This week’s #BlogBumpClub comes to you from a place of serene calm. I know – I’m as surprised as the next person. It turns out maternity leave is good for the soul. I’m positively floating on clouds and flying with unicorns at the moment.
I filed copy for my last big deadline on Monday morning and sent my maternity allowance claim form off on Tuesday (I’m self-employed, so maternity leave is a bit different to last time I had a baby). Apart from the odd bit of blogging I really have no need to be near my laptop at the moment, which is an enlightening experience.
Frog started school on Monday – mornings only this week – and loves it so far. Which means *touch wood* we’ve had no morning tantrums, no stressful dragging her out of the door episodes and she’s generally been in the best mood ever. Life is so much easier when kids are happy.
It also means I’ve had the house to myself the past few mornings. I’ve pottered about, made chutney, done a bit of cleaning, blogged a bit and had time to sit in the garden and drink a hot cup of tea.
I remember Carie at Space for the Butterflies writing about the beginning of maternity leave and describing it as a period of “un-working”. I can totally relate to that at the moment because, after an incredibly hectic few months – in good and bad ways – it feels odd to be able to put my feet up without the nagging guilt that I ought to be doing something else. That’s why my first few mornings on my own have still been pretty productive. I’m gradually getting better at unwinding and switching off though and by next week I’m sure the simple act of tweeting will seem like too much of a chore!
Afternoons have been spent out in the sunshine, before napping while Frog watches Frozen for the millionth time (thank you to Chelle at Unique and Chic for the 3pm movie tip – it really does work if you want to buy yourself some guaranteed sit down time).
Bump-wise, I’m feeling well. Obviously there are still multiple nightly loo trips and one of my feet is still puffy, but that’s just standard. And I’m pretty sure the baby’s still back to back, but I’m not worrying about it because Frog was too – I know from experience that even if I spend 24 hours a day on all fours the baby will only turn if he or she feels like it.
I’ve been enjoying lots of pregnancy yoga and (much to my husband’s amusement) meditation and hypnobirthing relaxation CDs. I’m sure that’s all contributing to my calm state of mind. Even the thought of pushing a small human out of my vagina seems kind of exciting at the moment, so the CDs must be working a bit.
The hospital bag is now packed and sitting patiently by the front door. Although I know the baby could arrive any day now, I’m also aware that it could be another few weeks before anything happens – Frog was twelve days past her due date after all. But that’s OK – again, experience tells me there’s no point getting het up about these things. I’m quite content to enjoy this time to myself and ride those unicorns of calm a bit longer.
So how have you been doing? Anyone else enjoying the calm before the baby-arrives-storm? Any newly pregnant bloggers out there? Link up your most recent pregnancy post here and join in the chat.
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