OPB – Other People’s Babies

I was really worried before I got pregnant and while I was pregnant that I’m just not a baby person. I was really concerned that that feeling wouldn’t change even when I had my own baby. In fact, I spent an inordinate amount of time worrying about it. I’d check out women with babies in stores- and I’d love to say parks but before I had a child there was really no need for me to step foot into a park which was another worry not being a “park person” – hoping to feel something about their babies. I’d hope to think “wow, what an adorable little person you’ve got there” or even just “so cute” but I hardly thought anything more than “oh a baby.” That’s not a good feeling when you’re going to have one.

So, now I have a baby and I’d love to say that the world of babies has opened up. That I think babies are so adorable now. Unfortunately I don’t. Of course my baby is unbelievably cute. I can’t get enough of looking at her and taking her picture but I just can’t get it up for other people’s kids. Luckily, I don’t believe this affects my mothering in any way. I really thought you had to just LOVE kids to parent one but I guess that’s not so. Thank god or we’d have some serious problems around here what with the mommy police being so strict.

I do wish I had slightly more interest in joining Mom groups or doing interesting stuff with my shortie but I really have to force myself. Thank god she loves her exersaucer so much. And trips to Western Bagel. My baby loves a bagel. She’s a carb addict like her mom. Isn’t that cute?

Posted by Stefanie Wilder Taylor on July 8, 2005 8:45 pmUncategorized4 comments  


  1. Bar Bar A said,

    I CAN RELATE! I was never a baby person, and for the most part, still aren’t (although some of my co-workers do have darn cute kids).

    When I was 30 and discovered I was pregnant (and single) I prayed that God would give me love for this uplanned, unwanted baby.

    Of course, once the baby was born I fell madly in love with him. But I could never get into the Mommy thing at all.

    It’s kind of like being stuck in two worlds…work and motherhood. Those two worlds collide more often than not.

    My baby is 14 years old now and even though I am tempted to run away from home every now and then, I am still madly in love wiht him.

    Great blog, glad I found it 🙂

    | July 9, 2005 @ 3:24 am

  2. krista said,

    It’s the worst when another aquaintence mom starts pressuring you to join her mommy group. Man. I have no valid excuse. I am running out of creative excuses. If you have any, feel free to send them my way.

    | January 2, 2006 @ 4:22 am

  3. momomax said,

    yo. I’m two years late but I’m procrastinating and starting from the beginning of your blog.

    that is a cute ass baby. I do happen to think a lot of babies are cute, but this baby vision has only gotten the better of me now that I’ve been a mom for 15 months.

    hope your book is coming along.

    I’m bored bitch! gimme something to read!

    | July 17, 2007 @ 1:53 am

  4. azureavian said,

    yup, i know what you mean. i have always known i wanted a lot of kids. i think my kids have the best personalities and are all around the cutest/best/smartest/funniest kids. unfortunately, friends thot that since i wanted kids that meant that i liked kids in general. no, i am not so enamored of other peoples kids. i do not want to run a day-care, or be a nanny or a teacher. people don’t understand me.

    anyway, hihi! i’m starting at the beginning. nice to meet you.

    | March 25, 2008 @ 6:28 am

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