An Australian blogger who is a mom of three including twin girls is catching heat for a fun photo she posted on Facebook (and Instagram).
Uncanny Annie said in response to getting the same series of questions from well-meaning strangers in the street, she wanted to post the following sign in front of her stroller as she pushed 1-year old Delphine and Cheska about. She didn’t of course, but that didn’t stop many of the 21,000+ people who have liked the photo or friends of the over 7,000 who shared it to pepper the blogger with criticism.
Many called her ungrateful for complaining about something that is considered a blessing among many, to have two healthy twins. Others called her neglectful.
Annie returned to reply that had she known the photo would have gone viral and offended so many, she wouldn’t have shared it. Still she maintains it was a joke.
It reminded me of a past 2011 blog post about the three parts of the body of a strangers baby you should never touch.
Here is a list of some of the questions from Annie’s sign:
“Yes they are mine.”
“Yes they are twins.”
“No, not identical.”
“Conceived by f***ing.”
“Born via C-section.”
“Yes, my hands are full.”
A Yahoo! Parenting blogger who covered this story shared some of the strange questions she and others have been asked randomly by strangers on the street:
“C-section or vaginal birth?”
“Are you trying?”
“Are you going to have another?”
“How long are you going to continue nursing?”
“Isn’t she a little old for that?”
“Is that drink for you?”
“[Upon hearing I was formula feeding]: But doesn’t that make babies obese?”
And, for the win: “Are you planning to have you vagina stretched prior to delivering your baby?”
Read the comments to the story to get other examples other parents contributed there.
What would you add to the list?
Also, check out this funny video too that demonstrates the rudeness factor in some well-meaning queries you may as an expecting mom: