Is it pregnancy itself that makes me more sarcastic than usual? Or is it the exceptional number of sarcasm-causing comments that I get while being pregnant? I prefer to think it's the latter, though my husband may disagree.
What is it with people that makes them think a woman's body/child-spacing/future is fair game once she gets pregnant? Don't people (other women, other mothers, especially) realize that the hormones and sleeplessness that go hand-in-hand with gestating a human make one less able and willing to receive such insensitive comments with grace? Honestly...
*The following comments are all actual things that have been said to me over the past seven months - and more than once.
"Wow, Jaclyn! You're HUGE!" Yeah, you too!
"Two under two, eh? You're going to have your hands full!" Really? Hadn't thought of that. I was thinking it would get easier the more kids I had.
"Pregnant AGAIN? You do know what causes this, right?" No, care to explain it to me?
"Wow, you're actually going to eat THAT? (Pointing at whatever evil brownie/cookie/peanut product I happen to be holding.) I guess you're not too worried about your baby!" Baby? No, I only worry about my taste buds.
"Are you really going to drink that coffee?" Yes, but don't worry - I made it good and "Irish".
"So you'll be done after this one, right?" Done talking to you? Quite likely.
"You're planning to have more? Have you considered the cost of university educations?" Yes. But it's okay. We plan to encourage all our children to drop out of high school and spend their lives flipping burgers or maybe cleaning people's windshields for spare change.
"Do you know what you're having?" Well, we hope it's a baby, but you never know - could be a small kitchen appliance.
Just for the record, I've never actually said any of those responses out loud. Usually I just smile and bite my tongue, or say something nice and polite. At least I only have about eight and a half weeks left. Oh, but then it's "You still have 2 months left? Where are you going to put the rest of it!" I'll tell you where I'd like to put it...
See? I'm sarcastic and NOT NICE!