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No More April Fool’s Day Pregnancy Jokes

By Tracey Minella

April 1st, 2017 at 1:58 pm


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Even a holiday as insignificant as April Fool’s Day has become a minefield for the infertile.

What should be a harmless day of dodging innocent pranks always turns ugly with the inevitable April Fool’s Day prank post: “I’m pregnant”.

Just. Stop. Now.

It’s not only soooooo last year (and the year before that… and the year before that) but it’s not even believable or funny anymore. In fact, it never was. It’s simply hurtful to those who can’t have children. And we are not oversensitive. Infertility is no joke. It’s a disease. Would you joke about having cancer? Of course not.

So how about you think before typing that lame joke this year? Think about all the infertile couples who suffer every day of the year as their newsfeeds are bombarded by countless legit pregnancy announcements, baby pictures, and other kid-related posts.

Give us a break. Better yet, post something that is actually laugh-out-loud funny. God/Goodness knows, we could use a momentary diversion from the pain with a rare and honest belly laugh.

Don’t be the Fool on April 1st.

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Are you bothered by April Fool’s Day pregnancy pranks? How do you respond?

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Don’t Joke With Me…I’m Infertile!

By Tracey Minella

April 1st, 2011 at 12:57 am

When you’ve been TTC forever, you wander through each day like someone who’s unwittingly walking around with a sign on their back that says “Kick Me”. So the last thing you want is to go out on April Fool’s Day when some uninformed jackass may actually adorn your back with such a note.

Assuming you can’t flip the calendar and head back to bed, you’ll just have to find a way to navigate through the day. So what are the options?

Well, you can grin and bear it. I hate that option. We already grin and bear so much all year long. The baby showers, Christenings, kiddie parties. Why, oh why, must we pretend to be happy-go-lucky jokesters today?

Then there’s revenge. Now you’re talkin’. Bring it on, Jackass of the Water Cooler. You can make him pay for that whoopee cushion incident. That’ll make him think twice about doing anything next year. Of course, how you exacted your revenge will also determine if he’ll even talk to you before next year!

Finally, you can join in the fun.

WHAT? But you said…

Hear me out.

Back before infertility, you probably had a sense of humor, right? Think hard. Maybe you played a prank or two? C’mon, fess up. Maybe it’s time to channel that inner prankster and get them before they get you. Be the prankor not the prankee… if those are even words…but you know what I mean.

It’s better to strike first than to be the victim.

The Victim. That’s what infertility makes us feel like. And that makes us want to lash out. But at who? The universe?

Well it’s a similar mindset to be the victim of a prank, too. But in that case, we can lash out at someone for their victimization, innocent as it may be. And… with all that other pent-up, undirected, infertility anger and resentment fueling us…it could get ugly!

I pity the fool who gets to you before you get to him. (Remember, if you need a good lawyer to come down to Human Resources with you, you know where to find me.)

So if you can’t beat ‘em (and get away with it!), you may want to prank first.

Now, isn’t there a toilet bowl that needs some cellophane…

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