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    Baby bump surprise and Grand Social No. 87 link party for grandparents

    As many of you know, my third grandchild is due in June. Mommy-to-be (for the third time) Megan, in her fourth month of pregnancy, texted a photo to me Saturday of the baby bump.

    This is the photo:

    baby bump 

    Ummm... She was sporting a tad more of a bump than I expected.

    "Looks like twins!" Jim exclaimed when I showed him.

    Now, as the mother of three females, I know darn well it's best to tread lightly anytime we're talking about weight gain — baby on the way or not. So neither my initial thought or Jim's would be a wise response to Megan.

    So I texted back the ever tactful, "Wow!" I followed it up with a quick comment on the boys having just told me a few days before (during our FaceTime chat) that, no, they couldn't yet see the baby in Mommy's tummy. "I guess they took [my question] literally," I texted.

    Megan threw a fit.

    A fit of laughter!

    Her response:

    fake baby bump text

    Yes, such is what long-distance grandmas put up with. And ignorant grandmas who had no idea there existed fake baby bumps for use while shopping for maternity fashions. (Be honest: Did you know they made such bumps?)

    A witty segue — or even a slightly fitting segue — escapes me, so I'll just get right to it:

    It's time for GRAND Social No. 87! Thank you for being here!

    link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • You can add up to three posts, but no duplicates, contests, giveaways, or Etsy sites, please.
    • Adding a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:


    <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"><img src=" " alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>


    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.

    • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.

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    Reader Comments (20)

    The fake baby bump is so funny- what a cute little trick to play. Megan is adorable, regardless of the month. :) I had my first baby in 1979, and a few of the stores were just starting to include those pillows in their dressing rooms. Truthfully, I didn't buy that many maternity clothes, I made most of mine. Back when I had time to sew! ;)

    Thank you for the Grand Social, Lisa! ♥

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoy @ Yesterfood

    LOL!! I was thinking "boy she's stretched out fast there " / no clue about the fake thing either! :)

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdebra @ homespun

    Feeling out of touch yet again...had no idea they made those pillows!

    When I saw the photo, I was going to suggest that your grandchild quotient was about to double. Great joke by Mengan. LOL.

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I immediately jumped to twins! What did we do before smart phones?!

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

    Ha ha....twins would have been my first thought. I have seen those pillows in maternity stores but I probably wouldn't have thought of that when I saw that picture.

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    Megan is still quite the trickster, she sure fooled me! I've never even heard of such pillows!

    Thanks for the Grand Social number (can you believe it!) 87! Always a good variety of reading.

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Yes, I've seen the fake baby bump...but...

    When I saw the picture, I thought your daughter might be letting you know she's expecting twins.

    From a grandmother of twins and then some. (14 grandchildren in all.)

    I learned that comments on the bump are tricky. Even comments about how small it is can be offensive. Tread lightly...

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradela

    lol darling picture! I am so happy about your newest addition, Lisa!

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    the only thing that would have made that better is if it had been an april fools joke! yes I knew they had baby bumps to try on since I've taken a few of my daughters shopping for maternity clothes.

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkelley

    You and your daughter have such a great relationship! I would have thought twins, too! Who knew there were fake baby bumps? But, what a great idea!

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Covin

    Well, that confirms it. I'm getting old. I've never seen nor heard of those fake baby bumps before, but what a wonderful idea! Your daughter is beautiful! Again, congratulations Grandma! Oh, and thanks for hosting!

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

    With or without the fake baby bump (who knew?) Megan does look great for child number 3! Jenna would have totally done something like that to me! Brats! thanks for hosting us again this week!

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    LOL What a hoot! My kids would have enjoyed doing that as well! And just a word of warning, out of umpteen grandkids and no twins on our side and only one waaaaay back on my co-grandparents side, we DID get twins. :) :) :) You never knooooooooo-ooooooow :) Enjoy!

    PS My senior mom thought it was quite a hoot as well! :)

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Swain

    Oh heavens, I did not know about the baby bump pillows. I also made my own maternity clothes. Mostly looked like tents. Congrats.

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQMM

    No fake bellies needed in my family- BB just tries on the clothes for them. ; ) Congrats on the incoming, and gracias again for another Grand Social. BB2U

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBohemian Babushka

    No, Lisa, I had no idea they had fake baby bumps. There is something for everything now, isn't there? She is an adorable mother to be either way!

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    Your daughter is so beautiful, and I had NO idea it was fake. Never heard of that. Well, we learned something new, eh Grandma?

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

    She looks gorgeous and happy, whatever size! Bet you are counting the days...

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    What a great picture. Your daughter looks so pretty and happy. Congratulations!

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Spindle

    Shew...! Thank you all for making me feel like less of a numbskull for not knowing about the faux baby bumps! :-D

    My daughter will be flattered by all the kind words. Thank you, on her behalf and mine. ♥

    January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Grandma's Briefs
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