Is it wrong to pretend that a friend or relative’s baby is your own?
You are at the shopping mall and your friend asks you to look after her baby while she runs to the toilet. Dangerous…Very dangerous. You happily agree to look after the kid but in the back of your mind, you pretend that it’s your child. Quick thoughts pop into your head: Imagine if this was my baby or this is what it would be like to have a baby. You might even hope to run into an old friend. You would just wave at a distance and happily push the stroller like all fake moms do.
Another time, you happily spend the afternoon holding your friends babies. You glance at your husband and imagine that this was your child. You can pretty much guarantee that your husband is not thinking the same thing.
You are holding a relative’s baby and someone asks you the age. You answer quickly and take credit for how cute the child is. “He/she looks exactly like my husband.” You brag when your relative is out of earshot. You feel strangely proud when the stranger comments that your figure looks great after having a baby.
Even the infertile knows that stealing a baby is wrong but pretending that you have a baby is completely healthy. Moms beware.