Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fear of A Black Pregnancy

Pregnant women scare me.

There, I said it.

Maybe scared isn’t the correct terminology. They cause me some discomfort, is a more accurate description. Whenever I learn someone is expecting, I glare down at her stomach as if I’m expecting the kid to just bust out and greet me. Don’t even get me started if the woman is advanced in her pregnancy. I can’t help but think that her water will burst and I’ll be forced to deliver the bouncing babe. That’s definitely not a thing I want to do.

I say all this because a close friend of mine is pregnant. It is good news and I’m happy for her. She is due in the fall and is barely showing. We went out for some food recently and she couldn’t eat because she can’t keep anything down. She just drank her soda and watched longingly as I ate my meal. We walked around a little bit and I told her she needed to be careful because she had “all kinds of stuff inside” her. Knowing my squeamishness with all things related to pregnancy, she cracked up.

Anywho, I see this thing as a good thing, mainly because I’ll be an auntie for the first time in my life. Those of you with siblings don’t understand what it’s like to be an only child and know that you’ll never have a niece or nephew to give the coveted ‘aunt’ title before your name. This is my first close friend to have a baby, so I’m hoping this tyke will fulfill my needs. This is a friend I see only sporadically, so I may not be hunted down often for gifts and whatnot, but who knows. However, I do reserve the right to give up my auntie duties if this kid is bad. I guess that’s the good thing about being a fake aunt. I can easily give up my rights.


A said...

LOL, this post cracks me up. Last night my sis (who's 6 months pregnant) and I were looking at pix of her 2 kids. I told her how the first time I felt something for a child other than indifference and annoyance was when she had my nephew. I never knew I could hold so much love inside me for a child. That said, I'm not sure if I'm ready to give up my aunt status for mother status. I think I may be helping this world from a population control stance. :-)

BTW, I'd love for you to link to my site. Thanks for asking! I guess I should've asked you before I linked to yours. Sorry about that, but I just enjoyed it so much.

Nicole said...

I feel you...about being scared of pregnant women and the only child thing. Pregnant women who's "inies" have become "outies" scare me the most.

motownrunnergirl said...

my f and i looked at baby books last night because his kids are starting to ask where babies come from. so he got some books and he wanted us to go over them before we present them to the kiddies. i actually did not like looking at these books. i'm not sure why. it made me sad and confused. like it's something other people do. not me. my good friend heidi is very pregnant and when i hang out with her these days i just stare at her wondering how that all ever happened. i mean, i don't actually wonder. i know what happened. but still it's weird. thanks for allowing me to ramble.

Camille said...

my sis has three kids, and i am amazed that she carried a human in her body for all that time. my fear of pregnancy is a selfish one. does your body ever really bounce back? hmm ...