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Thursday, April 07, 2005

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MJ

I think that if we all remembered what it was like to be a tiny child we'd be so horrified at what we remember that we'd never reproduce. It's probably nature's way of perpetuating the species. :-)

Some of your colleagues probably think of your impending maternity leave as some sort of sabbatical, and they're unspeakably envious. :-) Others might not know whether you want congratulations or commiseration, or they might have been checking their e-mail on their PDAs when the announcement was made and missed it entirely.

Ever since the week of drive-by postings at Chez Mis I've been incredibly conscious of anything I say to mothers and mothers-to-be, and have started avoiding topics of children and pregnancy altogether unless I know the person pretty well. I doubt that everybody you work with was reading that thread, but just in general, it seems like it's become less common to remark on a co-worker's pregnancy.

Lorene

I was just wondering how are things with your pregnancy? I am due 8/17/05. Will have ultrasound 4/20 hopefully will find out if it is a girl or boy. Do you know if your baby is a girl or boy yet? Thanks for taking the time to write in your blog. I check it everyday.

cass

I don't know about your local airport, but ours (the small municupal airport, not the international) has a "Noise Abatement" person you can call to complain about the helicopters. I'm not sure if it really makes the noise stop, but at least it's something to do about it.

Tina

I find it a little sad that noone commented, not even something generic like "How exciting." Could this be similar to academic jealousy (wherein you can publish a book and not even have colleagues take the time to say something after the announcement)?

Liz

Academics are weird. Don't take it personally. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Emma Jane

You know, I think the real issue is that everyone who would have felt comfortable writing, already knew... I did eventually get one "reply," from some one else who's about to negotiate a maternity leave. So at least I was able to help out a little there.

Turns out the helicopter was monitoring a huge house-destroying fire a little further down the hill. No one was hurt, thank goodness.

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