New Year’s Expectations…

It happens every year.  Somewhere or another you’ll find a cartoon depicting the old year as a very old man with a long beard – and the new year as a baby.

The idea of using a baby to represent a new year goes back to the 19th century.  Maybe even further back.  And it’s easy to understand why.  Babies are a new beginning.  A new life.  And for those involved in that life, a new way of looking at the world.  New joy.  And challenges.

Usually this might be a blog about resolutions for the coming year.  But I couldn’t help thinking about how babies are the ultimate catalyst for resolutions, even more than January 1st.  We want to be healthier and smarter and better for the little ones.  Sometimes we end up feeling a little dumber when we don’t know the answers.  But we keep trying.  Because we love them.

Of course Hollywood could never resist the opportunity to make us laugh a little – and babies and their parents are there to provide plenty of material.  To celebrate the new year and babies in general, here are some fun movies.  The topics cover everything from the first stages of pregnancy to the first word a baby speaks.

And although these films are about babies, most are definitely for the adults to enjoy after the kids have gone to bed.

Away We Go -- Maya Rudolph, John Krasinski
Baby Boom – Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard
Baby Mama – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler
Bridget Jones’s Baby – Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
Father of the Bride II – Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern
Juno – Ellen Page, Michael Cera
Life as We Know It – Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel
Look Who’s Talking – Kirstie Alley, John Travolta
Nine Months – Julianne Moore, Hugh Grant
Raising Arizona – Holly Hunter, Nicolas Cage
The Santa Clause 3 – Elizabeth Mitchell, Tim Allen
Waitress – Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion
What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, 
                                                                                 Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick

Special mention: Junior -- Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a scientist who agrees to become pregnant.  Emma Thompson and Danny DeVito co-star.