As promised, here is the post quoting some of the most outrageous and offensive things I've been asked or told when people find out we are carrying triplets. *Important disclaimer: Even if I had to hear this hogwash every minute until our babies are born, it would be totally worth it. Just annoying.*
My favorite conversation came when my mom and I were at Gap Maternity buying some much needed warm-weather clothes that fit me. It has been in the 80's and 90's in our suburb of Seattle and pregnant lady is hot. After trying on lots of darling tops, my mom and I stood in the long line and finally were able to check out. The girl (I do mean girl) helping us was somewhere around twenty, and VERY chatty. Normally, I like chatty.
Chatty Cathy (CC): Look at all these clothes. You must have a baby in your tummy!
Me: (Answer stupidly) Actually there are three!
CC: Really? Wow! You are going to be huge! Was that a surprise or did you DO something to get them?
Me: Um, well, it was sort of a surprise...
CC: WOW! You are going to have your hands full. (To my mom) You are going to have to help out a lot!
CC: Okay, well have a good day. I just have to say this is so amazing. Your babies are so much more special than someone like Octomom because they are NATURAL! KTHANKSBYE!
Me: Grrrr. (Mom leads me out of the store while I try not to cry.)
Clearly, an ignorant young'n, but still, hurtful words. Are IVF triplets unnatural? I think they are 100% baby, actually, you crazy wench. However, I completely asked for it by telling her about the triplets, and lesson learned. Don't share with strangers unless I am willing to answer questions and listen to sometimes-ridiculous comments.
Some other choice reactions:
-What are you going to do with all of them?? I get this one almost every day.
-Did you do fertility treatments? IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
-Hey, Octomom! I don't have to explain why this is obnoxious, do I?
-I love "Jon & Kate Plus 8!" So did I.
These comments are always strange, but again, I will take them for three healthy babies! Basically, I only tell people whose reactions I can predict, who know about my many miscarriages or our struggle with infertility. I am so grateful to have had so many people literally burst into tears with joy for us. It is amazing how much others have wanted this for us, and I didn't even know.
I am accepting any witty answers my faithful readers have for me! My triplet-mommmy-blogger friends all tell me it will only get worse when they are born, so I have got to prepare now!