34 weeks - Maternity Leave!
34 weeks (last Thursday) six (ish) weeks to go!
It feels a bit weird to have left work, when you usually leave a job its to go to another so its sort of more final than this. On my first day of maternity leave I had four work emails and a request to give them call as they couldn't find something..I don't mind so much as I know its hard when you start a new place and I don't mind helping people but its hard to switch off from work mode. Hopefully after a week or so they will have forgotten about me.
I think maybe if you have kids in your late thirties or so you maybe might have built up a career or at least found a job you liked. But for me my job as a personal assistant although fine as jobs go was nothing other than a way to pay the bills. At our NCT class one of the things we discussed was losing a sense of our self once we had had our babies. I think thats quite a relevant point, when I was unemployed for six weeks I really noticed how much people define you by the job you do. Its almost the first thing people ask when you meet them and even though being a mum is one of the most important jobs out there are I think its also important to keep a grip of who you are without being a mum maybe. I think as long as I keep up my illustration as well as focussing on being a mama it might help.
Its a bit strange to think at some point in the next 4-8 weeks I pretty much will be having a baby..when you first find out you're pregnant its so exciting and its all you can think about, but approaching eight months later you've sort of just got used to it. I feel like I have been pregnant for ever, and I cant really remember what it feels like not to have the squirmy squiggly thing in my tummy! xoxo