Now, I know Jack happens to be kinda cute, he also happens to have his Dad's personality, and is extremely outgoing.
But here is the thing I have NOT made my peace with, and probably never will. Touching.
Yesterday Jack and I went grocery shopping, he happily sat in my cart as he always does, and waved and made faces to the other shoppers. I turned to the side and picked up a box of the cookies Matt likes, and when I turned around there was an elderly gentleman standing there RUBBING JACK'S HEAD.
'Umm...Hi" I squeaked. He said nothing, just kept rubbing Jack's head. Not 'hello', not ' how old is he?' Not a word. After a few seconds he said 'bye-bye' to Jack and walked away.
This happens on a regular basis. Usually people touch his foot, or his hand, which while somewhat disconcerting, I am okay with, but it is not uncommon to see a complete stranger stroke his cheek. I even had one lady kiss the top of his head!
I have no problem with people I know (even if I only know them vaguely) touching Jack. In fact, if I ever met any of you in real life, I would probably be fine handing Jack over to you. But complete strangers? It is inappropriate.
But I can't, for the life of me, figure out a way to ask people not to touch him without actually saying "Don't touch my baby!" I don't want to be mean to people, because I believe that for the most part, people in general are good. I believe that nothing brings happiness to people more than the smile of a baby, but I also don't want strangers rubbing their hands all over my son.
Is there a nice way to say this? Does this happen to you too? What do you do?