I'm finding, as a pregnant woman, there are a few questions you get asked ALL. THE. TIME. Which, truthfully, didn't get tiresome to me until this weekend. We're in Pennsylvania Dutch Country for a "Baby Moon," and have been having way more interactions with strangers, friendly strangers, than usual. In any case, the top two questions, regardless of where I am, without a doubt, are:
1. When are you due?
2. What are you having?
Since I typically see the same people on a regular basis, they all know the answers to these questions. It also seems to me, that, before this weekend, I was asked them so sporadically that I never minded answering. But here, in Lancaster County, everyone wants to know. Waiting in line at a chocolate cafe - the server wants to know. Just got out of a the car in front of a furniture shop - the shopkeeper wants to know. We're at a bed and breakfast, and have eaten with new people everyone morning, all of whom WANT. TO. KNOW. I guess it's not that I mind them asking; I'm just kind of bored with giving the answers. Making a joke about a Christmas baby, hope not right on Christmas, oh, you're mom/sister/son/best friend's birthday is in December, too? Ha ha; no, we want to be surprised, it seems like everyone is finding out these days, yes, yes, Christmas Surprise! Someone made the tax break joke this morning (hope that's born before January 1st!), which was a refreshing change of pace.
(Oh, so in case I don't know you that well, or haven't talked to you in awhile - December 23, and we're not finding out. :-))
One question that I'm still not sure how to answer is the third most common one, "How are you feeling?" I don't know for sure, but my sense is that this is slightly different from "How are you?" Usually, when someone asks how you are, they don't really want to know - or, in any case, they don't want to know too much. They want to hear that you're "fine," or, at the very worst, maybe something like, "a little under the weather, but pretty good, thank you!" I kind of feel, though, when people ask a pregnant lady how she is feeling, they sort of expect you to be a little more honest. Like, not graphically honest, but they expect you to have a small ailment, like being "a little nauseous," or "some back pain," or, "somewhat tired," but, of course, overall, "pretty good." I almost feel like I should have a minor complaint - which I always do, don't worry! But I do wonder if I'm misreading this. What do you think?