Maternity Leave Plans

Maternity to do list picture

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:


  1. Pack hospital bags
  2. Wash baby’s clothes
  3. Assemble SnuzPod
  4. Book onto baby courses
  5. Practice hypnobirthing
  6. Fit Bump Box workouts and walks
  7. Book babys christening
  8. Source birth announcement cards

Little Lady

  1. Take the little lady to the Polka Theatre
  2. Take the little lady strawberry picking
  3. Take the little lady to the coast for the day
  4. Arrange play dates for the little lady
  5. Organise the little lady’s 3rd birthday


  1. Book final hair, wax, nail and eyebrow beauty treatments
  2. Batch cook and freeze meals for the first week
  3. Find a cleaner
  4. Get organised for our family holiday
  5. Write, film and schedule blogs and vlogs
  6. 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?

My Petit Canard

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  1. May 11, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I was the same! I fell pregnant about 6 months after taking a fantastic job but it was so high pressure. It’s hard to balance the 2 but lists are the perfect idea πŸ™‚

    • May 18, 2016 / 3:58 pm

      I ask myself why I do it to myself when I could have an easy life, but its so rewarding isnt it! Are you/have you gone back to the same job post mat leave?

    • May 18, 2016 / 3:57 pm

      There is just so much to do isnt there! Especially when you already have little ones. Good luck with writing yours πŸ™‚

    • May 18, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      Happy to give you a nudge πŸ˜‰ I hope it helps you start yours..

  2. May 13, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    Sounds like you’re in for a very busy few weeks! At least by working right up until close to the birth, you have extra time to spend with the baby πŸ™‚
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    • May 18, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      I think so! I dont feel like im working as close to the birth as I could have, but it seems to be later than most so maybe I am! πŸ˜‰

  3. May 13, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I did write a list but like you I was sooo less organised with the 2nd, I think I packed my hospital bag at about 37 weeks compared to around 26 weeks with my 1st! I’m sure you’ll be ok, just take your time and do one thing at a time and you’ll get there in the end. Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst
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    • May 18, 2016 / 7:58 am

      I think I’ll be exactly the same! Our hospital bags wont be packed until Im on maternity leave which will be around 36/37 weeks! But I guess you are much more relaxed about these things second time round πŸ™‚

  4. May 14, 2016 / 7:09 am

    Great list, beauty treatments are a must! I plan on taking the boys strawberry picking soon too, really nice day out πŸ™‚ Hope you have a comfortable remainder of your pregnancy #coolmumclub

    • May 18, 2016 / 7:55 am

      Thanks, I couldnt agree more on the beauty treatments! I cant wait to have a little bit of me time. Fruit picking is really lovely, I hope your boys enjoy it too πŸ™‚

  5. May 15, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    It sounds like you’re well organised so can use your maternity leave wisely! I’m officially on maternity leave now too, although as a supply teacher I had been deliberately cutting down my hours as it approached as I was just getting too exhausted at work. That said, we’ve now learned that baby will be arriving sooner than expected (two weeks sooner, eek!) so it feels like a little bit of a rush to get things ready. Fortunately this is our first baby so, as you suggest, we’ve been taking quite a lot of time to think about what to buy and things like our Snuzpod are already assembled, so we don’t need to worry about that. I’m more concerned now with having everything in its place and having the house nice and clean as I doubt I’ll be doing much cleaning for a while after a c-section! I hope you get everything done that you want to, but if not, I’m sure it won’t be the end of the world! xx #KCACOLS
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    • May 18, 2016 / 7:50 am

      Im sure its still taking a bit of getting used to the thought of baby coming earlier, but it sounds like you are doing all the right things and getting organised. Try not to worry about it too much, usually you dont end up needing as much as you think you will for a newborn and actually you (or hubs) can go out after baby is born to get anything you need which is what mine ended up doing! All baby will need for the first few weeks is somewhere to sleep, clothes and milk. Everything you can pretty much get as you need πŸ™‚

  6. May 15, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    You are more organised than me! Love ‘book final beauty treatments’ – I may actually treat myself to a haircut before baby comes so I don’t look a state in photos πŸ™‚ xx

    • May 18, 2016 / 7:47 am

      Probably only just! I have a list, but not much else πŸ˜‰ Definitely get your hair done if you get the chance to, goodness know when we’ll next be able to!

