My Pre-Baby Maternity Leave Bucket List

I’ve been making a bit of a maternity leave bucket list in my head and knowing what my memory is like in pregnancy I thought I’d jot it down to give myself something to refer back to.

1. Rest and relax
I think this is my number one priority.  When you have your first baby you basically walk around in a naive bubble and don’t realise how tired you’re about to become. I won’t be making that mistake again so lots of feet up time for me.

2. Read
Whilst my feet are up I intend to read, I love reading but I just don’t make the time for it.  I’m aiming for a book a week up until the baby is born and here is the line up so far:

3. Wash tiny clothes
As I mentioned in my 30 week pregnancy update, I have started to wash some of the newborn bits for baby but I do intend to wash everything up to around the three month mark just to soften it all up a bit.

4. Pack my hospital bag
I’ve had my bag packed for some time, just in case, but all the items were unwashed and stiff from the packaging.  Once everything is washed I’ll repack the bag and show you all what I plan to take to hospital for me and the wee one.

5. Batch cooking
We don’t have a huge freezer but I do intend on making a few meals ahead of the baby’s arrival.  Meals like pasta bolognese, chilli con carne or cottage pie that I can whip out of the freezer during those early days and have on the table in minutes rather than spending an hour prepping and cooking.  I still want us all to eat well and for the kids to have a warm dinner in their bellies before bed.

6. Write
I’m hoping maternity leave gives me the time I’d like to write more blog posts but I’m concerned it’s going to be so relaxing I can’t even be bothered! Hopefully the latter won’t be true and I’ll be writing more consistently.  I do have to be careful about how much time I spend on the laptop as I don’t think it helps my migraines.

7. Have fun with the kids
This will no doubt get progressively harder the larger I become, however, I intend to do some fun stuff with the kids before baby number three arrives.  First up is an overnight stay at Alton Towers over Easter. People look at me like I’m made when I tell them and I probably am.  I’ll be 32 weeks pregnant and will need to sit down often but as long as the kids are smiling I’m happy.

8. Clear out
One of the books I have been meaning to read for a while is the Marie Kondo book linked above.  I really want to have a declutter in my bedroom and make it more minimal.  Mostly this applies to my wardrobe.  I’m usually not a hoarder but I have this obsession with holding on to clothing which either doesn’t fit or I don’t particularly love. I’d much prefer to have five tops that I love then ten that make me feel awful!

9. Clean
It’s a bit of a cliche but I intend to clean the house throughout the next nine weeks to within an inch of its life.  We clean on a regular basis as it is but I mean those parts that don’t get cleaned as often as they should. Everyday I am planning to make an hour for each of the items I’ve noted on this list; so an hours cleaning, an hours reading and so on.

10. Decorate Logan and Florence’s bedrooms
Ok, so my input here will be minimal but it’s something that needs doing before baby comes. Both rooms need painting, storage and general organisation. I’m hoping the nesting instinct will kick in before I get to this task!




  1. Kerry norris
    March 16, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    I had pretty much all of these on my bucket list too and I have to say I didn’t get around to any of them lol. I hope you manage to get some rest and also get to do some reading. That’s one thing I miss. I find I grab a book at the end of the day but fall asleep after rea dine one page lol x

  2. March 16, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I think I probably had a similar list, but I don’t remember managing to do many of them! We moved to the US when my youngest was 3mos and I had planned to be so organized before she arrived… Of course I ended up packing a house with a newborn!

  3. March 16, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Aw, exciting times for you ahead! Hope you manage to get a little bit of time for yourself before the baby arrives. Looks like a good selection of books to read… al three are on my must-read list too! I didn’t really get any pre-baby maternity leave as I’m self employed so worked as long as I could. I think I managed one afternoon the day before my third baby was born and just watched TV for a few hours by myself…. it was bliss! x

  4. March 17, 2016 / 6:29 am

    This is a great idea to have a bucket list for your maternity leave. I had to go on my leave super early as I was high risk of a premature labour, I think I spent so much time in bed being lazy.

  5. March 20, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Batch cooking is something I always recommend to peeps having a baby. It means you get a decent dinner in no time at all. Eeeee exciting times!! xx

  6. stephanie
    March 25, 2016 / 12:24 am

    I remember when I was on maternity leave I had all of these great big plans – the reality of it was I accomplished nothing apart from feeling sick and reading book after book. Hope you have better luck than me! x

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