Office Baby

2 Nov

What is it about a new baby in an office that makes most women run? 

I’m just as guilty of it myself. As soon as I hear the mewing of the tiny thing, or the sighs of the other women, I MUST go see. I must tell the mother she looks good, that the baby is lovely, and ask about how the baby is sleeping. 

In that order. 

It’s the strangest thing. I remember being that new mother, standing so unsure and shy, watching people who I still considered strangers holding and cuddling and sniffing my new daughter, and being slightly creeped out. (And am I the ONLY PERSON in the world who does NOT think babies smell good?) I remember being freakishly tired, and looking like crap, and just wanting to leave the baby, but then not wanting to leave the baby, because these women were freaks who all smelled vaguely of desperation and longing and sadness. 

Is it a want to return to that moment of newness, to that place where you have your firstborn in your arms, and you suddenly feel like you have a purpose in life for the first time? Is it the longing for youth, for that wicked sense of newness? Is it even jealousy? 

Or are we just that bored?

7 Responses to “Office Baby”

  1. liprap November 2, 2006 at 3:40 pm #

    My son smells waaaay better now than he ever did as a baby. Maybe because he’s not wearing diapers on a regular basis anymore. I only liked his infant smell after he had a bath – ahhh, Baby Magic!

    As for the whole baby coo as woman attention grabber, down in these parts it’s anyone who is expecting. A swollen abdomen seems to be an invitation to a stranger to reach out their hand and touch that gestating belly. “Ohhh, are you preeeegnant?” GRAB!

    I was so happy I was in New York when I started to show… 😎

  2. venessa November 2, 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    I am just that polite, I think. I am afraid I will hurt someone’s feelings if I don’t coo over their baby, but inside I am thinking “OK, don’t spit on me, drool on me, or poop on me and we’ll be allright.” I have my own babies to dote on.

  3. karriew November 2, 2006 at 6:22 pm #

    I’m not sure. Before I became a parent, I had the opposite reaction: Oh, a kid. Yuck. Or just plain indifference.

    For me it’s that I identify with the mother. Part of me wants to mother her, to hold the new one and let her take a nap or just acknowledge that motherhood is not all sunshine and roses but chances are she’ll be “ok.”

  4. Nat November 2, 2006 at 8:06 pm #

    I just love babies, plain and simple. BUT (and it’s a big but) I can’t bring myself to smother someone’s kid with kisses unless I know the parent REALLY well. Holding (or sniffing) the child of someone I hardly know? Kinda feels outside of my comfort zone. I’ll look at them, touch their little hand, and be like “he/she is cute” and move on.

  5. thordora November 2, 2006 at 8:07 pm #

    hell, i feel weird kissing YOUR kid. I don’t like kids in general. I like MY kids.

    And babies SMELL. Period.

  6. extrapolater November 2, 2006 at 9:04 pm #

    Yeah, babies don’t always smell great. My son is now 4, and his shampoo smells good, so I suppose in general he smells better now than he did as an infant.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  7. Missy November 2, 2006 at 9:12 pm #

    As long as there’s nothing in the diapey, I love the way babies smell. So milkey and powderey. I don’t go running, but if mom wants a break I will always hold a baby. Just plop ’em there on my chest and let them mold their little bodies to mine. I’m a sucker for babies.

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