At work there are several pregnant women. Three of us like to email each other when something has been said to us that we want to remember never to say to pregnant women. These things are never meant in a mean spirited way but some of them can make you feel bad.
The first was, "Oh, you've popped!" Meant in kindness and excitement over the growing baby however it doesn’t leave the woman who has ‘popped’ feeling very good about herself.
Next from a doctor, “Proteins grow the baby, carbs grow you.” Yes, yes, it came from a medical professional to my friend, but she wasn’t happy about it. My sweet doctor doesn’t mention my weight, it’s proof that I have a very smart doctor.
The next we got wind of was, "I see you waddling over there." Which I told to Chewy and he likes so he repeats it to me sometimes.
A few days ago I got my first one. I was in my workstation talking to my coworker about something and a lady from downstairs stopped by and had me turn so she could see my pregnant belly (my pride and joy *sarcasm* I do not like looking this wide). So I swiveled around and Vanna Whited my belly for her. She smiled and then brought her hands up to her cheeks and made a squishing motion and said, “And your face is getting juicy."
Then I said, “Ohhhh, thank you, I’ve been waiting for someone to notice.”
At least when she left my coworker and I got a good laugh out of it. So the tears that followed the statement were brought on by laughter instead of feeling I am bloating like Violet Beauregarde. Of course, I emailed the pregnant ladies to tell them of the newest “what not to say”.
In other news, people at work are beginning to notice my growing belly. This sweet older man at work came up today to congratulate me. I gave him kind of a blank stare at first because I am still unsure of how to react to the fact that people notice. I pointed at my belly and said, “This?” He laughed and said, “Yes, I was worried by the look on your face that maybe I had it wrong.” I laughed too and said, “Yeah I am. But it would be funny if I weren’t. Thanks for congratulating me on gaining weight, it was nothing, just ate extras at every meal.”
And as long as I only look down at my belly (and don't catch a side view) it's not too bad.