Baylor professor welcomes mother's infant to class

Published: Mar. 17, 2016 at 10:20 PM CDT
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A mother's baby was welcomed with open arms to her Baylor University class when her baby sitter canceled at the last minute.

Katy Humphrey is a full-time mother, a full-time college student and a full-time wife. When her baby sitter cancelled on her at the last minute, she knew her only option was to take her four-month-old daughter to class at Baylor University.

"I had the Marine reaction, since I was in Marine Corps, I have to pull through somehow,” Humphrey said.

She knew in order to go to class and take care of her daughter, Millie, she only had one choice to take her daughter to class with her.

"So I was thinking, ‘well I hope I can balance both,’” she said.

Katy walked into class, while holding Millie in her baby carrier and taking the first open seat. Her only hope being that Millie wouldn’t disturb the class.

But the professor, Dr. Darryn Willoughby, said at first Millie wasn’t too happy about being in class.

“Within the first five minutes Millie got fussy. So I just went over, picked her up, carried her back, and went right back to lecturing without missing a beat,” Willoughby said.

Willoughby is the Associate Professor of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation and the Director of Exercise and Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory. He is also a professional body builder.

Humphrey said he carried Millie around the rest of class, roughly 55 minutes.

"He toted her around like a football and (she) was totally content the whole time," Humphrey said.

Willoughby said he was just meeting the need of a full-time student and full-time mom.

"I didn't want her to feel uncomfortable (about having Millie in class) because there was nothing to feel uncomfortable about,” he said.

Willoughby said he would do it again in a heartbeat.

"Taking care of others in a time of need and when it is not a time of need, just loving and caring about others—that’s God's purpose,” Willoughby said.