Does This Baby Make Me Look Fat: My Video Series About Getting A Baby Inside Me
As the saying goes,Â timing is everything.
As an actress Iâ€™ve always been cast as a â€œmomâ€ – long before I could even see that casting as accurate. Even in my early twenties I was paired with teenagers that were supposed to pass as my kids. Maybe itâ€™s my mid-western roots, or my ability to look both nurturing and authoritative at the same time, but whatever it is, â€œmomâ€ is clearly the role I was meant to play.
That said, I embraced my casting of â€œmomâ€ long before I embraced the idea of actually becoming a mom. I mean, I always knew I wanted kidsâ€¦but NOW?!Â After a few years of marriage (and a renegotiated extra â€œsummer of funâ€) my husband and I were ready to start trying. So we tried. And tried again. And the next month tried again. I donâ€™t think we realized you might have to try more than once!
â€œDoes This Baby Make Me Look Fat?â€ came out of the hilarious and bizarre situations my husband and I now found ourselves in with all this â€œtrying.â€ We had entered new territory in our relationship that was both eye-opening and downright weird.
Fortunately I had a few friends living the same scenario – each of us comparing stories and then trying to comically outdo each other with our fertility escapades of the month. It quickly became clear that our experiences were too funny not to share on a larger platform, so â€œDoes This Baby Make Me Look Fat?â€ was born.
I wanted to create a show that shined a humorous light on the task of â€œgetting pregnantâ€ and all that goes along with it. Because for every woman that gets pregnant on the first try (it feels like everyone, right??) there is an equally large group that doesnâ€™t and they are not nearly as visible. I wanted to be a comedic voice for those women, and their partners, and document this time in a way that they can identify with and laugh at. Because really, you canâ€™t make this shit up.
The coolest part of doing this show that I never anticipated is that Iâ€™ve had a number of women reach out to tell me their own stories. Whether itâ€™s relaying their fertility journey or just their overall ambivalence towards getting pregnant, each of them have told me their stories through a humorous lens. Which goes to show, you really can find something funny in just about anything.
I plan to keep doing â€œDoes This Baby Make Me Look Fat?â€ indefinitely. And with any luck the â€œtrying to get pregnantâ€ episodes will give way to â€œpregnancyâ€ episodes and then â€œlife with kidsâ€ episodes. There really is no shortage of material once you enter the mom realm. But again, timing is everything. And for now I am truly content with the timing of everything – all the way around!