Maternity leave woes

Hi all,

I’ve just strolled past my due date yesterday without anything exciting happening & still have countless days until baby is due to arrive. 😬

Bar labour I’m guessing…(I’ve obviously not experienced it yet being a first-time mum) this seems to be the toughest bit…Sat at home waiting & wondering when the baby will make an appearance. Questioning every little twinge or movement you get… that being said, I have so much spare time on my hands at the moment that I thought it would be therapeutic to write down parts of this wonderful journey I’m on that annoy me a little 😂

(Yes, I’m well aware I sound cranky & that people just mean well)

1.Sleep is a distant memory. Previously you’ve had the odd night you can’t sleep but now it starts to ramp up & you feel like you don’t sleep any more than 2 hours at a time – someone said that it’s your bodies way of preparing for when the baby is here. To me, it seems like some sick joke haha

2.You get so bored. Remember when your alarm clock used to go off & you would count the days/hours to your next lie in or day off?! There’s only so much you can do to keep yourself entertained whilst waiting for your baby to arrive.

Side note- what did people do before Netflix?!

3. As much as you appreciate people asking how you are, it gets a bit tedious being asked how you’re getting on & counting down the days until baby arrives.

4. On that note, the question of ’have you get everything ready?’

’I should hope so Patricia. This baby is due to arrive imminently.’

5. You think you’ll be dead productive with your time off, you’ll go for long walks, clean the house, do batch cooking but in fact you have zero energy to do any of this. I’m starting to imagine by baby boy as a vampire. It’s not healthy lol.

I’m constantly experiencing an internal battle with myself about taking time to relax & rest up Vs. Getting things done in the house & not feeling like I’ve wasted a day or been lazy.

What did you do with your time off before the baby arrived? Is there anything you wish you did more or less of?

Kim xx

4 thoughts on “Maternity leave woes

  1. I’m trying to decide whether to finish up at 37 weeks or keep working until I either go into labour or can’t work anymore! I’m worried if I finish early to ‘take some time to relax before baby comes’ I’ll just be home alone and bored out of my brain, just waiting for baby to come. I’m not the type of person to enjoy any more than 1 day at home on my own, so do you think I should work as late as possible?


  2. I think you should do whatever you feel like doing. No matter what, things are always going to need to be done. So if you feel like relaxing, you should. If you feel like prepping more, do it. There is no right or wrong thing to do. No right time for most things. With my first one, I was induced 5 days before my due date. With my 2nd, he came right on his due date. Days leading up to the due date, I guess I prepped a lot in the nursery, trying to make sure everything was ready and that I had what I needed. Daydreaming of what it would be like once the baby arrived. Turns out with my first, I couldn’t do the flight of stairs all day to the nursery the first few days, so I ended up camping in the living room on the pull out sofa and baby was in the bassinet beside me. So, I say do whatever you feel like doing 🙂 I wish you all the best.

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