Fun Times With The Beckers

All the fun, even if it's not always blogged…

Funny Things Heard While Pregnant #5 — April 27, 2010

Funny Things Heard While Pregnant #5

I am learning that sometimes people just don’t know what to say, or can’t help themselves from saying what they want to say… Thus continues a compendium of the funny/odd/weird/tasteless/forthright things people have said to me whilst in “the family way”.

Number 5:
My Mother-In-Law was staying over a few weekends ago, and she and i were chatting in the kitchen while i ate my requisite breakfast of honey nut cheerios – standing up – when she asked me, “When do you think you will start to show?”

um, hello! i am 30 weeks (at the time) pregnant… do you think i still just look chubby?

i fully understand that i still have a few weeks and the most “growth” comes at this time… but will honestly say, i still am caught off guard when i catch a glimpes of my reflection from the side!

the name game — February 19, 2010

the name game

so it’s true, we have finally settled on a boy name – should we blessed by blue, come June.

but nope. we’re not telling.

however, i must say- that journey to find the right boy’s name was an interesting one.

as i may have mentioned previously, i decided years ago on the girl’s name… and made it clear that there was no negotiating on that.

so, one would think, since i chose the girl’s name, i should be kind enough to let AJ pick the boy’s name.

yes, but that would be assuming that i play fair – which, of course, i do not.

i had known for a long time that AJ had really enjoyed a certain boy’s name that really just made me say ‘ick” every time i heard it. i don’t care if it was used in a Legendary Waterfall movie with a certain hottie actor. i still felt that name was girly and i wasn’t having it.

i tried to be sweet. i tried offering alternatives.
– Carson?
– Camden?
– Ryder?
– Quincy?


then i would get my nose out of joint. why didn’t he like my names? hrumph!

then i started to make a game out of it.
(We already have a THOR, so why not add another God-like presence?)

Ndamukong (my personal fave)

LaDainian (or really, just add a “La” to anything on the list)
Ocho Cinco

oh, the games we played… and still were at a stalemate.

the one morning, AJ asked what i thought of a certain name. I calmed myself and tried not to noticeably wrinkle my nose and said…. “hmmm… i’ll think about it.”

later that day i texted, “That name isn’t all that bad…”

but later that day i made one more push for AJ to consider the name Ryder.

there was the nose wrinkle.

so i thought on it, and suddenly a longer version of his choice came to mind, well, it just seemed right. it seemed perfect.

i found the right time to spring my variation on him, and he said, “That’s it. (said name outloud). Yep. I like it!”

so, we have a name.

and i may, or may not have already given you a hint to what it is! (tee hee)

on The Belly… — February 11, 2010

on The Belly…

Stomachs, Tummies, Bellies… they are just weird, if you ask me.

In High School, it was oh-so-cute to wear a cropped baby tee showing off your prepubescent navel. i was never the girl who was ever able to do that… not because of religion, mind you.

even as i got into my mid-20s and finally figured out how to get myself into a modicum of “shape”, the Central Region never found it’s way into being show-off-worthy.

i was always curious as to how the whole “Baby Bump” thing would transpire with my oddly-shaped midsection.

as i sit around the 21 to 22-week mark, i’ll admit, it’s just odd.

The baby sits low- my stomach sits high… and at this point, is protruding a bit further than Said Bebe.

which leads me to the question of, Why do random strangers feel the need to rub your baby bump? Okay, so i get it from distant relatives, and friends’ moms, and old co-workers. i have yet to actually have a stranger walk up to me in the grocery store and start molesting me… but i have heard it happens, and that’s why i keep my keys at the ready in case i have a jab-worthy moment.

the funniest (oddest) part (to me) is when people do think they are “patting the baby”… it’s really just massaging my lunch. No, that’s not the baby, that’s Jimmy John’s. but thanks!

however, as of yesterday afternoon – i am noticing that The Bean is turning more into a Bump. Stomach and all… A point, to which, i guess i must become accustomed as I still have just about 19 weeks to go, and i hear it’s only going to get bigger.

Thus, and therefore, from this point forward, “The Bean” shall now be referred to as “The Bumpit”

Funny Things Heard While Pregnant – #2 — January 27, 2010

Funny Things Heard While Pregnant – #2

I am learning that sometimes people just don’t know what to say, or can’t help themselves from saying what they want to say… Thus continues a compendium of the funny/odd/weird/tasteless/forthright things people have said to me whilst in “the family way”.

Number 2:
when we broke the news to a certain family member (to remain nameless), the response was strikingly underwhelming. if i remember correctly, (and i was listening through the outside of the cell phone that was at AJ’s ear) the response was,
“oh…. well… congratulations?”


a few moments later another question: “well, this was a surprise, right?” to which AJ responded, no, we planned it, and we are very excited.

i know i shouldn’t laugh, but this entire exchange just makes me giggle. i mean, really? Really!

The Big Announcement — December 14, 2009