And Baby Makes Eleven

A New Job And A New Baby: The Day I Grew Up

On Tuesday, April 3rd, I officially grew up. I received the two most important phone calls of my life (at the exact same time no less) and found out that in about nine months I was going to be a mom who worked full-time at a publishing company. It was as though all of my dreams came true at once, and to this day it’s still a bit hard to believe.

To explain, I’ll start from the beginning.

My name is Kaitlin, and I used to write the “Funemployment” series for HelloGiggles. My posts focused on life as a college graduate who was having an incredibly hard time finding a job in San Diego. As a result, I moved back in with my parents to see if that would make the possibility of being financially stable a real possibility. I ended up taking a HelloGiggles writing hiatus, however, when my life changed at the beginning of April. But first, there was the beginning of March.

My boyfriend and I had plans to go to Las Vegas over the first weekend of March. It was going to be my first time there, and I was pretty excited to get free drinks while wasting all of my precious money at the Blackjack machines. About a week or two before we left, I received a phone call from the publishing company I’d been dying to get an interview with – and to my surprise they were actually inviting me to do an interview. I had a powerful feeling that this publishing company was the place I was meant to work at, so I directed every ounce of positive energy I had toward receiving a phone call from them. But the gods of energy-directing have a pretty silly sense of humor, since the HR person on the phone asked if I could come in for the interview on the day I was scheduled to fly out to Vegas. Since the trip was already paid for, I had no choice but to ask if we could push the interview back to the Monday I would be flying home, and hope that I would be able to get there in time. She said that was totally fine, and I quickly placed my actually-making-it-to-my-job-interview anxiety aside in my brain. I had to do everything I could to prepare for this interview, and choose my Vegas outfits at the same time.

After having my favorite leopard-print cardigan, pants and skirt stolen from my room at the Hard Rock and barely breaking even at the slot machines, I exhaustedly said goodbye to Vegas while I studied my job interview study guide on the plane. My selfless boyfriend offered to drive me to my interview (which was three hours away from San Diego, the city we flew into) so I could continue to prepare in the car. This meant the world to me, and had he not driven me that day we probably wouldn’t be expecting a baby girl in a few months, and I probably wouldn’t have a budding career that allows me to support her.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before I found out that I was pregnant, I had EIGHT interviews with a variety of people at the publishing company. It would have been nine had the final interviewer not dialed the wrong number for our phone interview, but eight interviews surely felt like a solid number and a guarantee that they were pretty interested in what I had to offer. Sadly, they decided to hire an intern to fill the Editorial Assistant position I had applied for, but asked if I would be interested in applying for an internship instead. I reluctantly said yes (trying to get an internship AFTER graduating college just feels strange), knowing that any “in” I could get at the company would be worth it in the long run, and they told me that they would get back to me in a week or so. I was a bit disappointed (read: devastated), especially since I was SO ready to quit my restaurant job. A girl can only refill so many sodas before she loses her mind.

In addition to my job and work stress, I had some serious eyeball stress. I needed new contact lenses ASAP, but had to get a referral from a doctor in my new town of residence. So I scheduled an appointment with a new, regular doctor so she could give me a referral to a new eye doctor. At the end of the appointment, she asked if there was anything I was worried about, and I mentioned that my period happened to be about two weeks late. I, however, am too cheap to buy pregnancy tests when there’s a possibility of getting a free one (plus I was absolutely terrified to pee on that little stick and see it magically change my entire life with two little pink lines), so I asked if I could simply pee in a cup before I left. So I did, and I waited a few days for her to call me back with the test results.

On Tuesday, April 3rd, I was finishing up my miserable work shift at the Mexican restaurant when I felt my phone buzz. So I quickly stepped into the employee bathroom and answered – it was my doctor, and she had some news. The test was positive.

