Playing Doctor

May 27th, 2011

Playing Doctor - Kids

Julian had seen one too many episodes of Doogie Howser.

(submitted by Julian)

125 Responses to “Playing Doctor”

  1. Sarahleigh says:

    Please, please, PLEASE lets see this family “Recreating the awkwardness!”!

  2. Pheintz says:

    Awesomely awkward photo. To little boys gross is usually pretty awesome, anyway. But… I can’t believe how many people are so prude in the comments. Probably the same people that complain about breastfeeding in public. I’m sure that in your world women must forgo what is best and most comfortable for baby and mother so as not to make you think naughty thoughts or hurt your precious little demure feelings. Lighten up, people.

  3. Gennie says:

    I am in nursing school, taking an OB class this semester. Since it doesn’t look like baby is feeding right now, mom’s top is probably down for skin to skin contact. This is the best way to warm the baby after birth. Mom’s pulse naturally goes up, which increases her body temperature, so this warms the baby while allowing bonding time. I see nothing wrong with mom’s shirt being down.

  4. paulandrea says:

    Middle child…why this doesn’t surprise me?

  5. Erin22380 says:

    Maybe he found the glove in the trash and couldn’t resist!! lol!!

  6. Mark says:

    The New Born would be 24 years old now. Noting the date on the photo.

    This occurrence is so natural and ordinary that perhaps it is we the viewers who think this is awkward are the truly awkward.

    • Ken says:

      Don’t think it’s the newborn that’s considered awkward. It’s the bloody glove on the older brother’s hand.

  7. gabba says:

    Is it me or is the mom TOPLESS?

    • tom says:

      dude she just gave birth. What do you expect her to be in, a business suit?

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, I am guessing she is topless to better facilitate nursing her newborn. Skin to skin contact is very beneficial to newborns and babies in general. The hospital where I gave birth encouraged my husband to hold our son with his shirt off since I was in surgery right after.

    • Penny says:

      Well I would hope so, she has just given birth…

  8. Dan says:

    Why is this picture not the most awkward photo of all time? A bloody surgical glove, brothers disgusted face, mom holding ruby red newborn…AWKWARD!!!

  9. Jim Vincent says:

    Is that a baby or a demon she’s holding?

  10. Beenthere,didn'tdothat says:

    Even the T-Rex on Julian’s shirt looks appalled!

  11. Ash says:

    if Julian was allowed to catch the baby (as is my guess), then i think this is fantastic. how many older siblings get to say “i brought you into this world, i can take you out!” … and be literal?

  12. PaulaNancy says:

    I am an OB nurse, and birthing is a messy business. Every one in the room who plans to touch the baby, except mom, must where gloves to protect the baby from infection. Baby comes out bloody, gloves get bloody, we care providers don’t notice blood or exposed body parts. It is the expression on the older brother’s face that makes this pic awkwesome!! And middle-child has just claimed his proper place in the family dynamic. I think these crazy kids are gonna be just fine.

    • Heidi says:

      I am also a nurse, have done both OB and NICU. No one has to “where” gloves to protect a baby from infection. The delivering physician or midwife wears sterile gloves during the delivery, both to protect the mother from infection and to abide by CDC’s standard precautions. Other medical personnel wear gloves until the baby has been bathed, but they do it for their own protection, not the baby’s.

      • grammar.nazi says:

        * “wear”

      • Jennifer says:

        Good lord Heidi loosen up!!!!!

        • Heidi says:

          Why should I loosen up??? PaulaNancy claims to be an OB nurse but her comment had completely inaccurate information. What is uptight about giving people the real story about gloves and childbirth???

          • katied says:

            Maybe your hospital or state has a different set of rules on what precautions to take on handling newborns?

          • andrea says:

            Have you ever considered different hospitals in different places might have different policies??? Guess you have worked at every single hospital on the face of the earth….

