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February 9th, 2013, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Number5OnTheWay View Post
I think some of my least favorites are:

"When is one of you going to get fixed?"
"WHY would you do this?"
"Was this planned?"
And so far, the one that got me most this pregnancy was a woman that I work with. She congratulated me, etc. The next day, she told me that she was telling her husband about it, and he said, "I don't want you hanging around with her. She's crazy!" I think she thought it was funny, but I've met him, and he's a jack***!
I got those ALL
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February 10th, 2013, 08:02 AM
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"Guess the rabbit died..."
"Are they rabbits?"
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February 21st, 2013, 09:42 PM
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We're expecting number 5 and the most I ever hear is, "Looks like you've got your hands full!"

I never know how to respond.

We used to have a baby party for friends/family so they could meet the baby after the birth. After baby number 4, I decided to never do it again. There were soooo many negative comments from family. I think some of the family were just trying to be funny, but all it did was hurt my feelings.
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February 22nd, 2013, 08:45 PM
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I am sorry. I try to teach my kids that meanness is never funny. My family is like that too. Congrats on number five! Hang around us more. We make it fun!
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February 25th, 2013, 09:39 PM
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We have heard it all and only have three kids so large for around here but not that many kids imo. We have heard the oh you should have an abortion thing, to are you keeping the baby or looking into adoption, dont you know how this "keeps happening", oh wow ANOTHER baby with a dumb look on their face as if baby number 3 was our 50th child or something, lol. I dont care what anyone says or thinks. We love provide and do it all on our own and dont ask anyone for anything so they should mind their own business. After our third baby two family members actually said I hope this is your guys last baby. Really??? Why?? We take dang good care of our kids so why would people hope we have no more. Its not like we have ill behaved rotten children around that we are depending on everyone else to pay/raise them.
Nessa proud married working mother of three kids in Washington state. Trying to raise our family of five as LDS. Taking life one day at a time.
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February 26th, 2013, 12:11 PM
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For some reason I was thinking about this last night and I remembered when one of my aunts (who I really admire and love) found out we were expecting number 5. We were at my mom's birthday party and she held up five fingers and mouthed, "Five?!" (like she just couldn't believe it!) For ONCE in my life I had quick-wit and said,
"Hey, I still have five more fingers and ten toes to count on!"
Her jaw just dropped and she didn't say another word about it.
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February 26th, 2013, 02:08 PM
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Gosh some of these comments are SO mean-spirited. I can't even imagine how vitriolic I would get if someone had suggested I should abort my babies!

I'm nervous about a negative reaction from my ILs when I tell them next week, but more because they think we should be buying them everything and paying for their college and considering private school etc, and we disagree on that, and because they apparently think grandkids are kind of dull until they are old enough to give them affirmations, which annoys me, and they'll think that another one just puts them that much further out from their "dream" of taking all the kids to the lake for summer vacation (which we never agreed to anyway) Also, I think they think it's just "weird" to have more than 2.

Now I feel like a total wimp for getting worked up about that at all. I'm so sorry so many of you have gotten such nasty responses to what is truly joyous news.
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Matilda (6), Evelyn (5), Adelaide (3), Cecily (20 months)

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February 26th, 2013, 03:23 PM
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People like to comment on things that are different. I'm guilty of it myself.

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February 26th, 2013, 07:15 PM
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Jenilope, what you shared is just as annoying as the comments people make.
With #4 my grandma didn't like the name we picked for our daughter (Dorothy...believe me, we got all sorts of jokes about her name!) so she started calling her Daisy. I eventually had to tell her that we named her Dorothy, not Daisy. After that, grandma wouldn't say her name for the longest time. Instead, she refered to her as "the baby".
Besides that, she also treats our boys different than the girls. And not in a good way.
We also get comments about homeschooling not being "real" school and other little jabs on how WE have chosen to raise OUR children.
Needless to say, we don't visit my family very often...
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