My maternity leave is quickly fading (4 weeks left) and I didn't do half of what I hoped to do. Instead of the book reading, journaling, and yoga practice I intended to do every day, I caught up on sleep, drank coffee, did laundry, pumped and survived. Oh, and also I got to cuddle this beautiful little babe every single day.
The reality is, even if I didn't "accomplish" what I hoped to accomplish, I have been immensely lucky to have this time. And I haven't taken it for granted. No one should take this time for granted, not only because you get to spend some of the most important times with your child, but also because unfortunately so many women across the country do not get this opportunity of paid leave.
As a family, we're so lucky to have this opportunity- California has a solid paid family leave policy, my work has a decent leave policy, and Kevin's has an even better paid leave policy. After my 12 weeks (10 paid at 95% of my salary), Kevin will take 12 more (on top of the 3 he has already taken, and at 100% of his pay). Although I wish I could continue to take more time off of work, I will reluctantly head back at the beginning of June and let Kevin take over baby duties full time. I'm also so happy for him to get this amazing bonding time with Analise- it will be great for both of them!
But since we have only 4 weeks left, I am making some serious goals to accomplish between now and the day I return to work. Some of these goals are baby-related and some of them are mama (self-care) related, but all of them should enhance the next 4 weeks and help me make the most of this time. And if anyone out there is reading this, feel free to hold me accountable and ask me how it's going over the next four weeks!
1. Get down on the floor with Analise everyday
2. 10 minutes of yoga and/or stretching everyday
3. Complete through month 3 of her baby book
4. Get to stroller strides once a week - workout & community-building!
5. Aim for 10,000 steps everyday (hoppin back on the fitbit train)
6. Take a shower every day (haha- this is harder than it sounds!)
One more month to go- logging off now to make the most of it!