Everyday Awkward Moments

There are lots of awkward moments that come along with parenthood. I always knew this would be the case. I was not however, prepared for the daily normal situations, inquires and questions that are instantly awkward by being a single mom. I’m not the divorced or uncoupled single mom, I’m the kind whose been on her own since watching the little stick show a plus sign (but that’s a story for later).  All in all, I think  I’ve adjusted pretty quickly, sometimes in a sarcastic and comic fashion.  Here are my top awkward moments and how I deal with them.

When out at about (for instance Trader Joe’s):

Hot Guy At Trader Joe’s (after crossing paths in 3 aisles): “What a cutie, how old is he?”

Me: Thank you, he’s 10 months!

Hot Guy At Trader Joe’s: “Oh wow, he’s a big boy! Gonna be a football player! Is his dad a big guy?”

Me: From what I remember, he was pretty average.

Hot Guy At Trader Joe’s: –blink–blink–smile “Right on.”

Me: (blushing) Have a great day!

(Note to self: wear make up when going out, Little Man is a dude magnet).

 

On Correcting My Pediatrician

3 Mo Checkup:

Ped: “He’s perfectly healthy and looks great, he’s 100% for height and weight. I’ll print out a copy of the growth chart for daddy.”

Me: Um, thanks. (I wanted the print out for his book)

6mo Check Up, My Dad (Little Man’s Grandpa) is with me.

Ped: “He’s doing great mommy, healthy and as can be.” Turns to my Dad. “Great job dad, he’s going to be a big boy.”

Grandpa: “He’s my first Grandson and yes, he’s  big guy! He’s already too big for mom to carry!”

Ped: “Oh, well good job grandpa! Let me print out his growth chart to take some to show dad.”

Me: Um, ok. Thanks (I still want the printout).

9 Mo Check Up:

Ped: “He’s doing great. Look at all those teeth! He should start crawling soon.”

Me: Thanks! He’s rocks on all four and scoots backward. I’m sure he’ll start soon.

Ped: “Well, you and your husband should start baby proofing now, it will happen overnight.”

Me: Well, its just the two of us, but yes, I’ve already started.

Ped: (awkward pause). “Well, keep up the good work mommy.”

Me: Can I still get his growth chart print out?

 

Facebook (or other)  Acquaintance (usually via messenger or text)

Them: “I’m sorry if this is nosey, but I only ever see pictures of you and your son, can I ask about his father?”

Me: You can ask.

Me: Its just the two of us. He’s not (nor ever has been) involved. He moved out of the state two weeks after I told him I was expecting and I haven’t heard from him since.

Them: “Wow. What a dick”

Me: Yep.

 

At Target:

Me: Can you get everything in these two reusable bags? I have to walk up the stairs with them and him (pointing to Little Man).

Checker: “You should get your husband to help you with the groceries!”

Me: If you can find me one, I’ll pass that along!

Checker: (uncomfortable chuckle)

The awkwardness is also felt by my Dad, Little Man’s Grandpa, who lives with me part time and is  out and about with us a lot. He now preemptively says “I’m a proud grandpa” or “he’s my first Grandson” or “aren’t grandchildren such a blessing” any time someone stops to talk to us when we’re out together. Or he wears the “Great Dads become Awesome Grandpas” t-shirt I got him. I mean, he’s 62 and looks good for his age and in LA, one can never assume whose in a relationship based on age difference (but, seriously eeeewwww).

Despite giving up wearing any jewelry on my left hand to signal to the world my very single lifestyle, I know its totally normal for people to make the assumption that because I have a child, I have a husband, boyfriend or partner. Their assumption doesn’t bother me or make me feel like a total failure (like it once did).  Family looks different under every roof and in every situation its beautiful.

As for me, “just the two of us” is perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Everyday Awkward Moments

  1. I’m surprised at how forward some people can be. You do handle the awkward moments really well I have to say! Thanks for sharing. #ConfessionsLinkUp

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