I thought it was a weird conversation at the time, but now I get it.
It isn't so much that I want a kid, because I don't right now, but every time I see a kid, I tweak out! Every kid I see in the grocery store is a temptation. I want to pick them up so badly; the only thing keeping me from doing so is that it is creepy and I don't want to get arrested.
I always want to hold a baby, or be around small children. I go through withdrawals when I'm not around kids for a long time. It is really weird. I wasn't this crazy about kids until this year. It is becoming a problem. I think that it's a hormonal thing. Women used to be married with at least one child by my age. It is weird to think about it that way, but it is true.
This is the absolute worse time to go through the Baby Craze Phase. There is nothing to quench it! No wonder so many people have sex in college! There are no children to play school with or babies to make laugh. It sucks. Not to mention the fact that the kids I know back home are growing like weeds without me. I am missing the cute stages!
My mother, of course, is very uncomfortable with my new phase. She has never been overly excited about children (except me and my brothers when we were kids), so she doesn't understand my fascination of children. She always looks at me weird when I yell "baby!" about a child that is barely visible in the distance (I can sense children from afar... it my 6th sense. At one point, I could guess ages, but once I got to college, I lost that ability). I always have to assure my mother that I am still abstinent, I just love being around kids. She still doesn't understand.
I feel the need to clarify myself. I am not creepy about this. I don't stalk children. I just find their creativity fascinating and am interested in how they think. I also love the simplicity of children. Being an adult is really stressful, so sometimes holding a child and making them smile reduces my stress so fast I can hardly believe it.
Hopefully, I'm not the only one! Someone please tell me that you are going through or have gone through this phase!