Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Molasses

I am so close I can taste it. I am down to a mere 8 days of work after today. However, these remaining 8 days are spread out over the rest of the month; I am using up a couple of vacation days during each of the remaining weeks. Friday May 30th will be my last day of work and I am so excited.

Everyone keeps asking me what I’m going to do with all this time off before the baby comes in August. I can sum that answer up in two words: Chill Out. I plan to sleep, rest, lounge, relax, unwind, loosen up, calm down, and take ‘er easy. Of course, there are some things I do want to get done. Namely, I would like to get my house in ship-shape before Maya arrives – get every closet, drawer and cupboard totally organized because who knows when I’ll have another chance to give my house a thorough cleaning again. And it goes without saying that there are tons of baby-preparation things I’ll need to do as well.

But my main plan is to relax. I have a facial and a mani/pedi booked for the first week I’m officially off, just to get in the groove. This is the time to pamper myself, because without a doubt, I will not have another opportunity for a good long while.

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Yesterday in the mail, I received a Huggies coupon book which donned a front cover reading, “Congratulations! Your baby is now 3 months old!” At first I thought, oops that’s a typo, my baby is 3 months away from being born. And then I realized. This coupon book was meant for the baby I miscarried. The baby who, yes, would have been 3 months old now. Finding this little gem in my mailbox reminded me once again just how truly, incredibly, amazingly lucky I am. Not that I ever, ever forget.

7 comments:

Barb said...

Wow. How sad about the huggies thing.

I'm so glad for your impending down time though!

Fertilized said...

Oh please chill out for me. I am a lil jealous (or envious) of the maternity leave you get in canada. I may join you on your last day being may 30!

Anonymous said...

Wow, imagine how devastating that huggies thing would have been without Maya?

Hip hip hooray for a year off.

GSB

christina(apronstrings) said...

yea! you are almost there!!!! i am excited for you. sorry about the diapers. and no, we never forget, eh?

Xbox4NappyRash said...

I dunno what to say about the huggies thing, you're stronger than we would be, that's for certain.

Nearly finished work for good...you lucky mare...

Future Mommy said...

Yay for only 8 days left. I'm so jealous - I wish the US had more provisions for longer leaves here. As it is, I'll get 6 weeks off with 50% pay starting from my due date or the day the baby is born (whichever comes first) and then another 6 weeks off with no pay after that. My husband is convinced that I'll go stir crazy being home even that long, but it just doesn't seem like long enough to spend with baby - and especially since I'll have very little time off between now and when Bunny comes, which is making our nights and weekends very busy with trying to finish all of our home improvements in time.

Sorry to hijack your blog with a whine! What I'm really trying to say is that I'm really happy that you get this well-deserved time off to get ready for Maya and then enjoy that time off with her after she comes!

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