Wow! I can't believe complete stranger actually asked to hold such a new baby!! At least she wasn't indignant about it. That would have been too much! It's weird, being pregnant and having a new baby is a time where we really have an instinct to "nest" and figure out how to work the situation and generally not be bothered by other people...at the same time, it's an event that really brings people together and gets people really excited...too excited sometimes, lol!
It's also weird that, in terms of touching bellies, and even new baby's feet at the grocery store or something, that no one thinks to ask if it's okay...I think about the guts my cousin had to say that to someone, or about other people who have reached out and touched the "offender's" belly to show they how it feels...but I just don't have it - people approaching me like that just really throws me off! I don't mind so much if it's family, and I totally get that it's out of love and excitement...but strangers weird me out. I even want friends to ask permission first...and usually it would make me uncomfortable. I would never think to touch someone elses belly like that!
It is funny though because you can tell that a lot of times it's a total impulse and people sort of realize halfway to touching you what they are actually doing and you can read it on their face....but they are "committed" to the action at that point? Any one else see that? (My MIL did that to me once...I was sitting in a chair, and was wearing my one pair of "nice" pants, and they happened to be getting a little tight. I was not pregnant, just gaining weight. And my MIL reached over and grabbed the extra skin at the top of my pants and said something about the weight gain...I was flabbergasted, but it was something I caught her doing in mid reach, right at that instant where she was rethinking what she was doing and was going to retract her hand...but she was already too far, and had been "caught" so she had to go forth with it...it was so absurd that I had to laugh about it).