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Have we made an embarrasing mistake?

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PrettyCandles Mon 21-Jul-08 13:56:27

One of my dc's teachers is pregnant - not publicly, IYSWIM, we only know because a pg friend saw her at the a-n clinic and told us, and as the teacher now knows that we know, we quietly congratulated her. Anyway, dh went out to buy end-of-year presents for te teachers, and I suggested he buy something nice and self-pampering from a premium maternity range. He came back with a rather lovely pot of organic stretch-mark cream. I felt really uneasy about giving this to the teacher, but he insisted.

Should I have stood my ground? How would you feel if you were the teacher?

lazaroulovesleggings Mon 21-Jul-08 13:57:57

Ooh, stretch mark cream! A bit personal, I wouldn't have given her it. She might get a bit offended. Sounds like nice cream though.

ruddynorah Mon 21-Jul-08 13:59:01

mmmm i wouldn't really like stratch mark cream as a gift. bath soak yes. body butter yes. stretch mark cream noooo. could you use it yourself and get the teacher something else?

posieflump Mon 21-Jul-08 13:59:11

well it's too late now anyway!

PrettyCandles Mon 21-Jul-08 14:03:17

It is too late now!

Oh god, they break up toorrow - how can I make up for it?

lazaroulovesleggings Mon 21-Jul-08 14:08:58

Did you give it to her? Was it wrapped up, in a bag etc?

Whizzz Mon 21-Jul-08 14:15:36

I would have been embarassed as it's a) not public knowledge & what happens if she opens it in the staffroom in front of others and b) it's a bit of a personal pressie unless you know her (& her stretch marks) really well

PrettyCandles Mon 21-Jul-08 14:17:19

Oh, yes, all wrapped up, with a lot of ribbon to discourage her from opening it up in class!

Maybe I'll bring a different gift tomorrow morning, and tell a white lie - "Dh told me what he had given you yesterday. I'm really sorry for such an insensitive gift, he meant it sincerely, but what do men know?!"

coastalmum Mon 21-Jul-08 14:18:32

I'd have a quiet word with her, and blame dh completely. Bunch of flowers might help.

lazaroulovesleggings Mon 21-Jul-08 15:00:11

I'd say that you gave ner the wrong gift. say someone else is pregnant that you know and hte gifts got switched accidentally.

nooka Mon 21-Jul-08 15:04:06

Sounds like a good plan! and you never know she might have thought it was a fantastic gift.

beansprout Mon 21-Jul-08 15:05:27

I would go for the tried and tested "blame dh" option.

crokky Mon 21-Jul-08 15:06:16

I would have a word with her and blame DH. BTW, not everybody gets stretch marks & it is a bit personal, but she might like it!

cece Mon 21-Jul-08 15:21:07

I am not sure if all teachers do but I always open my presents in front of the children. They are usually really excited to watch you do this....

Although one year I opened up a present and it was a very lacy sexy nighty hmm. From one of the mums who was always trying to talk me into getting pregnant shock. (This was pre children). I only knew her in a professional capacity too! shock.

The reaction of the Year 6 boys was hilarious though!

PrettyCandles Mon 21-Jul-08 19:19:32

Phew! It's OK.

I had a private word with her at pick-up, blamed dh utterly, blushed mightily (good god was I blushing blush you could have fried an egg on my face), and fortunately she saw the funny side. We ended up both PMSLing.

A few minutes later I had to nip back to the classroom to get something, and she had unwrapped it and was showing it off to a couple of other teachers, and they were all PMSLing!

D'you think dh did it deliberately, to get out of having to do this sort of task again? wink

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