Tonight, as we put you to bed I was overcome with emotion and couldn’t read your bedtime story. But your dad was right there to pick-up where I left off, lighten the mood, and make us both feel loved. 💙 . You see, tomorrow is a big day. I’ll be going back to work. 💼 And although I know you’re not that little anymore, to me you’ll always be my baby. ❤️ . Thank-you for being my ever present companion this last year. Thank-you for growing with me. Thank-you for being the best thing that’s ever happened to us. We couldn’t love you more! 🤱🏻 . #lastdayofmaternityleave #DedicationNation
So my years Maternity is coming to an end today 😔 I am so thankful for this time with my daughter and the magic of bringing new life into this world. Not forgetting my wonderful husband who has supported us throughout 💕 #maternity #maternityleave #lastdayofmaternityleave #mummy #daughter #cot #cotbed #babyroom #woodlandtheme #cotbumpers #homemade #freemachineembroidery #abakhanfabrics #fox #owl #squirral #rabbit #deer #acorn #hedgehog #slumbertags #securityblanket #shhh #airflowbumpers #myhummy #greyandwhite #backtorealitytomorrow 😔
Today is my last day of maternity leave. I’m so sad I won’t have my mornings alone with my baby girl anymore. We had the best conversations after her morning bottle. #lastdayofmaternityleave #babygirl #backtothegrind #smiles #emmajanehealy #honeybear #googoogaga #love
👍😀😩😊🤔😂Happy last day of maternity leave to me😀😃😫😆😞👍❤️😁 I am feeling all the emotions today as I prepare to head back to work tomorrow. I know we are so lucky here in the UK (Scotland) that many in employment get paid mat leave for much longer than other countries. I've been off for over a year now - I know in the US it's standard to go back after 6 weeks in many cases 😮 This certainly hasn't been the mat leave I'd planned for it to be. We had an elderly and much loved member of the family pass away earlier this year and we had my dad's accident which shaped things very differently for our day to day. Some days have been very difficult indeed but there have also been some incredible moments. I know how lucky I am to have had this time off with my family complete and I also know how lucky I am to be going back to my job and my wonderful colleagues. I'm not looking forward to the extra 'mental load' that's always there in my profession as well as the little worries that always in the back of your mind when your kids are in someone else's care but I'm looking forward to more of a routine and I think I'll cherish my days off with the kids even more then I'm back at work. So here's to the closing of one door (sob) and the opening of another...
I love you so much I could squish you!! #mommydaughtertime #momlife #mom #parenting #parenthood #parents #lastdayofmaternityleave #sad #anxiety #love #alwayslove #allyouneedislove #littlegirl #squishy #squishable #cuddles #happygirl #sweetiepie #cutie #mylife #ilovemylittlefamily #mom #lifeisajourney #backtowork
if you’d asked me last year (pre baby) if I would be spending my days hanging out at soft play places the answer would have been most definitely no... a year on I seem to be spending an increasing amount of time at them and I have to say they keep the little ones happy, it’s really cute watching them explore knowing the only hazard is the older kids who seem to be blind to tiny tots crawling around at their feet... but that aside, there is coffee and it’s a fab place to hang out with friends and tire the kids out! #thingsineverthoughtidsay #itsactuallynotthatbad #softplay #lastdayofmaternityleave
We made the best of this last day of maternity leave! Started out with carving pumpkins at 6:30am (Jay was still sleeping), made cookies before lunch and ended the day by decorating those cookies. Back are the days of cherishing our weekend time together! #babysmiles #babysnugglesarethebest #smileforthecamera 📷 #littlemissjbr #littlemissrdr #smileygirl #sisterlylove 💕 #sistersister #babysisterlove #bigsisterlittlesister #mybeautifulfamily ❤️ #beautifulbabygirls #familytime 💕 #myprettygirls #mygirllovesdresses #sprinklesfordays #halloweenpumpkins #carvingpumpkins #halloweencookies 🎃👻 #lastdayofmaternityleave #livefortheweekend #babycuddlesarethebest #mylittleloves #mylittlefamily ❤️
Last day home with this beauty. 12 weeks goes far too fast when you want it to go slow!
