I saw a post today from a (non-ALI) blogger I follow. The title made me catch my breath: "No more baby," it read.
"Oh no," I immediately thought, "she's had a miscarriage!"
She wasn't pregnant, that I knew of, but that was the first thing that popped into my head.
What would YOU have thought?
Of course, the post wasn't pregnancy loss-related at all. It was her son's first birthday. She WAS mourning, but mourning the fact that the first year was over; her little boy wasn't a "baby" any more.
Context is everything, I guess. When you've never lost a baby, you probably don't realize the impact that words like "no more baby" can have on someone whose baby-related experiences have been very different. I envy the innocence some people have about these matters.
And I realize that old habits & patterns of thinking die very hard, especially when you're an ALI-er. :p