I’m such a baby lover. I’m the one peeking into all the strollers as they pass. I was at the pediatrician with Son 2 last week and was elated to see a brand new baby and a four-month-old. Their “crying” is so quiet! When I’m with a friend with a little one, I’m the person letting her coffee go cold or lunch untouched so I can hold the infant while Mom gets a break. Don’t know where I get my deep connection to babies from, but it’s been there since I babysat my first infant at 13 and only intensified when I spent all my extra money on clothes for my first niece when I was in my early twenties (okay, it was combined with a shopping thing, but who doesn’t love teensy clothes?).
We have video footage of me falling in love with Son 1 just hours after he was born. Okay, I admit, we don’t have the same footage for Son 2 (why does that happen? we don’t have nearly as much footage or photos of him) but I remember vividly telling him to stay 6 days old forever. Bad boy, he did not.
But confession time, when it comes to romance novels, I don’t feel the baby love. In the past, I’ve written some stories with babies/little kids complicating matters, but my creativity doesn’t flow that way these days. Am I hankering for the simple life? For the past when I could scoot off not having to worry about dragging a diaper bag or calculating how many hours until car pool? The fact is, though, I haven’t carried diapers and wipes in quite some time, so… Oh, man, wait a minute. I know where to place the blame.
On Jon & Kate Plus 8. You know it, right? The reality show on TLC and Discovery Health starring the family comprised of Mom, Dad, a pair of twins, and a set of sextuplets. The kids are all under about the age of seven. Imagine! That’s my problem too. I imagine myself as part of that family, and after thinking of eight carseats and eight lunches and the eight million gazillion hours of “homework help” in the future, I can’t imagine ever feeling amorous around a little kid again.
But I want to break the cycle! Help me! Do you have a favorite romance with a child in the mix? I want to feel the baby love again.