’s favorite line’s about babies is that they are, “the world’s most exotic pet.” I agree they are animals, there’s really no denying that, but I think they can better be described as a great prop than a pet. The wedding we were at last weekend well illustrated this point to me. Andie was the belle of the ball, more popular than the bride herself – and we made sure to highlight that this wedding was really more about our baby than the happy couple! At a certain point during cocktail hour I was holding baby Andie and a nice-seeming woman who was a wife of the brother of a friend (I think) was immediately drawn to my baby prop and struck up a baby-related conversation.
I’ve found that just holding the baby makes perfect strangers want to tell me how great I am. Really, there is no better cure for the blues than holding a beautiful little baby. I mean, for the adoration of strangers, not necessarily for the warmth or love provided by the baby.
This stranger that approached me at the wedding was actually jonesing for the holding of the baby part, but we’re talking about me here. She actually said, “Can I hold your baby? My one year old is at home and I miss her.” And really how could I say no to that? Maggie was a little weirded out by the fact that when she asked me where Andie was, I had to tell her I wasn’t really sure, but that she shouldn’t worry because she seemed to be with a fit baby-sitter.
I immediately realized the error in judgement and was luckily able to track her down quite easily in the photo booth. The stranger was taking some very moving photos with our baby and was pretty embarrassed when I let her know that I should actually probably be the one taking the very moving photos with our baby for the wedding photo book.
For the rest of the wedding I was very careful about vetting all of our baby-holders. The criteria were pretty comprehensive: 1) you must know us -or- 2) you must at least of heard of us -or- 3) you must have at least heard from someone that there was a baby at this wedding.
And not just these comprehensive screening guidelines, but also, if you have recently thrown up or fell over the microphone stand we are going to insist that you have a cup of coffee before holding our baby. Just kidding, we loved being able to show her off to great friends and congrat’s to Danny and Missy! And really Missy was the star of the show, despite our best efforts to make our baby the star of the show. She was more of a great prop.