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I'm just wondering what you ladies do with your LO's during the day. I'm running out of things and to be quite honest, I think I'm missing working a LOT. I hate to admit that, because I know I'm lucky to be able to be a SAHM, but it seems a bit boring and sort of like the movie Ground Hog Day. It's the same thing every single day. Breakfast, bath, dress, nap, lunch..... That sounds so horrible for me to say! I feel crappy for saying it, but it's true. Any suggestions to get me out of this rut?
I understand how you feel. It'll get better as Isabella gets older and you can do more things with her. Check around your area to see if there is a local mom's group or something. Once Isabella is older you'll be able to take her to play more in the park or do more playdate kind of stuff.
Try to plan one special thing a week or something just to break things up a bit. Go out to lunch or shopping. Take Isabella for some nice longs walks!
Oh, we walk everyday. But lately she gets fussy even on walks! I try in her stroller, in her Bjorn and sometimes just carrying her, but she still fusses after a little while. I think that's part of my problem too. She's going through a fussy spell lately. I tried finding a local moms group, but the only thing I can find is a stroller group that you have to pay for and I'm into having to pay to make friends. LOL And most of the groups are for older kids. I'm sure I'm just going through a phase and it'll pass.
I ditto the mom's group. Hmm...are you on facebook? I found a few local groups by me through facebook and there is always meetup.com. There is usually all kinds of free groups for moms on there. Good luck...and I understand the fussy phase, been having that a lot here this week. It will get better, just hang in there
Toys are a great idea! If you have the $. If not, check on Freecycle, or yard/consignment sales for inexpensive things. You can also let her play with all kinds of things around the house, kitchen utensils, clothes in the closet, empty boxes, mirrors, etc. Let her bang on a pot with spoons or set up some type of music station w/ CDs to hear and instruments one time a day. Same with outside- going on nature walks, pick up sticks, sit in the grass, make a pile of rocks. She could sit by you while you do laundry and talk about colors of clothes and do peek-a-boo. You could do a book theme or animal each week and try to find books or activites to talk about with her on the theme.
Local libraries often have infant-toddler storytimes. Hugo started going 1x a week last year and now Sergio goes with him.
I envy you in a way b/c I got to know Hugo so well and now that I have 2 I feel like I don't spend as much quality one-on-one time with Sergio and it's hard to create opportunities for just him. Enjoy it b/c yes it's monotonous but it goes by fast.
I've been having the same problem. We do the same stuff all the time and it's getting old. His new favorite thing to do is whine. He doesn't want to be in the stroller, be held, or on the ground... he really just wants to get into stuff (luckily not crawling quite yet... Im gonna have my hands full!).
I'm looking forward to spending more time outside. We've talked to some other moms at the park while he swings, so I bet once it's warmer out that will be easier. He's also signed up for a baby swim class at the Y, so I'm hoping we can meet some more local people that way. I'd like to do a story time thing too (more for me). The whole paying to get into a group definitely does not appeal to me either!
I am newly a SAHM, and I got bored quick. I go to my moms on M, W, and F while Thomas is in school, go to my BFF's house for a play date once a week (her kids are 3 and 9 mos) and now that its ncer out we hit the park 1-2x a week.
Nicole: Tom's Wife [5.7.05]; Mommy of Thomas [9.6.05], Collin [1.17.08], & Bailey [10.2.09]