And scene.
May 13, 2009

A man came to our house to help Donald out with a chore I’m a little too, er, ROTUND to perform.  He brought his son, a precious little boy I adore, who is not quite school age.  So while the two of them got to work, the two of us took Hank for a walk.

We had walked no further than the next door neighbor’s house when the little boy stopped.  He peered curiously, suspiciously, at my belly, and then he looked at me.

    -  Sarah?  Are you just going to keep getting fatter while the baby lives in you?

And wouldn’t you know, not a single good comeback found its way into my brain at the moment.  I briefly considered telling the kid that it wasn’t very nice to call me fat, but then I looked at my belly and realized that it was a pretty fair assessment of the situation for a child his age.

So I shrugged.  I sighed.  I bit the bullet.

    -  Yes.

And that is when I saw my neighbor, who had previously managed to stay hidden behind her minivan.  Upon hearing the resignation in my voice, she started guffawing so enthusiastically that she nearly fell down.

Aw.  Sweet, sweet public humiliation.


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  1. By on May 13, 2009

    My three-year-old niece was over with her parents this weekend. As I was serving cake to everyone, she said to her Mom, “Aunt Kate is fat!“

    Nice!

  2. By kbreints on May 13, 2009

    oh yes. Kids comments are priceless… no filter WAHT.SO.EVER.

  3. By Vicky on May 13, 2009

    Geez, the neighbor could have just hid a little longer!
    I do love the things kids say though.

  4. By sarah on May 13, 2009

    it was really hard for me to come to terms with the pregnancy weight the first couple months. i would constantly remark about how fat i was getting. my boyfriend always always told me “it’s not fat, its our baby you’re growing.“ and by the end of the 9 months i loved my big huge belly, no matter how bad i wanted my daughter to come out. ENJOY your growing, glowing, belly. you will be surprised at how much growing you will do before your final days!! good luck, i cant wait to see pictures!!

  5. By Elizabeth on May 13, 2009

    Ha.  At 11 weeks along, with this baby, I saw my niece whom I hadn’t seen in a long time.  “Auntie,“ she chirruped.  “Why’d you get so fat?  Is that because you have a baby in your tummy?“ 
    Uhhhh… up until this point I was blissfully unaware that I was about to step on the scale at my next appointment and see that I was 12 pounds up.  What???  Good observation, kiddo!

  6. By won on May 13, 2009

    You are so not fat. It truly looks like all baby from the photos I see.

  7. By on May 13, 2009

    So in agreement with Won (#6).  My mom says there are two kinds of women:  those who get pregnant *all over*, and those who look like they stuck a basket ball under their shirts.  My mom is one of the former.  You are one of the latter.  You look beautiful.

    New reader, by the way.  I’ve been lurking for a couple of weeks.  Love this blog.

    Liz

  8. By Angella on May 13, 2009

    Ah, kids.

    You look amazing, by the way.

  9. By Megan R. on May 13, 2009

    Interestingly enough, no “outsiders” have made conversation-stopping comments about my weight so far.  Mostly I am annoyed that they say that I look “tiny”, when I know that is far from the case.  I see the balloned-whale-of-a-belly in the mirror daily, so they do not fool me. 

    All the best “comments” come from my “dog” (or, should I say my husband speaking for the dog).  The “dog” often says things like…are you SURE you are pregnant, mommy?  I sure hope so because,if not, you really got super fat!  Will you ever be thin again, mommy?  It is hard to imagine that right now because you are huge!  Bad “dog” (I mean, husband!).

    Good thing I share his sense of humor and can laugh along with “them”. 

    Just stumbled across your blog through “his boys can swim”.  So glad I found it.  I love being able to follow behind others who are carving out this pregnancy road before me.  Truly a godsend to see all the many possible potholes to come!

  10. By Elly on May 13, 2009

    Hahahaha, hilarious! Even more so with you neighbour who gave up her hiding place to laugh uncontrollably :) Brilliant!

  11. By Jinxy on May 13, 2009

    Kids are so cute!

  12. By Melinda on May 13, 2009

    Oh just wait till tactless little comments are coming out of your own sweet child’s mouth…that is when public humiliation takes on a whole new meaning (lol).

  13. By Country-Fried Mama on May 13, 2009

    One of the best things about little kids is that they say whatever they really think.  This is, of course, also one of the most annoying things about little kids. 

    (And I’m guessing from your pictures that your “fat” will disappear about 15 minutes after delivery.)

  14. By Veronica on May 13, 2009

    You’re all baby! You look like I did when I was pregnant with Amy. I bet you feel huge though.

  15. By Elizabeth Mackey on May 13, 2009

    gotta love kids honesty, although like one of the comments said, you will have the weight off in no time, especially the first kid!
    I remember my oldest daughter humiliating me beyond belief when she asked a rather rotund coworker of my husbands, “Why do you always wear the same thing” OMG!!! My face turned bright red. Poor thing must have weighed in at 300+.,so I’m sure her wardrobe was limited! I just wanted to die….This daughter did many of those.

  16. By Jes the Bes on May 13, 2009

    Aren’t kids great. I once asked the woman who became my step mother if she was “fixed like my dog”. I didn’t want any more brothers or sisters.

  17. By Liesel on May 13, 2009

    Oh my, that is precious. For him, not for you. Ouch.

    I once squatted next to a large woman who was looking at something on the bottom shelf at a very crowded grocery store and asked her when her baby was coming out. I was four and my mom about died.

    And you look great.

  18. By Stephanie on May 13, 2009

    Seriously, I have to agree with the others. You are ALL baby. Not that I really know anything about being pregnant and gaining weight, etc… but, from your pictures, you look like all belly and, well, boobs. Sorry, it had to be said.

  19. By Elizabeth Ping on May 14, 2009

    Ha ha! My kid now points at my zits and says “boo-boo!“ Nice. :(

  20. By Dianna on May 14, 2009

    I am sure you’ve heard it before, but you are all baby.  There is no extra besides baby!

  21. By erin on May 15, 2009

    About a week and a half ago, one of the 6 y/o neighbor girls pointed to my stomach (as I was polishing off a pint of Ben & Jerry’s) and said, YOU LOOK FAT but it’s just because you have a baby in your belly.

  22. By nikki on May 15, 2009

    Hahah you look great - all belly! I get similar comments, but from ADULTS.  It’s lovely.

  23. By Napmom on May 15, 2009

    My daughter equated fat with being pregnant also.  When she was young she told me, “Mom, I know how to make babies… by eating at McDonald’s ALL OF THE TIME!“  hah!

  24. By Baby Name Helper on May 18, 2009

    Hehe! What exactly can you say in retaliation to that…


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