When you’re dating someone and are above the age of 17, it is hard to go to family functions without being barraged by questions along the lines of “Do you think the two of you will get married someday?”
When you’re in your twenties and have been dating someone for oh say, 5 years, this is the first thing asked by everyone you meet, except of course family members that have now graduated to questions like “Seriously, are you two EVER going to get married??”
When you do finally decide to get married, you might think you will have a reprieve from such interrogation, but please, don’t get your hopes up. Now everyone absolutely must know when you might be having kids. This is actually a lot more embarrassing, since it’s a firm acknowledgment to your immediate family that yes indeed, you and your husband/wife do actually have plans to have sex at some point in your marriage, a fact that is not normally spoken of and in my opinion is best ignored.
PS – if you ever want to see me and Chase look embarrassed, just wait until we’re sitting at dinner with my parents and then ask us if we’re going to have “conjugal visits” during my 3-month trip to Asheville. Aunt Sara, I’m looking at YOU.
If you would like to avoid such embarrassment, you could always do as my sister-in-law Jessica did, which was get pregnant about 20 minutes after her wedding. They were pregnant so quickly in fact, that when family members discuss her due date you can actually seem them counting the months backward in their heads. And YES PEOPLE, she most definitely is having a within-wedlock baby, but honestly, there’s something to be said for the shotgun approach. “Yes, we’re getting married and having kids – both very soon.” Done and done.
All joking aside, I am super excited about this soon-to-be-arriving bundle of joy. Not least of all because it takes the pressure off of me to get knocked up, and because I’ll have a baby to play with – one that I can give back. This is key. I figured that it was a fair trade if I took some maternity photos for them – I’ll give you some cute pics, and you’ll take the baby back when he starts crying, deal? Deal. I totally won on this since these two are soooo easy to get good photos of. Seriously, what a beautiful family they’re going to have.
I don’t know if you’ve been able to witness this recently, but there is something magical about watching two people change from who they were and become parents.
Hurry up, baby Cooper, some people here are very excited to meet you.