I had to forgive myself and let go of all those things I didn’t do. Although I didn’t manage to get the basement cleaned out, I did manage to keep a tiny human alive! I managed to make a home cooked dinner for my family nearly every night for 7 weeks. That endless pile of laundry that normally doesn’t get done until someone is out of underwear, was finally under control. Although it is so easy to look over your maternity leave, and see what didn’t get done, it is important to focus on those things that did. Even if the only thing that got done the whole time was that you kept the baby alive! That is an accomplishment in itself! There will always be time to do everything else. You have to forgive yourself for not doing all the things on your to do list. You just had a baby for Pete’s sake! Even if the only thing that you managed to check off your list was to get in lots of baby snuggles, then that is an accomplished maternity leave. Those first few weeks are such an important time to bond with your baby. Take advantage of it. Don’t worry about all those things that you had planned to do, they can and will wait. I wouldn’t trade 7 weeks of endless baby cuddles for anything. As I sit at my desk, wondering where those past weeks went, I will choose look fondly on the all that precious time I got to spend one on one with my little man. So soak up every minute of your leave, and don’t fret over any chore that you didn’t do.
Poshmark closet that I had neglected. I was going to finally get my life in order. Well, 7 weeks passed, and none of that happened. I did manage to watch almost the whole series of Once Upon A Time as I sat on the couch, filling my day with endless baby snuggles. And most days I was even able to clean the kitchen and living room, and make dinner, before everyone got home, and messed it up all again.And just like that, it’s over, 7 weeks went by way too fast. 7 weeks of not having anything to do, but cuddle this new adorable life that I just created. I had such high hopes for the past 7 weeks. For the past 9 months I have been planning this time. I was going to clean out my basement. I was going to finally de-clutter my house. I was going to work hard on the my