I started my maternity leave last week, which I’ve been waiting to do since I found out I was pregnant. I’d been crossing off dates on my calendar for months. My last day in the office was a Friday, but as my working week was Weds – Fri, it officially started last Wednesday, while I was 33 weeks.
When I was pregnant with Tyler I went on maternity leave at 37 weeks, as I had a really short commute and it wasn’t so hard. We lived in Brixton then, which is the first station on the Victoria line so I always got a seat. This time I had the longest commute ever, what with dropping Tyler to my parents from Slough to Hillingdon, then driving to Greenford to park at my mother-in-laws, and getting the Central Line and Overground to Gospel Oak, and then the 15 minute walk to the office – it was long! And especially hard getting a seat on the way back while it was rush hour. I was completely exhausted and it was painful under my bump doing all this travelling.
So that is why I went a bit earlier on maternity leave at 33 weeks. Plus it gave me 7 weeks of time with Tyler before the new baby arrives. And here are some plans I have for maternity leave:
- Take Tyler on a tram ride (they have them at Wimbledon/Croydon)
- Take Tyler on a DLR train
- Take Tyler on the Emirates Cable Car
- Buy a new car with 5 doors
- Sell my mini 😦
- Get blinds for our front room
- Set up Honey Nut’s nursery corner in our bedroom (bring cot over from my mother-in-law’s house)
- Set up Honey Nut’s corner in my bedroom at my parents’ house (dismantle Tyler’s cot bed, declutter, throw old cushions etc away)
- Go to Ikea to buy fabric and make monochrome cot sheets for Honey Nut.
- Get a buggy board for the pushchair for Tyler to stand on.
- Set up changing table and storage in our bedroom.
- Buy stuff for hospital bag and baby/nursing stuff for home
- Nursing friendly clothes shopping
- Do a hospital tour
That’s all I can think of right now – it does help writing it down.
Here’s how my Week 1 went:
Maternity Leave – Week 1
Day 1, Weds 10th – Tyler stayed over at my parents so they could take him to preschool in the morning, while I was back at the flat waiting for an engineer to install Hyperoptic. It was quite nice having the first day to myself. I then went around the shops in Slough before picking up Tyler, and we were back home at 6.45pm. It felt amazing to be back home at a decent time, after two years of getting back at 9pm with all that commuting. We had dinner, bath and bedtime like normal people!
Day 2, Thurs 11th – I dropped Tyler off to my parents for preschool and then went to the Mothercare AW16 Press Show! That was a lovely experience and I got to wander around Oxford St after and I was back at my parents at 3.30pm. Normally I’d still have an hour and half of work to go! You can read about the Press Show here, and have a sneak peak at the new Mothercare range before it’s out in stores.
Day 3, Fri 13th – Again at my parents, this time I picked up Tyler from preschool which was a nice surprise for Tyler. We had a lovely sunny walk back to my parents. It was my mum’s birthday that day, so we stayed until quite late, celebrating with a KFC for dinner and chocolate cake.
Day 4, Sat 14th – Tyler had his Little Kickers class in the morning, which he was reeeeally excited for. I’ve never seen him so excited for a class before, so I think we’ll continue after Honey Nut is born, with my husband taking him by bus. We then had a drinks break in Harris and Hoole before doing a big Tesco shop, and in the evening we had a Eurovision party at the flat with my bro.
Day 5, Sun 15th – I have a Mini whose road tax is about to run out at the end of the month. And we need a bigger car to fit our two children, so today was car shopping day. I really like the look of the new Toyota Aygo/Yaris with the cross at the front. Our nearest Toyota showroom is in Bracknell, so we had a mini adventure there and test drove a couple of cars. Then we had a picnic in the nearby village of Binfield. I just love the name -BINfield hehe!
Day 6, Mon 16th – I took Tyler to playgroup in the morning, and then we went on the train and underground to visit my mother-in-law. Tyler had the best time going on the Central line, admiring himself in the window reflection. My husband works down the road, so he came over after work and we went home together. Tyler needed the loo on the way back, I noticed him jiggling on the train, but he was so good and held it until we got back in the flat. What a trooper!
Day 7, Tues 17th – I had my 34 week midwife appointment in the morning. Tyler found it very amusing watch her prop my tummy looking for where Honey Nut is. She’s not head down but should be by now – eek. We had planned to go on a train adventure afterwards, but when we got back to the flat, we were both shattered and fell asleep for two hours! So it ended up being an afternoon of tidying up, hoovering, laundry, making train tracks and taking bump photos 🙂
So if you ever wondered what mums-to-be do on maternity leave, I hope this gave you a glimpse. 6 weeks to go!
Ooh wee you’ve got a lot of exciting things to start doing 🙂 Enjoy it all, but make sure you get lots of rest too!
Yeah it is all exciting, way better than being at work! Definitely resting more too, I’m lucky my parents are nearby to help out! Xx
Oh how exciting! I hope you get all on your list ticked off, and that you sell your mini! Kaz x
Hee hee it is exciting! Sad to say bye to my mini, I’ve had it 10 years! Might have to write a tribute blog post – wah! Xx
I cant believe how similar our lists are! We’ve just literally changed our car today to a 4×4 which is much more family friendly. Its an absolute dream to drive and has lots of room but im tiny so it might be a bit of a struggle for me to get in and out of it, but hopefully Ill get used to it quickly! Ella is also obsessed at the moment with going on a bus and tram and I’ve promised to take her on both, hopefully before baby arrives. We’re based in South Croydon so if you do decide to head down this way and fancy meeting a friendly face let me know 🙂 I cant believe what a long commute you’ve been doing, I dont blame you for wanting to finish when you did. It looks like you’ve been making a great start to mat leave, can’t wait to join you after next week 🙂 Emily
I know, isn’t it freaky! I can’t imagine driving a 4×4, they’re so big – I’m so used to my little mini! Ahh you’re in Croydon, you can do the tram all the time! I’ll let you know if we go 🙂 I’m so glad I went on mat leave when I did, the pain under my bump has gone so it was definitely the commuting. Enjoy your last week at work! Xx
How exciting that you are now on maternity leave, and your little one will be with you soon. You have kept busy! I bet your little boy is enjoying time spent with his mum.
Hehe, I guess it sounds busy but it’s been relaxing! Tyler is definitely happier having me around more 🙂 xx
Yah for maternity leave, but my gosh have you loads planned for the next couple of weeks. Take it easy, don’t over do it mama. Looks you had a fab week too xx
It does sound a lot but it’s spread over lots of weeks, I’m definitely taking it easy, walking is so tiring! Xx
I cannot blooming BELIEVE how quick it’s gone!!!!! How can you be 34 weeks already?! That is NUTS. And how grown up does Tyler look all of a sudden too?! Time is flying by isn’t it? Enjoy these next few weeks lovely — not long now xxx
Haha, I know right?! And yeah my Tyler is suddenly so much taller! Time really is flying, I’m hoping it will slow down as there’s so much to do still! Xx
Ah a lovely time together, enjoy the next 6 weeks….or so! We have a Toyota and they are a really good car.
Ooh that’s good to hear about the Toyota – I think I’m going to go for it! X
It’s fab that you have written lists, I did this on my countdown to maternity leave and without them I would have been lost thanks to baby brain.
Exactly, I have so much in my head, but I forget things if I don’t write it down! X
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Whoa! You must be exhausted! What a busy first week of May leave. Tyler will look back on this time so fondly. Can’t believe You had the energy for a Eurovision party at 33 weeks x
Haha, nah I’m getting lots of sleep now too while I can! Haha, it was a sit on the sofa party, not too tiring! X