Maternity Leave Bucket List. Last time round I didn’t really have a list of things I wanted to achieve while I was off work. After all Monkey was my first baby and I had no idea what was going to hit me! So it was probably for the best, however here I am almost two months into Kipper’s life and it’s dawning on me that I will not have as much time again out of the corporate environment until I retire. What a scary thought!! So this time round I’ve had a bit of a think and here is the list of things I would like to achieve while on maternity leave.

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My Maternity Leave Bucket List

  • At the moment I’m desperate for baby number three. It must be a hormone thing and I am sure it will fade once Kipper is out if the cuddly baby stage. To be honest it will have to as we are not having any more! So number one on my list has to be Memory Making with Kipper – every precious moment, and enjoying lots of cuddles, obviously!!
  • Size 10 – I’m being quite specific with this rather than just to loose weight, as I’m already in clothes I couldn’t get into when I fell pregnant. Unintentionally pregnancy has made me almost a stone lighter. So I intend on capitalizing on this by making the most of the breast-feeding weight loss and trying to stay off the cake…
  • I’m having a bloggers block moment and if I’m honest struggling to fit it all in. I need to make some Decisions about Mudpie Fridays. Currently I’m torn between it continuing it as a hobby or monetizing it. I really don’t know what to do. Either way I need to get more organised.
  • My only goal when I realised I was going onto maternity again was to Write a Book while off. I know, with a new baby a four-year old who is starting school and a blog which may or may not just continue as a hobby?! I’m hoping to think about making a start after Monkeys party … Yes I am mad.
  • We are still undecided about holidays this year, with Kipper’s arrival and the school holidays almost upon us it’s unlikely we will get away now. So I’m planning on taking the boys to a couple of  Day Festivals and Weekends Away as there are several places round the UK that I would like to visit.
  • I’ve a long list of Day Trips with Monkey once he’s finished nursery for the Summer. As well as some gardens I would like to visit myself for some inspiration!
  • We have been trying to get on top of the garden for a while. I dream about having long herbaceous borders down each side. At the moment it’s very much a dream but I hope to Get to Grips with the Garden and at least make a start!
  • Now this is one I’ve already started – Declutter!! Although I’ve done most of the upstairs, downstairs is still very full! Of course moving is an option… But until we do I want to utilise our space better. You never know we may even make it to clearing out the loft …
  • Something for me without Monkey or Kipper – I’m going to spend a day out at V Festival with some girlfriends. I am also hoping to book a couple of Spa Days once things settle down on the feeding front.
  • Catch up on project life photo albums, this is a tall ask as I am about two years behind. Before the photos even make it into the albums I need to go through them electronically file and organise  them and then upload them to a photo printing service.  My Mac has over 18,000 photos on it! When I review this post at the end of my maternity leave it will be interesting to see how much of an inroad I’ve made to getting them up to date! If I don’t do it now though then it’s likely I never will.

So they are my ten things. Of course there’s other things like organising Monkey’s 4th Birthday Party. Getting him ready for big school and making Kipper’s First Christmas one to remember. However they would happen regardless of whether I was on maternity leave or not. Which is why they haven’t made it to the list. I’m also enjoying making some new mummy friends through my NCT group and catching up with old ones. Afterall one of the benefits of the newborn stage  are all those endless cups of coffee while feeding ….

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My Maternity Leave Bucket List

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  1. That is quite some list! You are going to be busy. I can’t help with any advice, but start on the garden before Kipper is on the move, it’s easier then (ish) . It’s an ambitious bucket list but it does sound like a fun one as well. Xx

  2. Inspired_Momma Reply

    I had such aspirations on my second Maternity Leave! And here I am nearly two years on and I’m not that far along. My biggest one was the photos, I wanted to make albums and organise my google drive of the photos accumulated but alas baby cuddling twice got in the way!!! 🙂 Enjoy your maternity leave!

  3. What a good idea! I’ve only got a couple of months of maternity leave left but I am totally going to do a bucket list! In fact, it will be very similar to yours… Perhaps we should keep each other accountable??!!

