People say the most idiotic things to you while you're pregnant, but I may have the one that takes the cake.
A little background...my son was born via emergency c-section. So this new baby will be delivered via planned c-section. And yes, we do have a date. May 9.
I thought about trying a VBAC (vaginal birth after C, for those not in the know)for about two seconds. Then I remembered how harrowing my first experience was. And I spoke to my doctor, who made me feel good about my decision to deliver via C. I know that some women like to try, but for me, I just feel better about safety, for both me and the babe, going with the C. I'm not too keen on my uterus bursting during a contraction.
So, in short, yay for people who want to give natural a try after C, but it's not for me, and it's my decision.
And with that I'll hop off of my soapbox.
So, back to the asinine things people say...
Back in December during a holiday gathering (and I can't believe I didn't think to write about this until now), I was talking to a family member and they asked when I was due. I told them the estimated date, but also that we'd pick the date for the C. He didn't know I'd had an emergency C with G.
He made some comment about how that sucks (he's REALLY articulate) and I agreed, but jokingly said, 'At least I don't have to go through labor again.' And let me just say, if I could, I would have my children naturally. I've beat myself up over it, and struggled with many feelings of failure after my first attempt.
And he looks at me, dead serious, and says 'Well, that's cheating.'
Most of the time, I'd take that kind of comment as a joke. But if you knew this guy, and that he has no capacity for sarcasm and that he probably thinks facetious has something to do with the temperament of a dog, I knew he was not at all joking.
Yeah, I pretty much wanted to kick him in his ignorant nuts.
Because he is married to someone who has NO tolerance for pain, got an epidural at 2 centimeters dilated and basically sneezed her children out.
Because he's telling me I'M CHEATING BY HAVING MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY.
You can't make this stuff up.
We're only related by marriage. We're only related by marriage. My children do not have any of his genes.
And that is a huge relief.