Maternity Leave Bucket List
I’m taking the full amount of statutory maternity leave – so 39 weeks off. Of course the reality is most of it so far seems to be snuggling, sleeping, pulling funny faces, singing and the inevitable slog of cleaning, but it’s fun to dream and make plans! Here’s my fun list of things to do whilst on maternity leave.
Been planning a room change? Want to scrub up that bathroom? Add a splash of paint to the kitchen? It doesn’t have to be huge. It can be buy some new accessories for the living room or get a matching bedspread and curtains for the bedroom. Something that’s fun to research (I recommend pinterest!) and leaves you smiling to look at.
Plan a vacation.
Baby’s first vacation is going to be… a motorhome holiday around the Scottish Highlands! Am I nuts? I think so. My husband thinks so. I’m pretty sure the baby thinks so but it’s going to be fun fun fun! It’s something that needs quite a bit of research and planning so I’m still in the early stages. Don’t worry though, the entire journey will be well documented so others can learn from the many mistakes I’m going to make!
Have a photoshoot.
No I don’t mean you have to hire one of those ridiculously expensive photographers who charge £80 for a print. You can of course get some really beautiful photos by going pro – but why not have the fun of planning and carrying out a photo shoot for yourself? Find a location, take a few outfits, grab a camera and get snapping! It can be at home on the sofa if you pick the right material and have plenty of lighting. You don’t have to go all out but sometimes a little forethought and planning can make for some really nice pics, even if all you’ve got is a phone to work with.
Plop them up on Instagram if you fancy, or just share them with your nearest and dearest.
Eat out at new places.
I’ve been pushing myself outside of my usual boundaries and eating out where budget allows. And yup, I’m taking the baby with me! With more free time I’ve been able to research more restaurants on TripAdvisor and from advice from fellow mums. I’ve been able to read reviews and send the restaurant a quick message on Facebook or email asking if they have space for a baby at the table. If I was at work all day I probably wouldn’t have the energy, so I’m taking advantage of the time I have now. You can do it with a baby in your arms as he naps too – just grab your phone and get the TripAdvisor app.
Make new friends.
Kids are a great opportunity to make new friends. You’ve got something in common – you’re all probably a bit fed up and want to complain about the lack of sleep and how there seems to be regurgitated milk half way up the living room wall. You also all want to talk about his first smile and those cute little fingers and how smart he’s going to be because he definitely looked like he was thinking about something as he stared at the pampers bag earlier. Probably already doing maths in his head, or something.
Of course making new friends is always hard, but there are a lot of mother and baby groups out there that you can go to for an ice-breaker and then invite a few folks out for coffee and some cake. No one ever turns down cake. I talk about two apps that can help you find people locally very easily (and they’re free!) in my must-have apps for parenting guide.
I think that’s enough to get on with for now. I’m exhausted just thinking about all the things I want to do. Let’s hope I get around to some of them… maybe I should have added watch all the TV shows on Netflix to my list!