When Daddy is funnier than Mummy

I love to see the Popple smile, so I spend a lot of my time trying to get her to give me that big ol’ two-toothed grin. I make stupid noises and faces. I blow raspberries on her tummy and tickle her armpits. I dance around doing a hokey-pokeyish dance that I think is comedy gold.

Here’s the problem – the Popple doesn’t find me that funny.

She occasionally thinks I’m mildly amusing. A fart noise might elicit a little smile, and a raspberry might even make her giggle, but I can’t get her to really lose it with a belly laugh.

But Daddy? Daddy is HILARIOUS, apparently.

His faces are somehow much stupider than mine, his noises louder and grosser. His dancing is better, but that’s to be expected, since he’s Puerto Rican. He can even make her laugh by doing things that are objectively not funny at all – pointing to a lamp, clapping his hands, playing peek-a-boo when he’s clearly visible. As far as the Popple is concerned, Daddy is a world-class comedian.

When I try to imitate his best laugh-inducing moves, they’re met with blank stares. It’s clear that she sees Daddy as the fun parent, whereas I’m the one she goes to for the more serious stuff. When she wakes up terrified in the middle of the night, or she’s all bunged up with a cold, only Mummy will do. I’m number one for cuddles, which I guess kind of makes up for the fact that I’m number two (of two) for funniness.

She also recognises that I’m the best (only) maker of milk and that I have the best hair for pulling purposes – so there’s that. Still, I can’t help but wish she found me just a little bit funnier. I’m putting quite a lot of effort into my baby comedy routine, but she’s a difficult audience.

Photo on 4-14-16 at 10.42 AM

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  1. Oh I do understand where you are coming from! My husband, too, is funnier than me – so much so that once when I tried to be funny my daughter got really upset and said “no mummy, daddy does the funnies!” Well that certainly told me and I no longer try! Great read x

    1. Daddy does the funnies – love it!

    2. Reneé Mendoza says: Reply

      I found this article because I was looking up whether daddy’s are typically funnier so I could feel better that my 4 month old boy does just what Popple does and gives my husband all the strong long belly laughs LOL! By the way my husband is Puerto Rican too!

  2. We have exactly that same thing, I try to do evertrying that daddy does only to have blank stares and cries at me. I was chatting about this to my husband today, and he summed it up that we both have different roles, and that I give her the gift of live ie milk. I hope that the Popple smilea for you soon. Claire x

    1. She does smile for me, but won’t give me the big, belly laughs that she does for her daddy. Yesterday he had her in hysterics because he was pretending to crawl around the house. Go figure.

  3. Aww. She’s a Daddy’s girl 🙂 But you get the snuggles and that’s lovely too. My baby boy sometimes just has to look at his daddy with glasses on and he goes all giggly 🙂 Hope you get lots of toothy grins soon x

    1. Snuggles are great – I’ll take what I can get!

  4. Apparently Daddy is the funny one in our house as well – I don’t get it myself, personally I think I am hilarious. I can only assume it is because he is generally funny to look at and therefore has the edge 🙂 #KCACOLS

    1. Ha! That’s a good way to think about it. 🙂

  5. Ahah love her little face in that picture. I don’t want to jinx it but at the moment TM finds me hilarious, probably on an equal footing with his Dad! that may all change though… And he does have a very irritating habit of getting all grumpy and crying so I text B saying ‘argh, got a grumpy baby, hurry up’ then as soon as B walks in TM is suddenly grinning away and acting like the happiest baby alive. Typical! #KCACOLS

    1. I hate when they do that! You want to shout, “No really, she was really mad a second ago, honest!”

  6. Brilliant! Love your pic with the Popple – so adorable! I have to say my husband is a little clown when he is with the kids but I would still like to think I am way funnier than he is 😉

    #KCACOLS

    1. Despite what the Popple thinks, I’m going to keep telling myself that I’m the funnier one. 🙂

  7. Oh I understand this! I have a very funny daddy in our house where I am not funny, at all, it seems! I am waiting for the day that they both realise that I am the far funnier one – haha! 🙂 #KCACOLS

    1. Me too – she has to come to her senses eventually, right?

  8. I get this. I’m pretty boring in comparison to my partner who plays Nerf Gun wars with her. I just love and care for her but whatever! Kids! #kcacols