I do nothing but bitch about Paul’s photography skills...he doesn’t take enough photos, he doesn’t check the background & that people are free of sick/dribble stains (Ennis, not me 😂) but I LOVE this pic he’s taken this morning, on my last day of maternity leave (apart from the backwards sleeping bag, can’t have him thinking he’s getting everything right. Oh & my roots but you know, money soon😂). I can’t actually believe this day has arrived. When you have a baby people love to tell you the same things......boys are loving ✅, time will fly ✅, you won’t know what you did before ✅ (I did nothing, I was really good at it and I miss it 😂) and to enjoy every minute ❓This year has definitely been the most amazing of my life, but some bits have been really hard. I’m an anxious person & was expecting worry, but wasn’t expecting it to be so constant & that I’d pretty much never think I was getting anything right. Also, time flies, it absolutely does, but some days don’t, some are long & everything goes wrong, you think there can’t possibly be a worse Mother than you, everyone else has a perfect baby napping peacefully in their immaculate house as you sit in your pjs amongst the mess & can’t even make a cuppa without spilling (and then not even drinking) it. I’m so grateful for the people I’ve had around me at these times, on the end of the phone, in my house, their house or in various coffee shops that I really couldn’t afford. Their reassurance that I wasn’t doing a terrible job, that they had similar days & that I wasn’t going mad (or that at least they were too) has been a crucial and cherished part of my mat leave. You know who you are girls, & you rock. Thanks for looking after me, putting up with my flakiness, disorganisation & general chaos ❤️. In saying that, much as there have been moments of thinking I’m not cut out for this job, it has undoubtedly been the BEST. I’m in awe of my funny, curious, cuddly little boy every day & the fact that his absolute favourite thing is to snuggle his Mama makes me sure he thinks I’m alright really. I’m lucky to have a job I’m excited to get back to, but I will miss him, so so much 💔 #lastdayofmaternityleave #ennisarthur
|🍑| Butts and Gutts yesterday before we started little man’s birthday. As you can see he wanted in on the action. Apparently mom is his jungle gym 🤷🏻♀️ . . . #maternityleavealmostover #lastdayofmaternityleave #momlife #streetparking #buttsandgutts #bootyonfire #myfitnessjourney #lifebalance
Just absolutely lost my shit and can’t keep it together since. Absolute tears of joy as I spend my last day of maternity leave with this amazing little boy. However is he 3 months old??? I’m so blessed to have him in my life and most certainly can’t imagine life without him. I know he is in good hands with @ttyanam as his nanny but the thought of leaving him just caught me by surprise with this explosion of emotions. It’s absolute bittersweet as I walk away from him because going back to work at @DaVita I will be walking into a new role. I have most certainly cherished every minute with him whether laughing, crying, feeling defeated or cuddling. I’m thankful to @scarpacci29 as he has stood by my side through the joys and the pains and so many unknowns. Not only is he an amazing husband but an amazing father too. I truly hit the jackpot with him, his love, his kind heart yet his strength to bite back while keeping me honest or putting me in my place. Cheers to being 3 months old Alekzander, I look forwarding to watching you grow throughout the years to come. #caughtbysurprisewithemotions #lostmyshit #imissourtimetogetheralready #lastdayofmaternityleave #emotionaltrainwreck #bittersweet #cherisheverymoment #alekzanderscraps #3monthsold #babyscraps2018
APPRECIATION POST I want to thank God for giving me this wonderful gift. Thank you mama & papa for loving Briana more than you love me, hindi ko alam kung anong gagawin ko kung wala kayo. Thank you sa OR Team/Treasury Family for supporting me, kahit na sobrang daming pagbabago sakin, sa ugali ko, sa work thank you guys sa pag-alalay, pag-aalaga, pagshare ng foods at pambubully habang nasa work ako. Minsan overprotective pero I appreciate it a lot. ❤ At syempre thank you sa pagsalo ng work ko habang wala ako. 😂 Thank you @carloramento kung wala ka, wala akong Briana. HAHAHA #LastdayofMaternityLeave namimiss kita anak bawi si mommy pag weekends i love you so much. 😘
Last day of maternity leave means I’m loving on my baby as much as humanly possible, which also means her naps are with me and not in her crib. Where did these weeks go? 😥 Please work be nice to me tomorrow because this momma is going to be really sad without her baby.
