Here’s reason number two. I’ll begin with a quick snapshot of my nice relaxing first week of maternity leave.
Don’t you just feel relaxed looking at it?
See, one of my best friends got married on November 19th. You may remember me telling you I had four weddings to attend between November and April – three of which I’m bridesmaid in. You may have also seen some pictures I put up for this week’s Wordless Wednesday post from the November 19th – the first of said weddings.
I finished work on November 11th – a Friday. Right from the word go I was trying to cram too much into one day. I’d booked an all day ante-natal class for the next day, followed by a meeting with a dressmaker to see if she could work a miracle with my bridesmaids dress (you can see the final result in the afore mentioned Wordless Wednesday post).
The wedding day itself I was very much looking forward to, but my attire – not so much. Surprisingly my dress was still fitting fine around the belly pre-alterations; it was more my thighs (my sisters and I have always thought we’d make good frogs or weightlifters because of the size and shape of them) causing me grief. I suppose my belly was causing grief in its own way, since the dress was bunching up at the lower back area; but this isn’t so uncommon for me since I have what people call a ‘swayed back’. A lovely big dip in the lumbar are which, when combined with a muffin top, makes tops that are just a little too tight ride or roll up. It’s very, very frustrating.
Anyway, the dressmaker I was hoping to work miracles on my dress is Kathy from Hide & Seek Designs. And she made these dresses for two of my bridesmaids last year.
Ironically, the girl in the first picture was the bride on the 19th and her dress here was made in just over 24 hours so I had lots of faith in Kathy’s skills to be able to do something about my dress in just under a week.
She advised me, if I could get hold of another dress in the same material and colour then she would be able to work something out. She’d seen some dresses very similar on sale recently. My only problem was, we’d purchased the dresses in March and they were discontinued then, so it was going to be interesting to see if I could get my hot little hands on another. I had two things going my way: 1) was that I still had the barcode on my dress, meaning I could tell the department store the exact code; and 2) Of the four bridesmaids, only two of us were wearing this particular style. The other two were wearing the same colour and material, just in a different style, so I knew there should be more chances of getting the same colour and material since there were two dress styles.
Thank goodness for Sunday trading is all I can say, because I was able to call our local department store the next day. They told me they had nothing there, but Sydney should have some – according to their computer. I was up early Monday morning, called Sydney – and yes! They did have one; it was half price and they sent it to me express post Monday afternoon. Phew. One thing off the list!
The day proceeded as per my schedule says. My visit to the chiro set off a chain reaction of lateness and I had to schedule another visit for later in the day so she could strap my belly for a little more support. It’s not that I have a big belly for how far along I am (36 weeks), it’s just I get pretty severe pubic bone pain nowadays from anything I do.
Anyway, I’m blaming the chiro for my losing track of time at work as well (I know it was my first day of maternity leave but i was helping out with some bookwork). I only gave myself 35 minutes to get myself to my Specialist OB appointment 45 minutes away (my work isn’t what you’d call ‘close to home’) – and that was just driving time. When I rang the hospital to tell them I’d be late, they decided it would be best to reschedule, as the OB wasn’t able to stay any later than what she already was. So I rescheduled for Thursday – since it was the only other day we could both do.
The rest of the week just kept getting busier. I was much later home from the hens night on the Tuesday than I thought I would be and I’m not sure I’d managed to recover by the time Friday came around when I had an early delivery of the wedding cakes. Thankfully it was another of my best friends (the one in the second picture of my bridesmaids) and the plan was we’d have a coffee and quick catch up before she headed off to work and I headed off to the dressmaker for final alterations and collection of my dress.
I came straight home after picking up my dress, packed for the wedding (I hadn’t had time to do it), went and got my nails painted (French of course) and headed off on the 2hr journey to Bunbury.
The week obviously didn’t end there, as you can see from my schedule, but that’s where I’m going to end this post. Needless to say, by Sunday evening when I was safely back at home, I was one tired girl and it took me until the middle of last week to recover. Just in time for wedding two of the afore mentioned four I’m attending between November and Easter.
So there you have it. My first week of maternity leave gone in a flash! What did you do on your first week of maternity leave? Did you spend it rushing about trying to organise things? Or putting up your feet and resting, like you’re supposed to be?