What was exciting was how unfazed those at the center of the story seemed by the timing: Yahoo's board saw her pregnancy as non-issue, Mayer had her plan for a working maternity leave, and it seemed to me that the case was closed for everyone else.
But not so fast.
I caught the last few minutes of Morning Joe yesterday just in time to watch Mika Brzezinski toss to CNBC's Brian Sullivan for the latest business news, which included a dose of unsolicited armchair advice for the new CEO:
She said she's going to work during the maternity leave. That's gonna be tough. Y'know, take some time off. Yahoo's been in trouble for years. My advice: take some time off. Get your baby. Raise the kid for a little bit, and then, work on the company when you can.
I nearly leapt off my couch. (And, judging by her decidedly sideways glance, Brzezinki clearly shared this astonishment.) When was Sullivan's last maternity leave? And what did his view of new motherhood have to do with Mayer? Almost immediately, women watching took to Twitter to berate the anchor for his post-natal counseling.
"Just figured I'd take a poll - any working moms out there need advice from @SullyCNBC? Marissa Mayer is *so* fortunate to have his input," tweeted Change the Ratio's Rachel Sklar.
Several wrote back to say that they decidedly did not.
The gracious Sullivan soon reversed course, tweeting his mea culpa: "Meant YHOO should show support for working moms by not encouraging Mayer to rush right back. Example set at the top & this is huge step for working moms & busting glass ceiling." And a bit more from Sullivan a few minutes later: "Ugh. Apparently I came across completely opposite of my intent. Only meant to suggest birth is magical time to be savored."
But the scrutiny was hardly finished. Later in the day, the venture capitalist Fred Wilson praised the Mayer choice in a blog post titled "Yahoo is No Longer Dead to Me." He made no mention of Mayer's upcoming addition, but readers picked up the thread, with one noting that Yahoo had "made history" by hiring a "pregnant CEO."
Wilson responded that he'd seen no reason to include that detail in his post. "At the end of the day, they hired the person they thought was the best fit for the job. And that's how it should be."
Another reader disagreed. "It's a handicap," wrote the commenter (who identified himself as male). "She has a tremendous job ahead and she needs to be firing on all cylinders. Being pregnant with your first child at 37 is an issue and will be a distraction."
Now, something tells me that the accomplished Mayer can not just handle, but make the most of, any "distractions" that come her way.
For months my husband and I kept to ourselves the news of our own upcoming "distraction" and our decision to temporarily relocate to the East Coast so that we could begin the book tour by car a few days after the baby's birth. When we finally did talk about it with other people, I braced myself for the blistering questions that inevitably came: "How can you do both? What if something goes wrong? Why don't you change the book's date? Don't you know that the baby comes first now? It is not just about you anymore, don't you realize? Sounds selfish to me."