5 Things I Hate About Maternity Leave
5 Things I Hate About Maternity Leave by Claire Hall at Tin Box Traveller.
I’m down to the final few weeks of the last period of maternity leave I’ll ever take. That’s right, we’ve made the decision that there will be no more little Tin Boxes, cute as they are.
So when I return to work in February I know that (unless we win the lottery) the next time I step away from a desk for any length of time will be when I retire. Eek!
Having 10 months off work with both my babies has been a fantastic experience. I’ve been able to be there to watch them grow, take time to regain my strength and indulge in my passion for blogging during nap times.
But wait a minute while I whip off my rose tinted glasses. It hasn’t all been lattes and lay ins. Maternity leave can be seriously hard work. Here’s five things I hate about maternity leave:
1. Everyone thinks it’s easy
Maternity leave is a year-long holiday, right? Wrong! The cycle of feeds, nappy changes and washing – oh the endless washing – is exhausting. It may all be simple stuff but it is tedious. And if you don’t find a routine quickly you risk being buried under a pile of stained clothes and stinking nappies with a screaming baby as the cherry on top.
2. The introduction to sleep deprivation
I can’t remember the last time I woke up and thought ‘I’m ready for today’. It’s been during maternity leave that I have understood the true meaning of sleep deprivation. When will the haze lift? When? Having kids without sleep deprivation – now that would be easy.
3. I’ve got nothing to wear – honest!
After nine months of slowly packing away my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and being too tight to buy lots of expensive maternity wear I wanted to get back to ‘normal’ clothes fast. Seven months after having my second baby I’m still in maternity jeans. The old bod isn’t popping back as quickly as I’d like. All the coffee and cake can’t be helping but that’s what’s keeping me going. Having clothes that fit will have to wait.
4. It’s so busy
How busy can a baby’s social calendar be? As it turns out, very busy! If we’re not at a baby group taking advantage of space that I don’t have to tidy up, we’re seeing the health visitor or meeting up with friends. OK, so a lot of this is what keeps you sane when you’re on maternity leave, but some days it feels like you’re on a merry-go-round.
5. The lack of cash
Before you finish work you may check out local event calendars and make a note of the cute day trips you’re going to do with your new arrival. Then you realise you hardly have enough money in the bank to fill up the car, let alone pay for tickets to visit the zoo. Another trip to the park anyone?
If you’re pregnant or have recently became a first time mum please don’t despair. It really isn’t all bad. In fact if I was going to give you a bonus thing that I hate about maternity leave it would be that it has to come to an end. The positives really do outweigh the negatives. Enjoy these precious months.