“You already have a girl, and now you’ll have a boy, you must be so thrilled! You’ll have the perfect family!”
“A girl and a boy, how wonderful! A matched set!”
I would have loved to have seen the looks on the faces of these well-meaning idiots if I had told them the truth- we’d really hoped for a second girl.
Oh, I can see it now. Did she really just say that??????
The politically correct answer regarding baby’s gender is always, ALWAYS to be “We don’t care either way, as long as he/she is healthy”. I’m not the most politically correct person in the world, and my second time around, I did have a preference. My daughter was 5 at the time, and so for 5 years I had been the mother of a very laid back, sweet little girl. She was my only experience with babies, having been an only child myself. I knew boys were rougher, liked to get dirty, and tended to be loud, and I really wanted no part of all that. So it really annoyed the piss out of me when people announced that I must be THRILLED to be having a boy now. And the matched set comments made me want to use the excuse of pregnancy hormones to dig their eyeballs out with a dull butter knife. Matched sets are for vases and bookends, not children.
I got over the boy-shock pretty quickly, and as far as my three children go, that boy-I’d-wished-was-a-girl has turned out to be the child most like me in personality, and the one I suspect I will be emotionally closest to as he gets older, simply because I can relate to and appreciate his little quirks. He and his brother are loud, they are rough, and they do like to get dirty, but man, little boys love their mamas in a way that make it all worth it. Or so I tell myself when they are trying to beat the snot out of each other or torturing their sister. Matched set indeed.
I wish I’d have had the guts to say what I really thought back then. So what was YOUR least-favorite comment received when pregnant, and what was your snarkiest comeback given(or wished you had!)? Don’t you wish you could have just handed them this? Write your own post on this topic and link back to Parent Bloggers Network and you too could be entered to win an autographed copy of the book and an Ipod Shuffle!