Sunday, August 31, 2008

Let the good times begin...

In an (attempted) effort to stop online shopping so much, specifically on Ebay, I have decided to start blogging more.

That means lots more complete total randomness from the rambling mind that belongs to me.

I think the reason why I browse (I'm not so bad about buying things) is pure boredom. I'm bored. In fact, most of the time I am bored. I hear other stay-at-home-moms talk about how busy they stay and how being home with a child or children is a full time job. I think I missed something. Maybe it is just because these days, Ansleigh is so easy. Everyone keeps telling me that once she is mobile it won't be the same. Well, she is mobile...somewhat. I'm still bored.

This is what a typical "fascinating" day for me looks like:
  • Get up, give Ansleigh a bottle, lay on the couch until she's ready to get out of her bed
  • Play with her while watching Playhouse Disney until around 10ish
  • Fix her a bottle and lay her down for a nap immediately followed by laying mommy down for a nap :o)
  • Get up when Ansleigh wakes up (12:30ish), get her dressed, feed her lunch, play for an hour or so
  • Fix her a bottle and lay her down for her nap (2 ish)
  • Get her up (4:30ish) and then she has "independent" play time while mommy watches tv
  • Feed her dinner (5:30ish)
  • Hang out and eat dinner with Anthony
  • Fix Ansleigh a bottle, put on her pj's, put her down for the night (8:30ish) followed by entirely too much ebay and tv
All the times that she's asleep are filled with with ebay, tv, and a few brief things that need to be done around the house.

Oh gosh...I think I just bored myself to sleep just re-reading what my life looks like.


What do these other moms do???? Can someone send me the memo, please?

Pre-Melbourne/Pre-Baby I was a busy, busy bee. My days were filled with classes, kids, athletic activities (coaching them...not participating), bible studies, hanging out with friends, roaming around town just looking at stuff.

Most of that doesn't even exist in my life anymore but I can't blame it all on Ansleigh. I blame it on me. I'm not working, thus, no classes and kids. My bible studies used to be once a week, now it is twice a month...and sometimes not that often. I'm making more of an effort to "hang out" with friends but let's face it, it is a lot more difficult to do so with a kid who naps 2-3 times a day and will only sleep in a crib. If I want to roam around town with her, I basically need to pack up half the house and very carefully plan it around her nap times. Thus, I've fallen victim to the internet.

Anthony, bless him, can busy himself for hours and hours and hours reading stuff on the internet. Me? Not so much...

This is what my web routine looks like:
  • check email
  • check "watched" items on ebay
  • facebook
  • myspace
  • friends & family blogs (IF any new ones have been posted)
  • ebay...for hours of browsing
  • etsy (ya know...for that moment that I realize that I've looked at ALL the baby girl clothes sizes 6-24 months on ebay AND everything Auburn)
  • to keep up with my celebrity gossip
After I have exhausted those websites, I generally feel like there is NOTHING else to look at on the entire internet. Stupid, I know, but still true.

Other than that, I fill my time with Law & Order reruns and preschool cartoons. Nice. You're jealous, I know. :o)

Anybody have suggestions for what I can do with my time? You can suggest exercise, but just know that you can suggest it all you want but it still is not real likely to happen.

HELP ME!?!?! Or you are going to see me on the evening news one night, headline as follows: 25-year-old mother dies today of boredom. Officials are still investigating but say that it seems to be due to the fact that she just didn't have a life.


Lacey said...

I feel the exact same way. I don't really know how to fix that problem. I go to work everyday, but that's just another part of my routine. I wish I had some wise advice to help....let me know if you find any! :-)

Rachel said...

When I tried being a stay at home mom the first time... it was horrible. I hated it more then you will ever know! I WAS SO the point that it made me depressed! That's why I got a job at the preschool, and then a second job at the salon. Now that I'm a stay at home mom for the second time...I friggin' love it! We're always busy...we're always on the go! Bible study, grocery shopping, play dates, running, volunteering at T's school and soon to start Sparks and soccer...also we're about to join the YMCA, so then I'll be going there every morning. We're nonstop but we're able to be nonstop b/c AC only takes 1 nap a day. After Ansleigh turns 1 she won't sleep near as much and that will be here before you know it.'s just one more're still going back to work next year, right?

Also, you could start making stuff and selling it on Etsy! :) You're crafty!

I love you Carrie Friday!!

Kristen said...

I love being a stay-at-home mom, though some days ARE better than others.

Every Tues. from 10:00 til noon I go to an infant mom's group for moms with babies up to 12 months. I'm about to find a group for 12 mos + for when E graduates the infant group. We are gonna start going to the library again for story and music time (one morning a week as well). Though both those activities cut into her nap time, she usually takes a quick nap in the car on the way home and I put her down earlier for her afternoon nap.

The library also has passes for local attractions and museums.I haven't taken advantage of this, but I will now that she's a little older.

I often go out shopping in the morning. I'll carry her in the Ergo Baby Carrier while I'm in the stores and she'll sometimes snooze. She'll take a longer afternoon nap if she doesn't get enough sleep in the morning.

I meet other moms from the mom's group out for walks or lunch or coffee.

We also got a membership to a community pool up here so I can take her swimming through the winter (winter is depressing up here).

We go for a walk once a day. I bought a baby bike seat off ebay so I can start taking her on bike rides.

You DO have it easy. E doesn't do independent play for very long. She follows me into each and every room and tries to climb up my legs... I have such a difficult time keeping up with the housework!! Having two stories doesn't help!

w said...

dude. seriously?

uh. fill your time up by reading my blog and commenting on every post.

then turn to ansleigh and say "dude". because that word is not used often enough.