This photo was taken last weekend about 30 min before I came down with gastro 🤢😳 I won’t show you the ‘after’ photo, it wasn’t pretty 🤣 so devastated I didn’t get to go out to celebrate some special occasions with friends 💃🏻 #happyfriday #tgif #lastdayofmaternityleave #backtoworkmonday #weekendvibes #mua
Today is my last day of maternity leave. I know tomorrow will be tough because tonight was tough. Part of me wants to stay home with him forever. I could sit on the couch all day and watch him smile and sleep. But part of me knows that getting back to work will be good for me. I love my job, I love the people I work with and what I do. So tonight I held him a little closer. I stressed about how much milk to bring and how many clothes to pack. While this may sound silly, I want him to be as taken care of as possible while he’s away. Hoping this way easier.
So here it is, my last day of maternity leave, back to reality tomorrow 😢 to say I have had the best year is an understatement, it has changed my life and I will miss it so much. As much as i don’t want to go back to work I feel it will benefit me and the baby, we just need to get into a routine. It’s like starting the first day of school all over again. To all new mommies out there my advise will be to you.. enjoy every minute of your maternity leave or what’s left, take a million pictures and make some precious memories. Because as I sit here with my tea, I am wishing I could do it all over again. It’s been such a blur , such a whirlwind I don’t think I have stopped to appreciate it as much as I should have. I’ve had a whole year off and im ready for the next chapter of parenthood 💗 #supermum #workingmum #lastdayofmaternityleave #memories #mumandbabytime #backtoreality #mumbloggers #mumquotes #firstimemum #mummydiaries #maternityleave #parenthood #nextchapter #motherhood
Bedtime Stories.......Today was my last day of maternity leave 😔 I can’t explain how much I’m going to miss spending all day every day with these two little people 💔 I do feel incredibly lucky to have been able to spend the last 14 months at home with them but now it’s time for the next chapter in our little family story 📖👨👩👧👦 #TeddyAndMarnie #LastDayOfMaternityLeave #BackToReality #ExcitingMomentsAhead #Halloween #Fireworks #Christmas #ThingsToLookForwardTo
I have had the most wonderful year of my life. This time last year was my last official day before maternity and now it's my last day before returning back to the big red. I took 6 months longer than originally planned and I am absolutely glad I put my family first, I've never been happier. I have had the pleasure in meeting a whole bunch of lovely baby lady's who have become my friends, my own friends have had babies and I I been able to watch all our 2017 babies grow, aswell as our soon to come 2018 Baby Richards. I have made memories that I will cherish forever 💙 Time to go round the wheel of change and I am excited for the fun to come! Btw if you see me crying into my laptop tomorrow, bring me a coffee and a cuddle 😂☕ #lastdayofmaternityleave #theyearisover #bestyearofmylife #familyfirst #mamagottaearn
Where the baby is, the protectors are. . . . I’m not sure who I’m going to miss most out of this clan when I’m back to work tomorrow, (okay I lied, it will be Luke) nor am I sure who will miss me the most. My money is on Winnie Girl having the hardest time with me going back. I pray her anxiety doesn’t get the best of her and that Lucas’ daycare takes good care of him and treats him like he’s their own baby😭 . . . #bigsisters #furbabies #protectors #retrieversofinstagram #littlebrother #mybabies #lastdayofmaternityleave #prayforme #devastated #needmoretime
Last day of maternity leave with my beautiful cheeky little man. Spent the day looking at all sorts of animals with @samidolls and Oliver at ponderosa zoo. Gerry tried to pull the fur off a guinea pig and we all had far too much fun on the zip wire! 🐒🐺🐎🦌🐐🐇🐿🦇🐢🦎🐍🦕🦖🐛🕷 #ponderosazoo #lastdayofmaternityleave #dontmakemegobacktowork #endofafunsummer #nevertoooldforazipwire
