Cocktails, Trainspotting and The End Of Maternity Leave #LittleLoves

I have very mixed feelings about this Friday seeing as it is my last one on maternity leave.  Next week I’ll be getting up when the alarm goes and getting ready to go to work.  It has been playing on my mind a lot this week and has left me feeling a bit rubbish, which has then annoyed me because I feel I should be making the most of the last few days of maternity leave.  I’m not going to lie, I’m dreading the return (especially after seeing my timetable) but I just keep telling myself it’s only for three days a week.


I’m still reading “The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k” and I’m really enjoying it.  I am such a worrier of what other people think and I love how it looks into the reasoning behind that.  If you are a bit of a people pleaser I’d certainly recommend it.  I worry sometimes that I’m a bit of a pushover and one of my aims for this year is to be more assertive, not in an arsey way but in a “I’m a grown up married lady with two kids and I don’t need to take your shit” kind of way.


We managed a date day on Saturday so we headed to the Trafford Centre for cocktails and watched Trainspotting 2.  One of our very first dates, back when I was 16, was to watch the first Trainspotting and we listened to the soundtrack constantly in his Ford Escort (before it got stolen from outside my mum and dads house, oops!)


Not a lot, although we did make our restaurant reservations for Disneyland Paris. Does that count??


Nothing overly exciting but the faux leather trousers did come out again last Saturday.

And I actually wore leopard print, for possible the third time in my life.  I think I like it!


My husband was very disappointed that Born Slippy didn’t make an appearance in the new Trainspotting so we had a listen to it on YouTube.  Still a great song 20 years on.

And Lastly…

Seeing as it is my last Friday on maternity leave I’m just going to finish with a picture of me and my baby boy, proof that dreams really do come true.



  1. February 10, 2017 / 7:36 am

    Oh honey, I can imagine that you do have mixed feelings about going back to work. That time seems to have gone so quickly. I love that leopard print top. It really suits you. And that cocktail looks yummy. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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  2. February 10, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Aww what a sweet pic! Good luck for Monday, I know those feelings all too well, and it’s not easy the first few days, but before long it becomes the new normal and there’s a lot of fun to be found in having a hot cup of tea that you can actually drink in one!
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  3. February 10, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Aww what a lovely photo of you and your youngest son. I hope all goes well for you next week. I’m already dreading mine and it’s still a way off yet. I think I need to read that book. I’m very similar to you.
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  4. February 10, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I really want to read The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A ****. I’ve heard so many good things. I am absolutely loving the leopard print! I cannot get enough of leopard print accessories, but would so have that jumper. We’re heading to see Trainspotting 2 this week, cannot wait! #LittleLoves xx

  5. February 10, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Oh, I know how you feel about the return to work. I love working a three day week though, it definitely helps soften the blow. I’m sure you will be fine (it’ll soon feel like you never left!). Love that photo of you and your boy, also love the cosy outfit you’re wearing in it! Enjoy your week xx

  6. February 10, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Aww what a gorgeous pic of you. Can’t believe you’re going back to work already, seems like you were only posting pump pics last week! How on earth is Born Slippy not included in T2? I’ve still not got around to seeing it yet, seriously need to get myself to the cinema! Hope your first week at work goes ok x
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  7. February 11, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    oh i love those leather look trousers, they are on my list once ive lost some weight! Love the look of that cocktail too! lol #littleloves

  8. February 12, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Good luck for going back to work, I’m sure you’ll be back in the swing of it in no time. That cocktail looks amazing! x #LittleLoves

  9. February 13, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    I must must must buy this book as it sounds like something my life needs!

  10. February 15, 2017 / 6:52 am

    Firstly, you’re looking fantastic Jo. Secondly I won’t lie going back to work is pants but like you say you’ll be back in the swing of things soon. At least it’s 3 days so you have some quality time still on your own. That last photo is lovely, I hope it’s framed! X

  11. February 15, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Oh babes I can imagine it’s a lot of mixed emotions for you. Bless you. You will find a routine though and it will feel like you were never gone. Loving your outfits you will look amazing going back to work girl. Enjoy your quality time on your own too. Cocktail looks taste. Love those. Hope you had a great weekend. #littleloves

  12. February 16, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    I never tire of hearing about your miracle baby – one of the very best things I read during my time as a blogger . So sad that your maternity leave is over though – take my hat off to you as a secondary school teacher! Absolutely loving your faux leather trousers, fancy some myself actually. Good luck next week. X

    • February 17, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you for one of my nicest comments ever, hope you’ve had a lovely week xx

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