I highly recommend maternity leave.You get to forget about work for a year. Focus on your favourite faces.
Like this one. You get to have one more year with him before he goes to school like a big kid. And gets a best friend who's not you.
You get to keep a close eye on him when he's sick and not panic that you might miss a deadline for work because you're home taking care of him.
You get to teach him about sharing when his baby brother clearly doesn't know how to play Emergency with his police car.
You get to watch a bald head grow a crop of hair. A tiny body grow robust. Watch someone realize that fingers are for grabbing things. Voices can make wonderful noises.
You are free to kiss these little faces anytime you want. And you do. All the time.
You also have room in your brain to think about what needs to be done. You might not always do it. Especially if one of those little faces STILL isn't sleeping much.
But you might take a few minutes during a Sunday to browse through a trift store and see something ugly that has potential. Then during naptime you might spray paint them white and get something like this to put on an empty wall.
Of course if you thought that the kids might sleep longer, you would have taken a before picture so your readers could be really impressed with your DIY project.
You get to look at a piece of art you've had since second year university and see that it could be repurposed. A coat of chalkboard paint will allow you to create this:
Your husband might come home from work and look at it hanging in the front foyer and say without much awe, hey we lived in all those places. You get to shrug and think, at least he got it.
You get to thank God that you live somewhere that maternity leave lasts a full year. That it is understood how important your time with your babies is. For you and for them.