Do you remember those essays you had to write in school after a long break, like "What I Did on Summer Vacation"? What I didn't know was those important essays were actually preparing me for real-life blogging.
I've come to the end of my eight weeks of maternity leave, so I thought I ought to write down what I did so I can look back and appreciate my time off. Eight weeks is a long time! I haven't had that long off since...summer break after my sophomore year of high school when I was 16! It's been totally wonderful. Although I am getting a bit bored during nap time and am eager to get back to work, I am so grateful for the time I've had. And so, here is my essay.
What I Did on Summer...Oops...Maternity Break
My maternity leave was great. I really liked it. It was fun. (Obligatory introductory paragraph)
First, I spent a lot of time laying around in bed. Some days, I didn't get out of bed until eleven a.m. Who am I kidding? One p.m. Although I didn't get much sleep, I sure did lie around in bed a lot. When I wasn't laying around in bed, I was laying around on the couch. I successfully watched three and a half seasons of Psych and one of Monk. I watched nearly every sappy British masterpiece theater drama made in the last twenty years. I watched the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy. I checked Facebook nearly every thirty minutes.
Second, as I was busy doing a lot of nothing, I was also busy either feeding or being fed. Nursing eight times a day makes you oddly busy while being completely unbusy. When I wasn't feeding the baby, I was feeding myself. Wonderful friends and family provided us with meals for the first six weeks of baby's life. Because we had such an overabundance of food, we froze some, which we are still eating through. Having so many yummy home-cooked meals have made me want to get back to cooking...I tried making Mikey a delicious home-cooked meal last week, which reminded me why I really need to stick to recipes or maybe just PB&Js.
Last, my little family and I spent a lot of time enjoying our beautiful surroundings. We went on a lot of walks around our neighborhood and also took time to introduce Allie to some of our favorite spots, like the Broadmoor, Red Rock Canyon, and Garden of the Gods. I had to walk awful slow at first, because of the c-section recovery, but by the end of it, we were able to go much farther and longer. (Three main body paragraphs containing supporting information)
In conclusion, maternity leave is really neat. I like it a lot. I'd like to do it again. (Conclusion)