UGH THE TOUCHING
I have an aunt-in-law that insists my belly is public grounds. At the announcement of 8 weeks, she got on her knees and started talking to it, and touching it (it being just the pre-existing belly fat). I saw her again closer to 20 weeks, and sure enough even though I asked her not to in a light-hearted, casual way, she insisted on rubbing my belly all over and talking to it.
So a week ago I made a t-shirt with a handprint and a big "NO" symbol (think "No Smoking") over it, and wore it that day to a birthday party for a cousin I knew she'd be attending. I made the shirt JUST FOR HER. She sees me, beelines, and reaches out, saying "Oh to heck with that" or something to that extent. I grabbed her hands, begged "Please don't" about 4-5 times, with my inlaws looking on in horror (thinking surely she'd get the hint beforehand), and with my hands deathgripping hers she pushed in towards my stomach, desperate for a brush with the baby within. My heart was RACING. I'm not a touchy-feely person anyway and stuff like that TOTALLY wigs me out, close relative or not. Only people who have touched me with permission have been my husband, my mom, my father-in-law, and my sister-in-law. And with the exception of the husband, all of the others, only once.
This aunt drives me insane. Supposedly another family member had a sit-down with her over this ordeal since I had no idea what to say anymore that would even resemble politeness, and it's all taken care of now. We'll see if that's true at the baby shower :\
I know she means well but she doesn't THINK. EVER.