Can I, Please?

I want to start my maternity leave now. I just want to go. I’ve got my projects wrapped and ready. And now, even though nothing is unusual is going on — just the generic hassles of work — I find myself over-reacting to every little thing. When someone presents me with the smallest problem I feel my tension level skyrocket. I find I’m dodging meetings. I don’t want to talk about any of this anymore.

I know a lot of this is hangover from the apartment madness. But that doesn’t change it.

I also know that at the end of my leave I would wish I had more time with the baby. But (she rationalizes) then I would go back right around Christmas, which would be slow, rather than after the first of the year, which would be hectic.

Can you see where this is headed?

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70 responses to this post.

  1. Don’t do it!
    The thing I regret most about my first maternity leave was taking off early. I took off a week before the baby was born, sort of hoping I was in labor (“it’s my due date, she is sure to come today!”), and I spent that week moping around the house being fat, sleepless, and bored. Every labor-like twinge ended in disappointment and frustration.
    The return to work came much sooner than I expected and I really, really wanted that extra week back.
    The second time around, I used my pregnant lady powers. I told my coworkers that they would be stuck with me until the baby came, and that I wasn’t planning to be a particularly good sport about it. I also told them they would know I was in labor if I failed to show up to work. I still got the “you’re still here?” from some people, but most people steered clear of the pissed off pregnant lady after one or two fairly explicit rants about the joys of ninth-month pregnancy.

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  2. Don’t do it!
    The thing I regret most about my first maternity leave was taking off early. I took off a week before the baby was born, sort of hoping I was in labor (“it’s my due date, she is sure to come today!”), and I spent that week moping around the house being fat, sleepless, and bored. Every labor-like twinge ended in disappointment and frustration.
    The return to work came much sooner than I expected and I really, really wanted that extra week back.
    The second time around, I used my pregnant lady powers. I told my coworkers that they would be stuck with me until the baby came, and that I wasn’t planning to be a particularly good sport about it. I also told them they would know I was in labor if I failed to show up to work. I still got the “you’re still here?” from some people, but most people steered clear of the pissed off pregnant lady after one or two fairly explicit rants about the joys of ninth-month pregnancy.

    Reply

    • Re: Don’t do it!
      You’re definitely offering good advice. Thank you. I’m going to do my level best to at least be patient until I see the midwife today and get some idea where we are.

      Reply

    • Re: Don’t do it!
      You’re definitely offering good advice. Thank you. I’m going to do my level best to at least be patient until I see the midwife today and get some idea where we are.

      Reply

    • Re: Don’t do it!
      You’re definitely offering good advice. Thank you. I’m going to do my level best to at least be patient until I see the midwife today and get some idea where we are.

      Reply

    • Re: Don’t do it!
      You’re definitely offering good advice. Thank you. I’m going to do my level best to at least be patient until I see the midwife today and get some idea where we are.

      Reply

    • Re: Don’t do it!
      You’re definitely offering good advice. Thank you. I’m going to do my level best to at least be patient until I see the midwife today and get some idea where we are.

      Reply

    • Re: Don’t do it!
      You’re definitely offering good advice. Thank you. I’m going to do my level best to at least be patient until I see the midwife today and get some idea where we are.

      Reply

  3. Don’t do it!
    The thing I regret most about my first maternity leave was taking off early. I took off a week before the baby was born, sort of hoping I was in labor (“it’s my due date, she is sure to come today!”), and I spent that week moping around the house being fat, sleepless, and bored. Every labor-like twinge ended in disappointment and frustration.
    The return to work came much sooner than I expected and I really, really wanted that extra week back.
    The second time around, I used my pregnant lady powers. I told my coworkers that they would be stuck with me until the baby came, and that I wasn’t planning to be a particularly good sport about it. I also told them they would know I was in labor if I failed to show up to work. I still got the “you’re still here?” from some people, but most people steered clear of the pissed off pregnant lady after one or two fairly explicit rants about the joys of ninth-month pregnancy.