  7. May 15, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    I didn’t have a maternity leave first time around! I was a full-time student – I had to write two 3,000 word essays due in for three weeks after my daughter was born! I managed it somehow but vowed never again. Next time I am taking maternity leave and I am making the most of it! Haha enjoy your maternity leave #KCACOLS
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    • May 18, 2016 / 7:46 am

      That is absolutely amazing! I seriously dont know how you did it. That must have been so exhausting, but I bet it was an amazing feeling when you finished. What an accomplishment! You definitely deserve maternity leave next time round lady πŸ™‚

  8. Helen
    May 15, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    You are one busy lady! I remember this feeling vividly, I was in exactly the same place. It will all fall into place I’m sure. Remember to actually take some time for yourself! What baby and little one really need is a relaxed happy mummy. Sometimes easier said than done I know! Enjoy your last few weeks with your little one. x Helen #KCACOLS
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    • May 18, 2016 / 7:43 am

      Thanks! It feel like there is so much to do still, but I think once I start maternity leave I’ll probably feel a little less stressed and hopefully be able to get some stuff done. I cant wait to relax and spend some time with my little lady πŸ™‚

  9. May 16, 2016 / 5:34 am

    I love a good list! I think it definitely helps to focus your mind and it’s great that you’ve included some lovely things to do with your little lady too. It definitely sounds like you’ve had a hectic few months and I take my hat off to you as you seem to have taken it all in your stride beautifully! Not long now to mat leave – Hurrah!
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    • May 17, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks lovely. I completely agree, a good list makes me feel much more in control and organised. I’m really looking forward to spending some time with the little one before baby arrives as we rarely get to do this outside of the weekends. Work has been intense but a good learning curve and experience. Im not sure I’d recommend doing it like that to anyone else pregnant though, a little bit too stressful and full on at times! x

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Me too! Its like an instant fix πŸ˜‰ Definitely need to get some beauty treatments and relaxation in before baby arrives! x

  10. May 16, 2016 / 6:46 am

    I was in a similar situation with my first pregnancy. I had just taken on a managerial role then fell pregnant much to my boss’ dismay. The stress was too much and I decided I wouldn’t do it with the second and I stuck to my guns. My current position has meant a significant pay cut but a much happier and healthier mama. Make sure you rest up on your maternity leave, your list seems very comprehensive.

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      It makes such a difference when you have a job that fits around your family and isnt too stressful. It sounds like you made a great decision. Balance is definitely better than sacrificing family and happiness!

  11. May 16, 2016 / 7:44 am

    wow – so much to do – but you strike me as a really capable mummy – career, mum and blogger – I’m in total awe! Wishing you all the best over the next few weeks and I hope you get through your list – think you should add some time in there for you at some point (not just the beauty stuff but time to rest if poss!) and also pop the champagne on ice ready to toast the new bundle of joy! #marvmondays
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    • May 17, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Aw thank you! I dont feel it most of the time and wonder how others do it too. Im constantly juggling things, but I think that is just the life of parents. There definitely needs to be some more down time and me time factored in πŸ˜‰

  12. May 16, 2016 / 7:52 am

    I admire your energy. I could barely get off the sofa both times I was pregnant!


    • May 17, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Im exhausted! But theres just so much to do and get on with. I keep figuring that Ill relax once im on maternity leave or when baby arrives, I am probably very mistaken though!

