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March 24, 2012 8:20 PM Subscribe
Why do my arms hurt when I see a cute [human] baby? Is this something other people experience or just some idiosyncrasy of my own weird body?
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I am a woman in my late twenties, with no particular inclination towards kids: don't have any desire to have them; find them entertaining in small doses when they're well-behaved and belong to someone else. My friends and partner make fun of me and say that I imprinted incorrectly, because I love other baby animals but am relatively indifferent to all but the cutest human babies (and I still think even the cutest human baby pales in comparison to the average kitten).
However, for the past few years I've noticed that when I see an especially cute baby/toddler, a sharp pain radiates down my forearms from my inner elbows to my wrists. It's the same exact pain every time, and it happens even when I'm not actively thinking "oh my goodness, how cute!" -- for example, the other day while I was lying in bed, I could hear my downstairs neighbor outside playing with his toddler, and even though I wasn't paying attention to them at all I kept experiencing this pain. And, to my knowledge, I don't experience this pain when I see cute babies of other species (and I should know, since I've watched approximately three million Youtube videos of baby sloths).
So is this an actual phenomenon that other people have experienced? Is there any physiological explanation for it or is my body just being weird? Is this some sort of omen that in a few years I'm magically going to go from actively not wanting kids to dreaming about what color to paint my nursery? (I can't quite envision that, but I guess stranger things have happened.)