Monday, July 13, 2009

Everyone has an opinion...

I got a lot of opinions when I was planning our wedding...shame on me for thinking the same thing wouldn't happen when we had a baby!

It all started with the vacation I took with my mom, aunt and cousin. Every meal was spent with my mom and aunt obsessing over baby names. At some point during the week they even started a list on a piece of paper that my aunt carried around in her purse and whipped out at every meal. Needless to say, none of those names made it onto our list.

Then, it continued when I announced to my boss and co-workers that I was expecting. I have one co-worker in particular who thinks that because she's a mother, she's the resident expert on pregnancy and childrearing. "Oh the heartbeat was 153? You're going to have a girl, that's what my daughters heartbeat was"...."Do you really think you should be drinking that Diet Coke? It might be caffeine-free, but what about the aspartame?"....and my personal favorite: "Were you guys trying to get pregnant?" (Seriously????)

My mom and I got into a heated "discussion" about breast-feeding the other day. I told her I was planning to breast-feed, but I was also planning to pump. A) Breastfeeding skeeves me out, I'm only doing it because I don't want to pay for formula. B) Keith has already told me he wants to be able to feed the baby too, and he can't exactly feed the baby with my boob. C) I'm returning to work and I want our baby to have breast-milk for as long as he/she can. So yes mother, I'm going to breastfeed AND pump. D) I don't want to breastfeed in public. I want the option to bring a bottle or three with me. You'd think I had told her I was planning on feeding my baby Bud Light and Red Bull. "Women do NOT pump!! It's either breastfeeding or formula! You don't need to pump, just breastfeed, it's so much easier." Apparently she wasn't listening when I told her that my loving, caring husband wanted to be a part of our child's feedings and the fact I'll be returning to work and want my child to continue to drink breast-milk.

I'm only 14 weeks along...I can only imagine it gets worse from here!

I wonder if the Baptism question will come up with my grandparents this weekend.....


  1. I feel the same way about breastfeeding. I know it's natural, but it freaks me out. I'm totally pumping when it's my time.

  2. This is totally why I would like to wait until the kid is 18 before I tell my mom. On the other hand I just want to make her happy and tell her now. I really want a boy because since our wedding she has been telling my sister that she can't wait to buy cute clothes for her grand-daughter. HANG IN THERE!