The end is nigh! Four weeks from today I’ll be abandoning my child and returning to work. It’s strange, I know it’s going to happen yet it all still feels a little surreal. It’s almost as though I’m making the whole thing up. I suppose I’ve been delaying the inevitable for that long now, that it’s hard to except it’s finally catching up with me! With my remaining months now turning into weeks I’m hell-bent on making every last day of maternity leave count! To help me plan out my remaining time I’ve come up with a maternity leave bucket list.
- Keep doing our weekly walk – Each week I meet my friend Claire and we take our boys on a walk. It’s great excuse for catch-up and lovely to get out of the house. We’ve done it most weeks since early summer and it’s going to be one of the things I really miss.
- Visit the animals at Graves Park – Now Rory’s a little older he’s taking more of an interest in animals, my mum’s cat being a prime example. We’ve visited the animal farm a couple of times already but that was quite a while back. I feel like he would now have a deeper level of appreciation for chickens!
- Go to the park – The first time Rory went on a swing was on his 7th month birthday. Like the animal farm, I think its something he’ll enjoy more now he’s a little older.
- Finish Rory’s first year scrap book – Creating a personal scrap book originally seemed like a great alternative to a traditional baby book. Turns out putting one together whilst being a parent, running a house and writing a blog is a little difficult. It still needs quite a bit of work but I’m going to make the time to get it finished.
- Write in Rory’s life journal – This is a similar situation to the scrap book. Just after Rory was born I came across a life journal on Amazon. Every year has four sections; spring, summer, autumn and winter. The idea is that you fill out the journal for your child as they grow and then give it to them later in life. A lovely memento but again something which requires time I just don’t seem to have!
- Enjoy some nothing day’s – Staying home has become increasingly difficult. It’s hard to relax when you’re responsible for the welfare of a child who is dead set on trapping a finger or licking a radiator. But before long, time will dictate our lives and we’ll have to conform to a strict scheduled. I plan to enjoy the days where there’s no place to be while I still can.
- Go swimming – Rory first went swimming when he was 12 weeks old. We took him to our local Water Babies classes where he went each week until October last year. After giving the classes a break, we’ve made sure to take him regularly so he doesn’t lose his confidence. It’s always fun to see him splashing around even if trying to get him dry is a gruelling chore.
- Batch cook – This time last year I was batching cooking stews and casseroles so we had plenty of healthy meals to eat upon Rory’s arrival. This year I’m batch cooking to try and suppress the urge to order a pizza or grab a KFC on my way home. There’s no guarantee it will work but it should at least prevent it from happening every night.
- Make salt dough hand and foot prints – This was something I was going to do around Christmas but like everything else I didn’t find the time. Having said that I think it’s a nice idea to do them around his birthday. Maybe start a family tradition where each year we do new ones to see how much he’s grown.
- Lots of cuddles and kisses – It’s obvious that when I return to work Rory will instantly forget my face, start referring to Jessica – or is it Jade *must remember who his key worker is* – as m0mmy and develop PTSD which in years to come Doctors will confirm was caused as a result of my neglect. So while he still loves me I’m going to relish every cuddle and savour every kiss – even the ones where I end up with snot on my top lip!
*Disclaimer – This post should have been published on Monday. It wasn’t because I had a shit bag of day involving a broken laptop and a very near nervous breakdown. Sadly my laptop is no more however Ryan came to my rescue by donating me his. This does however mean there are now only 26 days of my maternity leave remaining! *heads off to look at baby pictures and whilst crying into 3rd glass of wine*
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