My Maternity Leave Bucket List

I have literally been counting down the days and minutes until my maternity leave started!

Finally, it’s here and this will be my first full week on maternity leave.

As some of you may know I haven’t had the easiest of pregnancies – between hyperemesis and a fractured pelvis I’ve struggled with keeping up with working mum life.

And so I’m really relieved to be taking some time off to take care of myself a bit better before baby Theo arrives.

When I had Lily I felt like I didn’t really make the most of my maternity leave – my anxiety and depression made it a struggle some days to leave the house and I hated going to playgroups. Scott worked long shifts to support us and I didn’t have any ‘mum friends’ which meant that during my maternity leave I felt very much alone.

I’m hoping that this time around I have a very different experience during my time off.

Of course, there’s no knowing how I will feel once the baby is here but I’m making lots of plans to encourage myself to make the most of my maternity leave.

I’m a big lover of a bucket list (you can see my travel one here) so figured it would be a great way to motivate myself to enjoy the time off work with my little one!

My Maternity Leave Bucket List

Here is my Maternity Leave Bucket List:

My Maternity Leave Bucket List

1. Go Swimming

My body confidence is not great and I’ve always let it get in the way of my love for swimming.

I’d like to change that on maternity leave and make the most of off-peak swimming sessions with the baby.

2. Walk, Walk, Walk Some More

Getting out in the fresh air is always a good idea. Walking will not only benefit my health (and help me get rid of some jiggle) but will also be a great help to me mentally.

I really get miserable being cooped up indoors and I’ve spent way too much of this pregnancy on bed rest!

3. Schedule a Pampering Treat

Money is going to be really tight for us during my maternity leave – particularly as my income is the higher one normally.

So I’m not going to have much money at all to spend on myself.

That being said a pampering treat is something that all mums could do with when they are feeling rough post-partum and so I’m putting aside a little cash to treat myself to a massage or mani-pedi during my maternity leave.

4. Learn a New Skill

Whilst I’m not expecting to have tonnes of free time whilst on my maternity leave (hello – baby to keep fed!) I would like to think I’ll have more time than I do now.

I’d like to spend some of that time learning a new skill.

I’ve not decided what yet but maybe something I can tie into my career or blog – I’ll let you know!

5. Take a Solo Day Trip

Like I said above my anxiety reached a real peak after having Lily. I’d like to think that it’s a lot better now, and I’ve done a lot more solo travel since then.

I’d like to almost ‘test’ myself by taking a solo day trip with the baby – it would really push me out of my comfort zone but I think it would also be a great experience.

6. Complete Couch to 5k

Before I fell pregnant I’d taken the plunge and started ‘running’. I use the term running loosely as it was more of a light jog but I was actually really enjoying the couch to 5k programme.

One thing I’d like to do on maternity leave is to complete the programme.

7. Tour Local Coffee Shops

I love sharing local places here on the blog but don’t get much time to visit places and take photos or write reviews.

I’d like to spend more time exploring our area – and even London itself. And I’ll definitely need the coffee 😉

8. Go to Mum & Baby Groups

When on maternity leave with Lily I really struggled with mum & baby groups.

I was very concious that I was a young mum (I was 20 when she was born) and I felt like I was being judged by the other mums.

It might not be any better this time round but I’d like to give it a shot – after all some mum friends with similar aged babies would be great to have.

9. Bake

Recently Lily and I have been watching The Great British Bake Off on Netflix and I’ve rediscovered the joy of baking.

I’m certainly not a professional, and I won’t be making a gingerbread collosseum any time soon, but I’d like to bake more often.

It would also help us to save money if I manage to perfect a few simple bread and cake recipes!

10. Watch ALL The Boxsets

I’ll be making a lot of use out of our Netflix subscription whilst on maternity leave I’m sure.

I can imagine it being a bit of a life saver during those middle of the night feeds – when Lily was a baby I watched so many episodes of Family Guy late at night on BBC Three that I ended up hating it!

At least now there’s a lot more choice at the click of a button – any boxsets you would recommend?

Other ideas….

And because that’s clearly not enough ideas I asked some of my lovely blogger friends for their ideas too, here’s what they said:

Lauren said ‘Stay in bed allll day… and watch every single episode of Grey’s Anatomy’

Gail said she ‘really enjoyed sitting on the sofa with my sleeping baby on my chest enjoying guilt free daytime TV!’

Beth reminded me to ‘Nap. Take ALL the naps you can!’

Laura said ‘A visit to the beach on a hot, sunny weekday when it’s quite quiet :)’

Becky said ‘Oh absolutely take baby to see Santa it is a MUST and such a sweet memory and first for you both!’

Sinead suggested ‘Going out and drinking as many warm beverages as you can in silence and without having to share the cake – that’s what nap time is all about :)’

Love Teri’s idea of ‘Sign up for a baby massage class. It’s a lovely bonding experience for mum and baby but also a great way to meet local mums on maternity leave too’

Carolin said ‘Get together with friends. Friends and getting out of the house are so so important and will help keep you sane!’

