Thursday, November 08, 2007

Double wow

I told the office that I needed pizza for lunch today. So most of us, including the boss, went to the pizza place next door for our "regular." It was pleasant. We talked about my co-worker's baby shower (that I missed yesterday while sitting at the doctor's office...boo!). And then the boss said something that made my jaw drop...

He will be allowing co-worker to bring her baby to work with her for three months. Upon review at that time, provided it is working, he will allow co-worker to bring her baby to work with her for a total of six months. He told me that, in fairness, he plans to extend the same courtesy to me.

I'm sitting here smiling and crying.

Can you imagine?

Co-worker has, by all accounts, an incredibly easy-going baby. I'm not sure what I will end up with. Granted, Alex and Travis are very quiet and well-behaved (sorry...sick humor is all I've got), but Sam was a terror with the acid reflux and the screaming. I don't know that it will work for us with Myles...but we will definitely have to see.

I'm thrilled at the possibility. And I'm absolutely dumb-struck by the kindness my boss is showing. He has asked me several times how I am doing and seems genuinely concerned that things "work out" this time. And this is the same man who, when I first interviewed to work here, TOLD me I would need to take six weeks off with the baby (I was pregnant with Sam at the time) "because that is what is best." I had a grand old rant about that one...I'm sure my mom remembers. I remember saying, "Why would I want to work for that MAN?!?!" And now I don't know how I got so lucky.

Now I guess I need to get busy circulating his re-election petition.

13 comments:

Shinny said...

That is so cool that you will be able, if Myles cooperates, to bring him to work with you. I am so jealous. You must not work in cubicleland. ;)

You do have a great boss.

SydneyDawn said...

Wow, that's great. I'm totally jealous. I know my boss would flip her lid if I suggested that I be able to bring my baby to work for six months.

Sherri said...

Wow, what an amazing and wonderful offer. I hope that it works out with Myles' schedule, tummy, and temperament. Even if you were only to opt to bring him to the office some days, that would still be so much better than none!! That is awesome. wait - what's that - is the universe finally realizing you are (over)due for some doses of purely good fortune??

much love, sherri

niobe said...

What an excellent perk.

Monica said...

That is awesome! Will you put him in a pack-n-play or a sling? I can't think of a better arrangement (except maybe working from home), but I don't know anyone that gets that gig. I hear about people being able to work from home, but I've never met a mom who got that sweet gig. I think it is an urban legend.

Yeah, it's time to take the voodoo curse off of your boss now.

Jill said...

Do you think I live too far out of his electorate to vote for him???

People like him (men and women bosses alike) need all the encouragement they can get.

Way to go on copping some luck. Decent humans are such a blessing:)Pity they seem to be rare when you need them.

Angel Mom said...

I think that's wonderful.

Julia said...

This sounds great. Hope Myles cooperates.

kate said...

That is impressive! Yeah, i would vote for the guy too!

*Darcie* said...

That is a wonderful thing!! I am so excited for you Kate!! Only 16 more days!!! Much love!!

Brenda said...

Thats a really nice thing for your boss to offer.
Dont worry about the 'sick baby humor'. I think of things like that all the time, only i keep them in my head because i dont want to have to look at the shock on peoples faces!

Hugs
xxx

Bon said...

that's fabulous, Catherine. weird to me, in a way, because i'm Canadian and we get a year at up to $1600 per month if we've worked 600 hours in the previous year...so taking an infant to work has never occurred to me. but with a placid baby, a part of me thinks...what a great idea! get out of the house! still snuggle with baby!

sounds cool, and i do hope it works.

Elizabeth said...

Next time you need a distraction, I tagged you on my blog.

Sounds like today isn't a distraction-needed type of day. What a great boss!