Since moving into our current Pretty HQ, the Anonymous Husband and I have been fortunate enough to have a number of friends stay with us - singletons, Smug Marrieds, and (in increasing numbers) the nearly divorced* - but our upcoming guests are throwing us for a bit of a loop. For the first time, two of our upcoming guests are pregnant.
*It should be noted that visiting Pretty HQ does not appear to be linked to divorce rates, although I cannot vouch for what it might do for sanity rates.
Why is this at all noteworthy, you ask? That is a valid question, but I suspect some of the also childless amongst you may understand. It isn't that we're at all upset that they're coming - on the contrary, these are two of my closest friends - but rather, we're confused about how to be good hosts to guests who are "in the family way."
Consider the following exchange between the AH & me:
AH: "Where should we take everyone for dinner on Saturday night?"
Me: "I dunno - I'd say wherever they serve wine, but remember, Friend X is pregnant. So sushi is out, and . . . uh . . ."
(A silence descends as blank stares abound)
AH: "Uh, I think we just go wherever she tells us to, right? Right."
At the root of our befuddlement with the weekend, I suspect, is that "life stages" transition groups of friends tend to go through. We've watched close friends get married and, unfortunately, get un-married, but watching them have babies will be a first. What's going to happen to them? What's going to happen to us, when it's our turn?
And when all else fails, just do what the pregnant lady says, right?