Well, it’s official I am unemployed until December, and I am both unbelievably excited and completely sad at the same time…it really is bittersweet. I decided to go on maternity leave early, because my long days and 3 hour round trip commute time were starting to wear me down (and cause some massive cankles). I have been off of work for a week now, and I must admit I feel like a new woman! I am extremely excited to be able to relax and prepare for the baby, but leaving my office was hard. I have been practicing optometry at the same office for just over 3 years. I have seen many of the same patients over and over, and have formed relationships with many of them. When I return from maternity leave I am going to switch offices (within the same practice) and work part time. I am so grateful that I am able to be at home with my little man 4 days a week, but part of me can’t believe I am leaving behind the office that I helped grow for 3 years. It may sound stupid to some of you, but I hope I am making the right decision. Has anyone left a job and wondered if you made the right decision? I am sure once little Kevin is here I’ll be happy with my decision to not return full time.
One great thing that has happened since I stopped working is I actually have energy and time to do things! Check out how many things I was able to cross off my nursery to-do list:
sand and paint filled nail holes in molding.
build, paint and install radiator covers.
paint lower portion of the room (white) and woodwork
change light fixture
touch up ceiling around fixture 6. build, paint and install book ledges I can’t wait to add all of baby’s books! This was pretty easy to do, but it felt good to finish it!
purchase and hang window shades. These should arrive any day now!
8. dust and clean floors and closet. Technically the floors were cleaned once, but they need to be cleaned again.
Kevin and his little helper were hard at work!
11. make curtains.
12. clean dresser and add contact paper or other/decorative paper to drawers. I decided to just go with contact paper…and I already bought it.
13. carry 9,000 lb wood dresser upstairs (that is gonna be tough).
13. make and hang crib mobile. I bought everything I need to make it…so that’s a start!
wash baby clothes and bedding And I only ruined one receiving blanket Which I am actually kind of mad at myself about
15. figure out how to organize closet and purchase shelving units or hanging shelves
16. fill dresser and closet
17. finish and hang nursery art and vintage map
18. get antique rocker from Kevin’s parents
19. sew pillow for rocker
20. get some sort of end table for next to rocker
21. declutter and clean the rest of the house!
Slowly but surely, it’s coming along.
Sorry for boring everyone with all the baby details…but it really is consuming all my time these days. Hopefully once the nursery is done Kevin and I can work on some other major things on the house…a new sewage pipe in the basement (exciting!) and a new roof are top on that list! For the time being I am going to try to write 2 x a week, but we’ll see how that goes the closer I get to having the baby. If you haven’t already, follow me via email or like me on facebook!