06 April 2007

Quote from My Father-in-Law

Scene: GH's hospital room
Characters: GH, in hospital bed. Me, sitting on bed, breast pump going full strength. In-laws, in chairs near the foot of the bed.

[wheeze wheeze wheeze says the pump]

FIL: Huh, it doesn't come out so fast, does it?
Me (thinking to myself): Could you at least pretend not to watch? Please?

23 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh. My. God. I can't believe he said that.

Robin J. said...

tragically funny ...

kim said...

Eeeek! Look away, look away!

Yankee T said...

eeeeeeeeeeeeeew.

jo(e) said...

Oh, wow.

luolin said...

Oh dear.

Rev Dr Mom said...

Oh.My.

OTRgirl said...

Jrex told me I HAD to come read your latest blog entry. "It's funny, gross and disturbing."

"Oh no! What happened?"

"Nothing about GH, don't worry. But it's weird. Go read it."

I must say, I was not expecting an intersection between a FIL and a breast pump!!

Dorcasina said...

Wow. Just.......wow. It pretty much defies the imagination.
I suspect I will have very odd dreams tonight.

honglien123 said...

Ok, I just had to delurk to say, "Ewwwwwwwwww"

Kathryn said...

Nooo
I thought my M-i-L won the insensitivity stakes, but clearly there is hot competition. Yukk

buddha_girl said...

Let me know when you're ready for me to murder them. I can off them and sleep like a baby the same night.

PS
Email me your bra size. I'm buying you one of MY nursing bras! Ha!

Klynn said...

Yeesh. From someone who pumped for 11 1/2 months...I feel your...discomfort. It's hard enough to relax for a @#$% machine, but with an audience, in stressful circumstances...arrrgh.

Now, with that said, I didn't find it disturbing when my own father watched intently, with tears in his eyes, as I nursed a tiny/preemie/newborn TJ (oh God, has it really been over 14 years ago???). He said it was the sweetest, most natural thing in the world.

But, I definitely get your point...tact and discretion are defintely not your FIL's strong points, are they? :-P

Marie-Baguette said...

I could not help laughing out loud. I admire you for finding humor in a very tragic situation. I am very sorry your husband is not getting better, and that on top of this, you need to deal with the in-laws. Thinking of you

Anonymous said...

i prefer to think of my in-laws as 'my children's grandparents'. somehow that context helps me relate to them.

Leggy said...

OMG- my FIL wouldn't even be in the same room with me when I nursed (with a blanket to cover things)- I can't imagine him actually watching while I pumped.

laura said...

Creepy in a tragically odd way. I won't go into the surrounding circumstances, but picture my father and my entire family of in-laws in a stretch limo. My sister in law pumping away, while my father can't take his eyes off this oddly strange contraption. Don't ask. Very awkward.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

That's in-laws for you. Next time ask him if he wants to give it a try. I remember trying the breast pump. So much hard work for so little reward.

Julia said...

Ohhhhh, HONEY!

BethGo said...

Ewww! No boundaries there eh?

Lisa said...

How uncomfortably funny. Reminds me of when I was just one day post C-section and my SIL, who said she had no time to help me and didn't raise other people's children--suddenly whirled in to my hospital room to visit me.

I was pumping, she was watching. And she says, "Wow, don't take this the wrong way but your boobs are HUUUUGE!" And later, "Now I can add breast pumping as another reason not to have children." Yeah, thanks for ALL of your support.

Try not to let the in-laws get you down. Do what you need to do for you and GH.

buddha_girl said...

Here ya go, Snick:

ringldr@hotmail.com


I talked with Lil Sis the other day again. They're all at Disney for her kids' spring break, but she's sending Disney magic your way!

liz said...

Squick. Squick. Squick!