Right. So tell me, why is that people seem to think it’s perfectly fine to say whatever they want when they see your bump? They always come out with stuff like: ‘Was it planned?’, ‘Are you happy about it?’ and my personal fave, ‘Blimey you look huge/tiny for 24 weeks’. Grrrrrr, it makes me so mad. What is it about the sight of a pregnant woman that makes everyone feel totally free to come out with things they’d never dream of saying to anyone else? I mean, would you go up to a total stranger in the street and say, ‘You’re dead fat, you are’, ‘Isn’t your nose a bit big?’ or ‘Have you had sex recently?’ – no, well, I thought not. I know most people mean well and are just interested, so most of the time I just smile through my slightly gritted teeth, but sometimes it gets way too personal. (Oops, sorry about the rant, but a girl just has to get it off her chest!)
On a less stroppy note, on Saturday I had a great time going round the baby stores – so many cute things, so little spare cash – with mum and dad to buy a travel system. I had spent the week looking on different websites and after a brief consultation with Nick we decided a 3-in-1 type that turns into a car seat, a pram and then a buggy would be the best bet as it should last the baby until he’s at least three. (It’s so weird to think of a three-year-old, I can’t even imagine him as a real, live baby yet). Had a good time with mum and dad and even splashed out and bought a changing mat, top ‘n’ tail bowl and baby bath. Then (just by chance) I found myself wandering round the toy part of the nursery store.
Went round to Dani’s on Sunday for Archie's fourth birthday party. It was great fun (i.e. total chaos) and I think he liked my present of a toy fire engine – well, he ran round the house screaming ‘nee-naw, nee-naw’ once he’d opened it, which I reckon was a good sign. Because I said I needed the extra babysitting practice, Dani and the other mums’ jumped at the chance to put their feet up but I was shocked at how shattered I was once the party had finished. Running around with all the kids for three hours made me realise I need all the exercise I can get, as I’ll have to be well-fit to cope with being a mum!