Which is all great with me! I love people looking at my baby and telling me what cute little people I make. I can definitely take that. It's the other stuff I have a little more trouble dealing with. The comfort that strangers have telling me what I seem to be doing right or wrong in the long-term relationship we've forged of the 10 seconds standing in a checkout line together. I just don't really understand it at all.
As I was waiting a little longer than we had anticipated to sit for a portrait of Lucy, and finally feeding her the bottle I had on hand (because I'm just that forward thinking, thankyouverymuch!) a woman who had previously not said a word to me, barely even looked at me, said "She should be eating much more than that by now!" referring to Lucy's 4 oz bottles. This particular person hadn't even asked me how old Lucy was, and I have no idea what sort of frame of reference this woman had. That just blows my mind! Wha? How do you even respond to that? I think I just said "Oh."
Another instance, I was changing Lucy's diaper in a department store restroom when a young woman came up and said "Oooh! How old is he?" Which, whatever. I'll forgive. Even though she was in a pink striped shirt, she did have on navy blue overalls. Anyway. I told her 4 months, and she was talking a little bit to Lu. And then it happened. Lucy put her two fingers of her left hand into her mouth as she is wont to do. The woman reached around me, tugged Lucy's fingers out of her mouth by her wrist and said "Don't do that! That's bad!" I couldn't do anything but stare at the woman with what I assume was a baffled look on my face.
Seriously. Where is the line? And how do more people not SEE it? And how are you supposed to respond to that kind of thing? I mean, whatever, people have opinions and they're certainly not afraid to share them, but touching/disciplining my kid when I'm right there taking care of her?
Back off, people. I do believe you have convinced me to do the remainder of my Christmas shopping online.