Friday, December 4

Lesson #22 - People, Especially Strangers, Have No Shame (Part II)

Okay...for those of you who missed Part I in this series of posts, please take a peak here (written yesterday). Those of you who read that post already - HORRAY!! You can now move on to Part II. Again, true story(ies)!!

3. The man and I were walking around the mall. Not because we wanted to shop, but because I HAP to get out of the house and walk around...and in the middle of summer, I also wanted air conditioning. The mall seemed like a logical choice seeing as there are groups of 60+ individuals EVERY. WHERE. who mall walk in the mornings...so it has to be a good idea, right?! Anyways, so we;re walking around the mall and going in and out of the stores. Again, not because we were actually going to BUY anything, but because it added to the enjoyment of said walk. So, we go into this store that sell painting prints - and some very nice ones, I might add. The sales rep approached the man and I asking if we needed any help. We politely declined and she happened to see the babe - wide-eyed - in her carrier. She made some cooing sounds and asked how old she was - to which I replied, "only 3 weeks old." The rep looked up at me and - without missing a beat said, "Oh, well she is absolutely adorable. Do you know what you're having next?" I'm sorry?! Next?! Do you now something I don't?? Is there some sign above my head that says - currently pregnant?? No. No there is not. Look Ms. Painting Sales Rep...I know you are 5 foot 10 and weigh only 100 pounds, but when women get pregnant they do this little thing called GAIN WEIGHT! I realize that this is a hard concept for you to grasp, but you really should read up on manners before just spouting garble!! Not to mention, DO. THE. MATH. If the babe is 3 weeks old...what makes you think I could be pregnant - and showing - again so quickly?!?! Ugh!!!

4. The man had gone back to work and I wanted to go to the grocery store. I put the babe - wrapped in her blanket and all - in her car seat and drove to the store. We don't live in the middle of nowhere...the grocery store is maybe 5 minutes from our house...so it didn't take long to get there. I pulled out the stroller and wheel it over to the passenger door. As I'm pulling the babe out of the car, a woman - who had just parked - was getting out of her car. Mind you, it is July/August...it is hot, humid and I'm cranky. She comments on how beautiful the babe is (why is it that everyone starts unwanted advice with how pretty the babe is??) and then proceeds to tell me that she shouldn't be taken out of the house yet. Okay...maybe if it was the DEAD of winter, I could see that a 3-4 week old really shouldn't be taken out in the elements...but in the summer, really?? If only this woman knew that the SAME DAY we were discharged from the hospital, we had errands to run and things to purchase...and we took the babe with us! UGH!!

15 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

When I would take out my daughter as a baby, people would stop and say HE is so adorable. I would reply..do you honestly think I would put a BOY in a PINK DRESS with flowers on it??

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Pins and needles, needles and pins. . .

Vodka Logic said...

I had my babies in the summer and I was told the same thing at the grocery store about having them out after a few days... who's going to buy food.

I think people really think they are trying to be helpful. Not annoying

kys said...

I still get asked when my baby is due. My baby is 7.

Shandal said...

DO.THE.MATH. is exactly what I was thinking! WTF?

Big Boops said...

Jeez! Retards!!!! Thanks for the blonde love. I heart being blonde and im pretty sure its back for good!!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!

My great grandma calls my girl a boy all the time, but she's 92, so i let it go.

Virginia Mom said...

When people felt the need to tell me that my babies were too young to be out and about, I just started politely saying "Do you know how many germs a newborn is exposed to when they stay in the hospital for 2 or 3 days? Way more than they are exposed to on an outing to the grocery store!" I don't have a nanny... so all 3 of my kids went with me on shopping trips as young infants! :)

Mommy Lisa said...

My daughter was born in January
We live in Minnesota
I bundeled her up really good and we took walks when it was sunny - and she was like two weeks old?

People are stupid.

Margaret said...

Gotta love how people think they know it all.

...stay at home wifey said...
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...stay at home wifey said...

People are so nosey and it bothers me. They can't keep anything in that shouldn't be said to begin with. I would have deff. jumped all over her, but I am just that type of person. That is your child and you can take her out whenever you want.

Baby Sweetness said...

I love #3 - because not only would you have *even considered* any act that could get you pregnant again 3 weeks after the baby (I believe that was the point where I started telling my husband - I think I only want 1...), but you are so far along in that pregnancy that you have had a 20 week sono? Yeah...

My first thought wasn't even that she could have thought you were pregnant (I am slightly better at math - and not so good at logic...), but just that she thought you had some sort of crystal ball that could predict a few years into the future.

Helene said...

Oh man, that lady has no tact!! No matter what you think, you NEVER EVER ask a woman if she's pregnant or when she's due. You just never know! Same thing happened to me a few weeks after I had our 1st of twins, as if my stomach would magically become flat and tight again within 25 days of giving birth to 2 human beings???

Unsolicited advice is the worst!

Holly said...

Everyone feels it is Ok to comment on babies and what you should and should not do. It drove me insane...actually I still get it but now I try to come up with a smart alec comment right back at them. They are stunned.

I also will never ever ask anyone if they are pregnant ever. People are nuts!

Em said...

Oh baby, just wait, the fun in only beginning :-)

Just smile and say thank you. It will save your nerves and sanity.

Stopping by from SiTS!

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