Last Month of Maternity Leave Bucket List

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.  

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6.  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. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 
  9. 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.
  10. 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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  1. February 8, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    We love graves park. We were just there last week. The weekly walks sound lovely. If you’re interested I run a sheffield parents meet up group on Facebook, ive been doing it a year. I arrange meet ups for parents all over Sheffield and surrounding areas… all free. We go to museums, soft plays, parks, Peak District, picnics. Would love to have you. #bloggerclubuk

    • Mommyandrory
      February 8, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks Naomi, that sounds really good. It;s a shame I didn’t know about it sooner. I’m going back to work full time and weekends will be mainly family time. I’ll spread the word amongst my SAHM friends though xx

  2. February 8, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I remember the end of maternity leave with my first so well. It’s tough but you’ll all adapt to the new normal. I’m sure he will not call his key worker mummy. Enjoy this last month.

    • Mommyandrory
      February 8, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      I’m sure it’ll be fine once we get into a new routine! Hopefully he’ll still love me as his weekend mommy!! xx

  3. February 8, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Wow that’s quite a list of stuff to cram in in four weeks. Maternity leave files by doesn’t it. I hated going back to work after I had my son and after just three days of being back it was like I’d never been away. Enjoy your last month off.


    • Mommyandrory
      February 8, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      I know, I’ve set myself quite a challenge! Never mind I like to keep busy xx

  4. February 8, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Maybe I should write a post called, ‘How will I cope when Becky goes back to work’ ?
    Rory definitely won’t think he key worker is his mama, no one could replace you! But he’ll also have a blast there I’m sure! X

    • Mommyandrory
      February 8, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      It’s going to be like losing a leg! I know it will be really beneficial and I’ll appreciate the time we do spend together a lot more x

  5. February 8, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Such a good idea with the life journal becky I might have to pinch it. Can’t believe me and you are going to be passing each other as you go back and I leave but we must make sure we meet up lots with the little ones xxxx

    • Mommyandrory
      February 8, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      It’s a great idea…if you can find the time to fill it out! I know we couldn’t have timed it any worse!! xx

  6. February 9, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Going back to work made me realize how much time I had that I did not use pre-baby. Good luck with the transition! #ablogginggoodtime

  7. February 9, 2017 / 9:19 am

    It sounds like you have a fun filled month planned. Enjoy it. I hope your transition back to work goes smoothly.

  8. February 9, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I was devastated when I knew my mat leave was ending. It’s such a good idea making a bucket list because I just moped about for a few weeks and I regret it big style! I also made the salt dough prints- so funny but gorgeous, I sprayed them silver. Enjoy your remaining time. #StayClassyMama

  9. February 9, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Love this!
    I came back to work yesterday and wish I had done this. So much wasted time.
    Hope you enjoy it

  10. February 9, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I remember that feeling so well! It’s amazing how a change in the routine can make you appreciate everything so much more. You’ll be fine hun, you can still do sourdough prints when you’re a working Mummy – that’s what weekends are for xxx
    Thanks for sharing to #coolmumclub and good luck!

  11. February 10, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Ah I love this. I’m also in the last month of maternity leave, my bucket list is soooo long, feel like the time has flown by so quickly. Enjoy every second of the next month x

  12. February 10, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I’m I’m exactly the same situation… Really not looking forward to going back! Defo going to be batch cooking for the last month (and probably crying!) #stayclassymama ?

  13. February 13, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I’ve only just started mine so don’t want to think about the end…praying for a lottery win! #ablogginggoodtime

  14. February 15, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Awww nice to have this list. I have a “things I want to do with Alyssa before pre-school list!!”
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  15. February 15, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    What a great list – I hope you manage to tick them all off! I’ve got 4 months of mat leave left and also have a baby journal on my list, among a few other things – it’s funny isn’t it because when you start your mat leave, you imagine you’ll have all the time in the world and then boom, it’s 12 months later and you haven’t done ‘anything’. I always bash myself every night for not doing this and that, and moan to the hubby that i haven’t been ‘productive’ that day but he very calmly just says: “your job right now is to look after our baby so stop worrying”. Mum’s guilt to always bash ourselves for not doing enough, isn’t it? #TheListLinky

  16. March 8, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Oh a weekly walk sounds so nice! I’m back at work now but that’s still a good idea for the weekend : ) plus I don’t get to hang out with my mum friends as much now I’m working. I absolutely loved swimming with my son while on maternity leave, it was my favourite activity to do with him mostly because he enjoyed it and I enjoyed it too (which is rare! Haha). Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

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