It’s Monday, we’ve just rolled into October and this is my first week of part-time hours. In fact, I wouldn’t even say 23 hours is even part-time, which slightly worries me because holy shit how am I going to afford to eat? I no longer work Mondays so I’m doing my absolute best at trying to use this day to work on my photography and this blog. However, I currently have no iMac to edit on so that’s slowing me down somewhat.
It’s only 10am and I’ve already smashed this blog post out and taken some pictures to go with it so I’m feeling super motivated if I’m honest. And it’s getting me all excited for the things I plan to do when my maternity leaves starts next month!
Because why wouldn’t this be top of my list? I am such a bad sleeper and get up at least twice during the night for the toilet. I then find myself lying there awake thinking of everything. My brain over thinks as soon as I lie down so once work stops I’m going to be taking full advantage of midday naps.
I definitely don’t read enough yet I have loads of books on my bookcase that I’ve never even opened. I love a good book that you can’t put down and find I sleep better if I read before bed so need to make more of an effort once I have more time in my day.
Binge watch Netflix
Ah Netflix. So many good series to keep me entertained. Usually Rich and I watch all series together but there’s a few things on there I know he won’t want to watch. I missed all the series of Victoria, which I’m gutted about as it’s meant to be amazing so I’ll be catching up on those for sure.
Walk the dog/get out more
Obviously the dog gets walked on a daily basis but once I no longer have a physical job to keep me active I’ll want to make the most of taking Sid out on longer walks. Usually Rich does most of the dog walking around our area but when I walk him I try to take him somewhere in the car where he can run around without worrying about other dogs. He’s actually been quite sad lately and I’m worried he isn’t adjusting well to the changes around here. It wasn’t long ago we moved into the new house and now we are preparing for the arrival of our little boy. I feel like he senses something is different and has started to get super clingy. So lots of attention will be paid to him over the next few months. Plus, I don’t want to be lying around like a couch potato for the last few months of my pregnancy!
Give up my cleaning business
As you may already know my cleaning business is my full-time job and then I do photography on the side. As of November I am planning to give the cleaning business up for good, which is both scary and exhilarating. I think now is a good time to make the switch and leave the cleaning behind. I find it physically exhausting and it’s starting to really hurt my back so I definitely do not want to come back to it after the baby arrives.
Promote my photography business
Which brings me nicely to this. As of November I won’t just be reading and binge watching tv like I’m on some sort of permanent holiday, I’ll be promoting the hell out of my growing photography business. This year has been a really good year for me with lots of people booking in for family and newborn shoots. My website has had a revamp and now includes a family section and I’ve already taken on wedding bookings for next year and the year after. I have a lot of work to catch up on; blog posts that need to be written for SEO purposes, shoots which need to be edited and photo books that need designing.
I’m hoping I can really make this work as a full-time career but if I need a bit of extra income by the time my maternity pay ends, I’ll be looking for a part-time job. The thought of only having one business to run is so appealing to me! So much less stress at the end of the working day.
I was going to hold a baby shower at our new house but the thought of not only organizing it but also paying for it when I have little income, is not the one. So I’ve decided to do afternoon tea at the Four Pillars Hotel instead with all my closest friends and family. I’m more excited about finger sandwiches and cake than presents tbh.
Prepare the nursery
We have actually been super organised and made a start on this a while ago. Already we have the cot and changing table fully assembled as well as a moses basket and a bouncy chair that everyone keeps telling me I will need. We do need to get a chest of drawers for the corner of the room and I’ve been eyeing up these from Argos, which I’ve just noticed have been reduced so I better order them today!
We’ve been so lucky to receive so many clothes from people so I don’t plan on buying too much more. Obviously it’s nice to buy some brand new things but I’m all about cutting down on costs where I can and seeing as our baby won’t be a baby for that long, it seems silly to go all out and spend lots of money on things that we may not use.
Spend more quality time with Rich
There isn’t one person with children who hasn’t told us to make the most of the time we have together before the baby comes. Although I want to be cautious with what we are spending over the next few months, I also want to plan some evenings out for us. Going out for dinner is one of my favorite things to do and we don’t get to do it much as Rich works shifts and is also doing a plumbing course every weekend in Cardiff. So as you can imagine he is very busy and rarely here. A babymoon is 100% out of the question now he’s on this course so a few nice evenings out will make up for it.
Any other tips you can give me for when I go on my maternity leave? Leave a comment below.
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