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How to Respond to the Most Annoying TTC Journey Questions

How to Respond to the Most Annoying TTC Journey Questions

How to Respond to the Most Annoying TTC Journey Questions
How to Respond to the Most Annoying TTC Journey Questions
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So, you’re on that rollercoaster of a journey called Trying to Conceive (TTC), or perhaps you’re expecting a baby after what feels like a geological era. Either way, you’re gearing up for a whirlwind of family events and gatherings. But hold up, cue the barrage of annoying questions. “Where’s the baby?” “Hey, when are you due?” Yeah, we’ve all been there, and it’s like trying to dodge raindrops in a storm. Let’s talk about how to handle these moments without losing your cool.

I get it, it’s a mix of sadness and frustration when you’re hit with these questions. You’re supposed to be enjoying these gatherings, catching up with loved ones, not feeling like you’re under a microscope. I’ve been in the trenches, and I’ve got some strategies to help you out.

“Just wait for the good news”

This one’s like a gentle nudge in the right direction. It gives a glimmer of hope without diving into specifics. Perfect for those nosy acquaintances who mean well but need to mind their own business.

“Please pray for us”

Ah, the classic response for the older generation. It’s polite, it’s respectful, and it usually shuts down any further probing. Especially handy for dealing with well-meaning but overly persistent parents, grandparents, and distant relatives.

“We’re processing this right now”

A diplomatic response for those who just won’t take a hint. It’s like saying, “Back off, we’re dealing with stuff.” Works well for older folks and nosy neighbors who need a reminder to mind their own beeswax.

“Can we not talk about this? This is personal”

Sometimes, you just gotta lay down the law. This one’s for those “friends” who seem to thrive on making you uncomfortable. Set those boundaries, and if they can’t respect them, maybe it’s time to reevaluate the friendship.

If all else fails, change the subject or make a graceful exit

Your mental health is top priority here. If the conversation veers into uncomfortable territory and none of the above strategies are working, it’s okay to disengage. Talk about the weather, compliment Aunt Mabel’s potato salad, anything to shift the focus away from baby talk.

Remember, you’re not alone in this, and it’s okay to set boundaries and prioritize your mental well-being. Whether you choose to deflect, dodge, or shut down the conversation entirely, just know that you’ve got this. And hey, when that good news does come knocking, it’ll be all the sweeter for having weathered the storm. Hang in there, you’re doing great!

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