      • miss teak says:

        Yeah, I have given birth in different hospitals and helped in even more. I am not a nurse, but have been a birth coach and birth photographer as well. No one but the doctors and nurses ever put on gloves…not even older siblings. Apparently the hospital where PaulaNancy worked is paranoid.

        • MomOf3 says:

          Yeah, when I gave birth to my 3 boys no one in my family had to wear gloves, just disposable surgical gowns. And the hospital gown I wore had ties on the shoulders and snaps for easy breast feeding. Also, I must say that is nasty with the bloody glove, but a very priceless awkward family picture. No clue what the Dad was thinking taking this. LOL!! Love that older brothers facial expression!!

    • Elexsor says:

      What are you talking about Paula? The baby (as long as it is breast fed) will basically have the immune system of the mother and shouldn’t be prone to infection. The way you make it sound humans would have never made it as we would have all died on the cave floor still swaddled in the dirty animal hide..

      • youareconfused says:

        What the heck would breast feeding have to do with the immune system of a just born infant? The infant, at this point, hasn’t eaten anything! And FWIW, before modern medicine many many babies (and mothers) died due to infectious complications in childbirth.

        • Liz C says:

          Actually the baby is born with the mother’s immunities. Breastfeeding merely prolongs it.

          For the gloves comments….the only people who wore gloves with the birth of my boys were the medical staff in the room. The rest of us didn’t wear gloves obviously. And yes they all played “Pass the Baby”.

          • Mom says:

            I’m from Canada and no hospital that I’ve ever heard of requires the family members to have gloves on during childbirth. I dont think it has anything to do with being indifferent states…

    • Char says:

      This entire discussion has taken the fun out of Awkward Family Photos. Lighten up people! We are not here for a lesson on hospital procedures! If I really cared I would Google for answers…I just want to enjoy the awkward photos!

  13. What just happened says:

    Julian just fed his brother’s pet hamster to the dinosaur, his brother is more freaked out than angry because he thought stegosauruses were vegetarians, and the baby is crying because – well, because that’s what babies do!

  14. lizzie says:

    I’m with the kid in the green shirt.

  15. zipper says:

    Marni says that is a regulation baby, now come wash up for supper!

  16. Carol says:

    I am fine with the mom trying to nurse her VERY unhappy newborn, and if the older siblings were at the birth and wanted to touch the baby…well, okay. What is awkward is the person capturing this exact moment with a photo. (I’m sure the boy wasn’t playing with a dirty glove, come on people!)

  17. Alan says:

    The boys are the sons of the doctor… was ‘dad & son’ day at work. The lady was actually their Sunday School teacher….oooh,now we ARE getting awkward.

  18. TGIF says:

    If the glove does not fit….

  19. crazybabe says:

    I had the misfortune of seeing this while eating chili. I need some “behind the awkwardness” closure to make it all better.

    • Pinhead says:

      I’m so sorry, hope you’re OK, this photo is so gross but after reading your comment I almost choked to death laughing!

  20. molwol says:

    I just hope he wasn’t the one sewing up the episiotomy! Mom could be in for a big surprise.

  21. Praa says:

    I guess the dad is passed out on the floor.

  22. Guest says:

    I hope the older brother doesn’t get nightmares, flashbacks, or PTSD.

  23. Jake says:

    Some families save for college and retirement. Others save for therapy…

  24. JustWondering says:

    Julian looks like a young Dexter.

  25. Sarah says:

    Oh. Lovely.

  26. UhOh says:

    Now he’ll have something for “Show and Tell” day in school

  27. Michelle says:

    I think it’s a great picture!! I have a picture of my then 4-yr-old daughter cutting her baby brother’s cord. She was too young when her sister was born (she was not quite 2), but when her brothers were born (she was 4 and 6), she ASKED to cut both of their cords! She has been in the delivery room with me with all of her siblings and loved it. I don’t think it’s awkward at all! As for the dumb comments about him playing with a dirty glove, I’ve with the few that think he had gloves on to be able to touch the baby as soon as it was born! BTW, said daughter, now 8, was looking over my shoulder and I asked her opinion about the picture. She asked what was on the glove, I told her blood. She says he probably touched the baby as soon as it was born because newborn babies are bloody.

