Thursday, April 19, 2012

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: Saying WE'RE Pregnant

Every Thursday I'll be posting about something that annoys me. Sometimes you might not agree with what I rant about but everyone is different. Venting helps.

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“We’re pregnant!”

“I’m sorry, but that’s not true. You as the female is pregnant. Your husband here just got the pleasure of it all but won’t have to go through nine months of being uncomfortable,” I answered sweetly.

Okay.

So I didn’t say that. I THOUGHT it.

It’s just a pet peeve of mine when couples say “we’re pregnant!” No, they aren’t hurting anyone when they say that. Actually, in a way, they are. They are hurting my mouth because I so want to say the paragraph up there.

Tom never said we’re pregnant. If he had, I’d have knocked him over the head. Then I would have gone into the following rant:

“We’re pregnant? WE’RE PREGNANT? NO WE ARE NOT PREGNANT. I AM! I don’t see you hanging over the toilet with all day sickness. I don’t see YOUR ankles swelling. I don’t see you craving beef jerky so much that it’s making you cry. I don’t see stretch marks on YOUR stomach. I don’t see your vagina widening so a human being can slide out of it. Thank you for supplying the seed that made the kid, but I AM THE PREGNANT ONE!”

So yes. I have to bite my tongue to refrain from saying something when a couple announces that they’re pregnant.

Or sit on my fingers so I don’t type anything snarky when they write it on Facebook/Twitter/blogs/etc…(Those are particularly hard for me. Especially when they make it long winded. ‘Haymitch and I have some wonderful news. The best ever! You won’t even believe it! We’re proud to announce that…WE'RE pregnant!’) (Notice that they usually capitalize WE'RE and bold it so I feel it's on overload of mocking me..)

Anyway, they can continue to say we’re pregnant all they want.

But me and my stretch marks know the truth.

36 comments:

  1. So true. It is a pet peeve of mine too.

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  2. Agree!! Oh I so SO agree! I hate this so much. 'We are going to be parents' maybe. 'We' are pregnant. No. Biologically incorrect, and just, cringeworthy. Ugh. Lol

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  3. Sometimes I think my husband may have been pregnant with me. His bump was bigger than mine until I hit six months or so and every craving I had he took part in too. Grilled cheese at 3am? That sounds great honey, make me one too!

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  4. I have a different view on this, being a Penis-American. I don't recall that I ever used "we" when my wife was pregnant, but I can understand why some men would. No one with any sense is trying to imply that the stress and effort of pregnancy is equally distributed. Women, thanks to biology, get the worst of it. But the dads are a part of the process too (hopefully more than just the kickoff party). Especially for a first time dad, being supportive of a pregnant wife/girlfriend/whatever is stressful and life-changing, too.

    Many men who (yes, incorrectly) use "we" are just trying to be a part of the pregnancy. Of course, some are just being assholes.

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  5. I've never said that. That's weird.

    I make sure my husband doesn't forget that I am though especially when I wake up at 4 in the morning paralyzed because my hips hurt so bad.

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  6. They may use WE throughout the pregnancy but in the delivery room will be screaming YOU DID THIS TO ME! at her significant other.

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  7. I used to think it was sweet when a couple would say "we're pregnant" because finally, the man took responsibility for his actions. But I think I may change my mind now, seeing how you feel, hahahaha

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  8. The poor guys just want to be included on all the hoopla...and chocolate!

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  9. I snorted.
    I hadn't thought of this as annoying before.

    But now I do.

    Thanks.

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  10. A friend just said that the other day. I told him I had thought he was preggo when I saw his 'baby bumb' but didn't want to assume since it could have been a 'beer bump'. That would have been ackward. :)

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  11. That annoys me too! If they MUST include the dad they should say "WE'RE expecting" but Dad is NOT pregnant, dammit.

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  12. The one who has the vagina is the one who is allowed to say that she is pregnant.

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  13. agh! so true. I want to scream "unless you are squeezing a bowling ball out your arse, I don't think so Mr. Man!"
    thankfully, my hubby knows better AND my favourite flavour of Ben & Jerry's.

