Please, Step Away From the Baby!

30 Aug

Yesterday I discovered a new pet peeve I have.

STRANGERS who think it is ok to touch your baby.

I know I am not alone on this. We were in Kroger doing some grocery shopping and this older gentleman came over to me and said “I just have to see the baby.” At first I was flattered, I think just about everyone likes to hear their children complimented but then it was just kinda creepy. He lingered and started playing with Lila’s hands and feet and it took everything in me not to swat his hands. I know babies are cute and it is hard not to want to play with them. But seriously, when you don’t know the baby or the mother you need to show restraint. I have no problem with my friends and family interacting with Lila because I know them and there is a comfort level there. This man proceeded to stick around and tell me the history of baby hair and also try and give me some parenting advice. It was clear he was not going to be easy to shake. This was the first time I wished Lila would start crying in public, in hopes it would make him go away. But no, she just sat there and smiled. So it was left to me to try and end the conversation. I turned and started shopping like he wasn’t really there. I really wasn’t trying to be rude, I was just over it and kinda freaked out. I don’t know if he finally got the hint or what but he left us alone. Luckily he didn’t touch her face or I would have had to karate chop him in the throat. Just kidding, kinda.

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