Some days I just need a good laugh. If you are a parent (or a woman…or a human…) who has not yet seen Ali Wong’s Netflix specials, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, you probably should. These “momedies” tell what it’s really like to have a baby in your life. They are a little bit over-the-top raunchy, but then again so is motherhood.
Here is the letter I wrote Ali Wong in my head after I saw her shows. It comes off a little bit like a letter to Dear Abby:
Dear Ali – My husband is well-intentioned, but since I had a baby he always says the wrong thing about my body.
I once made the mistake of cupping my breast up to its old height and letting it fall in front of him. “Once these were round,” I said. Now, they’re U-shaped.”
“Are those ever going to go back?” He asked.
“No, darling,” I said. “Those are never going back.”
My husband recently googled something like, Why does a woman lose her sex drive post-partum? He told me that there are four reasons:
1. She is exhausted.
2. She doesn’t feel sexy or she is self-conscious about her body.
3. A baby has been climbing on her all day; she does not want you to climb on her.
4. She has no time for herself, so she has many other things she wants to do besides you with her precious sleeping-baby minutes.
My empathetic husband relayed these results to me in all seriousness. It’s ok honey. This is just something women go through.
Yeah, I told him. No shit.
I am 100% certain that all of these “results” have been relayed to my husband in the past year via my words. In his defense, my comments sounded more like:
1. “I’m just really tired.”
2. “I just want to keep my clothes on.”
3. “I just nursed the baby for an hour.”
4. “I just want to read my book.”
I try to say how I feel, but clearly there is room for improvement because he has no recollection of the aforementioned conversations. Maybe I stuttered. Maybe I spoke when I should have replied in print.
Or maybe my husband is just male.
Thank you, Google, for speaking his language.
My husband’s heart is in the right place. He not only wants to have more sex, he also wants me to enjoy sex again. I can tell he’s taking the post-partum libido issue seriously because I see him trying to help. He’s been giving me more breaks from parenting, and he’s started to help with the bedtime routine. And just the other day he turned to me, that old thoughtful look in his eye, and said –
“You know; if you ever wanted a tummy tuck, I’d pay for it.”