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All images by the amazing Jen Quirk

Literally cannot even BELIEVE I am writing this blogpost! Ha! I’m 33 weeks pregnant, and as I gear up for this sweet new season to being a mama of 3 girls, I am flooded with excitement and emotions and the feeling that I have 2.3 million things to accomplish before this sweet baby arrives.

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All totally normal, by the way. Thankfully, I know that’s the case because this is my 3rd time around, and the best way to alleviate stress these final weeks is to get a SOLID game plan in place!

My maternity leave begins November 15th, and this baby is due December 10th.
I work 3 days a week, so that translates to 12 working days left in the year.

Translation: it’s GO TIME!

So, first, here are the links to how I prepared for my first and second maternity leaves:

Nancy’s Maternity Leave 1.0
Nancy’s Maternity Leave 2.0

To see how I have prepared this time, go back and read through Maternity Leave 2.0 / How to plan for extended time off… because I’m following that guide I made last time.

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Here is where I am now:

– I’ve added a footer signature to the bottom of each email, giving people a heads up that it’s coming Nov 15th
– I’ve made a master list of tasks to complete by November 14th
– I’ve made a list of all my responsibilities that I need to hand off to my team
– I’ve scheduled all team meetings between now and the end of the year

What I have left to do:

– Email my brides, vendors, and close vendor friends, including any I plan to work with while on leave
– Add my away signature saying “I’m going to delete all emails while I’m gone!” … it’s intense, but it works!
– Take off 2 weeks prior to my due date
– Plan some time for me. (I plan to get a massage this weekend or next, and a mani / pedi the week before my due date!)

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All of that to say, I’m rolling up my sleeves and gearing up to FINISH STRONG. Some days it’s much easier said than done because all I want to do is take a nap, but goodness it’s worth fighting for, knowing there’s a break from work just around the corner.

I’d love to hear from those of you who have taken maternity leave / sabbatical : What are your BEST tips? What one thing you were really thankful you did?

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