My daughter was just 4 years old when I was pregnant with her little brother. Their birthdays were scheduled uncomfortably close together and, well, now they share a birthday exactly five years apart. There were some pretty creepy things people said to my first kid when I was pregnant with my second, and while I would like to assume it's because my son's due date was so close to my daughter's birthday, I know better. In the end, pregnancy just brings out the weird in people. So, sadly, I spent the majority of the time I was pregnant with my son with my jaw open or my hands covering my daughter's ears, trying to shield her from whatever inappropriate thing someone said.
Perhaps I wouldn't have been so annoyed by these strange comments if the journey to have my second kid wouldn't have been so difficult and heartbreaking. Not only did my partner and I endure two painful miscarriages, but I was on the brink of starting fertility drugs when I found out I was pregnant with my son. He was planned but oh-so unexpected, and the timing — along with memories of what we'd gone through during those two pregnancy losses — made me a little more sensitive than I might've been otherwise. This includes how I dealt with things people said to me, and especially to my daughter.
Even at 4 years old, my girl was acutely aware of the losses I had endured. She's always been in tune with my pain and protective of my feelings, so when others pointed out or asked her things throughout my pregnancy, I wanted to shield her a little more than usual — especially when the comments crossed into the creepy category. With that, here's some things people said to my daughter when I was pregnant with my rainbow baby: