Those early days at home with a baby may occasionally feel interminable, but the reality is that they are very brief. As experienced parents will tell you it’s good to try to enjoy them while they last, because they will be over before you know it. And you will actually miss them when they’re gone. Today I’m showcasing two posts that talk about how to make the most of your maternity leave, as you’re spending the early days with your little one.
Tracey felt that her original post was maybe a little bit pessimistic. She decided to write a follow-up, Honestly there were highlights. In it she talks about the things she did that made her maternity leave great, like taking some time off to travel:
We took 3 weeks in the spring to travel to Germany to visit relatives. It was a bit tough financially (the top-up helped), but felt it was the best time to go when I was on mat leave and before the little guy started to walk. It was a fantastic break from the daily routine. And we had so much fun as a family trekking around with the little man in his ergo carrier.
I am tremendously impressed, I have to tell you. We’ve taken one plane trip when our first child was 15 months old, an hour-long hop to Edmonton. And we haven’t flown again due to trauma. Well done Tracey and family!
Missy is American, and was able to carve out 12 weeks of maternity leave with each of her two babies. As she writes in My Two Maternity Leaves, she made the most of every moment of leave that she got. She shares some memories from her first maternity leave with her son:
That maternity leave began on my son’s birthday, July 30, and lasted right up until Halloween. The weather was perfect for getting out of the house most days and strolling through the neighborhood (with visions of getting my pre-baby body back. ha!). I entertained quite a few visitors (always ask them to bring lunch with them to save me the trouble). I have fond memories of snuggling with my baby, dancing to music with him, rocking him in his rocking chair, and laying outside on a blanket in the back yard looking at the clouds.
Missy also includes some fabulous pointers for moms who will be taking maternity leave. If you will be pumping on your return I also suggest you check our her fabulous post on Breastfeeding: How to pump successfully at work. It’s the best information I have ever read on the subject.
However you choose to spend your maternity leave and however much time you’re able to take, I hope that you’re able to make the most of it while it lasts.