Okay, it’s not really “official” as there are no hard and fast criteria for what a “good” baby is, but he does seem like a “good” baby to us. He rarely cries, and even when he does, it’s usually just small whimpers to tell us: (1) he’s tired, (2) he’s hungry, or (3) he needs to poop or fart. He doesn’t care about dirty or wet diapers and never complains about that. Oh, and he’s really, really smiley! I caught this one the other day while Debi was holding him:
Of course, the whole notion of what a “good” baby is has to be contrasted with a “bad” baby. Who actually calls his/her child a “bad” baby? I mean, what would your kid have to do for you to consider them a “bad” child? If no parent considers his/her child a “bad” child, then how can I consider my child a “good” child? If that’s the case, then maybe Toren is a little terror compared to other kids and warrants the label “bad” child. So, without a real comparison group of “bad” children to which I can compare Toren’s behavior, I guess all I can say is “Toren is a baby,” but that’s pretty lame. (Sometimes being pedantic is kind of boorish…)
On a different note, we took Toren on a shopping trip to the mall (some of my colleagues gave us a very generous gift card to Macy’s for Toren). On the way out I was carrying him in the football hold and got a lot of looks. One woman, just as we were exiting the mall, said, “Wow! He is cute. Where can I get me one?” I smiled and she continued, “No, really, he is adorable.” I agree!