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In the final chapter of Tina Fey’s memoir, Bossypants, the mega-mind behind 30 Rock made no secret of her angst about having a second child while juggling a super-busy career being funny. Or, as she put it, “it feels like my last five minutes of being famous are timing out to be simultaneous with my last five minutes of being able to have a baby.”
Sure, most of us don’t have a hit TV show and a pitch-perfect Sarah Palin impersonation on our resume, but for women juggling career and family her dilemma is downright relatable. That’s why I couldn't help but fist-pump when I learned that the six-months-pregnant Fey, who turns 41 today, received a present from her boss sure to top any shower gift: a longer maternity leave. NBC President Robert Greenblatt announced this week that 30 Rock’s sixth season premiere has been baby-bumped from September to January to allow Fey time to soak up extra cuddles from her newborn. Nice.
Although it’s true that Fey’s 30 Rock alter-ego Liz Lemon is not so seasoned in the kid department (you may recall the episode where Lemon holds a breast pump to her mouth and declares it a baby megaphone) the real Fey is actually a veteran working mom to daughter Alice, 5. Fey admits in her book that juggling work and mom duties is super tough.
It’s a scenario all working moms dream about: You think you have just weeks at home with your infant, but then your employer sprinkles magic pixie dust and — presto! — you have more time with your precious baby. But at the same time, you know the job you love, the position you worked so hard to achieve, is waiting for you once you emerge from your blissed-out baby bubble.