The baby bump… it is a very personal thing that sticks on the outside of your body that strangers are attracted to.
Now, you could compare this to boobs – they are a very personal thing that stick on the outside of your body – yet “boob-etiquette” prevents strangers coming upto you and just having a good old feel – well mostly 😉
So why is there not a “bump-etiquette” ? I don not mind friends ad family feeling it but when a person who barely even knows my name gets a good grope I want to say: “this bump is not public property-please remove your hand!” but I don’t I smile and nod and think it instead.
So I was wondering, would it be appropriate for us to react with a less than “normal-social” response like:
Situation: When someone puts their hand on the top of your stomach, and you’re barely showing.
Reaction: “You do realize you’re touching my lunch?”
Situation: When total strangers scream, “Oh look, you’re pregnant!”
Reaction: “I am?” It’s best if you can look slightly confused and quizzical.
Situation: When complete strangers ask, “What are you having?”
Reaction: Smile blissfully, and rub the belly like you’re starring in a bad rom-com. Say, “My other half wants a baby, but I’m seriously hoping for a puppy.”
Situation: When someone you’ve never met rubs your belly and coos.
Reaction: Cross your arms and nod your head like Jeanie in I Dream of Jeanie. Say, “Master, I will now grant you three wishes.”
What do you think?