Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hey boss, I'm having baby!

Telling my work I was pregnant was something I was dreading.  I was looking forward to telling a few people, of course, but I was not sure what the general reaction would be from my superiors.  After all, pregnant employee means dr appointments, and time off, and pregnancy brain.

I planned to wait to tell my boss until I was 12 weeks, but morning sickness meant that it needed to be moved way up.  I waited until our first ultrasound, then spilled the beans.  My boss was aware of our early loss, as I had to take a few days off work, so I'm not sure if that contributed to his reaction, but he was totally, 100% supportive!  He gave me a hug, asked how I was feeling, and let me know that while he's totally happy for me, he wanted to be sure to remind me that he's still a guy and may not "get" everything that's going on with me, so if there was ever a time he was being a "dolt" to just tell him.  Since then he's been extremely accommodating to the few times morning all day sickness has interfered with my job.  I'm still getting everything done, but it's nice to know there's a little flexibility when needed. 

Everyone else at my office has been awesome as well.  I've been here a little over 3 years, and everyone's really excited that I'm expecting.  When food is brought into the office, I'm invited to partake, and they ask if any particular smells are bothering me.  I had a coworker give me her yogurt when I was needing a snack, and that same coworker is already planning a baby shower.  It's been a really pleasant surprise and I very much appreciate my coworkers and their kindness. 

I know not everyone is as fortunate, so I definitely can't advise anyone else when to tell their boss, but I'm glad I'm not trying to keep it a secret anymore.

1 comment:

  1. This is the upside to being a Stay-at-Home mom, no more talks with the boss about maternity leave!

    I had to do that with my first two pregnancies, and those chats were so nerve-wracking!