I’m sitting at home recently when a KOAT teaser comes on. Shelly Ribando is talking about how she is going to make the “big announcement” about the physical changes that have been concerning some of her viewers. I felt a little puzzled. Why the big announcement? It's obvious she's pregnant. My mom called it months ago. My dad, too, noticed that Shelly's face looked "different". Maybe it was my mom's womanly instincts, or the fact she's given birth to seven children herself (with no fanfare). A small part of me was slightly curious. Curious enough to watch, no.
Yes, I congratulate the soon to be proud parents, Shelly and Mr. Shelly. Children are a blessing. I do ask, why should I care to watch this? I didn’t watch the coverage leading up to this "big story"-her romance after transplanting to NM and wedding that soon followed. I am grateful, I didn't have to endure any morning sickness horror stories, but I know the "big announcement" is the not the end.
Not soon after, another teaser of Shelly being interviewed in an obviously baby-related retail store. Shelly is shown in front of extravagant beds and other luxurious baby décor. Upon seeing this, I really know this is not over. I have to look forward to Shelly and Mr. Shelly at Lamaze classes, the baby-name discussion, pictures of the neutral-gender nursery, the KOAT sponsored baby shower. My mind conjures up a multitude of possible news stories about Shelly’s impending bundle of joy. That is part that bothers me, this is just not news. I wonder to myself. Does KOAT think I’m too stupid to tell the difference?
My next thought is to the mom at the school where I work. She is pregnant too, due the same month. This will be her 4th child. She is beaming just as much as Shelly. This will be her first as well-her first boy. The difference between these two moms-to-be is one of them will not be shopping for the luxurious chenille crib bedding featured in the KOAT teasers. One will not have multiple baby showers thrown for her. One will not have news coverage of all of her baby’s “firsts”. The mom at school is graciously accepting the used, but almost new baby items being offered to her by the school’s health assistant, as well as my daughter's used, but almost new mobile, swing, and bumper pad. She will feel the same joy as Shelly when that baby is placed in her arms for the first time. Probably, just like Shelly,with her husband by her side.
Yes, pregnancy and babies are causes for celebration, but amongst those close to you, family and friends. I know I can't count myself amongst either of those in Shelly's case. I can't even consider myself a loyal viewer. Yet I am being forced by KOAT to participate in this community adoration of Shelly and her ability to procreate. So I ask again, why am I being made believe that this is news?