I feel like I've just been initiated into the Mother's Room gang! LOL. Despite the state-of-the-art online calendar to personally reserve time in the room, and despite the keypad lock on the door, and despite the "Vacancy/Occupied" sign on the door, I was still walked in on by another mother as I was about to handle my business yesterday! Awkward!
I cannot think of too many things that look more awkward than a pumping mother.
OK, maybe this:
I have the room reserved at 4pm every day. I arrived at the room maybe 3 minutes past the hour to find the "Occupied" sign on the door.
'OK,' I thought. 'I'll just go to the women's room and powder my nose.' I spent extra time in the women's room trying to observe the 10-minute rule. When I went back to the room, the "Vacant" sign was now showing. 'Great!' I entered, switched the sign to "Occupied", and then started to set up. Just as I was about to press the pump onto myself, I heard the door open and turned my head. GASP! Thank goodness the chair was facing away from the door so I'm not so sure how much she saw, if anything.
I was so stunned that I barely managed an "Oh!", before the woman sincerely apologized, lowered her eyes, and closed the door. She was probably more ashamed than I was. Honestly, after giving birth to and nursing 2 kids I'm used to other women seeing my goods on occasion. And by "other women" I mostly mean my mother. LOL. But don't get me wrong, I'm still not the type to freely show it all in the ladies' locker room if you know what I mean!
I finished my business and on my way out the door, I checked the vacancy sign to see if maybe it was faulty. It appeared to be fine. I was trying to give her the benefit of doubt. I looked up the woman online who had the time slot before me on the calendar and it was definitely her. Maybe since I was new, she was not used to having a rigid 1/2-hr time slot. But still - it had been over 10 minutes into my 30 minutes. How would you have reacted if this happened to you?
I guess I'm going to need that nursing cover after all! - Shirley