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I am far from bored, but I am trying to make the most of my leave which is already 1/3 of the way over!!
What is something you wish you did while on leave or glad you took care of while on leave?
I wish I'd relaxed at home a bit more. DS & I were always on the go. Traveling to see family, running errands, meeting friends for coffee or lunch, etc. Felt like we had something once/day at least.
one thing I'm glad I did - DS is an early spring baby and we had a super warm early spring so we got out for a walk almost every day, that was great.
Nothing really. I had 16 weeks and am glad I spent it enjoying my baby.
We did lots of lunches with friends which was awesome - I cannot dash downtown to grab a friend for lunch with my normal life.
I do wish - and this is not specific to maternity leave - I would have made more effort to take amazing pics of DS. I was so busy - playing, nursing, lunching - that I just didn't put him in the cute outfits on the cute backgrounds and snap away as much as I would have liked that first year.
Some things I did on both of my ML's was get newborn portraits taken, work on their baby books, planned and had the Baptism, cook and freeze some meals for when you go back to work, thank you cards for all gifts, wash and organize baby clothes in larger sizes. On my 2nd ML I had my older DD home too, we went to activities like gym class, music class, storytime, children's museum, playgrounds, etc. pretty much everyday. I really enjoyed getting the chance to do all those fun things.
Kelly, Mom to Christopher Shannon 9.27.06, Catherine Quinn 2.24.09, Trey Barton lost on 12.28.09, Therese Barton lost on 6.10.10, Joseph Sullivan 7.23.11, and our latest, Victoria Maren 11.15.12
Secondary infertility success with IVF, then two losses, one at 14 weeks and one at 10 weeks, then success with IUI and then just pure, crazy luck. Expecting our fifth in May as the result of a FET.
This Cluttered Life
This is such a great post, it literally made me cry...must be the hormones! Anyway, I agree with a lot of the posters above. I enjoyed planning/hosting a Sip and See, newborn photos, got things together for Baptism (although it took place after I was back to work), worked on scrapbooking, visited with my family a lot.
I'm looking forward to having a maternity leave with my toddler home this fall. I plan to still have our nanny to help but it will be so nice to go to Little Gym, the Children's Museum and the Zoo. All of the things I feel like I miss out on while I'm normally at work.
itsmevkb:I really love just holding a sleeping baby so I made sure to really take the time to do that instead of always putting the baby down and running off to do laundry or clean out closets, s.
Same as PP--I wanted to organize all of our photos! Didn't get to it. I still have some days off since I'm starting back PT but I just don't think it's likely to happen.
I also need to update baby books.
I wish I had gone swimming with the baby more. He was born in late Feb, and I was on mat leave until July 1. The weather was beautiful, but I really didn't get him into the pool at my parents house until late June. They are very close, and LO loved the water, so I wish I had tried it earlier.
I also wish I had taken him more places in general. Even though he might've been a little young to fully enjoy the zoo and Fairytale Town and places like that, I think it still would've been enjoyable for both of us. I started doing some of those things towards the end of my mat leave, but I wish I had done it more and earlier, once he was old enough to take out and about.
One thing I'm really glad I did was take so many pictures both on my own and at portrait studios. All of the traditional big ones (JC Penney, Sears, Picture People) send out coupons. So, the photos were really cheap, and even though I only bought a few poses each time and they're all in a "traditional" setting, I have a record of his growth through the first year. I had photos taken when he was newborn, then at Easter (2 months), Baptism (3 months), 4 months, 7 months, Christmas (10 months), and 1 year. He'll be one tomorrow, and last night I was looking at his photos and couldn't believe how much he'd changed from picture to picture. You can see the milestones where he's pushing up, then sitting unsupported, then crawling, then standing. So, that's one thing I was really happy about. (started on mat leave and then continued)
Gone to the spa a few times. Slept more. It was summertime in Arizona, so we couldn't go outside.
Otherwise, just learning to be a mom took up all my time.
I really enjoyed our weekly Mommy and Me yoga which we started at 4 weeks and our weekly swim class which we started at 10 weeks. I also went to a breast feeding support group one morning per week which was a great way to connect with other moms.
I really wanted to make a digital photo album but that never happened. I watched way too much TV (a few hours per day)
I walked as often as possible in the mornings but if I wasn't out by 7 AM it was all ready too hot.
I wish I had spent more time practicing cooking.
I wish I took more naps - I rarely did.
One month straight I spent every afternoon with DH's grandmother while she recovered from a broken hip. Holding DD was part of her therapy. And it gave me a break from cuddles and some nice social time.
Twenty weeks flew by.
When I was on leave I wish I had cooked more for the freezer when I went back to work lol. Those would have been way more handy the first few weeks back when I felt like a walking zombie.
I wish I had taken more pics of Me/H with LO, instead of just pics of LO. I have a million of just LO, but very few that include all of us.
And I wish we had gone out more, taken advantage of the ability to go places. Obviously LO wouldn't know/remember, but for my own sanity. I spent way too much time holed up in the house when I could've been visiting people, seeing cool things, etc.
I wish I had taken all of the advice from all of those women who said "sleep when the baby sleeps" instead of trying to "do things". I was too busy recovering from my natural birth to do a whole lot of physical activity so no regrets there.
Maybe have my sewing machine up so that I could sew/quilt a bit more.
That's really about it.