And so they are! On Monday, my maternity leave comes to an end. After about 14 months, I am returning to my job in legislation. Only part-time, mind you, but still. I am quite nervous, but really looking forward to it.
Pip will be looked after by my mom and so far, they seem to be getting on very well. I am experienced in my work and the break was not too long. I am going to work great hours and the commute is very short (less than 30 minutes, door-to-door). I will still keep Pip´s playgroup and swimming lessons. I have full support from everybody around me. Yet, I am still nervous.
I am also quite sure to face lots of questions and I will need to explain a lot, most probably. It is a big thing here, you see, as the standard maternity leave here is 3 years per kid, for which your job is held and you get some parental allowance. Seriously. It may sound like a huge benefit to you, and it is, but if you want to do it differently, there are lots and lots of challenges.
However, as I said, I am looking forward to it. I will attempt to get the best of both worlds, career and home. The blog might change. There will most probably be a bit less crafting. However, I will have a chance to test lots and lots of time management and organization tips, and I will for sure blog about that 🙂
Oh the seemingly random picture at the top? It is a pic from Prague, the lovely city we live in. Here, have one more 🙂
Both are from the CzechTourism website.
Today we had the loveliest little birthday party I have ever attended 🙂 The little birthday boy got, among other things, his playfood set of fruit and veg.
Here it is, nicely colour coordinated on our coffee table.
Remember the set of amigurumi fruit and veg I started to make for our boy´s first birthday? Well, I added some to it.
This is pumpkin, lemon, tomato, carrot and corn hanging around on the window ledge while Pip is napping. I really like making these, but I am running out of ideas and patterns I can make with colours I have. I would like to add a melon slice, cherries and a green apple, and then I don´t know anymore. However, his birthday party is this Sunday, so I will probably not have a chance to make any more than that anyway. I can always add something to the collection later though.
I will post the whole collection with link to Ravelry project page and respective patterns, once I am done with it completely 🙂
The dreaded holiday snaps! At least you don´t have to watch a slideshow in our living room, sipping on a cocktail, eating some awful 70´s party food (cheese hedgehog, anyone?) 🙂
Anyway, we really enjoyed our little holiday. We went to visit some of our relatives in the house where my father was born. Even though it is in the industrialized area of this country, it certainly is a very green and colourful place!
Well I certainly don´t need another project, with Rondeur in the making and Mitered and Chequered almost finished. But with Pip´s forthcoming first birthday, I obviously had to make sure he has a handmade gift from me 🙂 I thought about it for few days. Clothes are not very gifty. He has tons of animals already (will make a post on his playroom menagerie at some point).
And then I though I could make different fruits and vegetables. They will be great not only for learning about the fruit and veg themselves, but also about colours, shapes, later for playing shop and everything 🙂 Also I always found them cute and wanted to give them a go but did not see a real purpose for them.
So far I have this:
Pear, apple, strawberry, banana, tangerine and mushroom, all from here. I have lots more planned and will definitely list the final list once I set this up as new project on Ravelry. I also plan to crochet a basket or crate, but we will see about what time I have.
I really cannot wait for him to have them 🙂
We just came home from our regular playgroup and exercise lesson in the local motherhood center. We do both enjoy it, going for over 4 months now, and Pip always falls asleep on the way home, giving me a chance for a quiet lunch and following cup of coffee.