Lessons from Maternity Leave
Below is a list of random things I’ve learned since I’ve been home on maternity leave (for four months). Believe me when I say random!
1) I really love my husband. I already knew that (duh!), but when you share the same space with the same person day after day…getting on each other’s nerves is inevitable. But over these last few months I’ve learned (on deeper levels) what a great man I’m married to.
2) I really like Ellen Degeneres. I’ve always thought she was funny but never really cared to watch her show (sorry, Ellen!) until now. She’s very giving and I appreciate that.
3) Speaking of talk shows – I kinda feel proud to have been able to watch the final season of Oprah. She pulled together a lot of once-in-a-lifetime shows, like the reunion of the cast of “The Color Purple.” Say what you will about her, but she’s done a lot of great things with what was once-just a daytime talk show, and has become a piece of contemporary American history. I salute you, Ms. Winfrey!
4) Clothes can double as napkins.
5) The Kirkland brand white corn tortilla chips from Costco are the tastiest tortilla chips you’ll ever eat. I promise.
6) Cabin fever is real.
7) My laptop is my ‘other’ baby.
8 ) Babies can produce an immeasurable amount of drool in one day.
9) I have a greater appreciation for the job (and paycheck) I’ll be returning to.
10) I love, like super love, to write.
11) Your true friends will reveal themselves during times when you make unpopular decisions.
12) Having a baby can make you 10 times more ambidextrous than you ever thought you could be.
13) Taking a shower can truly alter the course of your day and literally change how you feel.
14) Facebook and boredom are a bad combination.
15) Motherhood can be lonely sometimes.
16) A baby’s “poo” can be a variety of colors and a frequent topic of conversation.
17) Having a child will cause you to experience a depth of love you never thought you could feel.
18) Becoming a mother gives you a heightened level of sensitivity toward the mom in the mall with a crying baby.
19) Pregnancy and childbirth really are miracles.
20) Blogging is a fun way to meet new people from all over the country while never leaving your living room.
21) Comments on my blog make my day. Every single one of them, every single time.
Like I said…these were random thoughts! I’ve learned so much more, but this was the condensed version.
How long were you out on maternity leave? What was your experience like?