I’ve been off work for a month now and will continue to be off for the next 4 months of my pregnancy (plus, I’d like to have 3 months at home with my baby). I don’t have a job to return to, and I’m pondering not returning to the workforce at all. It will depend on how my back/bump/hips heal after giving birth, our financial state & adjustment to one income, whether or not I could find a job that would suit our schedules and limit costly childcare, or possibilities of making money from home (which I have a few ideas about).
At first, I was leery of having so much time on my hands. I’ve been a hard-worker ever since I graduated high school (and even before that actually). It’s an adjustment, but I’m learning to relax and enjoy it. 🙂 I’m doing some light reading at the moment, just for fun. One book I finished recently was Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. Gosh, she cracks me up! It’s refreshing to take a break from the “pregnancy and childbirth manuals”. I have yet to read one of those types of books and enjoy it or feel like I got anything out of it. If you know of any good ones, please let me know.
Luckily, my doctor said I can go out occasionally and do little things, as long as I don’t over-do it. He even approved me to take short walks – but I must go slow and easy. I’m allowed to do a few things around the house, so I feel somewhat productive. One thing that’s super nice is that I have more time to plan and work on things for baby’s arrival! Andy does most of the work. I make sure not to do any heavy lifting, repetitive bending, or be on my feet too much. It doesn’t take much for my pain to kick in, so I definitely know my limit. (Don’t worry). 🙂
While I’m resting (which is the majority of the time), I’m keeping pretty busy by working on word puzzles, reading, writing in my pregnancy journal, blogging, spending time online with my groups and socializing, feeding my new addiction to the game Candy Crush Saga (LOL), relaxing, spending time with my furbabies, talking to friends and family on the phone or going out occasionally, and watching a lot of movies and TV series on Netflix.
I just finished all 7 seasons of the show, Supernatural. Now I need to catch up on the current season. I didn’t think I would like it at first, but it’s actually very entertaining. It doesn’t hurt that the 2 main characters are yummy eye candy. 😉 Among other shows, I’m watching Downton Abbey (season 3) and Game of Thrones (season 2). I’ve already read all 5 books in the Game of Thrones series and am anxiously awaiting the next one to come out.
I have a few ideas in mind for new hobbies and projects to keep myself from getting bored. In addition to all of the above activities, I get to spend quality time with hubby and also bond with my baby! When Graham arrives, we’ll have lots of time together! So all in all, I’m feeling positive and things are good!
This is my new celeb crush 😉 Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester on Supernatural):