Unborn baby shown clapping along to “If you’re happy and you know it”

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through August 25. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last ten months.

I make no bones about it. I love to watch ultrasounds. I love how cleverly families use them to introduce the newest members to their friends and loved ones.

Take a You Tube video posted a while back by Jen Cardinal, the baby’s mother. You’ll quickly see why it is no mystery that I love it.

The 15-second-long video is simultaneously touching and hilarious. Here’s Jen’s brief introduction:

At our 14 week ultrasound our baby was clapping, so I sang a song with our doctor as my husband filmed.

And sure enough, as you watch the baby appears to be clapping along at just the right times to “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

As Mrs. Cardinal writes

The experience is one I’ll never forget. The baby clapped three times, and then the doctor rewound and scrubbed it while we sang. No mystery. It was amazing.

But, if you think about it, there is a mystery. And more than one.

Why amidst the laughing does this father say, “Oh, that’s fantastic!” while another father will not bother to even be there when his wife or girl friend is saying “hello” to their baby?

Why is bonding taking place between Mrs. Cardinal, her husband, and their baby while another ultrasound of another baby will be used only to target the child’s destruction?

Why, or how, can anyone look at this vibrant, active, developing human being and conclude that it’s okay to end his or her life?

Take just a minute and go to www.youtube.com.