  4. This is a great list. My list is mostly to enjoy the summer- which is hard when you live in England with crap weather, to repaint the kitchen and to enjoy the summer holidays and have some fun days out. Thanks for linking up for #marvmondays

  5. That’s a good list – there are a few on there that I should do myself. I didn’t have a standard maternity leave as I work for myself but definitely didn’t get much done (well, apart from growing a small girl)

  6. I know a few people who’ve done this with baby number two, and I think I will when it happens! De-cluttering is permanently on my to-do list! As for writing a book, well they say everyone has at least one book in them! Do it! Charlie x #marvmondays

  7. I thought I’d commented on your post already, I’ve definitely read it! Love the idea of these lists, I could’ve done with one the first time round when I didn’t have a toddler to race after but will be drawing inspiration for my own soon. #bloggerclubuk

  8. That’s definitely an ambitious list. I think my only goal since having my daughter has been to get through it and not screw up. #BloggerClubUK

  9. Such a brilliant idea to have a bucket list for maternity leave – you’ve got some gorgeous ideas in there – love the writing a book one – do it! I hope that you come to a decision on whether to make mudpie fridays a job as opposed to a hobby – wouldn’t that be the best job in the world?! BloggerClubUK

  10. I could happily agree with all of those but my lack of organisation at home always hinders this. Would you believe my daily job involves me being highly organised, probably why I’m not at home ? I’ve no doubt you will tackle the list, and I’ll be looking forward to that book. #bloggerclubuk

  11. Ooo a bucket list is a fab idea. I might do it for the 2 months I have remaining. And write that book! I’m writing a book at the moment- completely nothing to do with parenting, but I’m loving it so go for it #bloggerclubuk

  12. Brilliant. I am going back to work on Monday and in a reflective mood over the year – fingers crossed for you ?.
    Thanks for sharing! X

  13. Great list. My advice would be declutter first. It’ll make your life so much easier and happier right now. Then do the day trips. Concentrate on your children while they are small. That will make your life easier when they’re bigger.

  14. Oh gosh! I am not on maternity leave but your bucket list could be my bucket list. Photo albums, declutter etc etc. Good luk with getting it all done (sometimes I find by writing it down I feel like I have already done it!) #bloggerclubuk

  15. Angela Milnes Reply

    a great list here and I also love to declutter and want to write a book at some point!

  16. aliduke79hotmailcom Reply

    This is a great list. Sounds like you are going to have a busy summer x

  17. Wow – that is some bucket list!! Good luck to you and great that you are so determined with it. I’d like another child …I have my hands full with Arthur and trying to do all the blogging I want to do is hard!! I don’t know how other people fit it all in. It must be a strange feeling knowing this is your last child and your last go at doing certain things and making certain memories. There is so much I wish I had enjoyed more with Arthur when he was little. I spent a long time just struggling to be a new mum that I forgot to enjoy a lot of it – it will be different next time as I’ll have a toddler in tow, I wish I’d had the foresight to write a bucket list!! #bloggerclubuk

    Ps – I have signed up to WordPress just so I can leave a comment as for some reason it won’t let me otherwise … My blog isn’t with WordPress though!! Xx

  18. laughing mum Reply

    what a good idea! Theres a lot here though, so I wish you lots of luck lol.. Ive never been one to think ahead, and plan and organise which is not a good thing! I wish I was better at these things… you’re very clear with what you want to do/achieve and I have no idea what I’m even doing for dinner.. you’ve given me some food for thought, a list is a good idea, even if I don’t achieve all things, at least it will be something to head towards, which might help steer me in some better directions! #bloggerclubuk

  19. MouseMooMeToo Reply

    This is a great list! I looked at so many of these things and thought, hmm, I really must crack on with that. I’m so behind with photos and backing them up – I should be doing all sorts of lovely photo books but just don’t seem to have the time. I did chuckle a bit at your mention of casually writing a book while on maternity leave – it’s amazing how fast the time goes but I hope you get lots of bits checked off. Thank you for hosting #BloggerClubUK xx

  20. Mess and merlot Reply

    Oh you are organised (ok maybe not when it comes to photo’s but then who actually enjoys that job?!) Best of luck with the list and enjoying lots of cuddles in between! x #BloggerClubUK

  21. Squirmy Popple Reply

    That’s quite a list! I wish I’d been as organised when I was on maternity leave. I regret not using the time to take more fun things and day trips with my daughter, but sometimes it was a struggle just to get out of the house! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who unintentionally lost weight after pregnancy – I’m 15-20lbs lighter and I have no idea why. I’m going to keep eating cake as long as I can get away with it! #BloggerClubUK

  22. Wow! That’s a great list and I do hope you achieve as many of them as you can. The book one sounds awesome, very amazing that you are striving to achieve that. #BloggerClubUK

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  23. Wow you’ve got a big old list there! Good luck. I think it’s lovely to have things you’re trying to achieve while on maternity leave though, it’s nice to make the most of it especially if you don’t intend to do it again. I definitely think it is a hormone thing – wanting another baby when one has just been born! I always intended to sort my photos out while on maternity leave.. I did one album before TM was born but that was all! #BloggerClubUK

  24. Ordinary Hopes Reply

    On maternity leave with my first chil my only real goal each day was that we would both be up, have had breakfast and be dressed by lunch!

