Nesting is real. I know that every pregnancy is different, but I have yet to meet a mother who didn't go a little crazy in those last few weeks leading up to the birth of their baby.
I hope this will explain why I was in a Walmart at 11p.m. with my toddler. I only have a few weeks left until I give birth to baby number two and I feel completely unprepared.
Anyway, I was spending way too much time looking at pumping supplies, nursing pads, and several other things that my husband had zero interest in.
I showed him some mercy and sent him off to the electronic section to look around. That left me pushing my toddler around in the shopping cart while I waddled through the aisles.
I noticed a man hanging out nearby. He didn't look particularly creepy or anything, but it registered as strange to me that a man be spending so much time looking at baby stuff.
In my experience, men are much quicker to get what they need and go...they don't browse like a lot of women often do.
Then I noticed that the man was following me. When I was looking at shampoos, he was looking at bath toys. When I went to grab a box of wipes, he went to look at packs of diapers.
He never picked anything up though.
I turned to face the man, looked him directly in the eyes and said "Excuse us," as we went past him to another aisle. I just wanted him to know that I noticed him.
My husband met me almost immediately after that. The man saw us together and left that part of the store. (I guess he didn't need any baby things after all.)
I mentioned the man to my husband as we were leaving but didn't make a big deal about it. I could have misread the situation.
The next day is when I realized how creepy my encounter actually was.
While watching the local news I see a story about a pregnant woman who was walking with her toddler at a park when a man approached her and pressed a knife to her stomach.
He instructed her to start walking to an abandoned building nearby. The woman was able to get away and nothing horrible happened.
The story was from a few days before my encounter and only 20 miles away.
The police were still looking for the attacker and posted a sketch.
It was the same man.