Today I Return to Work from Maternity Leave: I had initially thought that I would post this last Monday when I officially returned to work. And what a return it was! I went straight into a two day conference with a black tie event in the evening. It turned out that it was a great way to do it as it meant I managed to catch up with a lot of people all at once…. Did I also mention that I also had two nights of uninterrupted sleep! It was also a great reminder that I do work for a very successful FTSE 100 company, that continues to support me in my parenthood journey. However in the end I decided to wait. The reason being is this post is 100% selfish. Its a reminder of all the great things I go up to in my nine months of freedom. Its written for me not for anyone else, so here we go;
Number one had a baby! Kipper, boy at 5.43am on 6th of May 2016 – managed to keep said baby clean, dry, fed and loved all while juggling a slightly older more demanding Monkey. That means that my maternity leave was a success, anything else on top of that is a bonus:
- Spent a few days in Neo Natal
- Had a New Born Photo Shoot
- Monkey left nursery and started school
- Held a Paw Patrol Party for Monkey’s 4th Birthday and all the planning it involved (with a newborn!)
- Spent two weeks in Spain with a 4 month old
- Spent a few days near Norwich for Monkey’s first October Half Term
- Went away for a long weekend away to Cambridge
- Had our first family festival experience
- Started Weaning
- Celebrated Christmas by visiting Lapland UK and also staying overnight in Legoland
- Went self hosted and managed to attend a Blogging Conference.
- Started an instagram community with Laura at Life with Baby Kicks – #rememberingthesedays
- Made some new NCT friends and enjoyed Baby Sensory each week
- Caught up with old friends and spent time with family
- Started Kipper swimming and we had some underwater photos taken
- Managed to visit some new gardens and National Trust places – Batemans, Borde Hill Gardens, High Beeches Gardens, West Dean Gardens, Mayfield Lavender Farm, Loseley Park Garden, Mottisfont, Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Kew Gardens, Wrest Park and Petworth House.
- Managed some great days out with Monkey – Aurndel Wetland Centre, The Level, Drusillias, Harbour Park, Pooh Bridge, Fishers Farm Park and the Brighton Snowdogs
- We picked our own pumpkins and went to a Pumpkin Festival
- Enjoyed strawberry picking
- Celebrated Kippers first Christmas and New Years Eve
- Secured the post of Parent Governor
Oh I missed this one this week, even though he was only at nursery for two days! The good news is that he has settled into nursery so well. He's off exploring even before I am out the door and I know the friends he will make will be important to him as he gets older. Just like Monkey's are to him. I hate to think how much I am going to miss him when I am back to work next week. Thank goodness for Fridays is all I can say! This is the second of my #LivingArrows pictures for this week and was also taken at Cambridge Botanical Gardens
We had a great nine months, of course going back to work makes me feel a little sad that my maternity bubble is over. Rather than wallow in self pity I decided to record all these moments. Many of the above activities have also been represented on my Instagram Account. I like nothing more than looking back through these photos and remember all the great stuff we got up to. Rather than using my phone I decided to print Instagram Photos into a little hand held album. Not only is it the perfect size to travel with me when I visit clients who want to see pictures of Kipper it will also fit nicely into his memory box at a point in time. For the moment it is sitting on my desk.
I really like that I can choose the pictures (1, 4 or 9) on the front cover and add in my own text both on the cover and on the inside page. I decided not to include the comments under the photos because of some of my hashtags were in them, instead opting only for the date.
Ordering the book was very straight forward, all you need to do was to select the number of photos either 25 or 50. As you select them it counts up the number on the lefthand side so you don’t need to keep track yourself. I opted for 50 and they will automatically pre-populate in date order. You can add your personalisation and select to add comments and/or dates. My little album arrived with a few days and also my initial reaction was that its a little small, yet the size has definitely grown on me. I am thinking that I may actually print a book out each month as it would make a wonderful diary.
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