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Mothering Annual Leave

I’ve been struggling a bit recently – being exhausted one day, insomnia the next – and I really feel like I need a holiday.

In the past 12 months, hubby has gone away for the weekend for his 30th birthday, had at least 3 big nights out with recovery needed the next day and been away on a handful of football day trips. 

What have I had?

I had one night at my mum’s where I was home by half 7 in the morning. I’ve had three nights out where I was home by 10 (one with hubby) and one day at a spa (which was bliss).

I want to run away.

Hubby is currently sleeping off a work night out, he came home at lunch and took a half day. I had no sleep last night due to insomnia, but I get no half day. I stopped breastfeeding over a week ago, but bedtimes are still all me. In about 6 weeks I’m having a day away to attend a signing convention, I’m seriously considering staying there the night for an obscene cost just to have a day off.

Does that make me selfish or normal?

~ P

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Things I have Learnt This Holiday

Take lidded baby wipes to the beach.

Take spray sun tan lotions to the beach.

Elvis loves dogs, the sea and playing in the sand.

He also loves Mega Blocks building bricks.

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#lastdayofmaternity

Today is officially my last day of maternity leave and something has just struck me. Tomorrow my accrued annual leave starts, taking me through almost until July, but what I realised was that I accrued annual leave for what…?

Seeing as my job for the past 49 weeks was being a mum, is it annual leave from being a mum? Obviously I don’t mean actually parenting Elvis, but can I now take leave from cooking, cleaning, washing?

The thoughts of maximising my afternoons and weekends once I’m back at work were already running through my mind, but now I’m wondering if I should start it before that. In my last few weeks before work and nursery start, should we fill our days with fun and ignore the mundane? For two weeks, no cleaning, more fun. Actual annual leave.

I do have weeks of it stored up!

~ P

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Countdowns…

I mark my diary with how many weeks old Elvis is (49, by the way) and also counting down things I’m excited about.

Here’s what I’m counting down to at the moment –

It is two weeks until our holiday. Well, two weeks yesterday, but that’s just being picky. I am so excited and curious to see how Elvis reacts. Sun, swimming, a dog in the house! And, of course, the plane journey!

It is three weeks until Elvis’ first name day. I have no idea how exactly we’re going to celebrate it in Spain, but it should be fun. We purposefully planned our holiday to end the day after his name day so that he had seven days to acclimatise. Fingers crossed he loves his day. Before we come home for his first party!

It is eight weeks until I return to work! But I only have one day of work in my first week so it should go easy for me anyway.

Then it is about eleven weeks until my first convention in almost two years. I couldn’t make any of my usual three last year, or the first of this year as my son was inconveniently born on the wrong weekend! If only I had my IUI a month earlier! Kidding.  I am incredibly excited about London Film and Comic Con. I’m mostly excited about what I can buy Elvis or how fun it’ll be in a few years when he’s coming, too.

And that’s it. For now! My next three months all planned!

~ P

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Swimming!

Whilst I hate, okay maybe a little bot strong of a word, how my local swimming pool keeps closing over weekends for galas, I love the fact that when this cancels one of Elvis’ swimming lessons they reimburse me with a free family swim.

I have until the end of July to drag my hubby with us for some fun. I’m wondering if I should do this before our holiday or after.

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For the Next 5 Years

The plan for Elvis’ first birthday is to visit his Grandparents who live in Spain. He’s only met them once and it would be lovely to spend that occasion with them. I know my mum will be unhappy, but she’ll still get his first birthday party!

Now the key thing for that is a passport.

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New Challenges

Ages ago I had a countdown to various different things including Elvis’ due date and one of those things was a family wedding which is this weekend. It’s about 3-4 hours away by both train and car; seeing as my mum is the only one that can drive us from here and her car is tiny, we’ve decided to go by train whilst my mum drives with the bulk of our stuff.

Essentially all we need to take is the pushchair and nappy bag plus snacks for us. My mum takes everything else.

Stuff for me and hubby is easy. Clothes for Elvis are relatively easy. I mean I have 4 outfits for the three days, Elvis technically has about 15 outfits! But, although he hasn’t really ever spat up, there are wee and poo issues – last night he wet his gro-bag but luckily we had a spare!

Packing is therefore relatively easy. Especially as neither of us have to carry/push a suitcase! Plus a cousin has found her boys’ old moses basket so bedding is sorted!

My main concerns are: the act of travelling by train – getting on/off, finding seats, storing the pushchair; changing any dirty nappies, and feeding him.

Getting on/off the train. This really shouldn’t be a problem. I’m with hubby and there’s only one connection. I’m pretty sure hubby can handle the up and down. I’m just stressing.

Finding seats. On the second train by most doors they have the disabled/pushchair area so we should be fine unless there are multiple wheelchair users already there. As a worst case scenario we can unclip the carrycot part and keep it on our laps/spare seat. This might be the onlyboption on the first train as I have no idea how their trains are laid out – except that it’s only 2 carriages which technically goes to a different country!

Storing the pushchair. Train one has luggage storage, train 2 doesn’t as far as I know. However we’re joining train 1 at the starting station, which obviously becomes a bigger issue on the return.

Dirty nappies. For the second train I found info on their website stating that on each train at least one toilet has baby change facilities (I’ve packed the dettol wipes!), there’s no info on the website for the first train. Epic fail in my opinion. Or its on the seat/table! Or leaving him for 3-4 hours…

Feeding. I have no issues with people breastfeeding in public I just happen to have never done it yet and I’m still a newbie at these things. Therefore I am going to take formula and sterile bottles just in case. If I feel confident enough, or we decide to take a later connection, I will breastfeed, but if I don’t feel confident/comfortable there will be food for him.

Wish me luck for the next three days!

~ Persephone M

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