Maternity Leave Blues

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Why is it that because we are moms and on maternity leave, spending time with our little ones, people think that we’re actually on vacation? Why do they think we sit around watching tv all day, or sleeping whenever the baby sleeps and are enjoying this time off work as if we have nothing to do all day?

I’m so sick of people thinking that maternity leave is a breeze and vacation. I’m sick of it! When in reality, we care for a little angel that is too small to tell us when they’re hungry, need a change, sleepy or in pain. We spend most of the time guessing if its one issue or the other. Every cry seems the same and it’s up to us to decide which we’re going to do first; feed them, change them, put them to sleep or kiss away booboos. And if that isn’t a full-time job in itself, we also cook, clean, do the laundry, pay the bills, pick up the grocery, give rides and make sure other family obligations are fulfilled. But at the end of the day, because we are home it seems as if we’ve done nothing all day. They go to work and are on their feet all day so their job is much more tiring than everything we do all day.

They get a day off work and its suddenly a vacation day for them. But when the heck do us moms (or dads who take paternity leaves) get a vacation day? When do we get a day to sleep-in and rid ourselves of all obligations and chores?

I’m frustrated. I’m exhausted. I’m depressed. And I just want to get away for a little while. Maybe do something just for me for once. But how? When? Where?

 

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