Anyone who follows my blog and has been reading my bump updates will know that work has been incredulously busy since I took on a new role in January. Perhaps not the most ideal timing being three, going on four months pregnant, but it was a bit of a career opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn’t say no. It has been as much as opportunity as I had imagined if not more. Stretching me and catapulting me into some amazing situations that I’ve relished, learnt from and stressed about all in equal measure.
I said after my first pregnancy when I pushed myself and worked ferociously until I went on maternity leave, that I’d learn from the experience and perhaps not push myself quite so much second time round. Thats what happens when you gain some perspective when you are out on maternity leave. But it turns out im a glutton for punishment and type A workaholics never change, like tigers never change their stripes, or is it leopards never change their spots? Anyway, you get the point, which is that I find myself in exactly the same predicament with only myself to blame. Tired, exhausted and counting down the days till maternity leave.
What this has meant is that there hasn’t been much time left over for much else. Work has been entirely consuming, not just in terms of the hours, but in terms of energy too with days that often see me running from meeting to meeting with very little time in between from the start to the end of the day. The days are swiftly followed by the nursery run, dinner and the bedtime routine, after which I’m usually dragging myself into bed. The weekends have been just as busy with two immediate family weddings on the horizon, a family summer holiday to plan for and blogging to squeeze in somewhere in between.
So baby number two has been rather neglected to say the least. Compared to our first pregnancy, we are horrendously unprepared. I know it’s fairly normal not to do or get as much the second or third time round, but we have barely done anything. So I am looking forward to having a few weeks of maternity leave before this baby arrives to finally get organised and get our home prepared for this new little one. My list of things to do on maternity leave has been growing ever longer over the weeks and the months and looks a little something like this:
- Pack hospital bags
- Wash baby’s clothes
- Assemble SnuzPod
- Book onto baby courses
- Practice hypnobirthing
- Fit Bump Box workouts and walks
- Book babys christening
- Source birth announcement cards
- Take the little lady to the Polka Theatre
- Take the little lady strawberry picking
- Take the little lady to the coast for the day
- Arrange play dates for the little lady
- Organise the little lady’s 3rd birthday
- Book final hair, wax, nail and eyebrow beauty treatments
- Batch cook and freeze meals for the first week
- Find a cleaner
- Get organised for our family holiday
- Write, film and schedule blogs and vlogs
- Resume our home furnishing project
I’m not sure how much of this is achievable in 2 -4 weeks, but I’m going to see how much of it I can get through! Did you, or have you written a maternity to do list? What have I missed?