I was talking with a group of women today and mentioned that a particular comment had to be "one of the top 5 craziest comments ever made to me". It was suggested that that sounded like a blog post. Thanks for the inspiration Deb, as requested here are-
The top 5 craziest comments ever made to me, in random order.
"aren't you scared that she will fall out of that...AND DIE??!!"
This was asked of 6 month old Harper sitting on my hip in a ring sling. The woman asking the question was quite panicked about the situation.
"oh no!! Another girl! You and your husband especially must be just devastated. How awful for you both."
This corker was by a man at the supermarket and Harper was still tiny enough that we were still getting random people come up and gush over our lovely newborn. Even if I was disappointed about her gender (I wasn't) I still thought it was a pretty offensive random comment.
"so will you just get an ambulance to sit in the driveway while you are in labour in case you have to be rushed to hospital for a cesarean?"
Ummm no. I know homebirth is a pretty new idea for a lot of people but really.
"I hate how parents who don't send their kids to school think they are so much better than teachers-like they can do the same job of someone who went to university. Those parents just think they are so smart."
Yep, it's a superiority complex that drives people to home educate. Apparently. That discussion got a little heated.
But this takes the cake. This is a true story of an altercation I had with a woman at the shops when Harper was 5 days old (don't tell my midwife I was at the shops with my newborn when I should have been on the couch!)and was in a pouch sling.
Stranger "oh look! That is a tiny baby! How old is she?"
Me (still on post birth high) "she's 5 days old"
Stranger (poking into the sling grr) "wow look at her perfectly round head! She must have been born by c-section because only c-section babies have beautiful round heads like that"
Me "no. Actually she was born at home. I had a homebirth"
Stranger "FREAK!" and SPITS AT MY FEET and storms off.
That actually happened. I was holding a container of blueberries with a look of complete shock on my face for a while thinking "did that really just happen??" before I could move on.
I would love to hear of your craziest random comment. Share!