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1. It was 13 weeks long.

I’m a teacher so after 12 weeks I returned to work for two days, and then we had a week off for Spring Break. It really helped me ease back into working mom life.

2. We got Netflix.

We subscribed to Netflix a few days before our son was born. Best decision ever! I didn’t realize how much sitting around we’d do those first couple of weeks. During my maternity leave I watched so many shows! Orange is the New Black, Glee, Bob’s Burgers, Breaking Bad, Making a Murderer, and Parks and Recreation.

3. I Lost 30 pounds

With the help of breastfeeding and Myfitnesspal.com I was able to lose the majority of the weight I gained (40 pounds) over my pregnancy.

4. I Missed work

I didn’t necessarily want to return to work, but I missed feeling normal and put together. My days and nights ran together and sometimes I felt like I was playing house.

5. I got insomnia.

Somewhere along the way I picked up the baby’s sleep schedule. Together we held very wonky hours.

6. I started a blog.

I’ve always wanted to start a blog, and being a mother made me feel like I had so much to say.

7. I used all my sick days.

I took off 60 days from work, but I only had about 25 sick days. We took a major financial blow, but it was more than worth it.

8. Amazon primed my a$$ off.

I signed up for Amazon Prime over my maternity leave and almost everyday I was ordering something else for baby.

9. I didn’t get baby on any type of schedule or crib trained.

I had a goal to have baby on a schedule by the time I returned to work. In no way, shape, or form, did I succeed. (*Update, he actually didn’t start sleeping in his crib until he was 14 months old, whoops.)

10. I tried to figure out how to be a SAHM

I spent a lot of time on the internet trying to figure out if I could bring in a decent income from home with a Education Degree. I was unsuccessful in my search.

11. It went by really fast and really slow.

The days were really long, but my maternity leave was short.

12. I became a mother

Somewhere along the way I became a mother and never looked back.

Thank you so much for reading my post. How long was your maternity leave?

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