... Mum approaching the end of her Maternity Leave!
The Listography at Kate Takes 5 this week is very open ended, and we can insert whatever we like to complete the sentence. So I thought that I'd write about something which is on my mind at the moment - the end of my Maternity Leave. I timed my leave almost to perfection this time - I had my last day at work on a Friday, enjoyed a Bank Holiday weekend, then gave birth on the Tuesday morning - meaning that I didn't waste any time sitting around being pregnant, not like I did with Harry for 6 weeks!
My work offers a fairly generous Maternity Leave package, and the flexible working options mean that I can fit in part-time work around the little ones without too much trouble. I've also been lucky enough to be able to take a full year off. Unfortunately it can't last forever, and even though I've still got a couple of months left, I can sense the return to work looming. Five ways that I can tell:
1 - I just went to the dentist. Need to make the most of that maternity exemption certificate.
2 - I'm desperately trying to fit in at least one of my Keeping in Touch days. The trouble is that it's not really possible for the first few months, and then you get so used to being away that you forget all about it until you suddenly realise that there's no way you are going to fit them all in before you're due back. I've got one booked in for the middle of April and suspect that might be all I manage.
3 - I'm beginning to worry that I no longer fit into my work clothes. Now that I'm in the final stretch of my leave I'm also not being paid anything, which makes buying a whole new work wardrobe feel rather extravagent.
4 - I'm starting to think of all the things that I should have been doing and all the places that I should have been visiting while I had the opportunity.
5 - Lastly, my baby is getting so grown up! She's is crawling about, pulling up on everything, and I suspect that it won't be a baby that I leave at nursery, it will be a toddler!
I hope that you liked my list, remember to pop by and see how everyone else has interpreted the theme this week!