    Reply

  4. Don’t do it!
    The thing I regret most about my first maternity leave was taking off early. I took off a week before the baby was born, sort of hoping I was in labor (“it’s my due date, she is sure to come today!”), and I spent that week moping around the house being fat, sleepless, and bored. Every labor-like twinge ended in disappointment and frustration.
    The return to work came much sooner than I expected and I really, really wanted that extra week back.
    The second time around, I used my pregnant lady powers. I told my coworkers that they would be stuck with me until the baby came, and that I wasn’t planning to be a particularly good sport about it. I also told them they would know I was in labor if I failed to show up to work. I still got the “you’re still here?” from some people, but most people steered clear of the pissed off pregnant lady after one or two fairly explicit rants about the joys of ninth-month pregnancy.

    Reply

  5. Don’t do it!
    The thing I regret most about my first maternity leave was taking off early. I took off a week before the baby was born, sort of hoping I was in labor (“it’s my due date, she is sure to come today!”), and I spent that week moping around the house being fat, sleepless, and bored. Every labor-like twinge ended in disappointment and frustration.
    The return to work came much sooner than I expected and I really, really wanted that extra week back.
    The second time around, I used my pregnant lady powers. I told my coworkers that they would be stuck with me until the baby came, and that I wasn’t planning to be a particularly good sport about it. I also told them they would know I was in labor if I failed to show up to work. I still got the “you’re still here?” from some people, but most people steered clear of the pissed off pregnant lady after one or two fairly explicit rants about the joys of ninth-month pregnancy.

    Reply

  6. Don’t do it!
    The thing I regret most about my first maternity leave was taking off early. I took off a week before the baby was born, sort of hoping I was in labor (“it’s my due date, she is sure to come today!”), and I spent that week moping around the house being fat, sleepless, and bored. Every labor-like twinge ended in disappointment and frustration.
    The return to work came much sooner than I expected and I really, really wanted that extra week back.
    The second time around, I used my pregnant lady powers. I told my coworkers that they would be stuck with me until the baby came, and that I wasn’t planning to be a particularly good sport about it. I also told them they would know I was in labor if I failed to show up to work. I still got the “you’re still here?” from some people, but most people steered clear of the pissed off pregnant lady after one or two fairly explicit rants about the joys of ninth-month pregnancy.

    Reply

  7. Don’t do it!
    The thing I regret most about my first maternity leave was taking off early. I took off a week before the baby was born, sort of hoping I was in labor (“it’s my due date, she is sure to come today!”), and I spent that week moping around the house being fat, sleepless, and bored. Every labor-like twinge ended in disappointment and frustration.
    The return to work came much sooner than I expected and I really, really wanted that extra week back.
    The second time around, I used my pregnant lady powers. I told my coworkers that they would be stuck with me until the baby came, and that I wasn’t planning to be a particularly good sport about it. I also told them they would know I was in labor if I failed to show up to work. I still got the “you’re still here?” from some people, but most people steered clear of the pissed off pregnant lady after one or two fairly explicit rants about the joys of ninth-month pregnancy.

    Reply

  8. Ah, the magic post.
    He’ll be here soon. πŸ™‚

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  9. Ah, the magic post.
    He’ll be here soon. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  10. Ah, the magic post.
    He’ll be here soon. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  11. Ah, the magic post.
    He’ll be here soon. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  12. Ah, the magic post.
    He’ll be here soon. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  13. Ah, the magic post.
    He’ll be here soon. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  14. Ah, the magic post.
    He’ll be here soon. πŸ™‚

    Reply

  15. It’s probably no help at all, but I’d like to take off until he’s born, too.
    I’m in need of where to send a baby present. I’m in need of the baby getting here before I can make my final choice.
    I dreamed about you over and over on Saturday night. I was surprised not to wake to a post that you were a mama now.

    Reply

  16. It’s probably no help at all, but I’d like to take off until he’s born, too.
    I’m in need of where to send a baby present. I’m in need of the baby getting here before I can make my final choice.
    I dreamed about you over and over on Saturday night. I was surprised not to wake to a post that you were a mama now.

    Reply

    • I wish that you would. You should come to New York and take off with me, and we could go to the Guggenheim.
      It’s so generous to want to give baby a present. Where to send it depends entirely on when, so we shall wait and see.
      I am hoping your dream is just taking the train from Georgia to New York, and that it will be arriving any moment now.