    With the second one it was very different. First child had to be at school so everything was more organised but I still don’t think I was up to any major challenges.

    Good luck!

  25. Laura:Adventures with J Reply

    A great idea! I too hoped to write a book whilst on maternity leave (JK Rowling inspired) but unfortunately when I finally got around to it J dropped to 1 nap and I was busy gatting all my jobs done! All the best on achieving all your goals 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  26. I don’t have a baby to occupy my time anymore but I am still having issues getting my first e-book started. I don’t know if it’s the summertime laziness hitting me or what but I have a ton of things to do and am lacking the motivation to do it. I also have to get organized, among many other things. I need a checklist like this one, only without the baby, LOL! Maybe Summertime checklist? Great ideas though! Thanks so much for hosting #bloggerclubuk

  27. I love your maternity bucket list! I want to do so many of those things! I recently started writing a book and it is hard going, especially with four children (three of which are home each day!) but I think you find ways to squeeze bits in here and there and plus babies sleep – a lot!! Good luck with it all! #BloggerClubUK

  28. What a fantastic idea!! Wishing I’d done this now I seem to have done nothing but eat cake for the last 5 months!! A month left and some fun to be enjoyed I think! #bloggerclubuk xx

  29. Great list. It’s always nice to set yourself a bunch of short term goals that you’ll enjoy. The festival time sounds particularly appealing – although not in the current torrent I’m staring at through the window!
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  30. Great list – its been a while since mine were babies but that time does fly, looks like you are going to be creating some great memories during your time off work. Good luck x #BloggerClubUK

  31. beautiesandthebibs Reply

    We have almost identical lists !! Maternity leave for me is to make memories as like many people they grow up so fast ! #bloggerclubuk

  32. Good luck with your goals!! You’ll have to update us with the book idea and blog goals. I’m so with you on the last one – the photo album, it stresses me out every time I think about it!! #BloggerClubUK xx

  33. It’s a good idea to make a maternity leave bucket list because it whizzes by so quickly! I am half way through mine already and I can’t believe it! For the first four months after having Sophie, I was desperate for baby number three as well – must be a hormonal thing though because the desire has gone! Enjoy every milky moment x #BloggerClubUK

  34. twotinyhands Reply

    definately do the spa day! Don’t forget to enjoy your little squishy baby, you know it’ll go so quickly. Don’t rush to make any big decisions, you have time. #bloggerclubUK

  35. I do love a good list and this is a great one! My first mat leave had similar I had similar aspirations but falling pregnant at 9 months my goals changed to don’t puke on the baby and at the very minimum make sure there are clean pants! I still have a mountain of photos to album… A lot of them from our wedding nearly 5 years ago! I wish you a speedy check off! Enjoy it while it lasts! X X #bloggerclubuk

  36. So many fantastic ideas to achieve during your maternity leave – it’s such a valuable time and it sounds like you’re certainly planning on making the most of it! 🙂 #BloggerClubUK


  37. organisedjo Reply

    Great list, I don’t know where I would start with a list like that! I love your ‘for me’ bits too, the festival day out sounds like it will be a fab day, as do the spa days. I look forward to reading a follow up post. #MarvMondays

  38. This is such a good list!! I wish I had been more organised during my maternity leave. One thing on my list was to finish my novel but I haven’t even looked at it and I go back to work in 3 weeks!! Genuinely think I will be more organised next time as like you say, you know what to expect. Good luck with the list and I’ll look forward to hearing how you get on #bloggerclubuk

  39. I thought I’d get loads of stuff done with my first – I did teach myself how to crochet (no I’m not 93 – it’s cool again, honest!) and watch the whole of ’24’ – but that’s about it! I was more realistic second time around. I never thought to make a bucket list, it’s a great idea. Will be interested to see how many you tick off!

  40. Love it! Being organised is always a good idea, and maternity leave is the best time for a woman to start with that. 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  41. moderatemum Reply

    What a good idea! I wish I had made a list, I might have spent less time staring into space. I love that you’ve got write a book on there, read a book would have been more my level #BloggerClubUK

  42. I feel like your list is my list! My baby boy is 8mo and I’ve only just got around to working out what I want to get done .. i start each day with a list, and each day I end with half of them still on the list ?

