Because first and foremost, I get like... high when I see this baby. When I hold Leo and smell his tiny baby head, my brain just goes crazy.
That’s because this “baby high” is a thing, sort of. Originated by Nobel Prize-winning ethologist Konrad Lorenz in 1943, the theory of baby schema, aka “Kindchenschema,” says that we neurologically react to cuteness. When we see a baby’s adorable little features (i.e., bulbous forehead, big eyes, chubby cheeks, tiny chin, etc.) our mesocorticolimbic system (reward system) becomes engaged. And this, my friends, is the cerebral pathway that releases dopamine. TL;DR: Looking at a tiny human induces a natural, baby-induced high. Pretty crazy, right? Psh, there’s more. This system and pathway… those are just the tools baby schema uses to do its thang: trigger caretaker behaviors. So you see the cheeks and the chin and you realize, “This little thing needs safekeeping.”