The womanly art…

This was a book I happened to be checking out from the library today. I never see anyone I know at the library-ever. But today, with that book on top of my pile, I ran into a gal from my ward. I said “Hi” and she came over to chat for a second. It was too late to do anything about my stack of birthing/breastfeeding books so I just casually put my hand on them in the hopes that they’d go unnoticed (as I feel it’s a rather personal affair even though I hear that soon enough nothing will be personal anymore). No such luck. She asked what books I was getting so I just told her I was doing a little “research.”
I imagine my face was pink at this point but I think it turned red when she said “Well, but, you’re not pregnant yet are you?” First of all, who checks out breastfeeding books for fun? Second of all, ask me what it’s like to regale the details of your pregnancy (due date, # weeks, boy or girl) in the computer catalog/internet section of the library to a lady who is somewhat surprised that the 20 pounds you’ve put on in the last 5 months is actually due to a small child. She started telling me about her pregnant daughter and she was excited for us but it was a slightly awkward conversation. I knew I should’ve just ordered the books on Amazon…


16 thoughts on “The womanly art…

  1. Breastfeeding is the coolest thing ever and nothing to be ashamed about, Lindsay. Good for you for preparing! I checked out a stack of breastfeeding books at the HBLL when I was single and doing a paper on it (the topic was my choice). My roommates thought I was weird but I’m telling you – nursing is super awesome!

  2. At least you didn’t run into your bishop or someone like that that you knew!! Good luck with it – I wasn’t successful at all – poor Tyler – I guess that is why he turned out the way he did:)

  3. H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!I think it’s great that you’re doing research. I didn’t even read “What to expect when you’re expecting” which I think just about everybody reads. Breastfeeding: It’s a lot of work at first, so be patient. Even if you know what to do, your baby doesn’t, so you have to teach her. And yes, it’s achy for a while. It’s worth it for your baby’s health.

  4. oh dear, the nerve. What the crap would she have said if you’d said no? i still hope you’re going to read “Our Babies, Ourselves” I just got “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” along with “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and “The Glass Castle.” I hope I have time to read them all before I have to return them, especially because I’ve been on the waiting list for a few of them. I really really love Animal, Vegetable Miracle!

  5. hahah, strange lady..i’m having braxton hicks right now…is that how it’s spelled? anyways…it’s weird, I think i’ll call you. Love you kiiiids!

  6. This post killed me! Well, at least it wasn’t the other way around. You know, when you’re not pregnant and someone asks if you are? Yep, it has happened to me!

  7. GREAT story! But I just saw the picture of you below and you do NOT look 5 months pregnant! NO FAIR!!! You look great!I actually bought a used copy of this book on Amazon after Tyler was embarrassed that I checked out one too many breastfeeding VHS tapes from our library. He couldn’t believe that I was checking out what he considered pornography. I tried to explain that it is a womanly art!!Happy reading!xoxo

  8. Lindsay! By the way, I’ve heard that’s a great book… and don’t you wish you could just wear a t-shirt that says… “I’m xx weeks, feeling okay, girl, no or yes we have a name, and no I’m not sleeping great!” The same questions get so old, I know it!

  9. Haha..that’s too funny. Now I’m wondering who you ran into:) Good luck with your research. Breast feeding really is great.I love your blog makeover. The blogfairy did an awesome job!

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