  43. Coombe Mill Reply

    A new baby and plans to write a book, I’m in awe! Good luck with everything #BloggerclubUK

  44. discombubulated Reply

    Love a good list like this! I made one very new year. I even do some of them sometimes. I know some people don’t like to set themselves “unrealistic” goals but I find it keeps me putting one foot in front of the other! Good for you. #BloggerClubUK

  45. Kate Tunstall, The Less-Refined Mind Reply

    Oh my gosh. I really have no other words. Oh, except – Good Luck! I think you may need it… ? xx

  46. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    Clare you are overly ambitious!!! I have no idea how you manage to blog at all with a little one never mind move to monetize and or write a book & all the rest. Best of luck with all of your goals. #BloggerClubUK

  47. The Pramshed Reply

    Wow that is quite a list for maternity list, and I wish you loads of luck with it. Best of luck in deciding whether to write a book, and I’m intrigued to hear your decision on the blog. I’m like you and have so many photos, I really should have sorted them all out on my maternity leave – it’s a bit late now as I go back to work tomorrow (gulp!). I look forward to hearing how you got on. Claire x #BloggerClubUK

  48. What a list!Sounds like you’re going to be busy and very productive. I don’t work so won’t be having maternity leave so to be speak but there are lots of things I want to try and do when this baby comes along and before Leo starts school. Hope you manage to tick everything off your list 🙂 xx #BloggerClubUK

  49. I think I would need to take 5 years off work to get all that lot done so good luck to you! Good to have goals though so hopefully you manage to get at least a few done! #BloggerClubUK

  50. ah fab list! loads coming up and lots to look forward to! lets hope the weather improves for festivals and gardening though 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  51. Blimey you’re gonna be busy! My maternity leave bucket list was slightly less so – it basically involved brushing my hair and looking less like a mess at least 3 days a week! LOL!

  52. I think it’s great that you’ve got a list to go by. Maternity leave passes so quickly that I hope you enjoy it and achieve all the things you set out to do.#BloggerClubUK

  53. Good for you! It’s always good to have some goals ahead and looks like you have plenty ahead of you! Most importantly make sure you have time for yourself and then you’ll have more energy for everything else. x

  54. Wow you’re going to be needing a rest after all of that I’m exhausted just reading them! Best of luck with them all 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  55. I moved during my maternity leave the first time so I was packed full with moving to-dos and I felt the leave flew by way too fast! This time around we moved again but it was before my due date so I feel like I can actually enjoy my time with the baby! I am also no longer working with this pregnancy so overall it’s a different dynamic. Anyways if I was working and had a true maternity leave my list would be very similar to yours! Congrats on baby and enjoy! #marvmondays

  56. Hi Clare, I’m in awe of your list! I couldn’t manage most of that now and my two are all grown up. I trying to do a photography course whilst keeping on top of the blogging and family stuff. When my two were small I thought that getting dressed and cooking the dinner was an achievement!

    Hope you manage to complete what you set out to do, but remember to breathe too!


  57. randommusings29 Reply

    Busy times Clare! 18,000 photos! Oh my god, that’s a task and a half. Good luck with the book 🙂

  58. carolcliffe Reply

    What a great list. At least by documenting your list you’ve got a better chance of achieving it. I did absolutely zip on my mat leave, and it flew by so quickly. Sorry, that’s not true – I did get married and move house! Oh yes, and open a coffee shop and B&B, forgot those! But I mean, personal goals like yours. So good luck with the list! #BloggerClubUK

  59. Double the Monkey Business Reply

    That is a brilliant list. Good luck. Maternity seems like a long time and then it goes so quickly, so it is good to have a list to keep you organised. x #BloggerClubUK

  60. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum) Reply

    I think you are amazing. I was lucky if I managed to get dressed and to the shop when I was on maternity leave. Good luck with your goals! #bloggerclubuk

  61. What a fab idea to have a bucket list and what a scary thought of having no more time off until retirement, arrrrgh. Good luck with your bucket list, I too am working on project life photo album but am making very slow progress… I will eagerly await the publication. Of your book too lovey xx #bloggerclubuk

  62. Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn Reply

    I love a good list and you definitely sound you’re a busy mama! It’s great to declutter, I was doing the same thing last night, I hope you get through it all x #BloggerclubUK

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