Am I the only one grossed out by this??

Link to article on "push presents"

Is it just me or is entitlement in America reaching mass saturation? Maybe I'm just a fuddy duddy.
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If the gift is given without expectation - then I guess it is a nice thought. As with ANY gift - it should never be expected. IT is the expectation that disgusts me.

After my c-section (and I was less foggy) my SO was holding our son and said 'Thank you!' That sent me over the moon.
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It might be a fun idea if my DH thought of it, but not if I have to sit him down and say "I've been through all this work, so I want you to get me this!" (although I have joked occasionally when I'm feeling bad that I wish we could take turns being pregnant ).

I thought getting help with household chores was a better idea.
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It rubs me wrong. Like it's payment, or something. Truth is we both want a child, we both do what it takes to have one. Yeah, I am the one carrying it and having it because that is the way biology works. It does not entitle me to bling. I prefer some extra love and consideration and help as needed during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
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I would take a housekeeper as a push present. Someone to come in once a week and clean for a few hours!!!
I think it's nice, but it shouldn't be something that's expected. I do expect my husband to help me out and cut me a little more slack than usual since I'm doing all the "work" and I'm tired a lot. If he bought me a present, I would think it was really sweet. Most of the things I really want though are baby-related anyway.
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I'm not one to begrudge any woman a nice gift...but yeah, there is something a little icky about this. Like a Christmas bonus at work or something.

I dunno, the way I see it, kids aren't ours. God just gives them to us to raise. We don't make them and we shouldn't be taking credit for them. Yeah, give me diamond earrings if you want...but don't make them a "reward" for having produced a baby.
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The phrase "push present" is disgusting, but this isn't exactly a new thing. Almost everyone I know (even going back to like my parents and grandparents friends) has some kind of little token (or sometimes a really big one) from the first baby, at least. It's kind of just the way things are done around here. Of course, I don't because a. my baby was early and we were totally unprepared and b. my husband isn't from around here and didn't know. Also, I don't tend to wear jewellery. Usually it's a keepsake piece of some sort with either diamonds or the baby's birthstone or something. Those fancy pants baby shoe charms were big for a while too (those are really cute, I think). It's just a little commemorative something, a nice husband to wife moment. Unless someone is all, WHERE IS MY REWARD (which is just gross), it doesn't bother me.
I got one (I didn't ask for it.) I thought it was sweet.
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i guess i would only not like the idea of a gift if it were given out of guilt for not being involved in the pregnancy, i.e., not acknowledging the pregnancy or the wife's pregnant state, not going to even one prenatal exam, not showing excitement or involvement in preparing for the baby (clothes, nursery, birth classes, etc.), and not being a supportive partner during labor. and i'm not talking not being there because of work or circumstances that would make it difficult for him to, i'm talking choosing not to go or be involved.

my husband was excited during both our pregnancies. he touched my belly, talked and sang to my belly, was giddy picking out newborn clothes, head-over-heels to hear 'hold your baby boy!' after our daughter was born, he delivered a soliloquy that was totally out of character for him and which brought me to tears. it was about how much respect he has for women to be able to bring life into the world, that he didn't think he could go through anything like that. (well, hon, you can't! ). that was thanks enough. no gift needed or desired!

ETA: after our daughter was born, i also enjoyed noticing how much more confidence he had in holding a newborn than with our first baby (he held our son like he was afraid he'd break him!). he held our daughter and they just looked at each other. when i asked him when she could date, he said, "seriously, i don't want to talk about that for a long time!" and she's been daddy's princess ever since.
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I also think the term "push present" is icky. But of course its not surprising are that the jewellery industry is going to jump on some new jewellery giving occasion.

But I have no issues with the concept of a new mother getting a present from her husband or family.

I received a pair of earrings from my Mom and a pendant from my MIL which I guess were "Thank you for giving us a grandchild" gifts. I thought it was sweet. DH gave me a pair of sapphire earrings a few months after my September baby was born.


It sounds like a marketing plant from deBeers.
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No, my husband didn't give me any gifts after our children were born. He was (and is) a very involved father with our pregnancies and our babies and older children. With our last baby, he was IN the hottub with me, pushing right along with me, face to face. We pushed that baby out together.

When we were done having babies and decided to have surgical sterilization rather than have to worry about years of birth control, he willingly had a vasectomy, without me having to push him into it, and without even complaining. I thought that was a nice acknowledgement of the fact that I went through a lot to have our babies and the very least he could do was be the one to be sterilized.
Thanks guys for all the input. I guess I was just wondering if I was being overly hormonal or if the tone of the article was weird.

I don't begrudge anyone a gift at all - I think my issue was with a.) the term "push present" and b.) just the awful sense of entitlement - the "I did this to my body and went through all this, I deserve something for it" attitude.

My sister asked if her $100 Nike alarm watch that she bought so she could keep track of feedings counted as a "push present"!!!
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Yeah, the term "push present" pretty much makes me want to
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Just my morbid curiosity...but what happens if the baby is stillborn? Or if it dies later? Do the earrings go back to the store? Does the husband hold them until the wife performs more satisfactorally the next time? And (as the article hinted) would a medicated delivery justify a less valuable gift? What if they adopt? Nothing?
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Ok, this oogs me out too. And the fact that stores do registries for it! That is just so wrong on so many levels.

I went into pregnancy knowing what it could do to my body, so I don't feel I deserve a prize for that. And for the record, I don't consider my body "ruined." Changed, altered, different than before, but definitely not ruined.

I don't even remember if I got anything from DH for the first child, but I didn't want or expect anything material, nor do I for this one. All I want is for my husband to take an active role in taking care of the child. He did/does with the first, so I expect no less this time around.
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I would take a housekeeper as a push present. Someone to come in once a week and clean for a few hours!!!
Originally Posted by inheritedcurls
That sounds like the best "push present" ever lol. I don't know diamonds seems a little much. Ok I admit I'm guilty my husband got me a Starbucks Coffee the morning after I had my son (I gave up caffine for 9 months).
I would feel weird getting something like that. I just did what I had to do and what women have been doing for a very long time. I think a little extra TLC and a White Chocolate Mocha work
And for the record, I don't consider my body "ruined." Changed, altered, different than before, but definitely not ruined.
My body was (is) ruined from pregnancy. I wouldn't turn down a tummy tuck gift from anyone, including my husband. If there was something that could fix the permanent ankle edema I was left with, I'd take that as a gift too.
And for the record, I don't consider my body "ruined." Changed, altered, different than before, but definitely not ruined.
My body was (is) ruined from pregnancy. I wouldn't turn down a tummy tuck gift from anyone, including my husband. If there was something that could fix the permanent ankle edema I was left with, I'd take that as a gift too.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Amen to the tummy tuck and the edema problem I'm with you on this. I love my kids but my body is ruined.

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