While I didn’t time my pregnancy according to the seasons (or at all …!) I know many women do … and I have to say, my pregnancy (March-December) was a beautiful nine months. Given the opportunity to time things for a future baby, I’d plan it for the same exact time-frame.
Why? A couple reasons. First, I didn’t even really show til mid to late summer. I was never ridiculously hot and miserable … nor was I really swollen and bloated. During the fall, my favorite season, I could wear cute jeans and sweaters and still was able to wear (sensible!) tall boots. And then the kicker: I could be home and nest/bond with my baby during the most drab months of the year (Jan-March) when no one wants to go out or do much of anything.
To be honest, a small part of me worried I’d be depressed being home during the winter, or that I’d miss the hustle and bustle of work … but it has been a great experience so far.
I love my job and know I’ll be back (March 14!) but for now, I’m enjoying being away from the fray. With Facebook, email, texting, etc., I feel like I’m in the loop without actually participating. And my days are quite full–I’ve yet to have a day when I’m bored. Some days I’m content just staring at Maya and watching her observe the world around her — but between feedings, changing, play and sleep times … there’s barely any time for anything else.
Now that Maya is a month old, I feel like I can say with some degree of authority that there are some definite pros and cons to being on maternity leave in the dead of winter in Michigan — particularly during these nearly five weeks where I’ve not been able to do any physical activity.
1) I can stay in yoga pants all day if I so desire (though I rarely do — and I always shower, do my hair, put on a little mascara — even if I’m not going anywhere).
2) I don’t have to leave the house at all if I don’t have somewhere we “have” to be.
3) My husband comes home at lunch and/or I can meet friends for lunch.
4) Target has become my “track” — since it’s too cold/snowy/icy to risk long stroller walks with Maya just yet.
5) My husband shovels & takes out the trash … not that he didn’t do these things before (he always has), but I’d help out from time to time. Now I have an excuse not to (“C-section recovery”).
6) It’s still dark out early in the AM so I don’t feel rushed to rise and shine.
1) Some days I don’t want to leave the house but create errands to run so I don’t get cabin fever.
2) It’s too cold to bring Maya out for long walks. If I were on leave during the spring, I’d easily be getting in daily walks (even post-C-section).
3) Sometimes the roads are too dangerous, which means plans need to be flexible.
On the whole, I am happy with the timing of my leave and am looking forward to the next 7+ weeks — including one week when I’ll be taking Maya home to NJ!! 🙂
How about you? Did the timing of your pregnancy or maternity leave influence how you felt about either?