Here's my top 3 things I could do without ever hearing again:
"Wow! 4 kids! How are you still sane?"
First of all, sanity is relative. Having 4 kids is not easy, especially when you take them out in public alone and as soon as you call them to leave, they employ what I call the "cockroach approach" and scatter in 4 different directions so that you have to run around franticly while attempting to look as if you have a shred of control over the situation. If I look sane, it's because I work really hard to make things appear that way.
"Aren't you glad you finally got your girl? Now you can be done."
What? Do you people think we were trying to have a 4th child?
Not that we don't love the "Tiny Tyrant" and all, but implying that because I'm a woman, I was just gonna keep popping out babies till we hit the fairer-sex jackpot is crazy-town. My husband had a vasectomy roughly 10 weeks into that last pregnancy, long before we ever knew we were about to be inundated with all things pink. Done and done.
"You look amazing for having 4 kids!"
Really? This is a compliment? What does that even mean? When you say that, all I hear is "You look pretty good for narrowly escaping death via Zombie Apocalypse."
For some reason when you're a mom, nobody looks at you or thinks of you as yourself anymore.
You're just the mom with 3 boys & a girl, who managed to somehow, against all odds, put pants on before making it out the door in the morning.
The general consensus seems to be that Motherhood makes you stupid. And, apparently, unattractive.
And that is not only untrue but unfair. When a man becomes a dad, people don't start questioning his common sense or qualifying his sex appeal with how many kids he has.
In fact, women often find men with kids more attractive.
It's a crying shame that society doesn't seem to believe that women are capable of maintaining themselves intellectually and physically under the demands of Motherhood, but the fact is that we are more than capable and we deserve more than those back-handed compliments that men never receive.