Taking time off from work after you have a baby is a far cry from the vacation many people assume it to be. You're so busy caring for your newborn and recovering from childbirth and adjusting to your new life as a mom and, well, it can be exhausting. The idea that maternity leave is a "vacation," is idiotic at best, hurtful at worst, and something new new mom should be told. The texts women send their work friends during maternity leave tell the real story about taking time off of work to care for a brand new baby.
So, what's maternity leave really like? Well, instead of being a worry-free time in a woman's life, it's honestly a time when a woman feels a myriad of juxtaposing feelings. You're excited for some recovery time and wish that your maternity leave would never end. You're obsessed with your newborn, and convinced that you could spend every day for the rest of your life staring at them. Then the newness of having a baby will fade, and you'll begin to get antsy. Doing the same thing all day, every day, for weeks at a time eventually gets old. While new babies are wonderful, the whole "eat, sleep, poop" life feels a bit redundant once you've got the hang of it, and in those moments, you sort of just want your maternity to end already.
Of course, every maternity leave experience (if a new mom even gets to have one) is different for each woman, so how a woman feels about maternity leave is entirely and unequivocally up to her. Still, there are a few texts new moms on maternity leave send that can be telling, and I definitely send a few. With that in mind, here's what a new mom says (and essentially feels) when she's on maternity leave: