am losing the plot

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with people asking when myself and dp are going to have a baby. is there a polite but firm way to say we are not without it being laughed off or a list of reasons why we should. i have ds 5 and dp has two children who live with us half the week. in our eyes we are a family sometimes of three or five. i dont feel like ds is missing out or will resent not having a younger sibling but this day to day grilling is driving me bats.

amazingmumof6 Mon 07-Jan-13 02:41:50

sadly I think there might be no polite answer - as the question is nosy/annoying with a hint of criticism and also border line rude, I don't think you owe anyone a polite reply. or any reply indeed!

something that you find funny/shocking might do the trick.

I think the classic "why do you want to know?" or "you'll be the first to know" tend to shut people up, but must be delivered with the most sugary smile! smile

a quick pick of the countless idiotic questions I've been regularly asked so far having had 5 boys then a girl (my answer/s in brackets, most were genuine answers I actually gave! I know, brave huh?. Enjoy!

- is baby going to be early or late? (baby's not said yet)
- when is he finally going to have teeth? (no teeth, we are going straight for dentures)
- is he going to stay blond? (that depends on his stylist)
- when is he/she going to sit/crawl/sleep through the night? (let me check the schedule...yep,that will be next month, but right now we are going to a lecture about the double-helix structure of DNA and s/he is the keynote speaker)
- is it a boy or a girl (yes, one of those, it would be awful to give birth to crocodile)
- is she going to be a tomboy? (she's not giving interviews)
- isn't your bump/belly massive? (oh, I didn't notice, thanks for pointing it out, here, use my loudspeaker so everyone can hear you)
- I didn't know you were pregnant/had another one! (sorry, my fault - what's your name again??)
- are you stopping now or you are having more? (you are the first person to ask me that question, how odd!)
And The Award Goes To.... my personal favourites when around 37 weeks pregnant:
- still no baby? (what gave it away?/ oh, sorry, does that upset you or you schedule? I'm actually due next month, but to ease your discomfort of having to wait I'll see if I can hurry up)
- are you still here? (no, it's a hologram/ yes, where would I be? I'm standing right here, speaking to you as we speak....<you moron!>)

hope this is helpful and at least made you smile.
feel free to try them out - you can amuse yourself by writing the reactions down! smile

amazingmumof6 Mon 07-Jan-13 02:44:39

you can also say "no" then change the subject. you don't have to explain yourself.

jsherriff Mon 07-Jan-13 07:55:17

I used to give too much information - 'we're not, my husband had a vasectomy before we met'. This shifts the discomfort on to them and, who knows, maybe they'll learn not to ask insensitive questions!

will take note of some of these answers, I usually laugh it off and say never... but it tends to make people worse as though they are trying to persuade me. can't think of a way to overshare to shut them up!

amazingmumof6 Tue 08-Jan-13 01:35:09

could you say: " no , coz you are having too much fun in bed every night, wouldn't want a baby to ruin it!" then watch then squirm.... smile

grin that's perfect but I'd probably chicken out. be worth my feeling a bit bashful for the reaction though

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