Everyone has different coping skills. Organizing & cleaning brings me immediate gratification & peace. Where else in life can you see instant results of anything you do? It’s also logic-based. Today is officially my last day of maternity leave. So I’m finishing up the last couple loads of laundry & meal prepping. Tomorrow it’s back to the grind & I am hopeful for a smooth transition (or as smooth as possible). Knowing that things are semi-orderly feeds into my OCD with cleaning & organizing, and it keeps my mind “clear of clutter” as I start the day! Working moms with kids & infants, and those with crazy schedules, please feel free to: 1. Offer me advice and suggestions. 2. Pray for me! Lol. I’ll take one or both! #lastdayofmaternityleave #imterrified #bittersweet #organization #cleanhousecleanmind #cleanhousehappyhouse #happymommy #worklifebalance #workingmoms #momandbonusmom #momsofinfants #ilovetoclean #ilovetoorganize
So today is my last day of maternity leave with my baby girl, and tomorrow I’m back to work and back to reality. The last 9 months have well and truly flown by and have been filled with an unmeasurable amount of joy, baby smiles and milestones. It only feels like yesterday that you were born and I was holding you in my arms for the first time. If I could stay at home with you forever I would but knowing I get to see your little face everyday after work means the world to me and remember that eveything I do is for you and your brother and sisters 💕 . . . #lastdayofmaternityleave #babygirl #maternityleave #9monthsold #feelikeyesterday #like4likes #mumlife #mummyblogger #mygirl #daughter #likeforlike #instagood #instalove
Last day of maternity leave—- walking our turtle, eating peppers and power napping on and off all day with dad. #floridakeys #islamorada #keysbabies #lastdayofmaternityleave #williammatthew #phoebekells #lillianelizabeth #threeyearsold #twentymonths #twelveweeks #millertribe
The past 3 months have been nothing short of amazing. We came home from the hospital with literally not a clue about how to care for a newborn. From friendly advice , to google, to baby apps, to praying to God you would stop crying (lol)....watching you grow and change has been my greatest joy. To be honest, when I found out I was having a boy, I was terrified. Raising a black boy in this society is no easy task, but now that you are here I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so honored to be your Mommy, and can’t wait to see what God has in store for your life! 💙. #babyBruns #KingKai #LastDayofMaternityLeave #RetiringtheBoppyPillow #Tomorrowimmacryinthecar
Sunday roast. Dinner was roast chicken, potatoes, carrots, peas, and corn on the cob. Flynn also had berries and banana bread for pudding. . . I love a roast dinner and seemingly my son has inherited this taste, he really tucked into this tonight. I love it when he eats well. One of the key things with blw is to let them dictate how much they eat, but it's tricky when you give them meals and they don't eat a lot. Especially as Flynn's been poorly I worry that he's not getting what he needs but ultimately breast milk is still giving him plenty of nutrients. Anyway, seeing him have a good munch on all this definitely makes me feel happier! . . . #firsttimemum #firsttimebaby #blw #babyledweaning #weaning #babyfood #whatmybabyeats #yum #introducingsolids #letthemfeedthemselves #weaningbaby #weaningwithlove #blwmeals #blwmealideas #poorlybaby #lastdayofmaternityleave #returntowork #sundayroast #roastdinner #blwroast #roastchicken
Picnic in the park for lunch on this gorgeous sunny afternoon. Flynn had cream cheese wraps, almond butter wraps, sugar-free banana bread, satsuma and blueberries. He also had a couple of lion puffs not in the pic. . . He had a bit of a graze of everything but obviously mainly focussed his attention on the lion puffs. It was a great afternoon out making the most of the sunshine now that it's returned. . . . #firsttimemum #firsttimebaby #blw #babyledweaning #weaning #babyfood #whatmybabyeats #yum #introducingsolids #letthemfeedthemselves #weaningbaby #weaningwithlove #blwmeals #blwmealideas #poorlybaby #lastdayofmaternityleave #returntowork #picnic #sunnysunday
