You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing…*

My son first laughed at 11 weeks old. Up until then he was smiley, grinny, even giggly, but this was when he discovered the beauty of the chortley, chuckly belly-laugh.

I remember the moment very well. It was a stormy autumnal evening and we had just returned home from visiting relatives. He was lying on the sofa in the kitchen and we were double-parenting – blowing raspberries at him…suddenly he laughed and it was the best sound I have ever heard in my life, I’ll never ever forget it. He laughed and laughed and laughed and so did we.

From then on, like most babies and children, he has been quick to laugh. I am struggling to think of a day when he hasn’t laughed (possibly the flu-stricken Christmas last year, that was bad)…he even giggles in his sleep. It’s wonderful for my confidence if nothing else…it’s often me making him laugh and I have therefore discovered that I am one of the funniest people in the world. Obviously.

Two family members on separate sides of the family and independently of each other were quick to nickname him Chuckles…

Baby laughing


Now, at 3 years old, his world (and me) is still ‘so so funny’…

Toddler boy head back laughing


We all know laughter is good for us…’laughter is the best medicine’ and all that jazz. And I really do believe that…it can be an emotional release of all sorts of things, not just happiness. I’m sure many of us have experienced the relief and perfect impertinence of collective laughter amidst a tragedy or crisis.

In parenting it can be the best tool in the box. The wonderful Kate Orson has a whole host of ideas and thoughts about using laughter with children – take a look at her archive of giggle parenting for some of the incredibly useful and thought-provoking articles on this subject.

In labour it can be pretty handy too. Laughter helps to relax and ‘open’ up the right muscles in the right places in labour. My husband and I have, once again, been undertaking our pain practice for labour (I’m still on my blogging break, shh not really here) and one of the practices is to focus on the breath while smiling…for some reason this has always really made me giggle. The more I try to just smile serenely the more I giggle. The more I giggle the quicker the time passes and the more the sensations lose their label of ‘pain’.

And all this laughter has got me thinking….for many people the days when their children are young are the happiest days of their life. For me that’s been true so far…of course there’s the profundity of creation and the joy of unconditional love (etc etc!) but maybe, just maybe, it could simply be because I now laugh more frequently and naturally than I ever have before.

(*Quote by Michael Pritchard)

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26 thoughts on “Laughter

  1. Laughter wins every time! I can hear the laughter in those photos, and as I type, I am grinning ear to ear. An dthat sound! Priceless.
    Thanks for the reminder, because we do sometimes forget how healthy a heart guffaw can be! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha M’wah! ❤ #BigPinkLink


  2. This is so very adorable Lucy! The first time TM laughed I think I cried. It was so amazing. It’s still the best thing in the world; sometimes when B lets me have a lie in I hear them laughing together downstairs while I’m lying in bed and it makes my heart burst. The funniest thing at the moment is fake sneezing, apparently. Our house is pretty full of laughter, and I feel so grateful for that. Gorgeous post and it’s lovely to have you popping back my dear!!


    1. Ah that’s gorgeous! I think a house full of laughter sounds like a pretty good house. I sometimes think I’m having a rubbish day and I probably am and it’s in many ways harder and more rubbish than pre children but I still maintain that I would have laughed more on that rubbish day with E than an average day pre E. Not sure that makes any sense! Thanks for commenting Ellen x

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  3. Ah this is so lovely! We’re only JUST getting laughs from Moo at six months – instead we’re mainly treated to a very wide, gummy, dribbly gob with a tongue poking out and a smile that stretches all the way to her eyes. I can’t wait for real, proper belly laughs though. Thanks for linking up to #chucklemums my dear xx


  4. This was so lovely to read. Laughter is pure magic isn’t it. It just evaporates the blues away, sunshine. #ablogginggoodtime


  5. #ablogginggoodtime
    Since becoming a parent I mainly laugh at my bank account 😉
    So true and so many adults suck at seeing the sunny side of life. Let’s all follow in your little mans footstep 🙂


  6. That video is adorable. I love listening too and making robert laugh, it’s the best thing in the world. I love kate orson and her ideas, giggle parenting is something I practice at bedtime when things just get a little bit hectic. Keep laughing! x #abloggingoodtime


  7. Oh my, that must’ve been the most perfect moment ever! I cannot wait for the day that I have children and I hear their first ever laugh! My sisters laugh as the baby was amazing, it kept us all giggling for hours! And you’ve got it all again to look forward to! I know what you mean when you smile happily and it’s a sort out smile, it does tend to make you giggle… That happens to me and awful lot: I have to force myself to smile sometimes, and then I find myself laughing, it instantly makes me feel better 🙂 fingers crossed you are laughing all the way through the bitthe!! 🙂 xxx


  8. sometimes the only thing that gets me through the day is if my little on chuckles. If she is having a serious day I actually look at the little video I have of her chortling and then head off to try and make her do it again, I must be an annoying mummy!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime #tribalchat


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