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The Baby Whisperer

My DS dressed up as a sweet pea for his first Halloween!

By Piper Huguley

I have a special talent that many don’t know about.  I’m a Baby Whisperer.  I’ve always been mystified by the inability of others to get babies to calm down out of their various upsets.  You have an upset baby?  Give it to me.  I’ll get the little one to calm down.  What is colic anyway?  I’ve never seen it.  I can’t explain it–it’s a talent I have, a special touch.

 

I’ve had this talent since I was very young.  As the oldest child, I was always put in charge of those younger than myself.  I was babysitting children and taking in very nice earnings for myself ever since I was 12.  However, the year before, we were visiting with my father’s fraternity brother’s new baby.  The three-month old little girl got upset. I repeatedly asked if I could hold her to help her calm down.  The mother was a new mom and she didn’t relish the idea of an 11 year old holding her baby, so my mother, a pretty fair baby whisperer herself, got her to calm down. The moment still stands out in my mind because I knew I could help, but I wasn’t allowed because of my age.  However, the next year, when people understood I had this talent, I had plenty of little ones to hold.

 

Maybe the little ones know that I have a special love for them, and that I’m not intimidated by them. Babies warm my heart.  Every single time one comes across my FB page or twitter timeline, I melt.  For a very long time, and still to a certain extent, my belief was that there is no such thing as an ugly baby. I have met many babies and, I’ve only met one or two one who could be classified that way.  Babies, to me, are beautiful simply because they are babies.

Before I had my own son, I worked in an office where they set up an initiative to staff a home for abandoned babies with workers once a week.  They needed volunteers to rock the babies.  Hello!!!  Hold babies?  During work hours?? Sign me up!!!  Those people loved me.  For the year or so the initiative went on, I would go in there on Tuesday afternoons and put those babies down for their naps, one by one.  My record was eight.  I felt like getting a tee shirt.

 

However, I knew the record couldn’t go on forever. I knew the day would come when I would meet the baby who was not receptive to my charms.  It was my own nephew.   The old ladies in the family would use the term “strange” upon seeing my nephew.  I was not wiling to label him that easily.  I knew one day that he would succumb to my special baby whisperer powers.  And he did.  It was a sweet, sweet day when he called me Auntie and came to me because he knew me.  Still, I wasn’t surprised when he was diagnosed with autism. He’s doing great now, but his resistance to my overtures was a first indicator to me that something was going on with him.  No baby can resist the Baby Whisperer for long.

My friend, Kennedy Ryan, is having a giveaway to increase autism awareness.  Here is a message from her:

A Message From Kennedy RyanView WYAM10.1.jpg in slide showApril is Autism Awareness month. That might not even register on some people’s radars, but my family has lived with Autism for the last 11 years, since my son was diagnosed. My book WHEN YOU ARE MINE releases June 17 and provides a unique opportunity for me to combine my passion for writing and Autism advocacy. I’m donating 25% of my royalties from this book to resourcing families living with Autism. 
Learn more about Autism and the 1 in 68 children diagnosed from my charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).
Celebrate all the gladiators out there – kids, adults, families, siblings – living with Autism by entering the Autism Awareness Giveaway! Great cause! Great prizes!

LINK:
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ZTQzMTk4N2YwYjQxZjI5MTFkNTljNjY0ZDc1ZGQ5OjM0/

Piper Huguley is an aspiring author pursuing publication for her historical romance fiction. She is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist for her novel, A Champion’s Heart—the fourth book in “Migrations of the Heart”, the series of books about the Bledsoe sisters. The first book in the series, A Virtuous Ruby, was the first-place winner in The Golden Rose Contest in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist for 2014. Book one in the “Home to Milford College” series, The Preacher’s Promise, was a semi-finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013. The Preacher’s Promise and its companion prequel, The Lawyer’s Luck will be published in summer 2014. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

 

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Twitter: @writerpiper

 

Carol Burnside - April 8, 2014 - 5:10 am

Piper, welcome to PFHT! A Baby Whisperer, eh? That’s pretty cool. Thanks for sharing with us and letting everyone know about the Autism Awareness/Rafflecopter event.

Piper - April 8, 2014 - 7:16 am

It didn’t even translate into a special talent until I had started reading Whistling Down the Graveyard, and Eula calls it a “special gift.” So I thought it must be true! Thank you for the welcome,Carol!

Marilyn Baron - April 8, 2014 - 7:42 am

Piper,
Welcome to Petit Fours. We’re so glad to have you. I love your “sweet pea” in his “sweet pea” outfit. In answer to your question “What is colic?” you don’t want to know. My first daughter had colic and we had to drive her around the neighborhood till she calmed down. It could have been all the spicy food I ate… Anyway, being a baby whisperer is a gift. Thanks for sharing your story and Kennedy Ryan’s event. Looking forward to many more of your posts.

Julie Steele - April 8, 2014 - 8:05 am

Piper, what? I didn’t know you were a baby whisperer. And really love the connection to discovering your nephew has autism. So many times folks know something is off but no one listens to them. Looking forward to learning more from your posts!

