I’m currently 24w4d. I go on Christmas leave on the 18th December (just under two weeks to go!!!) and return to work on the 6th January, at which point I will have around 7-8 weeks until I go off on maternity leave for a year. I apparently have around 15w to go until beansprout makes their arrival.
I recently discussed time flying, and how much I would like time to slow down just for a sec, but it really hasn’t.
Since our last post, and even before then, we celebrated our nephew’s 2nd birthday! Without getting mushy, I remember when he was born. I remember when he started walking. And now he’s 2! 2 years have slipped under my nose – I can’t imagine how my sister feels. His words are coming along quickly and he definitely is his own little character with his own personality. He is one amazing little dude. He laughs at his own jokes, and loves entertaining people – even if it sometimes means injuring himself! He loves to create things with lego and stickle bricks, not to mention create a mess. I love him so much and often miss him when I haven’t seen him.
I’ve also had my works Christmas do, which was enjoyable as I got to eat lots of meat (we went to a local BBQ/Meat smoking place) and despite not being able to drink I had a remarkably pleasant time watching others get drunk and be merry. I managed to score a nice maternity shirt for the event as well which was a bonus. I really didn’t want to wear my office clothes, although they are smart, but I couldn’t really afford to get anything too fancy/pricey but thankfully I found something smart and not too girly and fit well within a decent budget. It doesn’t show my bump too much which is a tad annoying, as I love my big bump, and so I then just look fat, but at the same time it does give me room to pig out and bloat out!
A colleague of mine brought their wife who is 15 weeks pregnant with their number two so it was nice to have someone in the same boat as me (ie. Sober and proud) – we even chatted about family and other pretty grown up stuff not around pregnancy which was a refreshing change – I pretty much saw into our future and it looked idyllic.
I really enjoyed hearing their stories about what their daughter does now at 2 and a half (she swore the other day which was a hilarious story), it really made me remember why we got into this whole parenting business, we want to raise a little person!
Looking forward we have S’s works do, which always out does mine as she works in the private sector and everything is paid for by the company. This is nicely on the day of my last day at work before my Christmas leave. I’m so excited as those who work from Brighton always get to stay up in a London hotel as part of the event. The company’s summer parties are always in Brighton, by the beach (of course), and the Christmas parties are in London – perfect. On top of a night in a hotel, we get to enjoy an open bar! This year will be the first year I won’t be able to take advantage of this feature, but I sure as hell will be emptying them of their soft drink and juice!
Finally, after all that will then be the home stretch to Christmas. I’ve already done S’s Christmas shopping as well as our family shopping. We’ve decided to set a small budget this year as we really don’t want to be overspending what with a baby on the way. I say this like it’s a new thing but this year I’ve been really strict with S and our budget for each other. Most years, we set a rough guide so that one person (I mean S) doesn’t over do it but it never works out and I generally feel cheap after not being able to do as much due to a clear difference in earnings in comparison to S. Although my gifts are still just as awesome, it’s always hard not being able to be the naughty one when it comes to gifts. Anyway, this year, we’ve both stuck to the strict budget and it feels really good!
I can’t wait for the holidays to finally begin (they always officially begin once we’ve finished work, although I get into the spirit once the decorations go up). Although S thinks this won’t be as good of a christmas as others as I can’t drink or eat some of my favourite foods, I think it’ll be special as it’ll be our last one as a couple before we become a family, and this year I’m going to cherish every moment.
Our nephew just turned two as well, it’s so hard to live a 6 hour plane flight away from his family! On another note, I am decidedly jealous of all the moms in countries with extended parental leave laws. I vaguely wish we had moved to Canada when I got pregnant! 12 weeks is just not enough.
12 weeks?! Gosh. Im sorry. Ours is 6 weeks at 90% pay and then statutory maternity pay at 33 weeks after that. We can have up to a year but after the 33 weeks ita at our own expense.
Time really does fly! Our family only live down the road but with work and everything, everything flies by!
My girl turns 2 in a couple months, and the way the time has slipped through my fingers is jaw-dropping! Your nephew is super cute!
You look amazing, by the way!
Thank you – hes gorgeous, and even more so now that he has a lovely little voice (my sister may not think so. Lol).
And thank you, again. The shirt sort of hides the bump but im happier that i dont look like a whale. Lol.
You look amazing! And a year of maternity leave?! That’s awesome. I went back after 6 weeks, my sister will have to go back after 2 days because she has 3 other kids to take care of. Man, I don’t know what I would do with a year of maternity leave! Just astonishes me. Anyway, its exciting that the baby is almost here, can’t wait!
Thanks hun *blushes*
I probably would be going back after 6 weeks if we hadnt saved for years, the pay offered really doesnt always give women the choice.
I still have no idea how long i should have and just went with the year. I imagine a year will fly by – im just worried it will fly and i still wont know a scooby about looking after a child. Lol. Im sure after a few weeks it’ll be fine and ill crave the outside world.
We’re so excited! Cant wait.
Super good you saved money! We were never good at saving money. LOL. But, it does give you a great amount of time to bond with your baby! Of course, I was not one that could stay home with the baby anyway, I needed to be out and about. But, I’m so excited for you!
You look GREAT!!! Glad you had fun at your holiday party. Callie and I always say that we aren’t going to spend much but we always over do it…this year though, no exceptions! We have twins on the way! We can’t spend money frivolously! And we have our 6 year old foster daughter MAry to shop for, so that’s new for us too…and besdies, what better Christmas gift than out 2 boys right?! I can’t believe you’re almost there too…our babies will be here before we know it!
Precisely. I know S overspends because shes a sweetie but this year im being really strict and thats just with one on the way – Christmas would be cancelled if two were on the way. Lol.
Itll be lovely for you guys to have a full house this year – really special.
Cant wait for your arrivals, it feels so soon! Every update i see i think; “this is it!!!”