What did you do while on maternity leave; waiting for baby

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My plan is to work right up until my due date in 6 weeks,  although I’ll start working remotely in about 4 weeks. During that time, I’ll be working on:

Finding a pediatrician

Packing a hospital bag 

Writing shower thank you notes 

Purchasing all remaining registry items – I still haven’t bought the crib or car seat, yikes! 

Setting up the nursery

Steam cleaning carpets

Stocking house with essentials- food, toilet paper, etc.

Making padsicles

And taking LOTS of naps in between


Post # 17
2121 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

I walked and watched lots of tv and folded and refolded those tiny clothes ☺️☺️

Post # 18
6884 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

First, I want to say relax and sleep as much as possible! But if you’re anything like I was in my third trimester, that was all but impossible as I was so uncomfortable. But seriously, take some time for yourself. I didn’t have any time off before my son was born (9 days early) but I did make sure to enjoy some quality time with my husband, get a pedicure, enjoy the quiet time. 

As for what to do in order to prep for baby…

– Make sure all the baby’s stuff is organized and that both you and your partner know what is where. You may not be very mobile after delivery and trying to explain where you put baby’s swaddles while you can’t physically get off the couch and your brain is mush from all the craziness can be tough. 

– Wash your pump/bottle parts/whatever you’ll be putting in baby’s mouth in the beginning. As I said, my son was 9 days early and we totally slacked on that part. So then we were home with a new baby and nothing was sterilized or cleaned yet. Ugh. 

– Make sure your hospital bag is ready to go. I luckily did pack this up a couple days before I went into labor. Oh and make sure to bring an extra empty bag with you to bring home all the free stuff they give you at the hospital! We loaded up an empty duffle bag with wipes, diapers, pads, etc. when we left the hospital. It was great!

– Not everyone pre-washses baby’s clothes, but some people do. If you’re going to do that, I’d suggest washing newborn and the next size up. They grow like weeds and a size that fit the day before can literally become too small overnight. My son only wore newborn clothes for the first 3 weeks or so. 

Best of luck to you! 

Post # 19
9381 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i didn’t take anytime before #1, i was induced with him at 36 weeks due to him being in distress.

for #2, i had 2 days of use or lose that i was using to kickstart my maternity leave.  #2 was a week late so i  was planning to spend time with my son.  i had an appointment in the morning, thought it would be an hour and i would take my son somewhere fun (for a 20 month old).  but they never let me leave the hospital and said i was getting induced that day.

Post # 20
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

I had over two months off. Daily dog walks, cleaning, organizing baby clothes, napped daily, watching trashy TV (Baggage was strangely addicitve….) And a ton of Netflix. Have a friend with a baby 3.5 months older than mine so we hang out a lot. I attaempted to crochet a blanket but never finished it. Started a sensory scrapbook. The last three weeks I started having serious circulation issues and was basically on bed rest. Couldn’t stand longer than a few minutes before my legs would go numb. Ended up in the hospital, got ultrasounds on my legs to make sure arteries weren’t pinched. Almost got induced. Went 10 days late lol! 

Post # 21
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Yes- so so so second, third and fourth the veg out comment!  I had no time before either of my kiddos were born – however, I’d probably putz around the house, put in some fall flowers, and then relax.  Get a pedicure, a massage, do a little laundry.  Sure, do some food prep if you like, but mostly (and what I miss the most as a working mom with two small children), is me time.  Read a book, go to a movie in a theatre.  NAP.  I’m soooo jealous of your two weeks right now.  Enjoy them!!

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