I feel like people have always touted the government as having great benefits. There are a lot of great benefits, however, there are NO maternity benefits. None. You can use your vacation and your sick leave but there is no disability benefits or paid maternity time off. The state of Virginia does not provide any disability pay either. I have been very fortunate that my family and I have been prepared to allow me to be home with my sweet boy for over three months.
Before Dean came, I had grand ideas of what I was going to accomplish while on maternity leave. I thought he would sleep for hours at a time and I would be able to organize the garage, organize my craft room, and do some scrapbooking and sewing too. The last time I had an infant was over seven years ago and clearly, my memory does not serve me correctly. It's an accomplishment if I shower these days. This kid needs to eat, be changed, or held ALL the time.
I have been able to get a workout in every now and again. Mostly, we go for walks around the neighborhood. I can't tell if he likes it or not but at least he's quiet. I also do the Post-natal Boot Camp and it looks a little like this:
|The joys of a sleeping baby!|