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Professor Supports Student Mom In Adorable Way

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Dr. Darryn Willoughby holding Millie during classDr. Darryn Willoughby holding Millie during class

After a mother's babysitter canceled at the last minute, her professor accommodated her child by reportedly holding the infant during his entire 55-minute class.

Katy Humphrey, a 33-year-old wife and full-time student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has a 4 1/2-month-old daughter, Millie. On March 2, Humphrey’s babysitter canceled unexpectedly before she had to attend a lecture for an exercise biochemistry class.

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"I had the Marine reaction, since I was in Marine Corps, I was like, well, I have to pull through somehow,” Humphrey told KWTX News.

Humphrey, who lives in Salado, Texas, traveled for an hour to attend the lecture taught by Dr. Darryn Willoughby, Director of Exercise and Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation at the university.

"Dr. Willoughby said if I ever needed to bring her to class, he was OK with it, so it made me feel relieved to know I would be able to learn and take care of my daughter," Humphrey told TODAY.

Humphrey took her daughter into the lecture hall. Although Millie started to cry a little, the professor was not worried.

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

The professor carried the infant throughout the entire lecture.

"He toted her around like a football and [she] was totally content the whole time," Humphrey recalled.

"We never heard a peep out of her the entire class," Willoughby, who has two daughters himself, told TODAY.

Humphrey said that this wasn’t the first time Millie was acquainted with Willoughby, who has held her a few times prior to the class.

"[When I was pregnant, Millie] would always kick when she would hear him talk, so our joke was that she either liked him a lot or not at all," Humphrey said.

The professor said that although he does have a special bond with Humphrey, he would have been willing to do the same for anyone.

"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 told KWTX News.

Sources: KWTX News, TODAY / Photo Credit: KWTX News, Katy Humphrey via TODAY