    1. Ooh, Nerf Gun wars sounds fun. I’m sure my husband would love to play that once the Popple is old enough.

  9. aww lovely to see this post on here – back from #KCACOL

  10. Daddy seemed to be the funny one in our house too when the boys were little. Love that pic of you with Popple.

    #KCACOLS

    1. Thanks! That look on her face is pretty common these days.

  11. I totally get this! Daddy is definitely funnier than Mummy in our house! But I would say that lately I can definitely get the good belly laughs out of him – and when he does laugh for me, he laughs much harder than for Daddy (smug grin!) #KCACOLS

    1. Lucky you! I’m still working on those belly laughs. I almost got one last night by whipping my ponytail back and forth – I have no idea why that was funny, but I’ll take what I can get.

  12. This made me laugh out loud, I feel your pain! Like you feel like screaming “Hey I pointed at a lamp too!” I think its that father daughter bond, thing honestly – I have the same thing! xx #Kcacols

    1. It sounds like this daddy/daughter thing is pretty common – I’ll just have to keep pointing at lamps and hope for the best.

  13. This makes me wish I’d had a girl and not two boys. I might have got a laugh then. Currently, it’s a tough crowd.

    1. Ha! I wonder if I’d have more luck getting a boy to laugh?

  14. The sun shines out of my husbands backside according to my kids. There’s no denying it he is awesome, but when I’ve spent all day trying to entertain them and be the ‘best’ mum in the world (occasional biscuits, crafts, visits to pets at home and CBeebies) as soon as he comes home “DADDDDDDYYYYYY” and I am dumped. In the way of funny the kids do laugh at me but never when I’m trying to be funny. Which is worrying 😆 Gem X #fartglitter

  15. Your daughter will more than make up for it when she’s older. Who is she going to get her worldly advice from? When she’s a teenager, who is she going to have a late night cup of tea with when she’s upset because a boy doesn’t like her? You’ll get to know her on a much more profound level than funny dad, and I think thats a much better prize! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    1. What a nice way to think about it!

  16. Love the picture with the Popple. Good to see she’s already learnt the “Mummy, what are you doing face”!

  17. agentspitback says: Reply

    Look at her expression in the picture! Heehee… it was the same thing here at our place when the kids were much younger. But now that the kids are older, my kids laugh at me all the time, at the funny things I say (eerrmmm, is this good or bad??) but the tables can turn!! #KCACOLS

    1. I’m going to hold out hope that she’ll see the error of her ways when she gets older and realises how HILARIOUS I am.

  18. I always just assumed that i was hysterical. Maybe it’s just a dad thing? No, I’m pretty sure I’m hysterical

    1. Ha! You’ll never know…

  19. Here too… All three ‘play’ with daddy. Waah, I want to play toooo!

    1. Awww – tell those kids to play with their mummy!

  20. Same here, all three want to play with daddy. Waah, I wanna play too. #KCACOLS

  21. It’s the same in our house! Despite being miserable Misery Guts is somehow hilarious, while I on the other hand am boring old mummy… #justanotherlinky

    1. Why does this happen to so many of us? MUMS ARE FUNNY TOO!

  22. Yep. My two look at me with exactly the same look of mild confusion when I try to be funny. They are saying “What the fudge are you doing Mother? You’re job is nappies OK? Just nappies, oh and emptying the dishwasher. Don’t even attempt at the funny faces. That is Daddy’s department and you do not even know what you are messing with!” just with their eyebrows!! Brilliant picture!

    Thank you for linking up to #FartGlitter x

    1. Why do we get to be the nappy changers and daddies get to the be comedians? Whyyyy?

  23. Don’t give up! You just haven’t reached the heady heights of ridiculous enough yet! Soon you will be performing to a level that will have the teenage popple cringing at the memories 😉 Or fart more, since that clearly works for her! I have faith in you.
    x Alice
    #fartglitter

    1. Farts are still funny to me and I’m in my 30s. 🙂

  24. rightroyalmother says: Reply

    I’m afraid Nippe & Tyke’s right; I think the farting’s the way forward! Great post; made me laugh this morning … (even if my daughter won’t until her father gets home) 🙂 #chucklemums

