I feel like we read and talk so much about our babies, that we sometimes forget about ourselves - which is so important for the health of our families. So... has anyone been able to spend quality mama time doing anything fun while on maternity leave and beyond? Develop new hobbies? Rekindle old ones? Get pampered? Have quiet time to relax?
For me, it's been bread baking. About 2 weeks before birth I went to a sourdough bread baking course and have made about 20 loaves since! It's actually pretty easy (longgg, but super spread out and low maintenance process) and the smell of fresh bread, whether olive rosemary/rye/wholegrain/etc... in the house will spring anyone out of a bad day DH isn't complaining either!
I have also been back to jogging and yoga for the past 3 weeks and although it started slow, I think I'm turning the corner to enjoying exercise again!
On the flip side I still have an entire stack of books that have not been touched, and with a week left until I go back full time, I suspect that will remain the case...