They say that laughter is the best medicine, and after having that wonderful shoulder massage, Chris Forrest certainly did the trick in tickling my funny bone. Every aspect of the baby journey was brought up for ridicule and it was so good just to sit and have a good laugh. Sometimes I think we take ourselves too seriously, trying to be the perfect parent, and it was good to just release all that tension with someone who in a lot of ways has had a similar journey to many of us.
This was going to be a special date night with my hubby, but unfortunately he got struck with a bad case of bronchitis. There were some familiar faces though. I did see Belinda and her hubby, as well as Funso.
Something many of you may not know is that I have met Chris Forrest through swimming lessons that he attends with his daughter Kayleigh. We all have fun doing wheels on the bus and other cute songs while learning swimming basics. He didn’t mention the lessons in his set, though, I’m sure he will use it in the future!
I also saw him on Celebrity Master Chef. (I admit I did not properly watch it, I am normally making supper and other kitchen things during that time, but I would poke my head in and see every now and then). I liked his creative cake which told the story of his Master Chef journey. And he must have had cooking skills to win! And beat Patricia Lewis nogal!
The show “Who’s Your Daddy” was just brilliant, and I encourage all parents to go and have a good laugh at yourselves. Here are some nuggets I took away from the show that I really enjoyed.
1. He acknowledged there is a portion in your journey for trying to have a baby. Granted, they did not need medical intervention like we did, but he poked fun at all the people that keep asking and the pressure married people face to have a child. Chris even used an app that shows you the “green” days on which to procreate. Mmm.. maybe I should investigate that…
2. He was very adamant not to argue with a pregnant woman. This was re-hashed throughout the night with extra audience participation from the husbands of the pregnant women there. If that doesn’t work, give chocolate or leave.
3. The antenatal class he attended sounded very similar to the one we went to at the Genesis clinic. I found his take on this hilarious, especially when he described the conversation about circumcision with the Jewish couple and how the Muslims didn’t want to watch the boobs on the breastfeeding video. I think this is what is so appealing about Chris: he takes something that people get so worked up about and just pokes fun at it.
4. He is pro breastfeeding! Yay! But I loved the way he described how, in the recovery room, every female was trying to latch his wife and child. He went as far as saying why doesn’t the cleaning lady also give it a shot. I could totally identify with this experience, as a new mom, how my boobs were manhandled by all and sundry. Their experience though, was that they were unable to latch and did the pumping route. (I also pumped for the first month) He has a funny anecdote of how, at four months, Kayleigh was making a sound to indicate that she was hungry (imitating the Medela pump).
5. The funniest joke of the whole night for me was when he said: “Take the love you have for your favourite pet, and multiply that by a million times…” (this is where you’d expect people to say that’s the love you would have for your child) but he said: “That’s how much you will miss sleep.”
There’s a lot more, but you’ll have to see the show. If you want a good laugh (and especially if you are pregnant, you might land up with a hamper of Huggies!) go and book at Strictly Tickets.