Just when you think you've heard it all, people never cease to amaze you!
Mom #3 and I were working in the nursery together again this weekend. Another mom is apparently expecting her fourth, and at twenty weeks has less of a tummy than I do with only the previous night's supper in me. That's always nice to see.
So, as we know, no topic is off limits among nursery workers. Oh, nursery duty days... I just love how I never know what to expect from you!
So as the other two moms in the room were talking about their various delivery experiences (seven, between them) at different area hospitals, which had a good nursing staff, which did not, which nurseries were the nicest, which doctors they preferred, etc. I know this topic tends to come up among younger moms, and I do know that it's just one of those things I can't control, but also that I don't really have much to add to the conversation... obviously. :)
Finally, Mom #3 (see the linked post) asks me, "Where did you have Sassy?"
Um? Wasn't the whole "adoption" thing clear from previous conversations we've had?
Thinking she must have just forgotten, I smiled and said, "I didn't have Sassy." It was at this point that she looked at me like I had grown a third eye.
I filled her in on the fact that we had adopted Sassy, so I didn't actually birth her. :) The response was one that I can honestly say I had never gotten before. She told me I was wrong. I actually had someone tell me I was lying about Sassy being adopted. HUH??
Of course, she wasn't being mean... but apparently the adoption was just so incredulous to her that she sincerely thought I was telling her a story. I don't for the life of me know WHY I would lie about that, but okay then.
"No, you didn't! You HAD her! I know you did!" Exact. words. And repeated over and over... and over... and over...
I finally had to say, look, I was there, and it wasn't me she was coming out of. :) (Although I wasn't actually in the delivery room for a number of reasons, it was the only thing I could think of that seemed to get her to acknowledge that, yes, in fact, I was being completely honest!)
She never really indicated why she so strongly thought that Sassy was my biological child. I didn't ask... didn't seem productive.
Oh, it gets better though!
"So, whose is she then?" YES, REALLY!
"Mine!" was my reply, because that's the honest answer!
"No, I mean, who had her? Did you know her?"
"Well, we do now!" I said. I was into literal answers on this occasion, I guess!
I explained that we went through an agency, that we had a home study, that it was (ironically) about nine months from being approved to Sassy's birth, that Sassy's mom chose us from the profiles she had to view, that we have an open relationship with her, and that we do still visit when we have the opportunity.
I think she was still pretty shocked, though. I just didn't realize we were so... abnormal! Are we really that weird?!