Monday is a day that I haven’t been looking forward to for quite awhile. After spending the past 13 weeks at home with little man, I’ll be heading back to work next week. I know that not every mother gets to spend a full three months at home with their babies and I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend as much time at home with him as I have. That doesn’t mean that I’m any more ready to go back to work though. As I transition back to work, I’m beyond thankful that little man gets to spend another two weeks at home before he starts daycare. Preston will be taking a couple days of paternity leave early next week, and then my mom will be here for 11 days to help take care of little man while we’re at work. I’m also thankful that when the school year ends at the end of June that I’ll be back home for the summer with little man.
Last week when I was at the chiropractor, the receptionist tried to joke with me that my “vacation” was coming to an end. I tried to convince her that maternity leave is anything but a vacation. Anybody who does think maternity leave is a vacation should check out this Scary Mommy article.
Despite the sleepless nights, the difficult days of trying to figure out why little man was upset, recovering from giving birth, and other things that go along with having a newborn, I wouldn’t trade the past three months that I’ve spent at home with little man for anything. There’s so much I’m going to miss about not continuing to stay home with him, including:
1. Spending countless hours with my little man. Although there were some difficult days when he was very fussy, I will never regret maximizing my maternity leave. Its been amazing to witness just how much he’s grown and changed since he was born three months ago, and I fear missing out on some of his changes by not spending as many hours a day with him as I have been.
2. Seeing his smiling face. Over the last couple of weeks, he’s really started smiling a lot more, and I can’t help but smile when he smiles.
3. Our mid day stroller walks. Although the blizzard at the end of January resulted in the sidewalks being snow and ice covered for several weeks, little man and I have gone for several walks a week for the past couple of weeks. The time outside has been good for both of us.
4. Afternoon cuddle time. There are few things sweeter than having a baby snuggled up and napping on you.
5. Spending most days in yoga pants. Unless little man and I had someplace to be, I often got dressed in sweats after taking a shower. Life will be quite different as I readjust to dress clothes and heels.
QOTD: To my fellow mommies, what do you miss most about when your child(ren) were newborns?
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