I think this is more to do with our base animalistic nature than anything weird.
You state bluntly this woman has in all but brief automated care shunned this child. Look at what happens to shunned baby animals in nature, usually
nothing else will touch them and they die or get picked off by predators.
A friend of mine was convinced her first newborn child was plotting to kill her, like some devil doll. She didn't even have postnatal depression,
just this irrational fear that crept up on her at night when she was alone with the child. To be fair I never really got on well with the child as
she grew up, but after the usual teenage tearaway years she ended up alright. Couldn't stand my cousins first child, weird thing she was. Didn't
help that her mother hardly ever moved her out of her pram and her head was flat up one side.
Think the most horror I ever encountered was on seeing a baby no older than eight months, daubed in the same orange fake tan at her mother, clad in a
fluffy neon pink fur coat and diamond earrings. It obviously didn't detract from the fact the child was odd looking, it just made it worse. She's
ended up alright too.
Next doors grandchild, whom I've never even seen but must be about 5 months now, howls like two foxes and an orgy of cats going at it through the
wall, never heard a child scream like that or for so long. Drives me crackers, it makes me pace the floor and want to go around and punch someone, I
swear they must never pick the child up. In general I tend to get weirded out by babies who look a little off, or too scrawny and too small for their
age. It's a fact that most of the kids round here are like that due to their mother's pre birth partying habits and staple diet of utter crap.
So yeah, I too acknowledge that some children, even when they are babies you get an odd vibe off, but that's probably down to the parents and how much
care they give to their offspring, or even themselves before birth. Admittedly sometimes that immediate maternal bond never happens, sad fact, but on
the whole people just carry on. I've met many a woman who failed to bond who felt having to have an emergency C section had something to do with it,
that would make a bit of sense to my original statement since these children would have likely not survived birth without todays medical intervention
FYI my youngest IS the Antichrist, so don't worry about other strange babies. He's a gorgeous little boy who loves his mummy, only tried to kill me
with his toys on the stairs once this week. I howled laughing Sunday afternoon when someone offered me a 5 week old Rottweiler bitch. OH just choked
on his pint.
P.S I'm only joking, I'm sure I'm not the only woman in the world that has a child that looks at you like he's plotting world domination. Love him to
bits. I'm not the only one, old ladies seem to lunge at him for cheek squeezes every time we leave the house.
edit on 25-4-2012 by Suspiria
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