Hello September! The start of a brand new month. Only this time, it marks my last month of maternity leave, and the start of a new chapter.
In a few weeks, Alice will be starting nursery. While i’m excited for her, it’s a bittersweet time for me. I know she will love nursery. She really enjoys being around other children, and she is such a confident, happy little girl so she will thrive. I’ll miss her so much though. For the past nine months, it’s been me and her all day everyday. And i’ve loved every minute of it!
It’s not just Alice starting somewhere new. I made the decision to hand in my notice at work so i’d have more time to spend with Alice. In my new role, i’ll be working Mondays to Wednesdays while she’s in nursery, then we’ll have four whole days together again.
I know i’m lucky. I never wanted to put her in nursery full time. We didn’t struggle for all that time to conceive, just so we’d only see her properly at weekends. Nursery is costly but that works in our favour. It means that working part time will leave us in the same financial position, with the added bonus that I get to still spend quality time with Alice.
I’ve had a brilliant time on maternity leave. It’s been such a special, amazing, life-changing experience. So much so, it’s incredibly difficult to sum it up in just a few words.
So as my maternity leave comes to an end, i’m doing my best to make the most of these last few weeks just me and her.
I’m excited to see what the future holds but i’d like to end this post looking back on some of my favourite memories of maternity leave.
- Alice’s birth
- Playdates with Izzie and Theo
- Alice’s first Christmas
- Baby Yoga
- Meet-ups with the Early Days crowd
- Alice’s Christening
- Baby Sensory
- Alice’s first holiday
- Alice’s first trip to the seaside
- Chester Zoo
- Mondays with Nanny
- Watching Alice conquer her developmental milestones
Here’s to many more with my favourite little person!