Cross. If there’s one word I’d use to describe myself so far this Christmas it’s cross. And grumpy.

Forget what you may have seen here and on social media so far: the truth is behind my smile is one angry mama bursting to get out!

Christmas grinch

Of course, there’s nothing like festive stress to bring out the worst in the best of us. Add pesky pregnancy hormones into the mix, making your fuse shorter than ever, and Christmas is a recipe for disaster when you think about it.

Help! Pregnancy is turning me into a Christmas grinch!

In no particular order, these are just some of the things that have got my Christmas goat this week:

Sales assistants

Why do sales assistants think it’s ok to roll the brand new top you’ve just bought into a ball before putting it in a bag? Don’t they get training in folding? I actually removed said top, refolded it, and put it back in the bag in front of the said sales assistant this week. And yes it did make me feel better.

Christmas grinch

Christmas fairs

Or anywhere there are too many people crammed into a confined space and you can’t sit down. Don’t they know personal space at least doubles when you’ve got a baby on board?

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Cake stalls

Why put the cupcakes with sticky icing and cookies with marshmallows poking out of the top at the very edge of the cake stall? Why? Of course little people are going to stick their fingers in them. And no I won’t buy them all just to make up for it.

Christmas grinch


Because anyone who has had to explain to a howling child why their number wasn’t picked will know what I mean. Made worse by the fact you can’t bend down to console them, because you might never get up again.

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Christmas jumpers

They’re perfectly happy to wear them 364 days of the year, just not on the designated Christmas jumper day. Cue an epic tantrum five minutes before you’re due out of the door (theirs and yours).

Christmas grinch

The worst of it all is you can’t even take the edge off by drowning your sorrows in the evening either. All you can do is watch your other half drown theirs, which is worse and makes you even crosser. So, my advice is this: beware the furious pregnant lady this Christmas, and steer well clear!

Are you expecting this Christmas? Can you relate to any of the above? I’d love to know which ones!

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