Friday, November 14, 2008

speak up!

i went to a wedding reception last saturday evening with my youngest child. he was a hit! people wanted to look at him, to tickle his little double chin, to tell me how adorable he is (i say, "thank you." my mother says, "i know!" she's right: being a grandma is better).

have you ever noticed that people will talk to your babies instead of to you? i hate that. they look at the little guy and ask, "what's your name?" with mouse, this just confused me. i didn't really answer until they looked at me again, obviously wondering why i wasn't answering. it's not like i thought she would answer, i just wondered if maybe it was a rhetorical question since it was obvious to me that newborn mouse didn't even notice anyone was even looking at her.

so i did what any new and confused mother would do, i went to my own mother and asked her about it. "what am i supposed to do?" i asked.

with a shrug, she said, "you just answer for your baby." since this practice is so irritating, i thought of ways i could answer to show them i disapprove of the whole talk-to-me-through-my-baby technique. one option: answer in a teeny-tiny pretend newborn voice. and insist on keeping up the conversation through the baby. or the less offensive tactic, not say anything until they look at me and say, "he's the strong, silent type."

8 comments:

AnnieBJ said...

Ha ha! "The strong silent type"! I love it!

cara lou said...

Oh I hate that! I never know what to do either when they ask my baby questions. It's so annoying. I like your ideas for being irritating back. :)

Erica said...

hi! we are on the internet at the same time because you just posted on my blog! I would love to come to your home for thanksgiving. Here is the problem: I only have Thurs-Sunday off, so that's not very much time for a vacation. Maybe I could skip some school on Wednesday...ooo I like this plan

I will hold your baby as long as you answer in your newborn baby voice the questions I ask him. "Seth, what do you think of the elections?" "Ba-ma! Ba-ma!"

Hernan said...

ha ha ha... Just be polite and answer to the dang questions so that person moves on...otherwise you'll have to talk to them...and have a forced c-o-n-v-e-r-s-a-t-i-o-n

ugh

ps: Ba-ma!Ba-ma!

redstarmama said...

I like the strong slient tactic. I'll have to remember that one...

Aria Bethards said...

You are hilarious. I'm probably one of those annoying people. I'll have to pay more attention. But I always do wonder what to say when people come up to Sydney and say, "Oh, you're such a cute little girl!" or "what bright blue eyes you have!" or something. You definitely do meet a lot more people when you have a kid. People are always stopping you and fussing over your baby. But I guess that's not really considered meeting them, since, like you said, they're just interested in the baby.

Liz said...

Ha ha! I'm partial to "he's the strong, silent type." :P

Emilee said...

You are hilarious! Thanks for the fun blog.