News flash

I have to figure out how to tell my students this semester about my pregnancy. It seemed a bit much to bring it up on the first day today: “Hi, I’ll be teaching you this semester, and also, in about six months, well after our semester is over, I’ll be having a baby.” On the other hand, I feel like I have to comment on it at some point, so they’re not just thinking, “Hey, she’s getting really fat.” It’s not the kind of thing that I want to have a discussion with them about, either, so to make announcement at some point seems like making too big a deal out of it.

Incidentally, I had a student come up to me after class, after I had just finished my speech about how there are no excused absences in my class and how I’m not flexible about that, to tell me that his girlfriend is going to have their baby any day now, and he’s going to be out for a week, and to ask whether I’d make an exception for that. I winced internally, out of sympathy, but still had to say, “No, I’m sorry, there are no excused absences.”

One Response to “News flash”

  1. Jonathan Weitz
    January 20th, 2008 18:24

    Congrats on your soon to be baby!!

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