I made a huge mistake at work last week. Now that I’m almost six months pregnant, it’s nearly impossible to hide the fact that I’m pregnant. I’ve been feeling really great about work over the last few months, especially since I finally let the cat out of the bag with Greg. Of course, the girls don’t know that I’m working as a secret agent when they’re in bed at night, but I figure they don’t need to know for years, if ever.
The balance between my home and work life had been perfect. I was really killing it on my assignments, taking down the bad guys, getting those adrenaline rushes I needed. . . but all that changed last week. Greg got hurt at work and was supposed to put in a call to an Indianapolis workers comp lawyer to see about getting benefits, but before he had the chance to, I was called away on an assignment.
Well. . . they were trying to reach me, anyway. I saw my supervisor’s number on my caller ID and knew I was going to be getting another assignment. But with Greg’s injury, he was going to need me now more than ever, at least until he was able to recover from his injuries. So, I told a little white lie. I told my boss that the girls were sick and that Greg was away at work so I wouldn’t be able to take this one on.
He didn’t like that and I didn’t like the fact that it was starting to seem like having a family meant I couldn’t have a job. So I told him I would hire a babysitter and be in a couple of hours later. I ended up getting my mother to come over and hang out with the girls and Greg and told her I would be back in a couple of days and I was going on a girl’s trip before the new baby comes.
This web of lies was already getting to be too much for me to handle.
When I went into the office, my supervisor called me in and immediately confronted me about lying to him. I obviously at that point came clean, but what else was I supposed to do? Being a woman in the secret agent industry can be a lot more complicated than this old man realizes.
Anyway, he was so upset I lied that he put me on paid administrative leave. I can’t help but wonder if he just realized I was pregnant and wants to keep me off assignments until the baby gets here, but he said after two weeks I would be able to start working again doing admin work from home for the next six months. He said maybe I would learn not to lie to “your superiors.”
I’m livid and relieved all at the same time.