Leaving work and starting another year off

With my first pregnancy I was so excited to be leaving work for a year.  I’d worked for 9 years straight out of uni and I was in a role at work that needed a lot of commitment.  I loved it to bits but I felt I was ready for a break.  An entire year off work with a cute little baby to raise.  I had never had either before.  It was going to be fantastic.  I was going to go for countless coffee and cake mornings, meet friends and maybe even take up an evening class in photography or baking.  Things I loved but never get very good at.

I remember walking out of the office on the last day with a slightly surreal feeling.  My bump told me it was real but 12 months off work didn’t quite register.   I would come back and just pick up where I left off.

How I miss that blissful ignorance this time round.  Apparently I will be much calmer and confident this time round and the sheer fact that we STILL have bits to get, a crib to build and possibly the car seat to swap with another one.  It’ll come together in the end I’m sure so I’m not worried about that bit.   This time I know a year is a long time.  I won’t necessarily pick up where I left off at work which means I won’t necessarily see the same colleagues again.  That bit feels a bit final.  Although the nature of these places dictates these things and something else will come along to fill that hole.  It’s something you get used to in that kind of industry. 

I know the sleepless nights are coming but I am hoping my semi permanent insomnia post Little Z has armed me, at least a little bit,with a steely shield of round the clock alertness.  And a teeny tiny deluded part of me is still hoping the baby sleeps through straight away.  I could be like those smug mums who brag about it every chance they get and and who are obviously lying.   They are. 

Aren’t they?

It does feel amazingly good to finally put the work laptop away for a bit, as much as I’ll miss it.  It’s one more big step to meeting the new baby and give us some much needed slow days to just potter about.

And of course there are plenty of people to sympathise, usually with something like…

“I wish I was having a year off work!”

(Week 8 of Project 52 and linking up to Sunday Photo)

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66 thoughts on “Leaving work and starting another year off”

  1. ive had the last 5 years off work and for the last 2 years there hasn’t been any kids at home, what lovely flowers you received and a year off work, isn’t actually that good, as it’s not all spa’s and nail bars and shopping and toddler groups, it’s work of a different kind and just as rewarding, if not more. All the luck and love in the world as you venture into pastures new with a family of 4
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  2. We are so unorganised this time around too. I am sure these babies are going to be very easy for us though. I have convinced myself that this one will enjoy sleep. He can’t be any worse than Bob. Happy maternity leave! Enjoy the ‘rest’. πŸ™‚ xxx
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  3. Ahhh how exciting for you – it is definitely a different feeling second time round. Enjoy your last few weeks with Z I hope bubba doesn’t come too early as spending those last days as a family of three are precious. (My second little monkey was 10 days early!) #MySundayPhoto
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  4. I remember leaving work before having S and saying “yeahhh, day time telly, lie ins, not getting out of my PJs, it’s going to be great!” Then S came along and … yeah, not so much!
    At least second time around you know what to expect. And this one might sleep through the night!
    Incidentally, my nephew slept through from a young age, but now he’s 2 and making up for it big time. Which I believe to be sleep karma.
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    1. Haha I like sleep karma. That would mean mine should sleep through the night but I’m guessing its probably going to be up a fair bit!

  5. I’m going to whisper this but some babies do sleep well, honestly some mum’s are not lying – fingers crossed you get lucky. Hope you have a peaceful last few weeks and that everything goes according to plan. Take care x
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  6. Isn’t it funny how you think that first year off will be. I don’t think I ever got to a coffee morning! In-fact I have been working from home for over two years now and have never been to a coffee morning! I hope the change from three to four goes well for you x
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