I can not believe that its finally here, but I am now officially on maternity leave. I’ve still not really settled into it, despite only have three weeks until Kipper’s guess date. I thought that by writing my to do list it may make me feel more prepared as at the moment I don’t really feel like I have done anything! Although I have pretty much done everything on my 3rd trimester to do list now its about the whole nesting thing…

List of things to doon Maternity Leavebefore Baby arrives

Although I am thinking Kipper will make an arrival before his guess date I am not sure all of these will actually get done…

For the delivery/hospital trip:

  • Review the online tour of hospital we are visiting, as we planned a home birth with Monkey so we have no idea where to go when the time comes
  • Pack a hospital bag… or several
  • Attend the active birth session at hospital focusing around water birth – I am hoping this will strengthen my case for a water birth and it sounds like active birth has improved in the hospital since our last visit.
  • Load up the iPod with my delivery playlist
  • Plan alternative route to the hospital due to extensive roadworks on the main road adding an hour to the journey!
  • Continued prep for natural birth and revisit my birth plan

For Monkey: 

  • Write down a list of places to visit while I am on maternity leave over the Summer
  • Finish off Monkey’s room and get him completely moved in
  • Buy his present from Kipper
  • Arrange with parents/relatives sibling cover while I am in hospital

For Kipper:

  • Book a professional baby shoot and research some photo ideas
  • Clean the nursery, wash the curtains and clean the carpet. It will never be brand new as Monkey has lived in it for the last almost four years but I would like to make it as close as possible
  • Get the clothing down from loft, sort and wash – do I need anything else ( any excuse for a trip to John Lewis!) and shop for essentials
  • Buy a new moses basket – I was going to use the old one but have since been freaking out about bugs and since I would buy a new mattress anyway…
  • Wash, clean and install the car seat
  • Finish off my pregnancy journal (theres still a lot to do!)
  • Buy a nice notebook for recording the first 6 months of his life
  • Decopatch a memory box for congratulation cards etc the same as Monkey’s

For me:

  • Catch up on sleep!
  • Get my hair done…after all it will be a while until I do it again
  • Book a pregnancy massage
  • Arrange lunch with girlfriends
  • Have a little DIY pregnancy photo shoot – I have a couple of ideas to involve Monkey
  • Craft – I have some tea towel cushions which I would like to make for our conservatory plus maybe a throw, I find sewing very therapeutic
  • Take some photos of Monkey in amongst the bluebells
  • Clear out my study, removing old paperwork and getting it all tidied up and organised for my return to work – so its done!
  • Gardening (yes I know slightly mad) but I would like to put some herbaceous perennials into the flower beds on our patio, as I won’t have time once Kipper arrives and I love sitting out on the patio in the sun with flowers all around.
  • By some new nursing bras
  • New Buggy? … step away from the iCandy!
  • Attend my Baby Shower
  • Catch up on some reading – I have several books I would like to read before baby makes an arrival around sleep, feeding and siblings. Thats without all the development reads for Monkey
  • Clean, clean, clean…

For Mudpie Fridays:

  • Schedule three weeks of blog posts… yes really…
  • Schedule three weeks of tweets ….hmmm
  • The wonderful Debbie at Random Musings will be covering my maternity leave over on #BloggerClubUK so there are a few things I need to do to handover
  • Avoid too much baby spam on IG…. never going to happen

This list is a lot longer than I thought it was going to be and I know there are things which I haven’t thought of yet. Hopefully I will get through most of it, but if I don’t then I’m not worried after all Kipper will make an appearance when he feels like it and the bits will get done eventually.

What do you think is there anything I have forgotten?

Linking up with #MarvMondays #mg





  1. Yay maternity leave is here! You have an ambitious list with so many wonderful ideas for all three of you. Take it easy & keep your feet up while you can is what I’d recommend. The iCandy would be lovely tho… 😉 #MG x

  2. Fab list! I’m going to have to refer back when I go on maternity. It’s so awesome your hospital do sessions etc. as I haven’t been informed about ours doing anything like that, nor last time. We were sort of thrown in head first. >_< Thanks for linking to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

  3. I’d rest up whilst wishing you could stockpile steep … Good luck with getting it all done 🙂 I filled my freezer with food I could just defrost and heat up. That might be helpful if you’ve not done that already.

  4. How exciting! You seem to have a good list there. Make and freeze meals would be my top priority. Even if they are just toddler ones for Monkey and you live on pringles! 😉 So exciting, enjoy it, and definitely try to rest as much as possible. Can’t wait for the baby spam! #bigpinklink

  5. Very busy maternity leave for you it seems 🙂 this time I would definitely make sure I had some ready made meals as thats one thing we struggled with last time (we just ate lots of takeaways) but we obviously have S to think about this time!

    Make sure you fit lots of rest in for yourself too 🙂 xo


  6. That is one fantastic list I was so lazy on my maternity leave in comparison I think my list included lots of lunches out with the folks and then being able to get a pair of shoes on featured at top of my list by the end. Hope you have a fab leave it all goes way too quick x

  7. mackenzieglanville Reply

    wow you sound busy but so much more organised than I ever was!! So excited for you, what a beautiful time in your life! Rest up and have plenty of hugs xx #mg

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