A bit ramble-y, I apologize.
“Caitlin? Is that you?”
Me (turning around and immediately sucking it in before realizing that I don’t have to anymore. Hellooo free 9 month pot-belly pass!): “Oh (fill in the blank) so good to see you!”
Them: “Oh! You’re pregnant? Is it your first?”
Me: “No… its our third actually!”
Them: (some sound/exclamation of amazement) “THREE KIDS!!”
(Note: my sister also gets this all the time, but she has SEVEN, so I think it is much more deserved. In fact,sorry sis, I wanted to gasp a little when I just typed “seven”)
I know that nobody means anything by it. They don’t mean to be judgmental or critical- they are just genuinely surprised! I would be! Heck, I AM!
And yet, I am a people pleaser/afraid of criticism, and for whatever reason, I feel the need to explain/defend why I am having my 3rd kid at the ripe old age of 27.
(remind me to tell you a funny story about how Brian thought I was 26 and it convinced me that Yes, YES, I AM 26 for quite a few minutes! And that my heart sank a little when I realized that, nope, its 27.)
(Well, actually, that’s the whole story)
But what can I really say about this here #3 I’m cookin’?
Let’s discus the options, because- friends- Caitlin is a bit rusty and socially awkward from New Jersey and I have used them all.
Pros: It implies that maybe I didn’t MEAN to get saddled up with all of these kids so soon. That maybe I WOULD be continuing with some…humanitarian work?…had I not been impregnated (gross, sorry dad) three times in 4 years.
Cons: It makes me look like an idiot who failed at using birth control three times in four years.
2) “Well, you know how it goes!”
Pros: A quick out and subject change
Cons: I don’t know how it goes.
3) “Haha! Well, once you have one, you just kind of have to keep going!”
Pros: It also sounds like this whole producing-multiple-children thing was vaguely out of my control. Maybe I chose to have one, but from there (throws hands up in despair) what could I do? It was out of my hands!
Cons: You shouldn’t have more children just to give your existing children siblings.
Although, to be honest, it is probably mostly the reason I keep having them. It sure isn’t because they are easy, or help my figure.
At this point I also admit that I have been married for almost seven years, that I married yes, Brian from high school, and that I dropped out of college to do so.
And that I haven’t worked in 4.5 years.
Then, I ask them about their life and try to make some witty or knowledgeable responses.
Basically, I am a few seconds away from throwing myself at their feet and begging them to agree that
I am interesting!
I have a brain!
I am NOT as boring as this whole child-bride-baby-making-thing makes me sound!!!!!
WAAAAAAHHH!! I used to be FUUUUUUUN!!!