3 weeks ago, my wife gave birth to our first son. The labor was 26 hours, the pushing looked excrutiating, and when he finally arrived, I based my expectations in Hollywood, and anticipated a baby that was crying loudly. Instead, he was as mellow as they get, hardly uttering a squeak. It took almost 3 days for him to actually cry. He has learned how to cry, but he is still pretty low-key, only crying when he has really come to his wit’s ends.
And yet, we now understand why so many parents dread the sound of a newborn crying.
On July 28, 1720, a brand new infant cried aboard the Wolf, a smell vessel that was off the coast of New England. While everyone initially experienced the similar dread that we all feel when we hear a crying baby, the dread was quickly replaced with joy. Because this crying baby saved the life of all the passengers on the ship.