If you’re pregnant, brace yourself for all the uncalled comments this holiday season!

Chicago’s Indian summer has been forgotten, our winter coats have been put back to good use and the countdown to family holiday events is on! Holidays are full of family traditions, great food, making memories and charming inappropriate comments from loved ones. All mothers to be have received unwanted questions and comments while pregnant. Carrying a baby gives people the right to say ridiculously rude things to you or at least they believe it does. On top of being an emotional mess, pregnant woman have to fight off comments flying through the air while trying to survive life with her in-laws. I remembered my experience, asked some close mom friends and decided on the top ten inappropriate comments pregnant woman will deal with this holiday season. Enjoy!

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Zenni Optical is my Newest Mom Style

What mom doesn’t want to look trendy in her leggings and tunic tops? Did you know you could buy two or three pairs of prescription glasses for the same price as your LuLaRoe or Piphany (previously known as Honey and Lace) leggings? While off work after having my twins, I became a full-fledged lover of fancy and fashionable prescription eyeglasses. I have worn contacts since seventh grade and was a huge contact wearer until recently. Sparing the extra time in the morning to get my contacts in gave me an extra few minutes of sleep. Any extra sleep this new twin mom could receive was a huge benefit!

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There are things you can only learn from surviving a storm!

I was in the hospital for five days recovering from a C-section. My baby was born early and was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for seven days. I felt as though I was just going through the motions of being a new mom, but my baby stayed at the hospital and I was sent home. I felt like I was disappearing. How could I be feeling this way when I was supposed to be celebrating my child’s birth?

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Holiday Whine

The holidays are supposed to be a time for giving, bringing together old friends and family, and eating lots of sweets. Holidays should be full of lots of laughter and joy! But, what if the holidays are the worst time of year, because they remind you of what you’ve lost? For instance: what if your family isn’t the happy family as shown on holiday movies? What if your hopes and dreams were shattered because of a broken family? What if the holidays remind you of what you don’t have rather than what is your living room?

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Put the past behind you!

My family was broken apart by divorce when I was twelve. My home life was ripped away from me. I was forced to jump into the beginning of my teens when my family life was breaking up. The life I was used to was gone.

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Emergency Brake

Do not let this adorable face fool you. Remember, we call her Norbert for a reason!
Are there any Harry Potter fans out there? 

Three months ago, her life flashed before my eyes. Writing and reliving this experience causes the chest pains I experienced to return.
One afternoon, while driving home on Interstate-355, this cute escape artist:  

weaseled her arms out of her car seat! The following situation happened within seconds:

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Nanny Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

“I would like you to consider this my two week notice.” is not the message anyone wants to read from their brand new nanny.  “Wait, what?” was my initial reaction. Then, my thoughts rushed straight to my precious three children. I couldn’t believe it! My nanny, who had only worked for us for four days, quit. I knew she was struggling, because we had just spent forty-five minutes talking through the problems she had the first week and she quit two hours later in a text message. Her unseemly immature behavior of quitting via text message was a huge surprise to me because she is the same age as me. I had to look at the text message a few times before actually understanding it. At first glance, I thought it could have been a joke because we had left off on such a good note. Boy, was I wrong! My return to work after a yearlong maternity leave after the birth of my twins was just made ten times more difficult because my kids are now childcare-less!

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