As part of our company’s HR policies, all employees are required to take 10 days of uninterrupted leave from work. During this time, we are not allowed to do any work. We are not permitted to answer emails, much less be seen in the office premises. This rule is part of the company’s efforts to promote work-life balance and really encourage its employees to take a break from the daily office routine. This policy is strictly enforced and leaves are to be scheduled early enough so that there will be no business interruption and to ensure that there will be no overlapping leaves between key personnel.
I usually schedule my core leave during thr summer to take advantage of the kids’ vacation time. As a working mom, I sometimes feel that the time I spend with my children is too short. Weekends never seem to be long enough, especially when you factor in chores and other appointments. This time is my way of playing “catch-up”, so to speak, as I spend more bonding moments with them.
Days before my scheduled leave, I told F & S to make a list of things that they want to do together. They came up with a diverse lot — from baking to artwork, to watching a movie and going on a picnic as well as opening bank accounts and cooking dinner for their dad. I was glad to see that they also included a “no Ipad day” and “do exercise” on their list.
Enjoying their yummy baked creations.
Every day, we carefully planned out our schedule so we can scratch off as many items from their list as possible. We had a lot of doing these stuff together and felt accomplished whenever we complete a task.
Artsy fartsy! S doing some scrapbooking.
Sadly, our bonding sessions were cut short as I experienced some bleeding a week into my core leave. I was on my 15th week of pregnancy then and still within the first trimester, which is usually the most delicate time as well. I had to be admitted in the hospital for the weekend and then was advised to have complete bed rest for two weeks 😟😳 I felt sad and disappointed because it coincided with our planned beach outing with my other siblings. But the baby’s safety is our foremost priority so N and the kids had to go without me.
The past two weeks were challenging to say the least! It was difficult to just stay in bed for that long. It was also pretty disappointing for the kids who still had a few items on their list that we needed to do. But they are such great kids and I couldn’t be prouder as a mom! They took the bed rest order to heart and made sure that I had everything that I needed. They took turns in bringing food and drinks to the bedroom; they stayed with me and made sure I was snug and comfortable. F cooked our dinner during the days when we didn’t have a helper at home while S did her share of tidying up the house.
Breakfast made by kids especially for mom
It was quite difficult to be on bed rest with no helper around but we managed…and pretty well, I might add, because of the kids pitching in. I feel truly blessed to have such responsible and caring children.
Before I went back to work, we tried to make the most of my remaining days at home. I was allowed by my doctor to go on leisurely walks by the end of the second week so we squeezed in movie dates, tried out a new restaurant and went on a picnic. For the last one through, we had to be content with an “indoor picnic” as I cannot really travel anywhere far as of yet.
And so, while our plans were slightly changed due to unforeseen circumstances, I still feel happy that we experienced these things together as a family. I think that this experience actually brought us even closer together.