I instantly burst into tears. Not only was I a college graduate with a depressing part time job who was living with her parents, but I was also PREGNANT. I was pregnant, and terrified for the financial well being of the baby I was undoubtedly going to “keep.” As I cried on the phone to my doctor, there was a call on the other line. It was the publishing company I had been waiting to hear from. I told my doctor I had to go because I had a really important phone call on the other line (which is obviously one of the dumber things I’ve said, since finding out I was going to be a mom was pretty important too). But she understood, so I took the call. And that’s when all of my dreams came true. The HR person on the phone offered me a full-time PAID internship that would most likely turn into a regular position, and asked when I could start. My tears disappeared, I started shaking and smiling and graciously accepted the position, with a start date of April 17th. As I walked back to the front of the restaurant to do my server checkout and get my tips for the day, I secretly began planning my exit. I couldn’t wait to turn in my two weeks notice and get the hell out of there.

But first, I had to tell my boyfriend (and my parents) all of my big news…

To be continued. 

  • Diana Chang

    OMG thats quite a journey! so glad everything turned in your favor!

    • Kaitlin Pearl Perry

      Thank you! Hopefully things continue to be this positive (after all, labor is a pretty intimidating reality for me these days).

  • Dana Maria

    Congrats on all fronts! :)

    • Kaitlin Pearl Perry

      Thanks, Dana!

  • Kelsey Jones

    Wow I can’t believe the calls came at the same moment! What are the chances. But congrats! Now I’m off to follow you on Pinterest! :) (I’m /wonderwall7)

  • Jamie Wiesner

    omg I have to know what happens next…!!!

  • Coralie Ginette Colon Quiñones

    That was really a very big hill you had to pass through! But glad it all turned up so well!

    • Kaitlin Pearl Perry

      Thank you! As am I. I’m still working my way up, and probably will continue to do so forever as I learn how to be a mom, but I’d say it’s a pretty good workout :).

  • Kerry Alsheimer

    Wow, what a beautiful, inspiring story! Can’t wait to read the next installment. 😉

  • Chelsea Norton

    Kaitlin, congratulations to you and your husband and thank you so much for sharing this on HG! Just when I got thinking again how disappointed I am that my husband and I are feeling stuck with jobs we don’t like in a place we don’t want to live anymore, your story gives me inspiration and hope that we will get out soon and do things we love. I look forward to reading the rest of your wonderful story. You two are adorable by the way, love the photos <3

    • Kaitlin Pearl Perry

      After this experience, I’m a firm believer that things as important as careers and the place you live take care of themselves when and how they are supposed to. That’s not to say you guys shouldn’t put yourselves out there, but have faith that something bigger than you is taking care of you and your family. Everything truly will fall into place. And thank you for the kind words :).

  • Lidia Puga

    Omg! I love this! Please post the continuation soon! :) <3 and congrats

    • Kaitlin Pearl Perry

      Thank you! I will have the next one up in about two weeks.

  • Catrin Morgan

    Congrats with everything!

    I’m not sure if I’ve completely grown up yet but I’m on my way. Thursday my friend is getting married (she’s the 1st one out of us) and we’ve been friends since we were 3 and she’s pregnant!!

    It definitely makes me stop and think “Wow, I really am growing up” lol – just 5 years ago we were in college! (we’re 23 btw)

    • Kaitlin Pearl Perry

      I’m 23 too, so I know exactly how you feel. Though I may be moreso in your friends shoes, simply being around weddings and babies is simply crazy. But it feels good to finally be done with school and able to freely move forward in life without the pressures of finals and class schedules. – Kaitlin

  • Jen Valdez

    So happy for you!

  • Elle Caddie

    That’s great – and I thought owning a washing machine qualified me as an adult…

    • Kaitlin Pearl Perry

      Oh, it definitely does. I can’t wait to take the NEXT big step in my life and start owning my own appliances, and maybe even a house. I just need that money to start rolling in!

  • Ivan Remtoula

    Congratulations on being a mom and having a full-time paid internship! Much love from France!

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