My summer “vacation” (a well-timed maternity leave)

Now that we’ve officially entered Fall and that I’m back in the office from my 3 month maternity leave, I was reminiscing about that notorious essay it seemed you were assigned every year during your first week back at school, appropriately titled “What I did on my Summer Vacation”. Though, in my case, it’s twenty years later and my first week back at school has turned into my first month back at work. It’s hard to believe that 3 months came and went so quickly, but as I think about it, I really did have quite an enjoyable summer being on maternity leave. I mean, truthfully, how couldn’t you? – spending 3 warm and mostly sunny months with your children, doing all of quintessential summer activities. Going to the amusement park (2 actually!), going on vacation and just plain ol’ getting outside every afternoon for a walk around the neighborhood.

The interesting part is that I had Punkin’ Bear around the same time of year as BrotherSister. (which, by the way, now that we know for SURE that she’s not a Brother, I’m officially re-naming her “LadyBug”) but I feel like I was and am much more mobile with LadyBug than I dared to be with Punkin’. I mean, I wouldn’t have fathomed venturing to an amusement park with Punkin before her 3rd month and yet I did with LadyBug. Of course, I also didn’t have an energetic pre-schooler around at the time to even think about doing such a thing. But really, when I look at Bug’s first 3 months of life, she has been on a plane, a train, and of course, in automobiles. She’s been to the beach, to an aquarium and to the zoo. She’s been grocery shopping, mall shopping and house shopping. I mean really, this little one has been out and about in every sense of the word.

Here’s the thing (and forgive me, I know this is going to sound like a sales pitch given where I work and all, but it is the absolute truth!) – I’ve come to realize how indispensable certain “tools” have been in allowing me to explore the world with my little ladies over the summer. Take, for instance, the Snugrider. It has been amazingly handy, especially because we now have twice the gear to pack every time we go out (and I still haven’t upgraded from my car to a roomier vehicle). It’s just so portable, light and easy to move which is a must when you’re holding hands with one of you little ones and pushing a stroller with the other.

Another great item that I actually didn’t use with Punkin Bear but have used a lot with LadyBug, was my Infant Travel Bed. Don’t get me wrong, I still love and use my Travel Lite Crib for our overnight travel, but when visiting family and friends, it was just a great, quick and easy way to set up a nap spot for LadyBug. And quick, easy, efficient are must haves for me.

All in all, my “vacation” with my 3 year old and my 3 month old girls was full of fun and great memories. Now sleep on the other hand, not so much…

I love this picture- it’s a shot of all the cousins at the beach. (Photo credit: Still Motion Photography)

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4 Responses to “My summer “vacation” (a well-timed maternity leave)”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? October 9, 2008 at 6:17 pm #

    Sounds like you packed a whole lot of living into those 3 months!
    I know what you mean about the tools that make things easier. I don’t know how people did it before our modern baby products both for safety and convenience.

  2. Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom October 10, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    Excellent timing on your maternity leave! I lamented a bit when I started back to work June 15th last year…I would have loved the Snugrider for my Graco Snugride – maybe next time around. :)

  3. Jessie October 11, 2008 at 7:41 am #

    I barely left the house with my first during that first 3 (or maybe 5-6 *blush*) months. With V though it was like our family had wheels on our butts and we went everywhere from the beginning! Glad to hear you had a nice time at the beach – we just got back too. Good luck getting back into the swing of things at work :)

  4. casual friday everyday October 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    What a wonderful time. And congrats on the new baby. I’m due to have number three later this year. Three boys. I’m hoping someone will help me out a lot because I can’t imagine how hard the first months will be. ;)