I'm 35 weeks pregnant and already the questions are coming my way. "Have you had that baby yet?" "When is that baby coming?" "OMG it feels like you've been pregnant forever!" And while I get that people are excited and I should be grateful that so many individuals are invested in my ability and choice to reproduce, I have to ask: why?! Honestly, why are you asking a pregnant woman if she has had her baby yet? Do you think I will pop this kid out and not tell you about it? That I'll have a super secret child and wait until the kid is 5 before I introduce him or her to anyone?! Come on now, people. If I haven't introduced a baby to you all, the baby hasn't arrived yet.
Alright, so I sound grumpy. I own it. I know that I'm letting other people's natural curiosity and well-meaning inquisitions get the better of me. But I've been pregnant for so damn long, you guys, and constantly being reminded I'm still pregnant certainly isn't helping the situation. Every time someone asks me whether or not I've given birth I'm stuck in what feels like a no-win situation. I can only say, "Nope, still pregnant!" so many times in a day before my head threatens to explode. And I don't want to continue to indulge this particular question, lest I am asked every day until I lose my mind.
So do the pregnant woman in your life a favor, my friends, and stop asking her if she has had her baby yet. She will tell you when the little on arrives. In fact, chances are she will tell you when she goes into labor so you can anticipate the baby's arrival all on your own. And as she nears her due date or watches it pass her by, here are some things you can do instead of bugging her about her baby's birthday: