If I'm being honest, I must admit that I only have a vague memory of me introducing my son to some of my closest friends, perhaps because I was in that new-parent, sleepless stupor. Even if I’d been at my most alert, I still wouldn’t know what each of them was thinking. I can guess, though. As well as I know my friends, and as well as I know my son, I actually have a pretty solid idea as to how it all went down. In fact, I'm pretty positive I have a great idea as to what baby was thinking when he met my friends for the first time.
Introducing a baby to dear friends or family members can be exciting and, dare I say, anti-climactic; especially if your little one is not inclined to wake up for the initial meeting (or any subsequent meetings for the first few months, actually). There’s likely been plenty of build-up to that moment, especially if your friends have been relentlessly supportive throughout your pregnancy. It’s a happy time, as many moments with a new baby are, with lots of cooing and gurgles and smiles happening on all sides (even those non-smiles that come from especially young babies are allowed to count).
However, if we were to dive a little deeper and explore what’s going on in a baby’s mind when they meet the people who have arguably known you the longest, I'd imagine we would find the following: