For the record, I love my mom, we're very close, and I'm actually planning on having her at my upcoming birth if the timing works out right. But she can say some pretty ...odd things. Last week I told her that I was 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced at my appointment, and ever since she has been calling me every day to make sure I haven't had the baby yet. Like I wouldn't keep her updated or something. Our conversation last night went something like this:
Me, picking up the phone: "Nope, still not in labor."
Mom: "Haha. Are you having more contractions?"
Me: "No more than usual. Just occasional Braxton Hicks."
Mom: "Well, what about those cramps at night you mentioned?"
Me: "Yeah, I still get crampy on and off. Those aren't contractions though, it's just general crampiness."
Mom: "Crampiness is contractions! You should time them!"
Me: "Mom, they're not timeable. It's just general crampiness."
Mom: "Every night? So it's like 24 hours apart."
"Yeah, sure. If you say so."
Mom: "You should time then and see if they're getting closer together. Like 23 and a half hours."
Another part of the conversation:
Mom: "Well, what's wrong with your baby? (in regards to him/her not being born yet)
(Thinking, there's something WRONG with him/her because he/she doesn't want to be preterm??) "Mom, I AM still only 36 weeks."
Mom: "Well....is she still moving? Still kicking you?"
She also said, when I told her we were switching from home to hospital birth to get antibiotics for Group B strep, that she was "so disappointed" because it was a "status symbol" to have a grandchild born at home. This one didn't bother me (I'm glad she was so supportive of our homebirth plans!) but I thought it was pretty funny.