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  14. LOL! my husband said this the other day. I interrupted him and corrected him. It drives me crazy. He is not pregnant.

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  15. YES. Yes, this is a huge pet peeve of mine! I quietly fume when I hear it.

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  16. Too funny! I agree, this is a pet peeve of mine too. :)

    -- Susan

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  17. Agreed! Between knee surgery, the police academy, and other drama, a lot of my relationship has been about him. When I'M pregnant, it will be MY pregnancy. And he gets to take care of me :)

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  18. agree toooo :D love a peeve day maybe i will choose a day as at the moment every post is one lol

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  19. I totally agree. Especially when the husband isn't giving up coffee, alcohol or any number of things the mommmy to be can't have.

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  20. Thanks for this. I laughed heartily, because it's so true. I've never been pregnant, but when that time (hopefully) arises, hubby better not utter the words "We're Pregnant!" It's just...weird.

    Also, while we're at it, can you write a post on the other things that need to be said?
    1) Preggers is not a word.
    2) Husbands better not say they're "baby sitting" when watching their own children. Dad told me that was something Mom said while they were dating: That he would never be "baby-sitting" their kids. He would be a parent.

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  21. LOL! Love it. It's just plain weird!!!

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  22. Shoot one out and feed from your nipples and then tell me - nothin'. Tell me nothin. That's what.

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  23. I like to announce to people that WE'RE CONSTIPATED!

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  24. So I hate to confess, but alas, good thing you didn't know me when I was pregnant. :)

    I totally say that (said that). Just like I said "we're in med school" even though my hubs was really the only one enrolled. I say "we" because I feel like we're both going through the process. Believe me, my husband KNEW every miserable thing about being pregnant because I made sure he did. ;) Just like I felt the stress of every miserable test he had to take. True story.

    So sorry to annoy you, but I would probably still say it were I to get pregnant again. But we can still be friends, right?! :D

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  25. I sooooo agree with you.
    But if these men want to get in on the glory,....they can tell people "Yay! I got my wife pregnant!"

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  26. And I thought I was the only one! It annoys me too. Like "wth dude" and I roll my eyes.
    Love this post!

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  27. I thought it was just me. Totally annoying!

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  28. While were are on the subject, women don't 'fall' pregnant! There should be no falling involved in this!

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  29. HA! I hate that too, I NEVER said that when I was pregnant and I hate hearing people say it, so cheesy. The woman is pregnant, not BOTH OF THEM, hahahaha

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  30. Haymitch? Ha. Haymitch shouldn't EVER have children :) Love the THG reference.
    :)

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  31. LOL it's very twee

    don't get me started on baby names....neveah....... arrrghhhh

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  32. I don't know why I'm so late seeing this, but I have to jump in! I normally never disagree with you (ESPECIALLY on "Things That Annoy Me Thursday!") but I have a little different perspective on this one.

    You probably remember that it took us FOR-E-VER (picture that in the Sandlot voice, if you know what I'm talking about) to get pregnant. Before we had Colin, we spent five years doing literally everything we could to have a baby. We spent over a year of that time seeing a fertility specialist while we were in Germany.

    I had to go there daily, but Curtis never missed one single appointment. He was forced to do his, um, "business" in a cup no fewer than thirteen or fourteen times. He held my hand while I got my blood drawn because I was a big chicken. He learned how to administer the Gonal-F injections to my abdomen. He put up with the hormones making me crazy and moody, and held me at the end of every failed cycle while I cried and cried ... and sometimes even cried with me. It was totally hard on both of us.

    So when I got pregnant after all that madness, I'm pretty sure I used the term "WE'RE pregnant." Because he'd gone through so much with me, and continued to, in order to get that way ... I felt he deserved more credit than someone who simply put his you-know-what in my you-know-where and ended up a father. I guess I could've used the term "we're expecting," but, like, ... who says "expecting" any more?

    Although for the record, since we've not had any more fertility problems? I'm pretty sure I'm the only one taking the credit. :)

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