I’ve been on maternity leave from my full time job in Human Resources since mid January and I had to wait a good month before my Little Mr made his appearance.
Before I went on leave, lots of people were asking me what I was planning on doing whilst I was on leave and towards the end of my pregnancy, I was more than happy to put my feet up, plough through DVD box sets and nap through the day to catch up on sleep given to pregnancy insomnia the previous night.
I had grand ideas of being able to do loads of things on maternity leave once my Son had arrived but whilst I am doing lots of exciting things they aren’t necessarily what I had imagined.
I very naively thought I would be able to bake lots of lovely bread and possibly cakes, make lots of lovely new meals for dinner, get the sewing machine out and improve on my skills and might even be able to sell a few bits, along with the housework and look after my Son. How wrong was I?
As a new mum to be, I didn’t realise how important maternity leave would be as time for just me and my baby to bond. I’m very aware of how short my planned maternity leave will be as unfortunately, I need to return to work after 8 months for financial reasons and it really is heart wrenching. In an ideal world, I would absolutely love to stay at home with Little Mr and watch him grow and develop. It’s only been 14 weeks and I’ve seen him change so much already. I’m already dreading my return to work. It’s not that I don’t want to go back, I love my job but I just want to be with my Son. Isn’t that just a natural thing as a new Mum?
So whilst other ‘wonder mums’ who appear to be able to do it all on their maternity leave, I’ll be spending time giving my son endless cuddles, watching him sleep, taking him out in the pushchair, playing with him and his toys and we might even go to a baby class or two. I don’t want to regret not doing anything with him because I was too worried about making the most of my maternity leave. This is the time I’m never going to get back and I want to make sure I make the most of every opportunity to spend it with him.