WOMEN
04/23/2012 03:04 pm ET

I've Got "Baby Fever"

It started with a TV commercial. I can't remember what was being advertised. All I know is that it showed a father holding a newborn baby, and I started to cry - not out of sadness, but awe. A baby, a beautiful baby!

Look, I'm human, and as such, I've always found babies cute - but, suddenly, right around my 28th birthday earlier this year, crossing paths with them caused me to grab the arm of my acquaintance as though I'd seen a celebrity. Reactions formerly reserved for baby animals began to apply to human infants. Noticing this shift, a friend who hadn't seen me for a while remarked, "Since when are you baby crazy?" The real question is: Since when did I become such a cliché?

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