Lianne suggested ‘Read loads of books’

And whilst I definitely won’t be doing this – Jenna’s comment made me laugh – ‘Is it bad that my intention on my current maternity leave was to get pregnant again?! 😂 successful! 14 weeks down with surrogate baby 🙌🏻 work are going to love that!’

What do you think I should include on my bucket list?



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  • Reply Talya May 14, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    A lovely list – I hear so many people say they didn’t get to do any of their maternity bucket list so hope you manage to and looking forward to hearing how you get on!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome May 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Talya – I sure hope I check as much off as I can! x

  • Reply Sadia thompson May 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I really think you have highlighted some great issues we all forget this can be a difficult time for mothers and I would just like to say whilst doing all the fantastic things on your list also be kind to yourself and know that if you feel like doing nothing at all some days that is okay too 🦋

    • Reply bettertogetherhome May 14, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Sadia – I will definitely have days where I do nothing at all – I think those days are just as important x

  • Reply Helen May 14, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Aww it’s so exciting being at the start of maternity leave – mine just finished last week! It’s so lovely to have a focus at what you’d like to achieve, as it’s very precious time 🙂

  • Reply Ana De-Jesus May 14, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I like that you are looking to make the most of your maternity leave and have created a bucket list. I do hope you are able to do that solo day trip that you said that you would like to do.

  • Reply Ondo Lady May 14, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Not a bad list, I am sure you will get it all done.

  • Reply Jenny May 15, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Haha – mine was more a “waddle, waddle, waddle” vs “walk, walk, walk” by the time my maternity leave arrived! All I wanted to do was rest, sleep, and yes, have TV show marathons.

  • Reply Chloe Ciliberto May 15, 2018 at 10:19 am

    I love all of these ideas! I definitely wish I chilled out a lot more on my maternity leave. I spent my whole maternity leave trying to build a business from home. I wish I took more of it for relaxing and enjoying my family. Definitely do lots of walking and box set watching! 😀

  • Reply Siobhan | The Baby Boat Diaries May 15, 2018 at 11:47 am

    A great list. I’m 4 months into my maternity leave and it’s flying by! Hopefully you get to complete your bucket list! x

  • Reply Jon May 15, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Some great items on this bucket list. I always say you can’t learn enough skills!

  • Reply Ondo Lady May 15, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    It’s good to see that you have things planned for your tome off. Make sure you go for that pampering treat, most important for expectant mums.

  • Reply Cath - BattleMum May 15, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Oh gosh I miss my maternity naps. My son would go down for his afternoon nap between 1 and 2 and I’d often join him, neither of us waking much before 4.. Oh how I miss them!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome May 15, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Haha I’ve been napping here and there now before baby comes – I never did make the most of naptime with my daughter!

  • Reply Sarah - About Getting Out May 15, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Fab list – I can barely remember my maternity leave now. How about adding take a photo every day so you don’t forget it like me 🙂

    • Reply bettertogetherhome May 15, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      That’s such a fab idea! Love that suggestion 🙂

  • Reply Jenni May 15, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I should have made a bucket list! It feels like my maternity leave was over in a flash, and I was left thinking “but there’s all these things I wanted to do!”

  • Reply Lauren Davis May 15, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Aww this is amazing! I hope you have an amazing maternity leave sounds like your going to be a busy and happy bee 🙂

  • Reply fashionandstylepolice May 16, 2018 at 9:58 am

    A pampering treat is always a good idea. Good to do lots of walking too.

  • Reply Bella at Dear Mummy Blog May 16, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Sorry to hear about your hyperemesis. My mummy loved swimming in her pregnancy and did it right up to 39 weeks – she ended up having a water birth too! Great list x

  • Reply Stephanie May 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    What a lovely idea, it gives you the focus when you might be having a tough week to try and tick one off. Enjoy your maternity leave

  • Reply Wendy May 16, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Great bucket list, I love the idea to use the time to learn a new skill. I don’t really love baby groups either, when I had my first I was 22 and definitely felt like the older mums were judging me (they probably weren’t though!). I hope you have a lovely maternity leave xx

  • Reply The WIllow Tree May 16, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Ah I am sorry you struggled in your first pregnancy as it can be isolating enough as it is! I am hoping you have a much better experience this time round and you really seem prepared – a great bucket list! I especially love the touring of them coffee shops!

  • Reply Charley jay May 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I think having a bucket list for your maternity leave sounds like a great idea, I’m sure you’ll get it all done x

  • Reply Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl May 16, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Such a great list! I really hope you get to do all of these and make the most of it this time round, if I was to have another baby I would be doing the same, I feel I just wasted the time most days. You definitely deserve a good paper.

  • Reply Kara May 19, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Looks like you are planning to make the most of your maternity leave

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