What I will Miss Most about Maternity Leave

Oops sorry friends I didn’t mean to go missing last week.  Life kind of got busy.  I guess I say kind of because the weather was less then desirable and me and the little guy spent a couple of days in!  During my final days of maternity leave I was busy getting a bunch of things taken care of while he napped.  There wasn’t a whole lot to say so I was just quiet last week.

So here we are in my final few days of leave.  I go back Thursday and the Hubs starts his leave on Friday.

It’s been a marvelous 3 months and while the weather kept us inside for large chunks of it I have absolutely treasured my time with this little man.

For me, maternity leave was NOT about binge watching Netflix or even daytime television.  To be honest the TV was off most days.  Nap times were filled with laundry, dinner prep catching up on emails and other random tasks.

Aside from this guy, I will miss going from workout clothes to MORE workout clothes.

I’ll miss getting out the shower, not putting on make up and letting my hair air dry!

I’ll miss waking up with NO plans and a non existent TO DO list.

I’ll miss lunch dates with my mom.

I’ll miss cuddles, snuggles and loads of smiles


I’ll miss throwing random lunches together using ingredients from my fridge!


I’m not looking forward to lunch planning and packing but I being back at work means I won’t engage in mindless snacking!  Goodbye copious amounts of peanut butter!!


I’m also NOT looking forward to cleaning and prepping bottles and doing all the work that goes along with pumping.  The Hubs did ask me if I could leave my boobs at home next week to make life easier for him. Sweet huh 🙂

Of course 2am nursing sessions will still occur and I know that I am going to have to figure out early morning workouts and getting everything done in the day.  For me the runs and workouts are a must in order to feel good but sleep is also a big priority. I’m also a little worried about getting dinner on the table every night and getting the grocery shopping done too.  I suppose I need to get back into meal planning to make life easier!

Change is hard and this is going to be new change for about 5 weeks.  It’s not so bad because come mid June it’s summer and we are all off together!

To all my mamas out there how did you deal with the change of going back to work.  Any advice?



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16 Responses to What I will Miss Most about Maternity Leave

  1. It’s so great that you had this 3 months with your little guy. I’m sure it will be very hard to go back. Good luck!
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  2. I love this post! I went back to work when my first child was 9 months old so I can relate. I’m going to wait at least until my current baby is a year old (she’s going to hit the 5 month mark this Friday!) and I feel blessed that I have the choice to stay home with her. Of course, I have another friend who could have stayed home with her baby, but really really knew that the work world was really her thing, not the SAHM role.

    I hope your return to work later this week goes smoothly!!
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  3. Hugs! Hang in there. I’m glad you enjoyed your time off. You’re just going to appreciate time with him that much more now that you’re not together 110% of the time.
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  4. My little guy is a few weeks younger than yours and I’m dreading going back (and I’m an engineer so no summers off here). I just keep reminding myself that I don’t know how stay-at-home moms do it (both financially and emotionally <-I also have a wild 2 1/2 year old). I think SAHMs are superheros.

    Although I really wish I still lived in Canada and could take a whole year off with the little guy (While keeping the wild child at daycare).
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  5. Lauren says:

    Logistically, having a 2nd set of pump parts really helped me save time at work by not having to clean everything. And those sanitizing wipes saved me too! And basically having everything done the night before (meals/snacks/drinks ready, outfit ironed, bags by the door) helped me get out the door in the least amount of time. Good luck, girl! Glad B will be w daddy!!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks Lauren- I have 3 sets of pump parts so that will help! I also know that as soon as the kids are in bed for the night I won’t have that down time as I will need to get ready for the next day- I think I am dreading that the most– Just hoping to get it all done!
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  6. Kim says:

    I’m glad that it is just a few weeks until you have a break for summer – sort of a nice transition back to working!!!
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  7. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful maternity leave. Sorry about having to go back to work. Life is tough sometimes. At least June is just around the corner. Also, your little one is soooooo adorable!
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  8. Briana LUcas says:

    I went back to work about 3 months ago after baby #2. There are days when i literally just run out of time, and by 9 PM i make myself stop, and sleep. If it doesn’t get done, it doesn’t get done. If the kids are fed, bathed, and happy, then that’s all I can hope for on any given day. Anything else is just a bonus. You’ll get into your own swing of things before you know it, these things work themselves out. Good luck returning to work!

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