Aug 10

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.

5 Responses to “#927 You pretend someone else’s kid is your own”

  1. ac says:

    ha ha…i like it when my hubbs is holding someone elses child and is loving towards them…that is when it is the most fun to pretend, cause in my head i am thinking "he is gonna be such an awesome loving father"

    ♥ ac

  2. Penny says:

    My hubs and I are a bi-racial couple. And half our friends our. The tempation to pretend while babysitting is truly overwhelming.

  3. Jenny H. says:

    I work in a daycare and when the kids accidently call me mommy, I hold back tears….when they tell me they love me "this much"(holding their arms out wide) and they love mommy "this much"(holding their arms less wide) I get this guilty pleasure :P

  4. Hope Springs says:

    I'm ALWAYS doing this – I love it when my niece accidentally calls me Mummy. So glad I'm not the only one!

  5. mommywannabe says:

    I went to a friend’s wedding. When someone asked “Who wants to feed the baby while I take pictures?”, my hubbie said that I looked like a line backer, running as fast as possible through the crowd yelling, “I will.” I am also the first in our family to volunteer to change a diaper or put someone down for a nap.