When I read this post about Why my maternity leave isn't a freaking vacation, it completely struck a chord. As the writer says:
If you have just grown an entire human being inside of your body and then it rudely exits and begins to cry for three months, you should not be further insulted by someone calling that three months of trying to keep that crying newborn alive, again, with your body, a freaking vacation.I thought I'd add a few more reasons why maternity leave is NOT a vacation:
Vacation = I would save up and have more money than usual so I can spend my days eating and drinking whatever and wherever I please
NOT a vacation = No money and living on beans on toast. Plus, on vacation I'm still being paid (on annual leave), on maternity leave I'm working 24/7 for next to no pay.
Vacation = For me, a holiday often involves some retail therapy and buying new clothes. Checking out local market for local wares.
NOT a vacation = Spending what little money I have on nappies and baby wipes.
Vacation = Wearing all the big hoops and dangly earrings I've saved for warm sunny days.
NOT a vacation = Having any hoop or dangly earrings ripped from my ears by tiny hands.
4. Iced drinks
Vacation = Lots of cooling iced drinks to combat the heat. Probably also accompanied by a mini umbrella!
NOT a vacation = A succession of cold teas and coffees that were made but never drunk due to a nappy needing a change or someone else wanting a feed!
5. Beauty routine
Vacation = Less make up due to holiday heat and tan. Less hair styling due to constant tips in the pool to cool off and then leaving it to tousle in a sexy manner.
NOT a vacation = Dark circles under my eyes and no make up due to the baby's constant need to be held and my lack of one handed make up application skills! As well as five day old hair that is now more dry shampoo than hair!
Don't misunderstand me, I am absolutely loving my maternity leave but, as the author of the original post says, it is definitely not a vacation.