I was in Old Navy yesterday with William, Alexander and Benjamin.
For some reason the store was packed with people. It was a beautiful day. There were no huge sales going on. And there weren’t any events at our local mall. But for some reason, it was packed.
And so, it was no surprise to me when we were going to check out that the lines were ridiculously long.
I never really pick the “best” line… but with the 3 kids with me, I wanted to make sure I chose a line with other moms in it (thinking they would understand any odd, loud, crazy noises coming from my little ones), and a line where people had the fewest items in their hands.
And that’s where I saw her.
I only saw her from the side at first… a tall, blonde woman, who was obviously pregnant. She had a bunch of pink stuff in her hands and she seemed to be smiling at all the little kids around, so I figured “Ahh… the perfect line!”
Well, I wasn’t there 5 seconds when she turned around to chat. Which, at first I thought was very nice… but then she went on… and on… and then on…
“Are these all yours? My God, are you a sucker for punishment?”
The these were William, Alexander and Benjamin. And I honestly, could not believe this pregnant woman was referring to parenthood as punishment.
“Aww, no girls, huh? That’s too bad! This one’s a girl.”
Yes, she said this to a mother with 3 boys… and again, these boys were all with me at the time!
“I can’t believe how sick I was for the first 12 weeks. I mean, it was, like, the worst you could get.”
I wasn’t even going to go there with her as to the levels of morning sickness women can get. And she did use the word like.
“I can’t believe I’m 7 months. I’m lucky, I have barely gained weight anywhere but in my belly.”
I will be nice here… but that was visibily not true. And who cares, she is 7 months pregnant!
“My husband and I planned on having an October baby. It happened the first time we even tried.”
I get so upset when I hear comments like this because I have really good friends who have been trying for months and months to get pregnant… and you just never know what each woman has gone through to have her babies.
AND, if I didn’t think it could get any worse…
“I’ve been having these things called Braxton Hicks?” She put it in question form… like she didn’t know if I had ever heard of them.
To which I responded that I had those with all 3 pregnancies.
So she actually says, “Well, my doctor told me I have them worse than anybody. Basically they are like preterm contractions.”
I thought to myself, Congratulations, Audrey, you’ve managed to find the absolute worst line once again!
And with that, I looked at my 3 kids and figured the bathing suits for next year and the 4 tees weren’t worth the angst in staying in line any longer with this woman.
So as kindly as I could, I said, “Oh, this line is taking too long… my husband was expecting me to be home by now.”
Then I took all my items, dropped them on an empty counter and left.
I have never felt so good leaving Old Navy empty-handed!