|March 21, 2009-30 week mark|
I was 3 weeks into grad school when I got a positive pregnancy test. Needless to say, it was not a planned pregnancy. It was more, “oh my gosh, let me stare at this pregnancy test while I pace the bathroom floor & not believe the results” kind of news. I literally took 6 pregnancy tests just to make sure it wasn’t a false positive (you can read all about that here.)
heifer very large pregnant woman walking around on a campus with twiggy, undergrad sorority girls is not fun. For example, I knew I had finally hit that BIG pregnant stage when I would get to a flight of stairs & people would literally start running around me so that they wouldn’t get stuck behind the pregnant woman.
For real. I wish I was exaggerating. One day before I got to the stairs I could hear a guy muttering about how he didn’t want to walk behind me, so I just stepped aside, smiled at him, told him to whisper the next time, and let him go by me. He did turn very red in the face, but he was lucky my hormones weren’t raging & I didn’t
sit on him beat the crap out of him right then & there.
For a long time no one could tell I was pregnant. I didn’t wear maternity clothes until the 7 month mark. It was March when I hit the “Whoa, there’s a pregnant chick in class” stage (I got this a lot in class! Pregnant women are quite an anomaly on a college campus.)
I had just come back from Spring Break. I sat down in class next to my fellow grad students. It was one heck of a walk just to get there. I was out of breath, my hair probably wasn’t fixed, & I just felt miserable.
One of the girls turns to me & says, “Oh my gosh! You finally look pregnant. For the last six and a half months you’ve just looked like you had a beer belly.”
*cricket* *cricket* *cricket* *cricket*
Seriously?! I can’t believe she didn’t see the shock on my face. I wanted to say “Thank you so much for telling the hormonal pregnant woman that she is not the cute, bubbly, glowing pregnant lady. Instead you just told her that she is the pudgy, fat chick who drinks too much at the frat house & it shows in her gut.”
I called my mom after class & told her the story. She died laughing. I died laughing. But it wasn’t really the best thing to say to a hormonal pregnant mess!
Polish Mama on the Prairie says
If it makes you feel better, a couple of weeks before I delivered my second, I sat on the sofa (above the Legs on one side), Big Girl (who was then maybe 30-35 lbs?) sat on my knee and immediately the sofa legs broke under me. My husband died laughing on the floor. I was so mortally embarrassed. Even though I was told all the time how I looked like I swallowed a basketball, I was only showing in my stomach. Then, to make matters worse, he called people over and told everyone that was the reason why we had to buy a new sofa… Yes, I laughed, but it was that Red-faced-can't-believe-I-weigh-so-much-I-broke-something-sitting-down laugh. I also only gained 40 lbs, which isn't a lot. Embarrassing!
The teacher that worked across the hall from me was absolutely infamous for her lack of tact. DAILY, she commented on my pregnancy. Her favorites were variations on: "You're definitely not having a girl; I don't care what the ultrasound said. (wrong)" and "Oh, honey, you look sooooo tired today! (translation – you look awful)
What a peach 🙂
I'll bet that was an experience to walk around pregnant on a college campus…HA!
Having twins, I was really big, really early. (I HAD to start wearing maternity pants at 10 weeks!) I was about 6 months along, when someone at work asked me how much longer I had to go. I said, "Oh, two or three months." I KNOW he thought I was going to say two or three WEEKS. His mouth dropped open. I told him I was having twins, which helped explain things a bit. 🙂
Beautiful, btaueiful, btaueiful! I canâ€™t even tell you what I like the most, because I love everything! Colors, atmosphere, places, all btaueiful women, your sonâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦ All little moments that thanks to your camera are saved forever! LOVE IT!!!!
People say the dumbest things to pregnant women! At least you can laugh about it now.
My mom came into my room hours after I had an emergency c-section and her first words were "you still look pregnant".
Oy! Have a great weekend!
Lady Jennie says
Hi, visiting from Theta Mom. I loved this story so much. I remember when my friend Betsy (who was a huge pregnant lady, naturally tall, with an 11+ pound baby) recounted her story of being met with "Oh my God BETSY! You're HUGE!"
I was a beautiful pregnant lady (sniff). I always lost weight during my pregnancies. So I'm just huge before and after.
Haha this is hilarious. Once my friend who was pregnant wore a bright blue sundress, and an ex boyfriend saw her pumping gas that day and told her she looked like a pregnant magic marker… I never laughed so hard in my life