  13. May 16, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Gosh you’re very organised and sound as though you will be super busy too! I found keeping busy was the best way to make those last few weeks pass more quickly, even though I was exhausted I needed something to keep me going instead of sitting around waiting for my baby! Enjoy maternity leave, amongst all of your jobs! #KCACOLS
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    • May 17, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you, I dont feel it!But I think itll definitely help to keep the days and weeks flying by like you say. First time round I think I spent a bit too much time relaxing and then it started to drag towards the end. That said, I doubt that’ll be the case with a little one around already!

  14. May 16, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Wow! Busy mama!! You sound very organised and I’m sure you will get it all done. You have a lot more on your list for baby number 2 than I ever did. Remember to slow down and get some well earned rest amongst all that! πŸ™‚ #MarvMondays

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Really?! I feel like we’ve hardly done anything for this baby, which is probably why its so long lol. Some down time and rest is definitely needed over the next few weeks πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      May 17, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      I know, can you believe it! It has absolutely flown, just as everyone said it would πŸ˜‰ Organised so far as writing a list, not much else has been done since!

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Im one of those annoying people that likes to be busy and doing things all the time! I do definitely need to relax and have some down time before baby arrives though πŸ™‚

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      I definitely need to find a balance between getting organised and ticking things off the to do list, and relaxing and enjoying the time off πŸ™‚

  15. May 16, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    I love a good list! Make sure you take some time for yourself too so you can enjoy the relative calm of one child. I don’t know why i’m saying that though as I don’t find just having the one calm at all #MarvMondays

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      You and me both! Having one child is never as relaxing as I think it will be. Luckily the little one will still go to nursery a couple of days a week so hopefully I can actually enjoy some down time and get stuff done πŸ™‚

  16. May 16, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    I need to do this! I know exactly what you mean, time just seems to be flying and though it’s not so much work for me but looking after Archie and all of it together that leaves me wishing I had Bernard’s Watch! We are in no way ready for this baby and I don’t think we will be even when they arrive haha. Kaye xo

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Hopefully its a second baby thing and not just us! There are just not enough hours in the day or weeks! Hopefully I can at least get some of this stuff ticked off the list;-)

  17. May 16, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Crikey, how on earth do you fit blogging in?! X thanks for hosting #marvmondays…. I’d add to your list…BATHE during the day, music and candles, while you can! Xx in fact, add a section 4… Stuff for me!

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      I ask myself that question often! Although im sure most of us parent bloggers do πŸ˜‰ Fab additions, really should add those in (daily!)

  18. May 16, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Ooh very organised, I’m impressed. I definitely need a list to just get me through the day, it really does help – plus it feels good to tick things off as I go. Best of luck, you’re going to be a busy, but organised Mummy πŸ™‚ #MarvMondays
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    • May 17, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      I love a good list πŸ˜‰ It definitely helps me feel a bit more organised, although I’m not always as at good at ticking things off them!

    • May 17, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Wow, what a supermum! I had good intentions of working right up until the end, but I’m so exhausted and disorganised that I need a couple of weeks to wind down and get organised for this little one. I totally admire mums that work up until the end, its amazing!

    • May 17, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Oh absolutely! They make me feel so much more at ease and slightly more organised and in control. I’ll be happy if I get at least half of it done πŸ™‚

  19. May 17, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    I had a to do list and got through most of it before having Eden. Embarassingly, the only thing I didn’t get to do was “shave legs” – the shame!

