I am currently 33 weeks pregnant. I have no idea when Baby Murray will make her debut BUT that isn’t stopping me from trying to be productive.
I honestly had NO idea what I was going to do on my maternity leave. Oh sure, I had lots of grand plans like cleaning, sleeping, reading and blogging but as my belly expands, I find myself becoming lazier and lazier. I still want to make the most of my maternity leave before Baby Murray arrives so I’ve decided to make some goals and post them to keep me accountable.
But first, let’s explain maternity leave in Canada because I know how different it is from other countries. Here in Canada starting in 2018 you have two options. The first option is 12 months off and you will receive 55% of your yearly income. The second option that was unveiled this year was 18 months off BUT you receive the same amount as if you took 12 months off. Both of these options always guarantee your job when your maternity leave is over.
Anyways, without further ado, my maternity leave goals:
1. Toss or sell anything that we don’t use or won’t need when we become a family of three.
The Mister has already started the purge of things we don’t use for selling on Kijiji. He’s great at posting things so my job will mostly be tossing things we don’t need.
2. Deep clean each room.
This has started but I am thinking I will want to do this one more time before Baby Murray arrives. That is, if she decides to stay in there until 40 weeks.
3. Stock up on non-perishables and toiletries.
I’ve read on many blogs that this helped them immensely in the first month or two with a new baby. We will be going to Costco or something to stock up on toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, granola bars, pretzels and popcorn.
4. Go on as many date nights as possible.
My doctors keep telling us to go out and do as many things as we can before I have Baby Murray. We will definitely be taking advantage of this alone time.
5. Go on weekly nature walks.
I’m sure that I won’t be getting out in true nature for at least a few months after Baby Murray is born so I am hoping that I can enjoy the peace and solitude that I find in nature before she arrives.
6. Get a pedicure and manicure.
I got a pedicure and manicure at 25 weeks and I wished I’d done it sooner since the last time I’d had one before that was when I was about 6 weeks pregnant before my trip to Ontario. I have already pre-booked an appointment for next week and I’m hoping to squeeze in just one more time before she arrives, but we shall see.
Once Baby Murray arrives, I know that my time will be taken up by her so I’m hoping that with these goals I can keep my maternity leave productive but also relaxing. Don’t worry, I’ll be taking TONS of naps too.
So tell me, what is your maternity leave like where you live? Did you have grand plans for your maternity leave and then you did nothing? How did you occupy your time during maternity leave?