Confessions of a working mom: Umm…. I think I peed my pants

I’ve struggled with whether or not to delve into the … challenges … of being a working mom. After all, some of my colleagues read this blog, and many of my working mommy stories might make those readers uncomfortable. But you know what? I started this blog to share my mommy stories with other mommies, so I finally decided that it wouldn’t be complete without a few awkward work stories.

You might think that a woman isn’t a working mom until her baby’s born, but you’d be wrong. The fun starts well before that. As I mentioned in one of my first posts on this blog, becoming pregnant gets you entrance into the Mommy Club. If you work outside the home, it’s also your introduction to the embarrassing, funny, frustrating and wonderful adventure that is being a working mom. 

I read recently that the embarrassing pregnancy moments happen to help us get used to what life will be like as mothers. Well, my daughter is almost ten months old, and I have yet to experience anything as embarrassing as the day I peed my pants at work.

During the first few days of my pregnancy, mommy friends warned me about what they called snissing. It’s a combination of the words sneeze and pissing. Catchy isn’t it?

Anyway, I didn’t believe them. I was wrong.

I won’t go into the medical reasons for it, but being pregnant makes it difficult to control your bladder when you do things like sneeze or laugh. I came to dread both of these experiences, especially at work.

Most days, I frequented the ladies’ room, well, frequently. But sometimes time just got away from me. It was on one of those days that I sneezed and outright peed my pants at my desk. Of course, I abruptly jumped up and ran to the bathroom. Subtle … I know.

Once safely ensconced in my bathroom stall, I assessed the damage. Thankfully, I was wearing dark blue jeans that hid the wetness fairly well. I did my business, washed my hands and calmly

exited the ladies’ room as if nothing unusual was going on.

Unfortunately, when I returned to my desk I discovered a giant wet spot on my chair. I inconspicuously sprayed some Febreeze (I knew I kept that at my desk for a reason) on the chair and went about the rest of my day.

Of course the only people to mention this disaster were my mommy friends, and to this day I don’t know whether or not anyone else noticed. But I do know that I was more careful about visiting the ladies’ room often after that.

Since then I’ve encountered many funny and sometimes frustrating experiences that stemmed from working outside the home before and after my daughter was born. While it would be easy to look back at these memories and be upset, I just have to laugh at myself. And hey, now I have a story to share when I tell when other expecting mommies don’t believe in snissing.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lbkphotography
    Mar 29, 2011 @ 14:38:11

    My friend T wet herself while at an important work luncheon while she was about 8 months pregnant, she thought her water had broken. I can’t even fathom her walk of shame having to come into the office the next day…no baby.


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