Pregnancy Low-Down

Two major topics I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post:

* Despite the fact that we waited for what feels like AGES for this baby, the timing with my new job could be better. For those of you keeping track, I applied for this job back in August (before I got pregnant), and I found out that I was pregnant sometime around my third interview. Then they waited another five weeks to actually hire me. So I started working here when I was already 10 weeks pregnant. And I’ve been praying that nobody would figure it out right away, and that they’d think I’m chubby with an unfortunate way of carrying my extra weight around my mid-section. But I’m already mostly in maternity clothes, so I think it’s going to be really obvious very soon.

(This is the burden of having a short torso. Nowhere to expand except outward.)

I mean, I just didn’t want to walk in here on Day One and be like, “Hey, thanks for the job and all, but BTW I’m gonna need some maternity leave in a few months.” It seemed… tacky. I wanted to establish myself as a valuable employee first. So, I’m working on trying to figure out a graceful way to handle that one. Obviously, this is not my first time at this particular rodeo, so it’s not like I’m going to be quitting when the baby arrives. I know that I still want to (need to) work, so I just need to make sure I explain that very clearly to my manager when I tell him.

(Oh, that’s the other weird part. My manager is based in the Colorado office, so he has no idea what I look like. I could theoretically wait until a week before my due date to say anything. I mean, I won’t do that, because that would be horrible. But I probably could get away with it.)


* Catie is pretty aware of what’s going on now. We’ve talked about how she’s going to be a big sister “someday,” since it’s hard to explain timelines to an almost-4 year-old. I tried telling her it’ll be next summer, but I don’t know if she understands that or not.

I showed her the ultrasound pictures from yesterday and explained that it was her baby sister and that the doctor took a picture of her in my tummy (she found her own ultrasound pics once and I explained to her that it was a picture of her before she was born, so she’s familiar with that). I told her that it’s going to be a long time before the baby is here, and my tummy is going to get reeeeeally big in the meantime. She said, “Wow, I’m so excited to see a picture of my baby sister! [3-second pause] Mommy, can I play with Daddy’s iPad?” So… yeah. I’m not sure how much she really understands about this whole thing.

But she IS excited to help me decorate the spare room. So there’s that.

Oh, also? Now I really, really, REALLY want my parents to hurry up and sell their house to move up here. I’m going to need their help more than ever, no doubt. Anybody need to buy a 4-bedroom/2-bath house in Ridgeland, Mississippi? Anyone?

3 thoughts on “Pregnancy Low-Down

  1. a very similar thing happened to me with timing. I interviewed for a job and it took 2 months for them to get back to me and hire me. in the meantime, i had ivf. I got the job on a thursday, and on that friday i found out i was pregnant! it was so so so weird.
    So i didnt tell my boss until i was 10 weeks pg, bec i was pg with twins and SUPER starting to show. i was so nervous to tell her, but she was so cool about it. i mean, what could she have done really? fire me? nah.
    it will be fine,
    so excited for you!

  2. You’ll be okay with your job I am sending good vibes your way.

    (I prayed good pregnancy vibes every night too for the last months too!)

    As for Catie I love that kids can’t tell time. It’s like “is the baby here yet?” one minute and then “okay awesome mom the baby is in your tummy, is it time for Scooby doo?” Once the baby comes and is in front of her she’ll be different. Plus she is at the age where she can run and get you diapers and hold the bottle and everything. Pick out outfits, so that’s awesome.

    I wish I lived closer to you. I miss being a nanny and I could help out until your parents moved up. I’ll send good selling vibes. Wait whose the saint for selling houses? I’m a rusty Catholic. Okay I googled it (I am not kidding) I’ll start saying a prayer to St. Joseph for your parents. 🙂

  3. I think the new job will be totally understanding!! Sending good vibes for when you tell them. 🙂

    Catie is going to be a great BIG sister and I’m sure she will love her little sister to pieces.

    If your parents don’t sell their house soon, I’ll totally move to NC in their place!! LOL
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