A modest milestone as a baby’s half birthday can be celebrated with a low-key party with a half-birthday cake.
But that’s not how the Humpherys roll.
Casey and Mindi Humpherys from Utah celebrated their son’s six-month birthday by taking their boy, Rich, to Lake Powell so he could go waterskiing.
The couple filmed Rich’s successful performance out on the lake and posted it to social media.
Reactions online were polarizing – with one camp of viewers praising the baby’s courage and another accusing the couple of endangering their child and calling the stunt “cruel” and “irresponsible.”
Now the baby’s parents are speaking out in response to the backlash from their viral video.
During Wednesday’s interview with Good Morning America, the couple revealed that Rich’s pediatrician approved the stunt beforehand, and doctors were there to ensure their tiny daredevil was never in harm’s way.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 23, 2020
According to his dad, Rich currently holds the record as the youngest waterskier in the world.
Casey remained by his son’s side the entire time, and the boat never exceeded 5-miles-per-hour.
He told GMA:
“We had a separate boat out there, roughly 10 – 12 people involved total, a couple of doctors and a nurse on the boat.”
When the couple posted the clip of their family adventure on September 12, viewers outraged over the stunt called it “child abuse.”
One person expressed additional concerns, saying:
“No hat for the baby on a hot day. Legs look like they are going to break. I hope CPS takes the child away.”
Casey said he believes most of the online criticisms came from a place of caring “and people just being concerned and wanting the best for our child. So honestly we appreciate that.”
GMA said the proud parents enrolled Rich in infant swimming classes, built him a custom-made board, and practiced simulations with him on land and in the water with supervision.
Mindi added that the pediatrician was impressed with how far along Rich developed for his age and told the couple “not to worry about” his time on the water.
After viewers were assured that a lot of precautions were taken into consideration to prep for Rich’s adventure, there had been an influx of support for the waterborne baby.
People truly need to learn to mind their own business! That’s what’s wrong with some people. They worry about the wrong thing! Look the other way. Stay in your lane. This baby looks happy and comfy! ❤️
— Patrina Adger (@KOCOPatrina) September 23, 2020
People need to mind their own business.
It's not like the baby was tied to the back of the boat and left alone to waterski by itself.
Good parents teach their children young. This baby is just fine and will grow up being a fantastic water-skier.
Leave this family alone. JFC.
— SassyMamaw_66 (@66_sassymamaw) September 23, 2020
These parents clearly are water people whether it be water skiing or surfing. The father is right there with him & he is securely in place. This baby is going to be just fine. People really need to mind their own business. There is no endangerment here.
— Trisha 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 (@trishac444) September 23, 2020
That’s how you learn. Wish my parents put me in the water that early. Didn’t learn how to swim until I met my husband a few years ago. People need to stay in their lanes. Awesome video. 😍
— Alice (@facieslibris) September 23, 2020
I think its awesome..way to go guys!
— Stephanie Potter (@texasrichheat) September 23, 2020
Pretty solid for a 6 months old…
— Anne-Marie (@Marma0408) September 23, 2020
Casey remains proud of his son’s impressive feat and said:
“Whether you agree with what we’ve done for Rich, and what he’s accomplished, or not, you can understand how exciting it is to see your child accomplish something.”