Whaleoil Mailbox: Reactions to our PM’s pregnancy


Mr Gayford and Ms Ardern ‘celebrated’ with a burger and flowers from the dairy …  for God’s sake, what are they trying to prove?  Maybe that they are just ‘one of us’. If I have to read this guff every morning for months, maybe years, I’ll be the one with morning sickness !!   Am I the only one who felt that he looked far less enthusiastic than she did about their new situation? This means that his fabulous boating, fishing lifestyle is down the tubes in the foreseeable future. I really don’t believe that it’s in a man’s DNA to be soothing a crying baby, getting up in the wee small hours to feed a crying baby and wash the ‘Karitane yellow’ deposits off the cloth nappies.  What do you reckon?

I actually feel quite sorry for JA who I believe really loves children, but I have grave doubts about her choice of a man for the long haul. He does not have a great history, but maybe, if he has found ‘the right one’ I could be proven wrong. My experience is that ‘leopards do not change their spots’ that easily. I also feel that people in high places should set a good example and many will struggle with an unmarried mother as our Prime Minister.

It is so interesting reading all the comments about our pregnant PM. Far too many, for her peace of mind, are not supportive of her. Most people realise that the role of Prime Minister is more than full-time.  One only has to look at the hours that John Key put in. Apparently, he was lucky to get five hours sleep a night … and he was a successful businessman.  To combine that with being a new mum, even an absent one, is just too much.

I look back to when I had my first child .. I was SO busy  ALL DAY looking after him !!   When I had my last child it was ‘a piece of cake’ and he just fitted into my busy lifestyle and was a very happy child … and still is, years later.

A number of years ago when I was a branch manager for a banking group, one of my front-line team was superb with the clients and every aspect of her job.  That is until school was out, and from about 3.30 each afternoon her mind was elsewhere  …  and that is the sort of problem that people are anticipating with our PM.  The intentions may be good but the reality of life kicks in.

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