• Baby lying down with cushion aid for maternity - expectation versus reality post

    Maternity Leave: Expectation vs Reality

    I worked up till a week before my due date, in the height of summer, so I was more than ready to start my maternity leave. I was looking forward to having more time to spend on me, baby and those projects I have been putting off. I had no close mummy friends yet for the “real” experience so phrases like ‘Bet you can’t wait to be on holiday for a year’ just fuelled my excitement. Oh the naivety! Expectation: Regular meet up with friends Reality: Leaving the house became a monumental task. On the rare occasion I made it on time, I felt I deserved a medal. In the…

  • Baby E and Holly the cat stare

    Family Fridays #1

    Filling in my maternity leave form, I was certain I’d be ready to go back to work around the 6 months mark (I was so wrong) but I was undecided on the full-time or part-time. I returned to after 10 months of maternity leave and I requested Fridays off for the next couple of months. This was an experiment to hopefully help me decide my working hours. And that’s how Family Fridays began.  For me, it’s a time to spend with my son, maybe meet up with some mummies and whip up a nice meal for date night with the man in the evening.  And while I’m still sleep deprived,…