Passive Aggressive T-shirt Retaliation

The twins will be here in less than two and a half weeks and I don’t know that I’ll ever fully be ready.  However, ready or not, I have no choice and my life will take on a certain new type of craziness for an indefinite amount of time.  I’m trying my best to gear myself up for the craziness that is bound to ensue shortly, but I know I’ll never really be ready.

Being pregnant with twins, I’ve noticed that people, strangers and friends alike, take more liberties in what they feel is permissible to say to my large and bulbous condition.  The other day I was on my way to the hospital for a non-stress test.  Being ‘high risk’ because of the twins, the hospital has recently become my second home.  I was waiting for the elevator to go to the maternity floor for my testing and as a family approached, I heard the elderly mom lean to her adult daughter and exclaim, “Oh. W.O.W.” As if my big belly somehow also impedes my ability to hear.

I don’t take things too personally, but I do find it amazing that people think that because you’re pregnant they can ask all sorts of nosey questions and drop comments regarding your ever-growing size.  And when they find out that you’re pregnant with TWINS, they suddenly are magically granted license for an additional barrage of more nosey comments and inquiries.  “Wow!  You’re huge!”  “Do twins run in your family?”  “Were you taking fertility drugs?”  “Can I rub your belly?”  “You’re about to pop!”  So, as a way to make me feel better about life,  I had a little shirt made up to answer any questions before they’re asked in these final days of pregnancy.

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Maybe I should just make it my uniform during the remainder of my pregnancy.  You know, cover all my bases so I can avoid having to answer the same questions one more time.  And if you’ve asked or commented on one of the items addressed on my t-shirt, truly, no worries.  Just something fun for me to create because, heaven knows, the comments won’t stop after they come, either.  Maybe then, I’ll just need to order another t-shirt.

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  • Chrissy

    You look amazing! And you’re right, expect any trip outside your home to take twice as long since you will get stopped by people with their many questions. Are they twins? Are they identical? How far apart were they born? Which one was born first?

    Please let me know if I can assist you and your family. Remember, just do everything twice! Change one diaper, change the other, feed one, feed the other (or feed them both at the same time!) put one down for a nap, put the other down…just do everything twice! :-)

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    maren Reply:

    You’re so sweet-I’ll plan for twice the time to field comments, though with all 5, I highly doubt I will go ANYWHERE for a while. And I’ll remember “Everything twice”…Or, I’ll do my best to remember. If my sleep deprived brain will allow it.

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  • Brooke Boswell Fry

    I think you look great! Tshirt is great!! lol

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    maren Reply:

    Thanks, Brooke! Hope you and your family are well!!! :) maren

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  • Allison

    See, and I don’t think you look that big at all. Great job, mama!

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    maren Reply:

    Thanks, Allison! Doctor told me yesterday that he doesn’t think the babies will be here soon…which only means I’ll keep on growing… Maybe by the time they’re supposed to be 20, they’ll arrive… Hope you are well. LOVED the pics of little Avonlea’s bday! :) Maren

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  • Sterling

    You make me smile! And you look terrific. Love you, sister!

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    maren Reply:

    Love you back! Thanks for being a rock-star sister. :) maren

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  • Sharon

    Love it Maren! You will need to order another shirt bc the questions will still come! Get ready for, ” Are they twins?, Which one is older? So they have the same birthday? What’s it like having twins”. Of course then the twins will need their own t-shirts as well. :) Bless you beautiful friend!!

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    maren Reply:

    Ha! I’m sure you’ve experienced your share of being asked ‘dumb questions’. I’m sorry if they came from me…I’m slowly starting to understand… Hope you are doing well and had a great time on all your recent travels! xoxo Maren

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  • grace marshall

    I actually think you look a little small for having twins. Either way, you look great. And Congratulations again. :)

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    maren Reply:

    Thanks, Grace! I feel anything but small, but thanks! Hope you are doing well! :) maren

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  • andrea

    You forgot “Are you done?” “What does your husband do for a living?” “Do you have help during the day?” You are thin.

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    maren Reply:

    No doubt, friend. I think I just may become a hermit after I officially have 5. I’m sure you also receive a ton of questions–I admire you for all that you do and all the fun things you do with your kids–love seeing all your adventures on the blog….don’t know how you keep up energy-wise. I always say that you’re one of the most ‘funnest’ people I’ve ever met…if only I could have half of your energy… :) maren

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  • David

    You make me laugh Maren

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    maren Reply:

    Thanks, David!

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  • Patti Tamez

    We both say congrats, again. Ginni hated all the questions/comments with her second pregnancy and she only had one. She is very tiny and her stomach was quite large (abdominal muscle separation). I feel your aggravation. Danny said the shirt was “very Maren”. You look great!!! Have you picked names yet? I thought of some last week, but figured you may have already picked them. Love to you and yours. ~Patti

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    maren Reply:

    Thanks, Patti! I can imagine if you’re tiny, the comments would also be never ending as well–and you’d get weary of hearing them. I’m still working on names–nothing set…We have a list of names that are at the top, but nothing certain for both of the boys. I keep scouring, but haven’t settled for sure on anything yet. Thanks for the congrats! Please also give my greetings to Danny!

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  • Steve Kagy

    You are funny! Miss you sweet lady! – Steve

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    maren Reply:

    Ditto, friend. You are missed. Say, don’t you guys need a Kagy’s Jewelry Box, Louisville Edition?! What a great idea! :) maren

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  • Erin Carley

    Love this! When we adopted, I needed a shirt that simply said,
    “Yes, we’re still adopting.
    No, we haven’t heard anything yet.”

    Now, my son needs a shirt that says,
    “Yes, I was adopted; how observant of you to notice!!!”

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