Maternity leave and how to fill it
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 | Admin
So, it’s day 2 of maternity leave, and whilst I have an abundance of jobs to do; I must prioritise these things. The unknown, is what seems to be worrying me the most – it could be a day, a week, or a month until baby H arrives, I’m now 36 weeks, and whilst I keep wondering into a thought process of “I have all the time in the world now…”Reality is, I really don’t.
In order to keep myself on track, and not look back at this experience, and wonder what I did with my time, I decided to make a list of “Top things to do on maternity leave”. Primarily, making time for yourself is key, and of course, taking time to chill… and sleep, of course!
Pack your hospital bag
If you haven’t already, get this done. With the indeterminate time of the arrival of your bundle of joy, at least if everything is packed, and you’re ready to go, whenever she/he decides to make their appearance into the world, you can chill, and take time to do the things below.
Read a book
Throughout pregnancy I have found taking some time out of the hustle and bustle of life, with a good book (mostly pregnancy related, never the less) has helped me to relax, and get my head around things. So I intend to continue this during my leave. I’ve got a few birthing, and hypnobirthing books lined up – but again, if I don’t get chance for these, they’re just an added bonus.
Go on a date night
Enjoy the freedom whilst you can, enjoy time with friends, or your partner – adult time. Whilst you can still ‘date’ or go out for diner, I’m sure once baby’s routine begins this becomes a much harder job – and far less spontaneous.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been used to 7am starts throughout pregnancy, of which, I am not moaning, I love a routine, and being an early bird is my thing. However, turning off the alarms felt amazing! Waking up when your body is ready for the next few weeks adds to the relaxation of maternity leave in preparation for early mornings with your little one.
Have “you” time (by this I mean your partner too) It’s so nice to have time to enjoy the little things, one of these being spending quality time together – going for walks, to the shops etc. It’s such an exciting feeling of “next time we come here, we could have a baby with us” – and reflecting on these times, will make you so grateful for everything you have, and the time you now have too.
Make time for coffee & cake
There are many Bump to Baby classes, for parents to meet and new parents to join. Or simply catching up with your nearest and dearest friends, it’s important to talk about how you’re feeling – with friends too – and who doesn’t love a good natter over a slice of cake?
Take time to enjoy a little pamper
Treat yourself to a pedicure, or pregnancy massage – why not! You’ve got this far – and you definitely deserve it!