a few times, people would ask me if it’s my first pregnancy. i don’t know if i should take it as a compliment or not. compliment because it can mean i look young? or do i look some case of teenage pregnancy? or it can also mean i look like i know nothing about pregnancy? of course, great surprise when they learned it’s my 3rd.
from what i noticed, one way to spot first timers is that they usually have a support group with them (which i don’t have). they usually have their husband/partner/mother/father/sister/brother/friend/neighbor with them when going to check-up, lab tests, ultrasounds, and whatnots. while waiting in line, they’re usually chatty, excited to share their experiences, and so concern with the do’s and dont’s. =) they’d tell stories about how the first time they felt their baby move and such , with their support group seconding the motion in background too. really, they look the happiest bunch like nothing can burst their very high spirits!
but the most or all reaction i received is if it’s my second baby. mostly from friends who i do not see for a very long time then just one day bump on them, or from acquaintances who saw me pregnant before. and when i tell them that this is my third. they usually have this big-question-mark look or how-did-it-happen look in their face, followed with are-you-sure-what-you’re-doing kinda look, or with the do-you-know-how-hard-life-is kind of look, or any thing you-are-crazy kind of reaction. =) yes, it made me think when was i not crazy. to answer their confusion, i would then narrate to them that i have a 3-year old boy, and a 2-year old girl. if they still have that how-did-it-happen look, i’d continue telling them that when my eldest turned 1, i also gave birth to the 2nd. and, then this one is baby number 3. =) this time, it’s clearer to them. yes, it’s possible to get pregnant and pregnant and pregnant! no economic inflation/deflation can stop that! =)
some conversations i can remember which i find funny:
1. in a bank
bank employee(BE): excuse me. you look familiar lagi. sa xlibris ka work?
me: yes, i worked before sa xlibris.
BE: mao diay familiar ka nako. i work sad before sa xlibris pero 5 days ra ko didto.
(wow! i felt so popular — she’s just there 5 days but she still remembers my face.)
me: ah owkeis.
BE: di ba you were with the production people? editor ka, di ba?
me: no. di ko editor. didto lang ko dapit naglingkod sa ila. ikaw sa finance ka noh?
BE: yes. hapit na ka manganak?
me: yes. buntis man sad ko before sa xlibris.
BE: bitaw. ika duha na na nimo?
me: dili. ka 3 na ni.
BE: the question mark look.
me: 2nd baby to nako sa xlibris. this is my 3rd.
(now i know why i was familiar to her. it’s because of my always pregnant state, and not because i’m popular. duh!)
2. in school migi is applying for.
psychometrician: dako naman imo tiyan. pwede ra man unta di na nimo kuyogan imo anak.
me: sige ra, mdm. owkei ra man ko.
p: ika duha na nimo na baby?
me: no, mdm. ika 3 na ni.
p: the question mark look.
p: dako na diay kaayo imo eldest?
me: no, mdm. mao ni (referring to migi) ako eldest.
p: still the question mark look.
me: ang ika duha kay 2 years old. then ika tulo ning sa ako tiyan. (then i continue telling the story of how i gave birth to the 2nd when my eldest turned 1 to totally erase the confused look she had.)
p now has a satisfied look. i would love to add, ‘dawata na ako anak, automatic you have a total of 3 students from us.’ your school would surely profit from us. =) heheheh
trivia: for every company i worked for (except for the 1st one) is equivalent to 1 pregnancy. migi is OSI baby.
meg is xlibris baby.
barakiel is DWC baby. since this will be my last baby, meaning wala na ko’y trabahoan nga company next. yay. =)