I realized yesterday how strange it must look when someone sees me with all my kids. I get stares, often people ask me, “they aren’t ALL yours are they?” I have strangers constantly asking me, “how old are YOU?” I swear this happened last year when A was just a tiny baby, I took the kids out for ice cream and this lady asked me the are they all yours question then said, you have to tell me how old you are, at that time i was 27. Then people are even more shocked when they hear I work, I suppose they typically assume I am most likely single, and having kids for a bigger cheque. 😦 I had this friend that would mention to her friend about me and quickly say, but she’s a nurse and so is her husband. It’s kind of awful that she felt the need to defend me quickly. Even when I was with my mother yesterday, at the mall, the lady at the checkout was commenting on how cute A was and then was surprised they were mine, the usual, blah blah then she said, I suppose you don’t work, and I was like uummmm, yah full time, I have vacation time.
Even at work, when patients or family members see I’m pregnant they’ll say, “your first?” then I laugh hysterically and say, no, guess again, and keep saying no until they guess #5. I often get told I look like I’m about 20 yrs old, certainly not old enough looking to have 4, almost 5 children.
Does this happen to anyone else??