SO, JUST HOW IRRITABLE ARE YOU?
You open the cupboard to find your partner has finished the pack of chocolate Hobnobs you’d been planning to devour tonight. Do you… Shrug your shoulders before jumping in the car and heading to the shops to buy more. Grit your teeth and tell him it would be nice if next time he replaced the pack. You are pregnant after all. Shout ‘Aaghhhh!’ Loudly! But then forgive him when he rushes out in a blind panic to buy another pack. Lose it with him, while trying to ignore the little voice in your head that says you’re starting to sound a bit OTT.
Your pals have organised a girls’ weekend away but it’s so close to your due date, you don’t think you can go. Do you… Tell them all to have a great time, and that you can’t wait to see their Insta posts! Feel disappointed, but make them promise to organise another girls’ trip that you can make, after baby arrives. Send them an annoyed WhatsApp message about how thoughtless they are – then frantically delete it when you calm down. Refuse to talk to any of them for weeks on end – they’re so insensitive.
You spot a guy without children parking in a family car-parking space at Tesco. Do you… Shrug your shoulders. Some people! Glare at the driver as you slowly drive past. Lower your window, wait for him to open his car door and ask, ‘Excuse me, do you actually have children?’ Stop the car and get out to rant about how inconsiderate he is, cradling your bump for added emphasis.
Your in-laws are already offering you parenting advice for when baby arrives. Do you… Write it all down – the more parenting tips, the better! Take a deep breath and smile… but secretly worry if they are this vocal already, what are they going to be like when the baby comes? Gulp! Remain tight-lipped, then vent to your partner as soon as they’ve gone. Gah, in-laws! Tell them that you’re just fine without all their advice, thanks. Then have a huge row with your partner later, about how rude you were to them.