After our first appointment at the doctor's where we could clearly see our Little Thing, I decided I would tell my co-workers I was pregnant. But I couldn't just send any old email saying, "Hey, I'm with child!" So, I wrote up this email to my fellow Hessians:
Title: Doctor's Visit
I would like to ask for everyone's sensitivity in the next few months. I have just returned from the doctor and I have been diagnosed with a condition that will cause substantial weight gain in the coming months. The weight gain will only be temporary, however I will have to live with the constant side-effects of this condition for the rest of my life. I may also suffer through mild mood swings and extreme fatigue. Thank you for your patience in advance - it will be worth it because around mid-October a live manifestation of this condition will make it's appearance into the world! Is the world ready for a Baby Cozad???!!!
Needless to say, minutes after sending the email I was receiving IM's of astonishment and congratulations, people coming to the cube to hug me and then a few folks who called to tell me that the beginning of my email had them worried sick and they were about to start offering help for a serious illness and that it was not kind to play with their emotions!