    • May 17, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      Ha, ha! Us Mamas always seem to leave ourselves to last! To be fair, I doubt anyone would have noticed, and as we both know, caring goes out the window in the end anyway πŸ˜‰

  20. May 17, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    That’s quite a to do list! We really want to go strawberry picking this summer, it will be a first! I hope you take a bit of time to try and relax too! If you can! #kcacols
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    • May 17, 2016 / 8:47 pm

      I know! We’ve wanted to take the little lady strawberry picking since last summer but were’nt too sure whether she might be a bit young to really understand and enjoy it. Coming up to three this summer shes definitely the perfect age. I really hope we get to take her as I’m sure she will love it! Hope you get to take your little one too πŸ™‚

  21. May 18, 2016 / 1:08 am

    Wow, so much to get done, I’m sure you’ll achieve it! You have some fun things on there as well as “jobs” so hopefully that will help you fly through them! Good luck! #KCACOLS
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    • May 18, 2016 / 6:29 am

      Thats what it feels like! Hopefully my list will help πŸ™‚

  22. May 18, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Ahh freaky, I’ve literally just published my maternity plans blog post! Along the similar lines of days out with Tyler and getting things ready for baby – must add wash baby clothes! I didn’t think about beauty treatments, I often forget about myself! Your job sounds intense, what do you do? (Nosey Parker here :-P) Sabrina xx

    • May 18, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Its crazy how much stuff there is to do, so don’t forget to do some things for you too πŸ™‚ I’ll have to pop over and take a look at your list in case theres anything I’ve forgotten to add! Hope youre enjoying maternity leave so far. I seriously cant wait until the end of next week. My job is definitely intense, I work in Financial Services in the City so its fast paced, busy and demanding pretty much all of the time! x

  23. May 18, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Wow Emily you are organised, I hope that you manage to achieve as much as you can of your list, as well as remembering to take some time to relax to. Looking forward to hearing how you got on. Claire x #MarvMondays
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    • May 18, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      I dont feel it, but having a list definitely helps πŸ™‚ Relaxation is definitely the order of the day once maternity leave starts!

  24. May 20, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Look at how organized you are!
    Sounds like you’ve got lots to get done before baby makes their arrival <3 I love how you're spending some of the time showering your little lady with love and one-on-one time. I think that's so important in the preparation process for baby. I hope you find some time to relax soon <3 #KCACOLS

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      Organised, but not feeling very organised yet. I’m hoping that changes next week once maternity leave starts and I have a chance to start ticking some of these off my list. I really cant wait to spend lots of time with my little lady before baby arrives πŸ™‚

  25. May 21, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Oh no so much to do! I can feel you are just desperate to start your maternity leave so you can start getting all this list done! I’m sure you will get all of this done on time! I bet you are now counting the day to meet your baby!! Not long now my lovely!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is always a pleasure to have you!! Hope to see you again this week! πŸ™‚ x
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  26. May 22, 2016 / 7:46 am

    I’m very much in the same situation as you, finally finished work a couple of days ago but have SO much to do to prepare for no. 2…. Washing and sorting clothes, hospital bags but also thinking about labour as we didn’t do any classes this time round… I have a whole series of OBEM to watch! #37weekspregnant good luck with getting through everything! Xx

    • May 28, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      I’m catching up on OBEM as we speak! We didnt do any classes this time round either and I feel a little bit like we’re under prepared so theres lots of hypnobirthing practice to catch up on over the next few weeks. I seriously cant wait to get washing all the new baby clothes, packing and organising – hopefully theres enough time to do it all!

  27. May 22, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    a fellow organiser after my own heart. Love it! Im taking bubba strawberry picking and I do a mass cook at the beginning of each month to freeze homemade meals. People laugh at planning but its a godsend
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    • May 28, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Thats such a great idea! I think I’ll be joining you with lots of batch cooking and freezing session before baby numer two arrives in a few weeks πŸ˜‰

  28. May 27, 2016 / 6:28 am

    I remember when work became busy it really took the life out of me when I was pregnant. I bet you’re just itching to take some time away and focus on your little babes. I love your list though plenty to do for yourself and also lots of lovely time spent with your girl x

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Oh completely. I am so looking forward to next Tuesday, I cant believe the start of my maternity leave is finally here. I seriously dont know how those women that work right up to their due date do it! Next week is already packed with lots of plans for me and the little lady, I cant wait πŸ™‚

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