Piper - April 8, 2014 - 8:05 am

Thank you for the warm welcome Marilyn! The whole colic thing sounds awful. Maybe your daughter had a “Miss Daisy” syndrome and she just wanted to be driven around, but didn’t have the words to ask! *shudder*
I enjoy babies very much and it’s a very satisfying feeling when they can no longer resist my whisperer powers and they go to sleep. It is a gift, but it’s a good thing it doesn’t translate into the classroom. I need the students to be awake there!

Piper - April 8, 2014 - 8:07 am

The day in the life approach is working! It allows you to find out things about people you thought you knew! Love this! Thank you for stopping by!

Piper - April 8, 2014 - 8:08 am

And that comment was thanks to you, of course, Julie Steele!

Piper - April 8, 2014 - 8:47 am

Going to be on the road for the next few hours for a spring break trip you’ll get to read about in May, but I’ll check back in later!

anna steffl - April 8, 2014 - 8:58 am

What a touching post, Piper. You are a baby whisperer and a gifted writer. You can touch both young and old with your spirit.

Connie Gillam - April 8, 2014 - 9:30 am

Babies are beautiful, aren’t they? If you’re the baby whisper, my husband is the pied piper. Little children can’t resist him, especially our grandchildren. When they’ve been bad, he “speaks” to them. Instead of running to their parents, they nod their head to his instructions and slip their little hand in his.

Walt Mussell - April 8, 2014 - 10:46 am

Okay, where were you about 16-17 years ago? (I was in Oregon, so it wouldn’t have made much difference. Still, there are days I would have driven a long way.)

Susan Carlisle - April 8, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Piper,
Welcome. I’m the Alex whisper at my house. Alex is my 16 month old grandson. It used to make my husband so mad that I could get him to sleep and he couldn’t. I loved it.

Elaine Manders - April 8, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Knew you were talented, but not a baby whisperer. I remember baby-sitting my nieces and nephews. Frankly, I found them to be annoying. Now my grandbabies were an entirely different matter. Go figure. Looking forward to learning more about you, cp.

Piper - April 8, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Thank you, Anna for your kind words. I appreciate you stopping by to comment on my first post here at PFHT.

Piper - April 8, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Connie,
I have got to get out of my office and meet this other “piper” on campus! He sounds like a gem! Thanks for your comment!

Piper - April 8, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Let’s see Walt, that was about when I first moved to Atlanta. If you were willing to drive from Oregon, I would have been glad to help! Thanks for your comment!

Susana Ellis - April 8, 2014 - 4:12 pm

I love babies too, Piper! And toddlers too, I guess. I just think they are so sweet! I’m such a pushover for little kids!

So glad to hear you’re publishing your novellas! I’d be glad to host you on one of my blogs. Just let me know and I’ll put you on the schedule!

Piper Huguley - April 8, 2014 - 4:14 pm

I appreciate the comment, cp. I am so glad of this opportunity to get to share with others. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - April 8, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Many of marriage has faced a threat when one spouse can comfort the baby and the other one can’t! It all evens out eventually but they are such loves in the meantime! So glad you stopped by!

Piper Huguley - April 8, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Babies are wonderful! You can expect to hear from me soon about a visit! Thank you for stopping by!

Anonymous - April 8, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Just love reading your posts.. Waiting on the next one. And Ruby

Maxine Davis - April 9, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Piper, A big welcome to you. PFHT are delighted to have you with us. I enjoyed your post. I think it’s wonderful that you’re a Baby Whisperer. I’ve never had much association with babies, but when I took them in my lap, they generally got quieter – I wasn’t sure i wanted to know why, lol. Congratulations on your books and awards!

Sandra Elzie - April 10, 2014 - 7:34 am

Hi Piper,
I’m sorry I missed your post yesterday…and it was a great one. Love the Baby Whisperer. I needed you years ago when mine were little (about 40+ years ago).

In Calif I worked for a state department that dealt with Autistic children. I loved that job. We didn’t rock babies, but we did things at Christmas…singing to them and all.

Great first article and welcome aboard!!!

Piper - April 10, 2014 - 7:45 am

Maxine,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome! And you are right–we don’t need to question what makes the babies get quiet–it’s a gift, enjoy it! Thank you for the congrats as well!

Piper - April 10, 2014 - 7:47 am

Sandra,

Thank you so much for your welcome. The autistic ones require a little bit more work from us, but it is so rewarding when they come around. Makes it all worth it, doesn’t it? Thank you for your comment!

Pam Asberry - April 11, 2014 - 9:02 am

Sorry I missed your first post the day it came out, Piper; I was on a ship in the middle of the Caribbean. But welcome to the PFHT and thanks for sharing your gifts with us. I have a couple of piano students with autism; working with them can be trying at times but the results are so worth the effort!

Piper - April 12, 2014 - 8:01 am

Thank you for stopping by Pam! It must have been nice to be on that ship! I appreciate the warm welcome and I so agree about the rewards that special needs children can give. :)

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