I'm finally on maternity leave, everything is ready and we're just waiting now.
I'm two days into maternity leave and missing work like crazy. Everyone tells you about how hard the transition is of going back to work, but the process of leaving is just as hard. You're having to release a whole part of your life to someone else and hope they keep it going for you. The people taking over my role are fabulous, but I still miss it. I spent three years at university studying and love that I work in the field I studied.
I'm also finding it strange getting into the school run routine. It's something I don't do. Normally, it's what Matt does on his way to and from work so feels odd doing it with him and I hate going alone.
The extra time at home though isn't too bad. I'm someone that enjoys cleaning so the nesting period for me is an average day off. It drives Matt insane but, at least being at home will give me more time to do it all instead of rushing at the weekend. In a day and half, I've been through both bathrooms, dramatically decreased the washing baskets and cleared out a load of junk.
We've also put the car seat in the car. As we've gone for one that stays in the car rather than a carry style one, we wanted it in place beforehand as it seemed easier that messing around with it while trying to get a baby into it! It's also designed to last longer so shouldn't have to deal with the stress of finding a new seat in a year's time. My thinking behind it is that I won't be able to leave the baby sat in it for long periods of time, a bad habit I fell into with Lily.
As well as this, I've given the car a good once over. It's now got oil and enough fuel in it. We're supposed to be getting snow soon and being caught out in that is not what I really want to happen at this point. I'm hoping we will miss all the bad weather but it's England so who knows!
I've had enough of my midwives though. Mines gone on maternity leave early and it's been a mess since. I ended up calling my mum's friends who's a midwife in my local area to sort things out (she's a star). It's comforting to know that there is one person going through my notes to come to a conclusion on everything rather than six here and there. It's taught me that if something is worth sorting, it's quicker to do it yourself! At least it's only now for the last few weeks, so not much longer.