You may have noticed that with the launch of the QuicKutz Community Gallery there are a whole lot of folks scrapbooking pictures of their babies. While babies are generally considered to be "so darn cute" and "just adorable", there comes a time in every parent's life when he/she realizes (whether admitted or not) that their little sweet newborn just isn't quite as cute as the Jones's (btw: I'm a parent, so I can say that). Now when you're out and about with the new little spud you've naturally got people flocking all around you to see your precious new arrival. And without fail, someone (or lots of someones) in that flock is/are going to say, "Your baby is so..."
"So..." what? Well, supposing your baby happens to be cuter than the Jones's, most people will say, "so cute", or "so adorable", or "so handsome". You may understand now why it's mildly upsetting when someone rushes to your side to take a gander at your newborn and stutters, "Your baby is so... alert."
"Alert." If newborns are supposed to sleep 20 hours a day, "alert" is probably not a flattering description. For instance, if babies came in boxes with clever packaging and slick taglines, "Now with added alertness" would not be printed on the corner in a yellow attention-grabbing 30-point star.
Now, on the flipside, imagine you're wandering down the street and you catch a glance of someone pushing a stroller and you run across the street dodging cars, buses and bicycle messengers and you shout, "hey, you with the kid, stop because I want to see your baby," and you arrive at the stroller's side only to behold a child who hasn't grown into his gargantuan hands and you impulsively start, "Oh, your baby is so..."
Unless you can bite your tongue real fast, maybe it's a good idea to have a few alternate adjectives to toss in every once in a while, you know?