Every baby is a little miracle…

By Dave Andrusko

When we were back in Minnesota last month for our annual vacation, we visited our niece and her brand new baby boy. It was like old times watching her (and my sister, her mother) pull out the Pampers.

I don’t often see commercials for Pampers these days, or, if I do, they don’t register. Even our grandkids are now long past that stage.

But I know, from having written about many of Pampers’ commercials in the past, they are often awesome. They affirm not only the importance of babies, they also remind parents that “Every baby is a little miracle to celebrate, support and protect.”

And since they often begin with sonograms, pro-lifers see this sentiment as apropos not just for babies once they are born, but from the beginning of the baby’s developmental journey.

If you watch “For every little miracle,” I promise you will (as did I) forward the link to many of your family and friends.

The overarching point they make is…it doesn’t matter. Whatever the circumstances, babies are a gift, a treasure, to honor and protect and (my words here) to marvel at.

The very first “whether” is the most important: “whether he’s planned or not…” We first see a headshot of a young woman in her wedding dress–and then the rest of this woman’s very pregnant profile.

That is cutting to the chase. This baby didn’t choose the circumstances of his conception. That’s on us.

Moreover, without being preachy or overt, the ad (I believe) is telling us in no uncertain terms that there is only one choice– to choose to “celebrate, support and protect” this “little miracle.”

There are many other “whethers,” including whether the baby has “special needs” or has “lots of needs” [comes as a package deal with multiple siblings]…or adopted…or comes “3 months early” [a preemie] “or ten years late “[an older mom]…or is biracial/multicultural…or has family nearby or “far away.”

In all these circumstances–the planned and the perfect, or the unplanned and the other-than-perfect–this baby is one of us, a miracle to whom we have the strongest obligation on the face of the planet: to our own flesh and blood.