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.