How our pregnancy announcement turned me into an office hero

Ever since receiving the all clear at our 12 week ultrasound on Monday, I’ve been toying with ideas about how I should announce our pregnancy news to my colleagues in the office.

Should I subtly send a mass group email to everyone, requesting two weeks parental leave for September? Or just tell a few people that we’re pregnant and let the news disseminate naturally around the office all by itself?

Little did I know that in fact my unscheduled pregnancy revelation was about to make me the undisputed king of the office (for a day at least)…

Picture the scene…it’s the end of a long week and our 45-strong team has crammed itself into our largest boardroom – standing room only – for our monthly team meeting.

Business meeting

It was all going so well; an update from our CEO on the company’s stellar performance in the first quarter, some great new client wins and a strong pipeline of new opportunities coming up, a load of exciting marketing initiatives and some great new hires joining our team.

But suddenly and without warning the temperature in the room plummeted as we were informed that two colleagues, one junior and one senior, had been let go with immediate effect, and would not be returning. Let me tell you, nothing kills the mood in a room more than 45 people suddenly questioning the security of their jobs.

As the meeting drew to a close, team morale was at an all time low, with no sign of any reprieve. I knew someone had to say or do something to lift everyone’s spirits and avert a potential disaster…my heart starting thumping in my chest as I realised that ‘that someone’ was me.

“So, before we leave, does anyone have anything they’d like to raise?” chimed our CEO.

I raised my hand, as 90 eyes turned in my direction…

“Just wanted to flag that I’ll be taking a few weeks off in September as my wife and I are… having a baby!

Without warning, the entire room burst into extended and rapturous applause as frowns quickly turned upside down and people whooped with excitement!

Needless to say, that was all anyone could talk about for the rest of the day. Potential team crisis averted and office hero status achieved!

Office hero

Super Colleague to the rescue!

Just 26 weeks and 5 days left to go…

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog. How did you share your pregnancy news with your work colleagues? Were you surprised by their reactions to your announcement? As always, we’d love to hear about your experiences too so please do share your own stories via the comments section below!

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15 Comments

  1. 25th March 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Huge congratulations – This is definitely a superhero moment! What a lovely way to announce your pregnancy. Thanks for linking up #abitofeverything

  2. 24th March 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Congratulations and good luck. It must be reassuring to have had such a positive response! It was a brave thing to do given the circumstances!

    I work in a family friendly office but for personal reasons tend to keep my announcements low key. Some of my colleagues didn’t even know we were expecting let alone had the child!

    #abitofeverything

  3. moderatemum
    22nd March 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Oh that’s fun! Far more fun than a group email! #TwinklyTuesday

    • youthedaddy
      22nd March 2016 / 5:45 pm

      Haha – I think so!

  4. 22nd March 2016 / 3:14 pm

    What a great way to break the news and to cheer everyone up. You probably couldn’t have planned a more perfect time if you had tried x #abitofeverything

    • youthedaddy
      22nd March 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Fate decided on this one for sure!

  5. 22nd March 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Definitely a superhero moment! What a nice way to lift everyone from a potentially woeful afternoon! Congratulations to you both. 🙂

    #abitofeverything

    • youthedaddy
      22nd March 2016 / 12:55 pm

      Totally wasn’t planned but was a monumental moment!

  6. 21st March 2016 / 7:53 pm

    What a great save! Sometimes timing just finds its own perfect place in life. Let the countdown begin!

    I became a mom via adoption and it all happened rather quickly. Only my parents and sister knew of the adoption. So I posted a picture on Facebook for my family and friends with the caption “She already has me wrapped around her little finger.” I was getting likes like crazy on the adorable picture but imagine my anxiety as the day progressed and no one had any curiosity about this photo…After about a dozen “likes” a cousin asked about who the baby was to me. Phew! Well once the news broke, the support and congrats comments poured in.

    Thanks for linking up with the #FabFridayPost

    • youthedaddy
      21st March 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Couldn’t agree more…and what a lovely story of yours! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. 18th March 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Whop! Whop! You Go! What a great announcement! I am so excited for our already too! I can totally imagine myself in that room clapping and cheering you on! Well done! You’ve announced it! This has really put a big smile on me. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

  8. 18th March 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Aww this was a great way to announce it!! And congratulations to you both!!

    • youthedaddy
      18th March 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Thank you! Was totally not what I was planning, but someone needing to cheer the room up! The applause was highly embarrassing, but at least I got a great story out of it! x

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