    • corinne says:

      I agree! Maybe, just maybe the kid wanted to wear a glove because everyone else got to. What kid doesn’t like to wear gloves? Then he touched the baby. I invited my daughter to be at my son’s home birth and she declined, which ended up being a good thing because it was an extraordinary long and difficult labor. It’s great when it works out, and great when siblings first meet. This is a funny picture, but what a lovely moment.

  28. Brenda says:

    For some reason, I just LOVE it that there’s a dinosaur on his shirt. I don’t know why; I just do.

  29. Deacon Blues says:

    I’m guessing Julian’s older brother did not grow up to be an obstetrician.

  30. Stearmn says:

    Great pic! I’ve had three kids and they probably made him put on gloves because they knew he was going to want to touch the baby without asking and did it as a germ precaution. Its all facts of life and the second born never fails to shine at the greatest moments! FABULOUS! Btw, did you get a baby sister?

  31. L. C. Burgundy says:

    What the bloody hell?

  32. Cheryl says:

    I think this may be a little too awkward even for this website!

  33. Lil says:

    Julian, please tell us how it came to be that you are wearing this glove. Did you pull it out of the trash?

  34. aymee says:

    is the mom naked?!

    • heather says:

      She just had a baby. She is likely trying to feed him.

    • meggiemoo says:

      A lot of women prefer to give birth with very little, if any, clothing on. The baby looks to be less than an hour old…I’m sure she’s about to nurse him/her.

    • heatherd says:

      I have had a baby but I didn’t run around naked after the fact with children running around and my husband taking pictures

      • Melissa says:

        I was buck naked after my first was born, at the nurses request. He needed to be on my skin (preterm). Both my best friend and mother were in the room along with my husband, all while I was naked… and I could have cared less. I just had a baby! Most people, especially those who want to nurse, are naked after birth. I probably was with my second too, but I don’t remember. My kids still see me naked in the shower at 3 & 5.

        I think this photo is hilarious. The only thing disturbing about it is where we let our minds wander. I suspect it all actually would make a lot of sense if we knew the full story!

        • Amy says:

          Way TMI…

        • Wanda says:

          Melissa, I think your story is awesome. It is people who make things disgusting and perverse. My husbands best friend, my best friend, my husband and the doctors 6 yr old daughter were all in the delivery room with me. I wasn’t naked, but my husbands best friend had to help out a little bit. They thought it was awesome and are very close to my kids. Life is a beautiful thing. Kuddos!!!!

      • jersygrl says:

        I’m with you. I was clothed (in a gown, anyway) during all 4 of my labor and deliveries. Too many ppl in this world like to “let it all hang out” when they give birth(good example: pic of couple with no pants on in birthing center)..there’s nothing wrong with modesty.

      • Kerrys says:

        If I would have seen my mother naked, much less giving birth, at this age, I would have had nightmares for the rest of my life. Some might think it’s “neat” but I think it’s horrifying. Yuck.

    • Jessi says:

      Seriously? She just pushed a person out of her girly bits. I find it unnatural for a woman to *not* be naked at that time.

  35. Shannon says:

    Ah, Julian… I wonder what the future had in store for you. Severed heads in the ice box? Maximum security prison cells where FBI agents ask for your help? It’s a mystery as bewitching as that bloody glove.

  36. Veronica says:

    That is gross. I mean, like, made my stomach turn gross. I think that’s a little much, AFP.

  37. Amanda says:

    Thats just nasty! noone wants to see a little kid with a nasty bloody glove on. im all for letting kids in the delivery room but thats just to much :-/

  38. Boo says:

    The funny part is many of you think the kid was playing with a dirty glove- but I’d bet he was allowed to “catch the baby” and that’s why the bloody glove. lol. eew.

  39. rick says:

    DIY Birthing. So simple, a Child can do it!

  40. robyn says:

    You wonder what the person that was taking the picture thought? Gee…lets let this kids wear a used latex glove??!! Blech….makes me gag

  41. another Mike says:

    Julian has just gone from being the youngest to the misunderstood, and usually ignored middle child… and he just would NOT be ignored.

  42. Sandi says:

    o..m….g. This is seriously disturbing.

  43. Kelli says:

    Wow! I’m a little disturbed by that picture. :/

  44. thescousewife says:

    Woah! Now that’s something you don’t see every day. I think I’m with the kid in the green sweatshirt — look at his face (and I have had 2 children). Certainly an experiential way to learn about the birth process.

  45. Evelyn says:

    Oh, there are so many things that are disturbing about this photo……..

  46. ScoutC says:

    LOVE the facial expression on the older boy in the green shirt! I feel his pain. Why let your kid put on a dirty latex glove and take a pic of it? It detracts attention from the newborn family member, whom I’m thinking was supposed to be the most important part of the day, not a used latex glove. Weird.

  47. Mike says:

    Timmy, you get to pull out the placenta! Yaayyyyy!

  48. Tedeau says:

    This picture is just wrong in so many ways! Kid playing with a dirty surgical glove, Mom with her top down, newborn baby having a very bad day and the kid in the green shirt looks like he’s fixing to hurl! So, what else could go wrong?

    • heather says:

      there is nothing wrong with her top being down. The baby was just born, she is likely trying to get him to eat.

    • marcato says:

      mom with her top down is wrong? she’s just given birth to her child and she’s with her family, give her a rest! i bet you think nursing is wrong too, right?

      i think the picture is hilarious! two brothers, yet so different! i bet julian was a great kid with a wild imagination :)

    • Dara says:

      Nothing wrong with the mom having her top down. You can comment on everything else in the picture BUT that. Feeding your baby is a natural normal thing and seconds after birth that is exactly how mother and child should look!

    • LHM says:

      What, should she be wearing her prom dress? Maybe a business suit? WTH – she just had a BABY!

      • Cathy says:

        Ohmygod – everyone get the collective stick out of their a**! The OP was just being funny by listing all of odd things about the pic. This is why no one likes Boob Nazis – none of you all have a sense of humor.

        • meggiemoo says:

          Wow, that’s pretty rude.

        • GeekyTuner says:

          Exactly!! Based on what some people say here, it’s astonishing they’d even bother to look at this site. Y’all ought to get over yourselves or just go away. Or both.

      • Cindy says:

        Seeing the birth (as opposed to just being in the room up by mom’s head) can mess with a husband’s head, and it’s a little gross for a little kid to see. (It creeps ME out as a woman!) But as a society we need to think about breasts for what they’re really for. They are to nourish babies. Radical, huh…
        So it’s good for these boys to see them being “used” correctly.

    • Ellen says:

      Um, I nursed 4 kids and agree that it is normal and natural, but 1–that child doesn’t appear in any way to be nursing (I’m pretty sure all mine nursed with their mouths, not their ears or their elbows) and 2–I gave birth 4 times (3 with older siblings present) and managed to do so (AND nurse immediately after birth) and didn’t need to do it topless. Just sayin’.

      • meggiemoo says:

        I wasn’t topless for my births, either (even the homebirth), but so what…it doesn’t look like she’s posing for the picture. I don’t think her lack of clothing is why this is considered awkward by some.

        • Kelly says:

          I remember when I gave birth to each of my three kids and sometimes the only way to calm them was to have skin to skin contact to keep them warm. I think dad just took this picture at the exact wrong moment or right moment if you ask me! This picture is awesome!

          • jersygrl says:

            Taking a dump is “normal and natural” too, but that doesn’t mean other people wanna see you do it. It’s called DISCRETION, ppl.

  49. DeeDeeDeeDee says:

    What’s so awesome about this pic? The fact that Julian submitted it! You gotta love it when people talk about themselves in the third person! Yay!

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