If you have ever had one pregnant woman friend on facebook, then you have no doubt seen the post of the boob beanie. If you have no idea what I am talking about, I am guessing you aren't on facebook or somehow have avoided pregnant women on facebook (which must be some sort of miracle...or you are smart enough to block all posts from said preggo minutes after the announcement). I have seen the boob beanie a few times. I admit, I do think it is funny. I laughed the first time I saw it, and have chuckled quietly to myself every time since.
But my mom obviously had missed it, and posted it up for me, asking if I wanted her to start knitting on for Abigail (we haven't actually picked a name yet, but my mom likes to choose one each day and try it on...I think it was Penelope last week). But my mom doesn't know much about how to tag people, so she didn't tag me. But one of my aunts did. And the wife of my cousin (who I have met only once and who just had a baby girl within the past year). Asking if we had found out we were having a girl and why no one had told them, if we had chosen to name her Abigail, etc. My mom and aunt got into a playful argument of "why didn't you tell us" and "stop yelling at me" and something about "favorite youngest sister-in-law" (she is the youngest on that side and points it out an awful lot). All that would be cute and funny, had we not been keeping it a secret.
The Moose's idea. Maybe I posted about this before? Because I sort of stepped in it and told one other person before I knew I was supposed to keep it hushed. Apparently it is a common thing here to keep it to yourself and surprise people after the birth. Which I am fine with. I have no problem keeping it a secret, and have sort of enjoyed pissing off a few of the women at work when I refused to tell them. But I probably should have told my mom we were keeping it under wraps. I just wasn't expecting her to out me on facebook! She nagged me to announce the pregnancy on facebook so she could officially tell people (she was already unofficially telling them), and only posted one pregnancy related thing to me until today. I totally thought we were safe.
My mom is the queen of passive-aggressive*, so I decided to give her a taste of her own medicine, and when she asked for my help against the aunt, I replied that I wouldn't be helping her, that we had been keeping it a secret as per the Moose's wishes, and that I didn't expect to get outed on facebook as we had only told my parents, my sister, and the Moose's mum (I think I will refer to her from now on as Mother Moose). Was that response a bit nasty and hormonal?? The Moose didn't want me to respond at all, but I just couldn't help it. There will be an "oops, sorry" and I will get less annoyed over it later, but really, the only person to blame is myself. I should have told her we weren't going to tell people.
So I guess the cat is out of the bag...wonder how long it will be until my facebook "friends" (aka people I can't unfriend because I work with them but never should have accepted as friends in the first place) latch on. I bet by the end of the week, everyone knows. Probably by the end of tomorrow. I have already apologized to the Moose. He is taking it well at least.
A small part of me is kind of hoping, even though it will mean a trip to the store to return some of the pink baby clothes (I do hate pink, but I do love clearance prices), and a total mental readjustment, that the ultrasound next week shows that little Abigail has grown a pair.
* My immediate family is reasonably well adjusted and drama-free. When she is acting all passive-aggressive, my mother is well aware of what she is about and is only trying to manipulate us into doing something we should probably be doing anyway. The "<Sigh> I'll just do these dishes all by myself even though I have been cooking all day and my head hurts" kind of passive-aggressive. Totally harmless but ultimately annoying.