Absolutely gutted that today is my last official day of maternity leave. I no longer get to see this little monkey change and grow up just that little bit more on a daily basis. All good things come to an end and I will now appreciate a day off more just to see this chubby little face. 💙 #lastdayofmaternityleave #backtoreality
This is the last breakfast I'll be making for Flynn until next weekend 😥 as he'll be having most meals at nursery in the week from now on. So I tried to make it a good one; banana pancake, blueberries, strawberries, sultanas and banana. . . He was not impressed though. He ate a tiny bit of the pancake but nothing else. So glad I made the effort 😂 . . . . #firsttimemum #firsttimebaby #blw #babyledweaning #weaning #babyfood #whatmybabyeats #yum #introducingsolids #letthemfeedthemselves #weaningbaby #weaningwithlove #blwmeals #blwmealideas #breakfast #nursery #poorlybaby #lastdayofmaternityleave #returntowork #pancake #bananapancake #teddybear #bearbreakfast
We had a late lunch out for a friend's birthday this afternoon and Flynn had a few snacky bits then but I knew he'd need a bit more of a meal once we got home. So i put together a little freezer food; fish finger and potato cake with tomato and some pineapple, I also gave him a yoghurt for pud. . . He ate all the fish finger, pineapple and the yoghurt. He went a bit crazy on the yoghurt though and ate it too quick. He had a gag and then unfortunately brought some of it back up and then felt v sorry for himself. Bath and bed pretty quick after that! . . #dinner #blwdinner #fishfinger #firsttimemum #firsttimebaby #blw #babyledweaning #weaning #babyfood #whatmybabyeats #yum #introducingsolids #letthemfeedthemselves #weaningbaby #weaningwithlove #blwmeals #blwmealideas #nursery #poorlybaby #lastdayofmaternityleave #returntowork
A quick lunch before mummy heads out for a back-to-work haircut and daddy takes Flynn down to watch the speed trials on the seafront. . . He had a cheese sandwich, cucumber, satsuma, sultanas, Mamia biscotti and yoghurt. He ate pretty much all of the sandwich which I was really impressed with, plus most of the biscotti, sultanas and the juice from the satsuma. . . #firsttimemum #firsttimebaby #blw #babyledweaning #weaning #babyfood #whatmybabyeats #yum #introducingsolids #letthemfeedthemselves #weaningbaby #weaningwithlove #blwmeals #blwmealideas #lunch #cheesesandwich #nursery #poorlybaby #lastdayofmaternityleave
Saturday morning so daddy gave me a little lie in while he got up with Flynn and did breakfast. I'm impressed with his presentation skills! He had Alphabites, banana, pear and strawberries. . . He ate a little bit of everything this morning. He's still snotty and has a cough, but he slept pretty well last night. Hopefully he'll shake it off just in time to pick up some more bugs when he starts nursery on Monday 😂 . . #firsttimemum #firsttimebaby #blw #babyledweaning #weaning #babyfood #whatmybabyeats #yum #introducingsolids #letthemfeedthemselves #weaningbaby #weaningwithlove #blwmeals #blwmealideas #daddydoesbrekkie #breakfast #nursery #poorlybaby #lastdayofmaternityleave #returntowork
For dinner tonight we had pork and pesto meatballs in tomato and mushroom sauce, cheesy sweet potato mash, spinach and corn on the cob. . . Flynn did really well with this so I'm hoping that this is the beginning of him feeling better. He ate most of the mash and meatballs, plus had a good attempt at the corn. I also gave him a yoghurt for pud which he demolished (and smeared all over his face). . . We went to a music class this afternoon which Flynn loves and then had a rummage in the charity shops on the way home. I got a few seconds hand books for Flynn including Aliens Love Underpants. We already have Pirates Love Underpants, whenever we read it Flynn always smiles and laughs so I hope this one will be as enjoyable for him. . . #firsttimemum #firsttimebaby #blw #babyledweaning #weaning #babyfood #whatmybabyeats #yum #introducingsolids #letthemfeedthemselves #weaningbaby #weaningwithlove #blwmeals #blwmealideas #dinner #meatballs #aliensloveunderpants #lastdayofmaternityleave #returntowork