I was released from bed rest yesterday and given the green light to have a baby whenever he decides it’s time to appear.
And this has left me in a bit of a quandary…
While I’m happy to no longer have to stick to low-key activities and spend much of my days napping/resting, I’m not sure I want to jump back into the fast pace of life that I was living prior to being put on bed rest. And I’m not just talking about the time between now and when Christopher arrives – I’m looking ahead at the summer months approaching.
I realized this morning that I’ve never actually taken a “maternity leave” – life either stayed the same or I just quit. I never took a temporary leave of absence, putting a job and/or other responsibilities on hold for a short time, but I want to try to do so (to a degree) this time around.
Maternity Leave with Jennifer
When I had Jenny, I was a stay-at-home wife with zero responsibilities outside of taking care of our home. We were living in the middle of the woods at a camp in northern Wisconsin, and my life didn’t really change all that much when she came along (apart from having the new responsibilities that came with a baby).
Maternity Leave with David
When David was born, I quit my full-time job to be a stay-at-home mom. There was no time of transition between working all day and being home all day. I finished working on a Friday, spent the night at the hospital in pre-term labor, and was released to bed rest on Saturday morning. I never went back to work. I had to find a new routine and a new purpose.
Maternity Leave with Christopher
When I realized yesterday that I was about to “have control” of my time again (i.e. no restrictions on activities and schedules), I acknowledged that I actually enjoyed having more “down time” over the past few weeks, and I wondered what steps I might be able to take to continue to have that same amount of freedom and flexibility after Christopher is born.
an Unplugged Summer
I’ve been considering what a slower pace for the next few months might look like for my online existence, and I’m excited to enter a season of less online engagement and more offline interaction.
Last summer, I cut back on my blogging and social media, basically eliminating my “need” to be online except for a few hours a week to keep up with client work and an hour or two to check in with my online friends throughout the summer. I invited a number of blogging friends to guest post on this blog with summer bucket list ideas and activities, allowing me to continue to offer quality content without having to spend hours planning and writing.
I honestly loved the freedom and flexibility I had with my online world last summer. I loved the opportunity to unplug and enjoy the summer with my kids, and I would really like to do the same again this summer.
So what does that mean?
For Life by Ashley Pichea, it means I’ll probably be blogging once or twice a week, and I’ll probably be hosting several of my blogging friends here (through guest posts). I haven’t decided if I’ll be doing a “summer series” again – I’ll let you know when I know.
For HomeschoolBlogging.com (my “other” blog), it means I’m working to put together a team of content contributors that will allow me to take a step back from having to be constantly creating content. I’m debating on whether or not to continue the weekly #HSBloggers Twitter Tuesday chats, or perhaps taking the summer off. As much as I love the community and hate to take a hiatus, I also don’t want to have to schedule my summer around a mid-day Twitter chat each Tuesday.
P.S. If you’re a blogger or thinking about blogging or just wanting a place to “hang out” online, join us each Tuesday on Twitter at 3pm ET. Just follow @hsblogging and use the #hsbloggers hashtag!
In general, it means I’ll be online less and living life offline more. I’ll be enjoying getting to know my new baby and spending my days soaking up my kids. It means more unplugged family time on the weekends and being tied to my computer less.
Doing Life Together Unplugged
Even though I won’t be “plugged in” to my computer constantly this summer, my phone will still be my constant companion, so photos and updates will still be shared as life happens, and you’ll still be able to follow my journey as we “do life” together.
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