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I'm pregnant!

21 May 2014, 13:28
When someone says these words to me, do I think of cute babies, baby showers, talcum powder and pretty outfits? NO! I think of all the extra work I am going to have to do to cover for this person while they take their mandatory maternity leave.

My mind wonders to all the beaming smiles this person is going to get, all the pats on the back, all the well dones...
I am in for months of non-stop baby chatter at work, baby shower planning and those x-ray type photos of the little dear.

My head starts to spin and I am in panic mode. But I am not the one who is going to be "doing the hardest job on earth" so what is my problem? My problem is that I am busing preparing myself mentally for all the extra work that is going to land up on my desk as a result of this "miracle of life".

I want to let out a sigh of disbelief and scream profanities but I know I am not allowed to do that. People like me need to put on a brave face and mouth the the mandatory "Congratulations, when are you due?". But in the back of my mind I am dying a thousand deaths at the thought of what is coming my way. What did I do to deserve this "miracle"? I practiced safe sex, the condom didn't break, I don't deserve this!
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