As a teacher, I could not work up until my actual due date. I decided to take my maternity leave about two weeks early. The plan was to help me get off my feet and accomplish a lot of baby prep that I had put off for so long. Yikes!
One piece of advice I heard repeatedly was “work as long as possible”. Supposedly, most first time mothers go past their due date and maternity leave can get boring quickly. (Especially if you’re anxiously awaiting your little babe to make their appearance!) So, I’ve put together a little list of everything I’ve been doing this past week to help me pass the time and prepare for sweet Gemma’s arrival.
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Keeping Busy on Maternity Leave (BEFORE Baby’s Home)
1.Daily To Do List.
On my phone I have a daily to do list that never changes. I wake up, have a quiet time, eat breakfast, make the bed, get ready for the day and do a quick de-cluttering of the house. It’s the same checklist everyday but it’s helped immensely. Getting out of bed is no easy task. It is painful to sit up and it is painful to stand up. Having such a simple list on my phone that I check off every morning has helped me get up and get moving.
2. Finish the Nursery.
Okay, so this should have been done awhile back… I’m still washing some of Gemma’s precious clothes, organizing diapers by size, separating clothes by size and going through all her books, toys and blankets. Baby Girl was blessed with so much! I don’t want her little room to become too cluttered. I still need to hang some more artwork. But we’ll see if I get around to it. Probably not.
[Here are the Amazon links to the glider (which I love!).
The bedding (which I also love!)
The closest black sleigh bed I could find (ours is actually a hand-me-down so I’m not 100% sure it’s the right one).
Also, don’t worry, the crib bumpers will be removed before Gemma transitions to the crib]
3. Make Freezer Meals.
Okay, this is one I wasn’t sure I would be able to do… but after 3 hours with my mom (which included grocery shopping) I have ten gallon sized freezer bags stocked in our freezer for when Baby comes home. [Dallas keeps tempting me to try one out before she arrives!] I used the provided meal plan and grocery list from HERE. I also added one more recipe for Mexican Chicken Soup. My mom and I were able to knock it out quickly. We only spent $80 at the store! (We did have a lot of staple items already. I didn’t buy any herbs or seasonings and we even had a lot of the oils and vinegar as well.)
4. Pack the Diaper Bag.
I have been scouring Pinterest looking for any and all lists as what to bring with us to the hospital. I packed the diaper bag for Gemma with what I am sure is way too much stuff but I didn’t want to forget anything. I also packed mine and Dallas’ bag with extra clothes, chargers, and toiletries. Hopefully I won’t forget anything crucial! I will let you know what I ended up using.
[Sunflower DuffleBag is borrowed from my sister.
The grey and white Kelty diaper bag is from Babies “R” Us]
5. Rest, Relax and Wait.
I’m just trying to prepare myself mentally and physically to what it will be like to bring home a baby. In just a few short weeks Dallas and I will have a little human being. She will rely solely on us for care. What a terrifying and exciting thing!
Any other momma’s want to share what they did once their maternity leave started and before their bundle of joy arrived? Leave a comment!!