Well, after only planning to take six weeks off, and later stretching it to twelve, my time as a stay at home mommy is about to end. I can’t believe how fast the time has flown! Some days were difficult with growth spurts, cluster feedings, spitting up, poopy blow outs, crying, gassy tummies, lots of wardrobe changes, and sleepless nights. When thinking back on the whole maternity leave experience, however, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The first eight days of Addie’s life were spent without cuddles or hugs because she was in the special care nursery and labeled a “touch me not” baby. Any stimulation could send her into respiratory distress. Then we brought her home and she went to the doctor ten times in the next two weeks due to prolonged jaundice and weight gaining issues. We felt like we were on an emotional rollercoaster. Where was the time when we got to cuddle with our little girl, sleep in late, and spend the day around the house in our pjs? It was at that time that hubby and I made the decision to extend my maternity leave another twelve weeks.
I can say that was one of the best decisions we made. It has been SOO worth it.
I will go back to work next week knowing that my little girl is in great hands with my mother keeping her during the day. She will be spoiled rotten by her, but she will also show her love and nurture her and teach her. I was lucky enough to be kept by my grandmothers as well, and I am so thankful for the time we spent together. They have influenced and impacted the woman that I have become, and I am so excited that Addie will get to have those same experiences with her Gigi and Meme as well.
I am so thankful for the snuggles, hugs, sugar, naps, smiles, playtime and moments with Addie. I already am looking forward to Summer break with my little girl, but for now I am going to enjoy every last second of my time off with my little girl right now!