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The Mall Baby-Style
The Mall Baby-Style
I haven't been to a mall in a very long time. I haven't been shopping in a very long time. As a college student there never seem to be enough days in the week, hours in the day, or money in the bank.
Lindsay and I went to the mall today and OMG! Not only was it packed, but everyone stared at me! From the little teeney-boppers to Mom's who've probably had 4 kids and are now in their 50's!
Lindsay made a suggestion which I took, more to make other people comfortable than myself. (I admit though, it didn't hurt!) I wore a fake engagement ring. And it worked! People seemed appalled to see me so pregnant, out and about, and just barely peeking out from under my turtleneck sweater. I was constantly pulling at it all day. As soon as people saw me, they stared. Then they saw the fake ring and smiled.
I took it off for part of the time per experiment a'la Lindsay. People gave me the dirtiest looks! Like I was a slut or something! Wow! Now I know how bad single Mom's have it. It really does stereotype you. The funny thing is though is that the ones who seemed to stare the hardest were the single Mom's without rings.
I guess part of it is the fact that I look so young. As of this past summer I still regularly passed/pegged as 18. I will be forever carded, and am eagerly awaiting the day that I start to enjoy it.
As for Blogland, I am sooooo happy I have people to talk to about this kind of stuff! Most of my very close friends know now because I can't hide it anymore and my parents guessed, but we are only letting in a few limited people as far as family friends know. All the kids at school have known for a while.
Although at first I was scared having my Dad know, (he cried and asked if he had been a bad Dad; he thought I got knocked up!) I am now kinda relieved. I don't have to hide too much anymore and I am sure the more I get out and about, the more that I will be ok with people staring at me.
Lindsay and I did see a shirt at Aeropostale that said, "Stop Staring!" Lindsay almost bought it for me. I have been wearing my sister's pants, she wears anywhere from a 3-5 and they fit my pregnant tummy. That's scary, my sister will flip when she finds out that her regular size is my pregnant size. Borrowing her pants was my Mom's idea, not mine.
Shopping sucks right now. I can't try on anything where I would normally shop, nothing would fit and I refuse to buy maternity clothes when I can just wear my sister's pants and hoodies. My roommate and Lindsay have kept me laughing about all of this which makes me feel mucho amounts better. Thank goodness for laughter!
3/20/2006 12:02 pm
Don't pay attention. I bet you are a hottie pregnant girl. You should show us a pic. Be comfortable with who you are. You are going to need all the energy you can muster in the coming months so don't waist any worrying about what others think. Stay strong and be proud of yourself.|
3/23/2006 7:24 pm
Being somewhat acquainted with the phenomenon of being stared at in public, got a better shirt slogan for you, milady. "Keep Staring, Maybe I'll Do A Trick." Makes the 'normal' folks turn their eyes back to their own business damned quick! Stay your course, and ignore the cretins (or mess w/their minds when you can - bwahahahaaaa).|