Maternity leave is pretty awesome. Not only does it mean you no longer have to sit in rush hour first thing in the morning, it also means you can spend at least six months of uninterrupted time with your brand new arrival.
Here are the ten best things about maternity leave that will make you never want to go back to work.
Spending time with your baby
Maternity leave is there to help you spend time with your baby during the first precious few moments of their life. You can go for walks together, cuddle or spend the afternoon simply gazing at them.
Mornings have a whole new meaning
While you will still no doubt have to get up at the crack of dawn, mornings on maternity leave have a whole new meaning. Waking up knowing that you have the whole day to spend with your baby is one of the best feelings in the world.
Say goodbye to your work clothes it’s pyjamas and tracksuits from now on. Sure nobody is going to be looking at you when you go out - all eyes will be on your little bundle of joy.
Naps during the day
If you heed advice from friends and neighbours to sleep when baby sleeps you will be enjoying afternoon naps every day. Leave the washing up until later, you need your sleep.
Unless you are an organised mum who has booked themselves into every single local mummy and baby group, you can wake up knowing that you don’t have to be anywhere at any particular time – enjoy it because it won’t last forever.
If you are lucky to have a friend or family member who is also on maternity leave you can spend your days enjoying play dates – well, not necessarily play dates more like coffee afternoon, as you baby won’t be able to actually play.
Soaking in every newborn smell and moment
The best thing about maternity leave is simply enjoying that absolutely gorgeous newborn baby smell. It won’t last forever so enjoy it while you can.
Unfortunately, like everything, maternity leave will eventually end. But, when it does, you need to remember the special time you had with your baby and think of all the amazing things you can do with them when you clock off work for the evening.