Making the Most of Maternity Leave

Friday, 5 January 2018

Having a year off work sounds like some sort of dream. Long baths, endless shit telly, dinner dates and the freedom to do whatever the eff you like.
Throw a baby in the mix and at some point you will wish you were back at your 9-5. So, with the return to work only round the corner for me I thought it was only right to share my Maternity leave experience and how I made the most of it!

The first few months are a stressful, mad blur where you feel your life is upside down and you will never have a routine or any sort of rhythm to your day. However, with my partner returning to work I thought it was time to ditch the milk stained pjs, pull on a large pair of granny knickers and dip my toe in the world of mother and baby groups. I was struggling with feeding Archie so I went along to my local Sure Start Centre where I joined a breastfeeding cafe (now it's a feeding clinic so any sort of feeding is welcome! Yay for us bottle mamas!!)where I sat around with other mamas feeding our babies enjoying hot cups of tea. It was so useful with aiding my feeding journey and the health professionals are on hand to offer advice. When you have a newborn as they just sleep,eat,shit,repeat you feel that there isn't a lot of groups that you can attend so this is a great starting point (I soon learnt that this is not the case and any group you turn up with a teeny tiny newborn women will flock).

When you hit the 3-4 month stage and they become more alert this is a lovely time to head for more baby play groups. I found joining local facebook pages, looking what's on at local churches ( I am in no way religious but welcomed with open arms at all the church groups, so don't let that put you off) and keeping up with the children's centre all of which are usually free. Then there is the franchised classes that have a cost Baby Sensory, Water Babies, Tiny Talk to name a few.
What I found useful is having a diary and putting in all the dates of the free classes so if I was at my wits end I could see when my next activity was to relieve some of my sanity. I then signed up for one or two of the paid classes just so I was mixing in with all different mums to find my groove.

I found the more I got out there the regular faces you'd see and the small smiles across the room soon turned into friendly waves and hello's and before you know it your discussing your nether regions in depth and how you've never been the same!

I have to say that getting out there is daunting and can be rather overwhelming especially when you walk into a room where you know nobody but the more you go the more people you meet and before you know it your hosting a party...well I was anyway!

I have to say that it's the mums I've met along the way have made the mat leave amazing, I'm sad to be returning to work...

If your about to go on Maternity leave let me know what your most excited for in the comments below!
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