    1. I’m not above stooping to fart noises to make this girl giggle.

  25. Mark my words, my love. This will change!! Everyone knows Mummy’s are the best and the funniest!! #chucklemums

  26. Haha, this had me laughing so hard, because it’s totally true! I’m not sure what it is about Daddy, but he can elicit HUGE ab-splitting laughs from my son. Like, laughs so hard he falls over onto the floor. And me, sure, I’ve gotten him to laugh before-but not like THAT. Moms are for serious stuff-like diaper changes and feeding, and Dads are for fun, apparently. Haha! x #justanotherlinky

    1. I know what you mean – the Popple laughs with me, but never REALLY loses it.

  27. I am the official fun-stopper here. Daddy, of course, can blow in all funny faces and loud noises and I become invisible; so hear ya! But am more than happy to hand the reigns over if it gets me a shower or some peace and quiet. #chucklemums

    1. True – it’s great when they want to be with Daddy when you need time to yourself!

  28. Sounds exactly like my firtsborn. To this day she has absolutely no loyalty to me if DADDY is around. He is hilarious and fun and mummy just cooks and cleans and makes sure she doesn’t die every day.

    Stilll, number two is a mummy’s boy and I’m the funny one. So you never know!

    Thanks for linking to #chucklemums!

    1. It’s good to know that there’s hope that the next one (if there is one – the jury’s still out) will think I’m hilarious!

  29. I reckon dads have about 3 years of our children finding us amusing so we have to make the most of it before we become utterly tiresome!

    1. My dad is still trying to make me laugh with stupid jokes almost 34 years later!

  30. Oh, same here! Nothing quite as awkward as making facesand giving it socks trying to be funny and looking at this blank baby face…… Morton. apparently daddy is the funnier one of the two of us. I have been told to leave the jokes to him. (by him) but ill keep trying and am working on my comical timing. You keep trying!

    1. I refuse to give up. Today I made her laugh by blowing air out of my nose really loudly. Who would have known?

  31. Oh her little face! She is gorgeous. And clearly deficient in sense of humour as you are hilarious 😉 #chucklemums

  32. Ahhh, I am sure your baby appreciates all the effort you put in to make her laugh.
    My Mother would totally relate to this. She puts a lot of effort into her comedy – dance routines, skits, fancy dress costumes, slapstick – but for some reason she things that I find Father funnier. By the same token, Father thinks that I prefer Mother for cuddles. The truth is, I prefer neither, I just do it to keep them both on their toes…x #chucklemums

    1. So that’s the secret – babies are just sneaky!

  33. Haha love this!!! My husband is always trying to win over the kids whether it be with being funny or just being awesome dad but he just doesn’t hold a candle to mommy. I know it’s because I’m with them all the time and he works a lot. And I’m sure it will change through the years. #KCACOLS

    1. It’s the opposite here – I’m with her all day – taking care of her, feeding her, giving cuddles – but when Daddy comes home she’s SO excited like it’s the best thing in the world.

  34. This is so true. Daddy if the fun guy in our household too whereas I am the provider of food, cuddles and love! My husband always has the boys in stitches by doing something funny.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

    1. I’ve heard a lot of people say that Daddy is the fun one – it seems like a common thing!

  35. Maybe you’re a little too cerebral for her at the moment! #KCACOLS

    1. She just doesn’t appreciate my wry, observational sense of humour. Silly baby.

  36. How can she not laugh at a tounge and a wave! Clearly she just has a warped sense of humour! As you say, she loves you for the milky cuddles! Hopefully as she gets older and understands actual jokes she’ll find you funnier! Get practicing now!!

    1. I can’t wait until she can understand jokes and puns – it will be a whole new ballgame then!

  37. Your not alone, my boys find daddy funnier! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  38. Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum says: Reply

    I was never the funny parent either, babies just look at me like I’ve gone mad. #kcacols

  39. I was reading this and thinking ‘did I write this?!’ the whole way through because this is my life down to the tee. Hair pulling and nighttime cuddles, yes please Mammy. Running around and funny faces, no thanks, Daddy please. I’ll sometimes do the exact same thing his Daddy has done 2 seconds before and he actually becomes unhappy and a bit disgruntled that I’ve dared to join in! I suppose as long as they’re laughing at someone… But come on, a pity laugh would do sometimes right?! Love this post! X

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