Work can put a lot of demands on parents. Taking full maternity leave may cost you a promotion – or worse. When the boss asks you to stay after hours, you might get home after the kids have finished dinner – or even after they’re asleep. When you budget your vacation hours, you may have to allow for an unexpected day home for those times when your child wakes up with a fever. And how many workplaces let you duck out so you can catch the school spring concert?
But Giuliana Rancic is learning the difficult work-family balance before she even becomes a mom!
The E! News host told the Today show that her assignment covering the London Olympics will come precariously close to the due date of the baby boy she and Bill Rancic are expecting via gestational surrogate.
“The baby is due the end of August,” she said. “And so I wrap at the Olympics on August 11, so we are going to be on standby.”
But despite the timing, she still plans to go ahead with her hosting duties.
“[W]e think it is going to be okay, the doctors have assured us,” she adds. “He thinks even maybe early September the baby will come.”
But we just have to wonder: Is it worth the risk? Sure, Jessica Simpson was late getting to the delivery room, and Kourtney Kardashian is still sporting her bump, despite wide speculation that she would give birth in June. But things can go the other way, too: Jenna von Oy had to have her daughter delivered several weeks ahead of schedule because of low amniotic fluid.
It would be a real pity if Giuliana were all the way across the pond when her surrogate goes into labor. After this couple’s long struggle with infertility, miscarriage and even breast cancer, they both deserve to be there at the miraculous moment for which they’ve been praying and hoping.
Hope you reconsider, Giuliana. The Olympics will come again in four years. The birth of your first child is a one-shot deal.
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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