It may be a couple of weeks sooner than I expected, but I’m officially on maternity leave! Yippee! I always thought I’d work as long as I could during pregnancy, and couldn’t imagine anything worse than having heaps of time doing nothing before baby arrives but sometimes, life throws you a bit of a curve-ball and I can honestly say that leaving work earlier has been one of the best decisions I’ve made throughout this pregnancy. For the first time in months, I feel refreshed, healthy and like I’m doing all I can to ensure Pickle has the best possible start in life.
With five weeks until my due date, I’m determined to make the most of this new found time I have and a maternity leave bucket list sounds like the best way to make sure I use this precious time wisely and productively. Anything with a line through it, I’ve already done – how satisfying!
Things to buy:
A cotbed– Ikea’s Sundvik Cotbed A change bag– Skip Hop Forma Pack & Go Diaper Tote Bag Breast pads and maternity pads Electric breastpump– Medela Swing Electric Breastpump A couple more sleepsuits for Pickle Some sort of bath seat or tub for Pickle Scratch mittens Nursery wardrobe– Ikea’s Stuva Wardrobe Feeding chair for the nursery– Ikea’s Tullsta Armchair
Things to make:
Knitted hat for Pickle Knitted mittens for Pickle Knitted cardigan for Pickle
- Pre-make some meals to freeze so we’ve got plenty in stock for after Pickle is born
Make some nice homemade flapjacks for labour sustenance! A long overdue cushion I said I’d make for a friend’s new home MONTHS ago (she’s moved twice since then, whoops!)
- A roman-blind for Pickle’s room
Things to do:
Go through all of the boxes in Pickle’s room and declutter Build the Snuzpod Build the Cotbed Be on top of the mountain of clothes washing that has built up Wash all of Pickle’s clothes Go on a tour of the labour ward and midwife led unit (booked for Sunday 17th April at 4pm)
- Spend some time with both of my Nans
- Spend some time with friends that are LONG overdue visits
Get my hair cut
So there we have it. The beginnings of my maternity leave bucket list. I’ll keep coming back and adding to this list I’m sure, but it’s a good start. I’ll need to keep filling it up as it’s going to be a very long five weeks otherwise.
If you’ve got any tips for me as to what else is good to do in preparation for Pickle’s arrival – I’m all ears! I think I need all the advice and help I can get at this point.