Do you ever wonder, “what can I do to make sure I do everything I want on my maternity leave?!”. Well, I was thinking that way well before I even had my daughter. I compiled a list of points that are most important to me to make the most out of my maternity leave! Here they are!
1. Enjoy the moments
It is so easy to get caught up in the routine of being a mom. Wake up, feed, play, nap, repeat… and so on. But what happens when the routine changes? Or when you realize months have just gone by in blur? It’s about taking that extra long snuggle. Or just watching your beautiful little child learning to stand or eat.
My personal favourite is the 3 am feeds. I used to be so tired and trying to rush through it to get back to sleep. But now I love our bonding time! My daughter is not much of a cuddler, but at 3am she likes a little extra hugging from mommy. The truth is, these moments won’t last forever, so we need to enjoy them now!
2. Make a List of what you want to accomplish
I needed to write it down before I forgot. So when something came to mind, I wrote it down. Even simple things like rearranging a room, reading a book, learning a new hobby, or watching a certain documentary. I know, there is not as much “me time” anymore, so having a list of things you want to do in your few spare moments really helps!
Starting this blog was on my list! And here I am! Baby is napping, I am happily typing away.
Keeping a documentation of maternity leave is great! It’s fun and you can look back on everything when it is over! Some people like to write pages and pages. Others like to take pictures. Or both. It helps you to reflect on what you have done and it is also a great gift for your child when they are old enough to appreciate it. (Plus you know they are going to ask you when they got their first tooth and when they took their first step!).
4. Get out with Baby!
It doesn’t have to be a super expensive outing. There are tons of free things to do, it’s just finding them. Meet up groups are a great place to begin, plus you can socialize your wee one. But there are options like going to a friends house, a nice walk, cruising the mall, and so on.
Getting out can be overwhelming and scary at first, but it gets better, promise! And you will become a pro at packing up and carting around baby. Plus, it’s a bonus to get some fresh air, for both of you. And let me tell you, theres nothing like some fresh air to get a baby to sleep like, well, a baby!
5. Stay in with Baby!
You need a balance. While getting out is great, staying in is also needed. Babies thrive on some sort of routine and staying home gives you quality time spent with your peanut too! Playing games like peekaboo, meal time and bath time (our personal favourite) are some of the great things to do while staying at home. Not to mention it saves you money.
Staying at home helps you to get things accomplished while peanut is sleeping. And it also helps you to start checking things off of your list of what you want to do while on maternity leave! Or, some people just like to have a nap while baby is sleeping.
6. Take Care of Yourself
You need to take care of yourself too. Is there someone who can watch baby while you sneak away for a yoga class/spin class/coffee date? How about even after peanut is in bed you take a bath?! These things do not need to be expensive, they just need to be for you! I know, you think, “I’m on maternity leave and I should be fully focused on my child”. Well, taking some much deserved “me time” will recharge your batteries and make you ready to take on this amazing journey of parenting.
Thanks so much for reading! Is there anything else you did to make the most of your maternity leave? Leave a comment below !
XOXO Jo Jo