Life Without Baby

Filling the silence in the motherhood discussion

Life Without Baby Handbook May 31, 2010

Reader Lynne posted a comment recently about responding, or rather being unable to adequately respond, to a colleague’s pregnancy announcement. Her story got me thinking that what we need is a Handbook that we can refer to in sticky situations, and let’s face it, there’s never a shortage of those.

The idea is that we can all chip in with our best responses to situations and questions we’ve all faced and I’ll compile the answers, maybe on a new Handbook page. This shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but you never know, your witty response to someone’s thoughtless question might just save someone else.

So, let’s kick off with Lynne’s conundrum:

A colleague announces that she’s pregnant with twins. How do you respond?

Answers below, please.

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3 Responses to “Life Without Baby Handbook”

  1. Sarah Says:

    haha… I don’t have a good response. But mine is always:

    “Ohhh! (with a bit of a decrecendo) ConGRATulAtions!” (and then quickly run away)

    I’m interested to see what you come up wtih!

  2. lmanterfield Says:

    I think that’s the standard response for many of us. Maybe someone out there has something more ingenious we can borrow.

  3. Joy ford Says:

    “Oh, you poor thing! Are you going to keep it?”


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