TORONTO – You might have the exact same black-and-white baby photo framed somewhere in your home: you, a proud parent, cradling your naked, newborn baby in your arms.
The only difference in British dad Al Ferguson’s shot is his days-old son decided this was the perfect time for a diaper-less No. 2 – all over papa’s arms and the family’s carpet.
The photos – going viral now – could make a funny flipbook. They start with Ferguson beaming, tiny Ted in his arms, snoozing with his little limbs hanging onto his dad.
Just a few shots in, the Kent, U.K. dad tells Global News he knew poop was about to hit the fan, er, carpet.
“Everything happened in a split second. His tummy tensed up, my brain processing what was about to happen and what was happening, and what had happened,” Ferguson said.
That’s when Baby Ted exploded all over his dad’s arm and right onto the carpet in the family’s living room. (“It was a shaggy rug, a nightmare to clean!”)
The photographer, Kirsty Grant, caught it all on camera, too.
“Al just stood and looked quite shocked as Jen [his wife] and I fell about laughing,” Grant said.
When the trio saw the photos, they knew they’d captured a magical moment.
“I realized the funny side. The fact that Ted was still blissfully unaware of what chaos he’d caused and was still very much peacefully asleep,” Ferguson said. He even shared the experience on his own blog, the Dad Network and parenting website BabyCentre UK.
The photos have since made their rounds on mommy blogs and news outlets.
“We examined the ‘perfectness’ on the shot. The fact it’s one continuous stream of poo and realised that this shot is one-of-a-kind. There wouldn’t be anything else like it,” he told Global News.
Grant says it’s normal for “some sort of mess” to happen during a shoot, but it’s the first time it’s ever happened mid-shot and in such a dramatic fashion.
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