      Reply

    • I wish that you would. You should come to New York and take off with me, and we could go to the Guggenheim.
      It’s so generous to want to give baby a present. Where to send it depends entirely on when, so we shall wait and see.
      I am hoping your dream is just taking the train from Georgia to New York, and that it will be arriving any moment now.

      Reply

    • I wish that you would. You should come to New York and take off with me, and we could go to the Guggenheim.
      It’s so generous to want to give baby a present. Where to send it depends entirely on when, so we shall wait and see.
      I am hoping your dream is just taking the train from Georgia to New York, and that it will be arriving any moment now.

      Reply

    • I wish that you would. You should come to New York and take off with me, and we could go to the Guggenheim.
      It’s so generous to want to give baby a present. Where to send it depends entirely on when, so we shall wait and see.
      I am hoping your dream is just taking the train from Georgia to New York, and that it will be arriving any moment now.

      Reply

    • I wish that you would. You should come to New York and take off with me, and we could go to the Guggenheim.
      It’s so generous to want to give baby a present. Where to send it depends entirely on when, so we shall wait and see.
      I am hoping your dream is just taking the train from Georgia to New York, and that it will be arriving any moment now.

      Reply

    • I wish that you would. You should come to New York and take off with me, and we could go to the Guggenheim.
      It’s so generous to want to give baby a present. Where to send it depends entirely on when, so we shall wait and see.
      I am hoping your dream is just taking the train from Georgia to New York, and that it will be arriving any moment now.

      Reply

  17. It’s probably no help at all, but I’d like to take off until he’s born, too.
    I’m in need of where to send a baby present. I’m in need of the baby getting here before I can make my final choice.
    I dreamed about you over and over on Saturday night. I was surprised not to wake to a post that you were a mama now.

    Reply

  18. It’s probably no help at all, but I’d like to take off until he’s born, too.
    I’m in need of where to send a baby present. I’m in need of the baby getting here before I can make my final choice.
    I dreamed about you over and over on Saturday night. I was surprised not to wake to a post that you were a mama now.

    Reply

  19. It’s probably no help at all, but I’d like to take off until he’s born, too.
    I’m in need of where to send a baby present. I’m in need of the baby getting here before I can make my final choice.
    I dreamed about you over and over on Saturday night. I was surprised not to wake to a post that you were a mama now.

    Reply

  20. It’s probably no help at all, but I’d like to take off until he’s born, too.
    I’m in need of where to send a baby present. I’m in need of the baby getting here before I can make my final choice.
    I dreamed about you over and over on Saturday night. I was surprised not to wake to a post that you were a mama now.

    Reply

  21. It’s probably no help at all, but I’d like to take off until he’s born, too.
    I’m in need of where to send a baby present. I’m in need of the baby getting here before I can make my final choice.
    I dreamed about you over and over on Saturday night. I was surprised not to wake to a post that you were a mama now.

    Reply

  22. Re: Don’t do it!
    You’re definitely offering good advice. Thank you. I’m going to do my level best to at least be patient until I see the midwife today and get some idea where we are.

    Reply

  23. Your lips to god’s ears!

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  24. I wish that you would. You should come to New York and take off with me, and we could go to the Guggenheim.
    It’s so generous to want to give baby a present. Where to send it depends entirely on when, so we shall wait and see.
    I am hoping your dream is just taking the train from Georgia to New York, and that it will be arriving any moment now.

    Reply

  25. Hee…
    OK – I found the Halloween pj’s – so now the box is complete.
    Email me your new digs and I’ll get it out tomorrow or Thursday.

    Reply

  26. I wonder if this restlessness you have is the very early stages of labor?

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  27. I wonder if this restlessness you have is the very early stages of labor?

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  28. I wonder if this restlessness you have is the very early stages of labor?

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  29. I wonder if this restlessness you have is the very early stages of labor?

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  30. I wonder if this restlessness you have is the very early stages of labor?

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  31. I wonder if this restlessness you have is the very early stages of labor?

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  32. I wonder if this restlessness you have is the very early stages of labor?

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  33. I like that theory. I’ll take it!

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  34. Email is going out right now!

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