What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Today ‘C’ offered to watch Maddie so that my best friend and I could go and see ‘What To Expect’. Of course I took the opportunity to have some me time with a friend, for those who keep track that’s #4 for a few hours totally baby free while her daddy keeps watch. Anyways, since we’ve both had babies within the last 18 months we thought it would be a fun movie to watch. We went to one of the box malls here in Toronto and were bad, we cheated and bought our snacks at Dollarama next to the theatre instead of at the theatre… Bad I know.
I don’t know about everyone else but I LOVE movie trailers. I think they’re so great and exciting and have noticed in the last few years that I’m starting to gravitate to more mature themes, not porn mature but situationally (If I wanted porn like I’d read smutty books ;D). There were actually a few trailers for movies geared to adults about adults. So trailers rolled and we whispered back and forth over the merits of each up coming film and our interest in it while sneaking peeks at my phone too.
Finally the movie started. I’m not writing a review, more a commentary on some aspects. Most people know the movie is based on the book by the same name. This is only very loosely. Mostly the female characters are seen experiencing the major milestones of pregnancy, with one having the easiest pregnancy ever to another having a miserable one. As well as showing how the various fathers to be are coping, as well as a few established dads for comic relief.
Oh the memories. I wouldn’t say my pregnancy was awful but I would be a total liar to say to was a walk in the park, even before we became high risk. I had awful morning sickness. It was to the point I couldn’t be full but couldn’t have an empty stomach either. I was taking gravol on top of the pills for morning sickness and had to get up in the middle of the night to nibble on something small so I didn’t get empty bellied. This last until 4 months. I also became ridiculously sensitive to smells. Both good and bad.
This movie showed both pregnancy and the women going through it in all their hormonal glory. At one point one of the ladies tells her hubby ‘I just wanna punch you in the face. But I love you do much.’ I remember that feeling. Mostly, because he had a penis and didn’t have to suffer like I was. This character also had the more usual pregnancy issues like gas and the dreaded ‘cankles’, and at one point is giving the evil eye to another whose looking and feeling fabulous with her piece of cake baby making experience. That evil eye? I remember that too. At my baby check ups there was always at least one of those freaks of nature who seemed be waltzing through their 9 months. I can remember muttering to myself bitterly at times too.
I love my daughter with every fiber of my being and would gladly go through all of it again for her, but if we’re lucky enough to have another I hope and pray with all my fingers and toes crossed that I get to be one of the women other pregnant women give the evil eye to.
Oddly enough we both laughed the most at the scenes of the already dads group. They were very funny and I definitely know guys who I’ve personally heard talk the way they did about fatherhood and family. Maybe that’s why I found it the funniest part, because I know it’s true, and if your guy denies it he’s lying.
I won’t say the story was perfect or that it was the best movie I’ve ever seen but for what it was ‘what To Expect’ was very enjoyable. There were some more serious moments as well that helped carried the story and forward the plot which were well done and realistic. We both had a great time and enjoyed the few hours child/baby free.


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