When a working woman finds out she’s pregnant, letting her employer know she’s expecting is something that has to be done, then maternity leave must be sorted.
Once I started my maternity leave, I wrote a list of things I wanted to do to occupy my time (I’m a huge believer in writing lists) to keep me and baby busy or just to better myself. I’m also very used to being busy, working with children definitely keeps me on my toes, so making sure I had stuff to do was the perfect plan.
I can honestly say I haven’t really achieved any of the items on my list, instead, a lot of time has been spent on the sofa watching telenovela programs (Spanish TV lol, I know) and actually getting to know my baby, I definitely do not regret either of them… yes, even the telenovela 🙂 but thankfully there’s still enough time to actually get what I listed all done, it’s only been 4 months out of a year after all.
This post is more of a reminder to myself to actually get these things done and to maybe give some ideas to first time mum’s who are also now on maternity leave or soon to be. They’re not in any particular order btw.
Sign up and attend Baby swimming classes
I’ve just applied for these so we’ll be starting next week, I purposely waited to start these because of babys age, it made sense to me to wait till he was 3 months. I had this idea because, well, I want him to learn to swim early and it gives us something to do together, and a bonus… the beginning of my maternity leave falls right in the summer months.
Attend loads of mum and baby groups
This has been at my disposable for ages, since I had my first home visit after giving birth, I was informed about my nearest children’s centre but I’ve only been to one stay and play session which we did enjoy so we’ll be going to more. Plus it’s important to me for baby to go to these classes, to get used to being around other children. Also, mum’s just need to be around other mum’s sometimes!
And here’s baby fully engrossed in staring at his reflection at a Stay and Play group
Exercise by going for walks, Zumba and workout at home
I just laughed while reading this because I definitely have not been working out, I planned to start after having my six week check up which is when you’re usually allowed to (providing everything is okay and healed) but I wasn’t an exercise fanatic before I gave birth so I definitely wasn’t in a rush to start after having a baby. I do walk a lot however so I guess that counts. (I will start though… eventually.)
Research and begin natural hair care routine for me and baby
My hair started falling out after giving birth (apparently this is normal) so I’ve put it away in a protective hairstyle for now. I’m currently natural but recently haven’t been really looking after my hair as I should so my plan was to make that a goal but hey… As for baby, I was waiting for him to turn 3 months before using different hair products for him but he had cradle cap so I’ve been very cautious about starting a hair care routine with him and constantly using only Dentinox shampoo (amazing stuff!) to get rid of the cradle cap and keep it away.
Save as much money as possible
This is just an ongoing thing, some months saving a huge amount is possible and other months it just isn’t because there are one or two things that need to be bought or paid for.
Now, Starting a blog wasn’t actually on my list, but it is an idea that came to me while on maternity leave and so far I really enjoy it, which is always the goal, you wanna enjoy whatever you’re doing while on your maternity leave before going back to the real world of waking up at 6am, commuting on a packed bus or train plus all the added extras now you have a baby.
I honestly think keeping a to-do-during-maternity-list very simple is the way forward. At the end of the day nothing is more important than keeping your sanity, and after having a baby, the last thing you want to do is bombard yourself with a ton of things to do and end up not having time with your baby and most especially some time to yourself. Although I haven’t achieved everything on my list, even if I don’t, it’s okay because I’m happy, I still enjoy days out with family and friends and my baby’s growing happy and healthy so who cares?
Until next time,