For months, I've been lying about my due date. I just got tired of the shocked or horrified look on people's faces back in July when I told them I was due in January. So when some well-meaning stranger asks when I'm due, I just pick an appropriate fake date and smile. Random strangers have no agenda, they're not trying to ruin my day or my self-esteem. They just want to be part of a happy moment, this beautiful time when you're creating life and what's the harm in that?
Please note, this does not excuse family, who, KNOWING the due date, continue to make remarks like "you look huge" or "are you sure it's January" or "ohh my, HOW much weight have you gained". Shame on you.
Aside from the fact that this beautiful time of creating life is really quite painful and miserable, there's no harm in a stranger wanting to congratulate you and celebrate with you. So instead of getting worked up over these strangers, I've chosen to give them what they want without horrifying either of us. I lie about my due date.
I was tired of explaining that this is the third baby in four years or that I started ten pounds heavier than with the first two, while the well-meaning stranger tried to back peddle or just plain looked embarrassed (for me being so huge or for them being so rude, I'm not sure which).
Around 10 weeks, I hadn't gained a single pound, yet I was already in maternity pants and looking quite puffy and round. The bloating made me look approximately five months pregnant, and the vomiting made my face as puffy and round as my belly. Most people haven't even announced their pregnancies at 10 weeks, but I was already claiming September as my due date.
At 20 weeks, and only up 4 pounds, I looked like a beached whale at my cousin's wedding. I'm wicked glad the focus was on her stunning dress, his adoring smile, and their bright future because it pre-empted most of the standard "when are you due" questions.
Starting around 28 weeks, I got the "you must be glad to be almost done!" to which I just started answering, "yes, I am glad, we're very excited, thank you." About 96% of babies born this early will survive, so yes, was very excited to be at a point where my baby would likely live if he were born today. And "almost done" is a relative term, so I wasn't quite lying.
Finally, at 37 weeks, I look like I'm 37 weeks. We attended a holiday party for the District One Admiral yesterday, and if felt great to answer "yes, due just after Christmas, any time now is just fine with me" to all the sweet older ladies asking when I am due and if I am ready yet.
Here I am, huge as a house, but it's finally acceptable. Please excuse the lack of makeup, I've come to the point of simply storing it in my car, since that's the only place I have time to apply it.