I am full term (40 weeks) tomorrow. For the past month, I have been on sick/maternity leave and I have little to show for this time off. I had grand plans to write lots of blog posts, spring clean the house, speak fluent French in 30 days and cook enough meals to freeze until Christmas. None of that has materialized.
Countless people have said that I should chill out, lean into the down time and enjoy my sleep before the baby arrives. When I have complained that I have not been productive, they warn, ‘Just you wait until the baby comes. Your life will never be the same again. You will wish you had appreciated this quiet time’. They speak of sleepless nights, breastfeeding problems, anxiety, random moments of tearfulness, being housebound, needing family around, feeling too tired to brush my hair and the list goes on and on. One friend said, ‘It will be both the best and most difficult time of your life.’
So, since tomorrow is due date, I feel I must take note of these warnings from the many prophets of doom and say that if I don’t respond to emails, texts or phone calls, please don’t be offended. I will get back to you … within the next 5 years (see picture below).