Out & About Without the Baby

with baby

When you’re out and about WITH the baby, strangers smile at you. Or, rather, they smile at your baby, and you smile back because otherwise it’s just kind of awkward. It’s not like the baby regularly smiles back. Plus, even if you look like hell, you’ve got a twenty-pound excuse on your hip or in your shopping cart, and it’s an automatic pardon for wearing a sweatshirt with snot tracks all over it.

without baby

But when you’re out and about WITHOUT the baby, people ignore you. You’re ready to smile & answer questions about how old he is, or whether he’s talking/walking/doing magic tricks yet, because you’re accustomed to interacting with people in the grocery store or Target or the library or…okay, those are the only three places you go. But nobody looks back at you. You’re in an invisibility bubble. Because honestly, what’s interesting about a frumpy, slightly overweight woman who looks too tired to give a damn?


  1. jamieweilhealthcoach · March 8, 2013

    Ha! You so funny. Just as I’m responding, your FB message pops up on Oahu. It’s a sign! Go to Hawaii alone just to try it. People will smile at you. I know it! Hugs, Momma!

    • Beth Hull · March 8, 2013

      Haha, I’ll just nip over to Hawaii for a few days, no problem. 🙂 Of course, right now, Baby flies free!

  2. Rachel · March 8, 2013


    Did you draw those cartoons?

    • Beth Hull · March 8, 2013

      That depends on if you like them or not!

      Okay, yeah, I drew them. I have way too much fun with MS Paint.

  3. PB Rippey · March 8, 2013

    Once I was in a Target elevator with my sleepless baby in the Bjorn and a man said, “Oh, wow, you look so tired!”. Kind of wanted to kill him. Hope you get a solo outing soon and that it involves books and drinks with whipped cream on top.

    • Beth Hull · March 8, 2013

      Either a drink with whipped cream, or another kind of drink with some salt around the rim of the glass!

  4. Randi · March 9, 2013

    I don’t know how to respond…but didn’t want to seem like the people in your pics ignoring you! I’ll smile at you, snot-stained shirt and all! Love you!

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