When you hear the sound of a crying baby what is your reaction?
The past few days I have heard the fairly persistent wailing of a very fresh and new human being coming from somewhere, (this isn't related to my hearing things before someone asks, that's just water and is still happening).
Now I'm someone who fantasizes about doing various things to people who decide to have a conversation outside my window in order to silence them, permanently, but upon hearing that new human being screaming and screaming all that comes to mind is wanting to seek out this new human and spend some time interacing with it.
I don't know why I feel so compelled to do so when faced with a screaming mini human, and I don't know why I'm so effective at turning screams into sleep, silence or giggles, (presumably it's because a screaming baby causes me zero stress/anxiety and my calmness is picked up on by them and helps them become calmer - I've been told that's a thing), but I am and it has always worked really quickly.
Even babies who don't know me.
I once helped an extremely frazzled lady with her screaming mini human, (she was clearly at her wits end and had been crying, a lot), so I picked up the baby and within minutes she was happily sitting there in my arms, dozing off to sleep as I chatted with her mother.
Mind you, I've only done that once, normally when someone similar wants help I'll help them with the other thing(s), they're trying to do, I feel really odd about taking possession of someone else's new human, even if only temporarily, once they get a bit older, fine, feel free to palm them off on me, not a problem, but new humans... I dunno why they're different, perhaps because they can't make the choice to spend time with me whereas the older ones can, I dunno.
Or maybe it's just as simple as I really wouldn't want someone coming along and handing my new humans, lol
Anyway, what's your reaction to new humans screaming somewhere in your vicinity?