Why do they always make me hold the baby? Is it just to watch me freak out? Do they think it’s cute? Why do they say I’m a natural when I quite clearly am holding my breath and sweating? Is that what infants like? Is the sound of blood rushing from my face similar to the noises of the womb? Does the mother-baby bond cause a positive reaction to terror in others? Most people won’t let you drive their new car or wear your shoes on the new carpet, but hold the progeny? I insist!