Guest Rant of the Week: You’re Pregnant, Not a Superstar!
Trish and I work together and are around the same age. Trish has always wanted to have children and has openly talked about it, so when her and her husband were trying and having problems, I genuinely felt bad for her. Trish ended up going to a fertility specialist, having a procedure done and was successful. She is due in a month. Unfortunately, it feels like she has been pregnant forever.
You see Trish likes to have not just a bit of the limelight, but the whole limelight. When Trish had the procedure done, the whole office heard about it. There was nothing left to our imaginations. She let anyone and everyone know EVERYTHING. Not only did you get to hear the story directly from her once, you got to hear it every time someone new walked into the office. It has been this way throughout her pregnancy. She throws up, her stomach has grown an inch, she is disappointed because the gender of the baby is not what she was hoping for (seriously?!) – we hear about it ALL. And, if we don’t hear about it directly from her, we hear about it when she is loudly telling the latest pregnancy news to whoever walks into the office.
With Trish everything can be related back to her pregnancy. These days I can’t even make eye contact with her. I made that mistake once and got sucked into her telling me how awful she feels and what a horrible pregnancy she is having. I had simply looked at her to ask if she had much more photocopying to do. She even tried to use our city’s recent flood crisis to get sympathy for herself. A friend and I ran into Trish at the grocery store. Talk naturally turned to the flood and how bad it was. “Especially when you’re pregnant,” Trish said pointing to your belly. “Actually, I think it’s especially bad for people who live in the flood plain and had to be evacuated from their homes!”
Any sympathy, empathy and then excitement I ever felt for Trish has been replaced with annoyance and the need to avoid her at all costs. I realize that not all pregnant ladies are like this. There has been an explosion of pregnant people in my office, but unfortunately Trish is the one who stands out to steal the limelight.