My co-workers had no idea I was 8-weeks pregnant for the KGUN9 Stuff the Bus for Oklahoma event


By Corinne Hautala. CREATED Aug 5, 2013

It is no secret that keeping a secret can be hard, especially when it is such a big exciting secret. 

When my husband and I found out we'd soon be parents for the first time we wanted to share the news with everyone.  I immediately went to the internet, which I don't advise doing much while you're pregnant for fear of fearing everything, and found a few articles on “When to tell you are pregnant."  I read the "5 signs that you are ready to tell," "When to tell your boss," and I didn't listen to any of the online advise.  I never set a timetable and just waited for the moment to be right to break the news.

Until that perfect time, it was painful not telling people, especially those closest to me. A close friend at work spotted my not so discreet pregnancy signs, like eating saltine crackers at 2:30a.m.  She called me out and questioned if I was pregnant.  As much as I wanted to smile and dance, "YES!" I said no. Hopefully, it is one of those few situations where lying is acceptable.

KGUN9 is full of fun people and there are often gatherings after work and during this secret period I regretfully had to turn down the invites.  No nights out for this girl.  

On the morning shift it is easy to go through 3 or 4 cups of coffee by 7a.m. or for Greg Gurule, we always joke, a pot of coffee a morning.  Here I am, guzzling water in my coffee mug.  Surprisingly, nobody noticed or nobody said anything.  Then I started getting sick during the newscasts and had to bring crackers to the anchor desk and that raised eyebrows.  After a shoot with Justin Schecker, I heard chatter in the newsroom that Justin thought I was pregnant.  Turns out, he was tipped off by a headache I had and the fact that I was eating Cheez-Its.  Who knew eating Cheez-Its meant you were pregnant?

The next day at work I came clean.  Even that day, though, I wasn't sure I was going to do it.  A friend at work helped me pull it off by gathering everyone on Good Morning Tucson for a meeting.  She handed out Baby Ruth candy bars, Sugar Babies, and Sour Patch Kids.  See the theme?  The GMT team didn't. Surprising to some, nobody on GMT would ever question why there is candy at 4:40a.m.  We love our food, including sweets.  I said something about finally getting to share my big news and told everyone I was pregnant.  Finally, the secret was out!  Of course, in this day and age, nothing is really official until it goes on Facebook.  I made the baby announcement on Facebook later that day.