A dad has upset his pregnant wife after he told their daughter the Sesame Street character had been pinching her cookies, and his wife thought he was making fun of her
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Going through pregnancy can be an emotional time, especially when body worries leave you feeling insecure and mood swings have you easily irritable.
And one dad has learned the hard way to be careful how he approaches situations involving his pregnant wife, after he accidentally upset her by claiming the Cookie Monster was pinching all the cookies in their house – when it was actually her.
Posting on Reddit, the dad explained his wife is currently pregnant with twins and has been munching on cookies as one of her cravings.
But after their five-year-old daughter noticed her cookies were vanishing, the dad came up with a white lie and told the youngster the iconic Sesame Street character was responsible for the disappearing treats.
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He wrote: “My wife and I have a five-year-old daughter, Ellie. Ellie loves cookies and takes it very seriously when her cookies go missing. My wife is also pregnant with twins and sometimes loses track of how many cookies she eats.
“Last night my wife came to me and said she ate the rest of the cookies. I said no problem and that we’ll go to the store today for more.
“Ellie went to the kitchen for a snack and looked into the cookie jar to find it empty. She ran to me and said that we had an emergency – the cookies were missing!
“I helped her look for them but after a few minutes, she realised they were really gone. I told her the cookie monster must’ve snuck in while sleeping and stolen the cookies. Needless to say, she’s very mad at the cookie monster right now.
“I took her shopping and when we were buying cookies, she said we need to get another package to hide in the pantry in case the cookie monster came back. I said that was a good idea and we left with our replacement cookies and our emergency cookies.”
But when the dad returned home, he had to face the wrath of his pregnant wife, who felt hurt that he’d compared her to a “monster” – despite the innocent meaning.
He added: “When we got home, my wife pulled me aside and said that I shouldn’t have said the cookie monster stole the cookies when I knew she did it and that I’m implying that she’s the cookie monster.
“I didn’t think it was a big deal but she seemed pretty hurt.”
People were quick to sympathise with both of the parents, insisting the man’s wife is “extra sensitive” because of her pregnancy and encouraging him to apologise for the miscommunication.
One wrote: “I love how wholesome this is. Your wife is pregnant so she’s extra sensitive (which is totally normal). I hope your daughter will forgive the actual cookie monster eventually.”
While another said: “Wife is probably feeling sensitive. A lot of us kind of feel like whales when we’re pregnant, so any time remark that suggests we’re chunky pigs really hurts our feelings. I’d just apologise to your wife and promise to not use that term again, but make it clear you were just trying to have fun with your kid.”
And a third added: “Remind your wife you were protecting her reputation to her five-year-old kid. You thought the cookie monster explanation would satisfy without making a five year old mad at her mum.”