"So when is your wife due
are due to have our Nth child November 8th."
"Wow, I didn't realize she was pregnant
"Yes, WE've been expecting
for some time."
C'mon people, I understand that it is awkward
to think of a married couple as one, but really, these are OUR kid
s that WE are having. She carries them for the first nine months
, I carry them for the next 10 year
s, it all evens out in the end (well, in a perfect world. I'm sure that WE can both do better at sharing OUR loads).
But seriously, do you honestly think that only the female side
of this marriage
is having this experience
We had our first child, and chose to go through our first pregnancy and delivery
under the care of a midwife
(who was a registered nurse
, and associated with ob/gyns). I made every effort to go to every appointment
with my wife since WE were expecting, and the midwives (there were two) would make real efforts to include me. I didn't realize how nice this was (or how not-normal
it is) until our insurance changed
and we had to go to a different set of midwives for our second child
. We saw about 3 of the 9 midwives that worked there, and one of them actually introduced themselves to me... once... Occasionaly the others would look at me and half-smile
Luckily our insurance
changed again, and we were able to go back to our previous set of widwives midway through the pregnancy. The change was so
We are both contributing
to our family
, and sometimes in very specific ways. We purchased a house
, and we both have a legal obligation to pay for the mortgage
. Strictly speaking, however, I produce the income that has allowed us this purchase
. To extend perhapsadingo8yrbaby
's rather painful analogy
, were my wife to kick me in the groin she could very well say, "We've been kicked in our balls!" Strictly speaking the balls in question are attached to me and are in my care, however they are simply part of a whole that is our marriage.
If one asks me how the fetus is developing in the womb
of my wife
's body, then I will feel at ease making the distinction about our fetus being physically located inside my wife's body.
If, instead, one asks how the pregnancy is going, they are not only asking about the physical
development of the fetus
. They are showing they care about us and want to know how we are doing - emotionally, mentally, as well as physically. Right now they typically only consider the woman's emotions, mental state, and general well-being.
This is simply a plea for people to broaden their scope. I'm not saying that we should go to the other extreme
. Certainly one should inquire about how my wife is doing, but they should be thoughtful
and ask how I'm doing as well.