Working from home AKA cabin fever
By Catherine Hudson, editor of FashTravels
FashBaby: A whole new kind of adventure hosted at FashTravels. Here, you’ll find a weekly diary of my pregnancy journey.
Working from home
So, that’s it folks for three weeks while I work from home, then two weeks maternity leave before baby’s due date. I tell anyone who asks that I am happy for her to arrive before that date, because I’m kind of over being pregnant, now. I’m impatient at the best of times and the past 35 weeks have felt like FOREVER. I don’t remember not being pregnant, now. I wonder if, when the baby arrives, I will miss being pregnant, and what will all these feelings and aches and pains be replaced by. Yet again, pregnancy and parenting is a huge guessing game.
I’m lucky that, as a writer, I can work from home. I am set up with laptop and server access, and would you believe the first day of my ‘working from home’ sees me and everyone else snowbound! So I doubt I would have been able to make the 1.5 hour commute, anyway. I’m in my pyjamas, kettle permanently on boil and far too many snacks within easy grab reach. It’s way more productive, working from home. To start with, I gain three hours of time just by not commuting. And I can whizz through emails and features thanks to a lack of office distractions. The downside is the cabin fever. Goodness it’s boring not having anyone to talk to. I greet my boyfriend home from work with the same enthusiasm I imagine I will be when I’ve been stuck under a sobbing baby all day. You get to know yourself a bit better when you only have yourself to chat to in ‘the office’. I reckon a day or two seeing colleagues is pretty necessary to maintain sanity, for me at least.
Ready for post-pregnancy par-tay
Even though I happened to be working from home from this week, I wouldn’t have gone out very much anyway, because LOOK how much snow! It doesn’t take much to fall to bring the UK to a standstill, but aside from facing transport issues should I dare to step out, I am a bit worried about slipping on the icy patches. You can’t be over cautious about everything, but about this, I will be.
Very nearly 36 weeks pregnant, and off on our first hen doo together!
You can be doing something, anything, then suddenly find yourself thinking ‘are my jeans so tight that they could stop the baby from breathing?’ This did seem to happen more often during the early months of my pregnancy, but did ease up a little the further along and more confident/tired I became. Going on a hen doo at near on 36 weeks pregnant was something I had agreed to, especially being that I was a bridesmaid, months previous, but as it drew nearer (and snow laid on the ground) I felt a bit, ‘should I be doing this’ about it. Hen doos are typically filled with alcohol and… more alcohol, right? Yes, but here was one I could dip into as it was a classic day and night in London – how refreshing. And I can tell you, it was brilliant, and I didn’t feel like a square. The snow had melted, so I made it there upright, and I drank mocktails while watching everyone else get drunk on the real deal and singing louder and louder, which was pretty entertaining in itself.
Here I am on the ‘Spice Girls’ steps with the bride to be, at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel. she’s the Scary to my Baby, here at least! It is definitely worth making the effort to still be a part of your friend’s events while you are pregnant. Firstly, it means a lot to them that you did, and secondly, it does lift your mood – plus, you’ll enjoy it when you are there. And anyway, you have the best excuse for an early exit. I joined in until post-meal and pre-club, and took an Uber home. I was enjoying a mug of tea and a bag of sweets in my pyjamas by 1030pm. Way to Spice up my life!
* I must prelude anything I write in this blog series as totally my own experiences and opinions. I’ve already learned to prefix everything I say in general conversation about pregnancy and babies with, ‘everyone’s different, but…’
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Things I am loving, this week
- Having Breakfast with the girls from the press office at Marks & Spencer, at Where the Pancakes Are, near London Bridge. Just what every pregnant person needs – good company and good food!
They also brought the baby this sweet selection of bits from the current collection – I do love M&S baby wear.
- A few of my friends clubbed together to buy us Fortnum & Mason vouchers to spend on a lunch date – super thoughtful. We spent it on a visit to the Parlour and ate lots and lots of ice cream. The perfect pre-baby date, I’d say.
READ MY COLUMN EVERY WEEK HERE ON FASHBABY (A WHOLE NEW KIND OF ADVENTURE) AT FASHTRAVELS.COM, TO FOLLOW MY PREGNANCY JOURNEY
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Introduction: Weeks 0-18
Hello, my name is Catherine and I‘m pregnant!
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 19
Hearing the heartbeat and telling people
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 20
Sleeping, 20-week scan and nesting
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 21
Confidence, quiet time and trial runs
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 22
The one where we went on a babymoon to Sri Lanka
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 23
Bathtime, being lazy and shaving rules
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 24
We’re a team, baby – you, me and…
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 25
Seeing your baby in 4D – what is it and is it a good idea?
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 26
Christmas, acid reflux and wondering who I am
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 27
Being stuck in limbo and working 9am – 5pm/6pm/7pm…
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 28
Injections and indifference
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 29
Oh right. I’m pregnant…
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what? Week 30
Advice from friends about what to pack in a hospital bag
- The pregnancy diaries: When to start maternity leave
- The pregnancy diaries: What formula milk to use?
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what? Week 31
Get it checked out, washing days and the circle of life
- The pregnancy diaries: What to pack in a hospital bag
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 32
Considered movements, loving bathtime and starting NCT classes
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 33
Never-ending questions, and why you need to give your mum a break
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ Week 34
Saying goodbye isn’t the end