Maternity Leave Part 2 Starts Here!

Maternity Leave Part 2 Starts Here!

Wow! My Maternity leave starts here! It’s getting closer now…

Yesterday was my last day at work and it got a little teary for me. I primarily work in a small team with guys only so I really wasn’t expecting them to do anything for my last day but I had a lovely surprise waiting for me when I got into work! They decorated my desk and made some lovely cupcakes! I was really touched I almost disgraced myself. Thanks a lot for that guys, it means a lot 🙂

Maternity leaving card

I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to go on a ‘holiday’ as some of my colleagues pointed out to me! Back home in Nigeria most of my mummy friends can’t go on maternity leave til the baby arrives, unless they use their annual holiday and even with that it lasts for about 3 months leave. I have the opportunity to take 9 months off from about 11 weeks before my due date (depending on circumstances) and it isn’t something I am taking for granted at all…

During my last maternity with Aj I didn’t know what to expect and so I didn’t really plan towards it. All I knew was I was going to have a baby, our baby! That was all I needed to I know! This time things are a little different and I feel a little more confident in my mothering skills (although I know every child is unique and different so I have to keep any open mind!) so I decided to make this 9 months count for something.

I’ve decided to go back to school and take an online diploma in Marketing!

I might be crazy and have my head up in the cloud thinking I can handle a newborn baby, a toddler and being a student but I won’t know unless I try, right?

Definitely, some things will have to give and some things might suffer a bit (hopefully not the blog… too much) but it’s all about planning and managing one’s time. But one thing is for sure, I’m going to make the most of this ‘holiday’ with my growing family and make everyday count! After all, we only live once… Wish me luck, again… I start end of the month 🙂

In other news, the Nigeria Blog Awards 2014 is back! Thanks to your kind support I won by popular votes the Best Parenting/Family Blog Award for 2013 so I’m hoping we could do it again! Please visit the website to nominate yours truly in the same Family/Parenting blog category, I’d be ever so grateful for your support! It’s open till the 1st of February so please don’t leave it too late! 🙂

Also, my guess my delivery date giveaway is still going strong! If you haven’t dropped your guess you can still do so on this page!

Have a lovely weekend and lets hope we get some sunshine this weekend!


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8 comments on “Maternity Leave Part 2 Starts Here!

    • As long as your employed you’re entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave of which 36 (or is it 39?) is reduced pay known as Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), the rest is unpaid. There are a number of clauses attached to it but yes, that is what we’re entitled to.

      Hope that helps! X

  1. Buhahaha @ ‘almost disgraced myself’ – sounds like it was a lovely surprise. Goodluck with the course, I am sure you can do it, and it sounds like you’re being realistic on how it will work out!

  2. You are so lucky! Here in the states, I don’t get any maternity leave. I have to use my own accrued annual and sick leave and often, the standard is 3-months. So that means being VERY careful as far as how much time I take off when I am not pregnant. Wish we had a maternity leave policy. I plan on taking 12-weeks. Its going to be hard leaving my baby so early but that appears to be the norm/expectation here.

    Praying for a safe delivery for you!

    • Really? I heard the maternity leave policy wasn’t great in the US either but didn’t know the deals! Like you said you’ll have to make the best use of your holidays when the little one arrives. Thank you! X

  3. Aw, that was very sweet of your co-workers. That’s awesome that you get that much maternity leave. I have to use some of my vacation time and sick time and the rest will be short term disability. I will only be taking 6-10 weeks tops. Oh well. Enjoy every minute of it! Good luck on going back to school. You can do it! 🙂

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