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All of my free time goes to homeschooling the other kids. I haven't really got the option not do that so I've had to wear Norah or have the kids do things around me while I am nursing. We have cut back on field trips and park days, but we'll be back to all of those things after her first set of vaccinations.
As for me time, the kids have to be in their rooms by 10pm. That's when I can sort of relax, as much as I can with a baby at least. Usually DH can take Norah on a couple of nights and just let me go to bed. I know my own time is not mine right now, but it will be again.
Mom to Norah (12/5/2012), Stella (5), Elly (7), and Nick (12)
What's free time? I've forgotten. The closest I've gotten is a 15 sec shower, or grocery shopping with just Nathaniel. DH still isn't comfortable with both boys. He better get ready. He will have them both all day Monday when I go back to work.
Hey, that can be my free time. The drive to and from work.
No free time here. Only way I was able to get my toe nails clipped and painted this week was to lock myself and Cambria in the bathroom and do them while pumping. If I just had the baby, I'd be set, but Akadia takes up all my time.
Frankie still naps a lot. We get 2-3 hour naps a few times a day. It's really nice, I have time to clean, shower and do laundry. I don't really have much relax time. John does watch Frankie after he is done work and lets me do something I want and I'll give John a little bit of free time to play his video games.
I have a hard time finding any time for myself. DH has been working 12 hour days, and with the drive and lunch, he's gone for 14 hours 5 days a week. Some days are great and she will sleep and I can get some things done, but some days are really rough. Especially since she needs to be held 90% of the time while she is awake, or else she screams.
Yeah, no free time here either. My toddler Lucy goes to day care 3 times a week, those days I am alone with Adam and I consider those days my days "off" since having just the newborn is easy compared to having him AND the toddler at the same time. I used to use their nap time as my free time but now I just nap with them since my nights are shot
My free time is when I shower (I learned to lock the door otherwise my dh will let the toddler go up and bang on the shower stall) or when I get to go out to see a friend (dh will stay with Adam as long as Lucy is already in bed which is past 8pm).
I am also out of my drive to work because when my leave ends, I am going back to an office that is only 5 mins away (used to be 30 mins away), so I don't even get to listen to my npr morning shows anymore lol.
But yeah, when you are a first timer, you can get pretty overwhelmed because the change is so huge from no kids to one kid. Once you add to the bunch, it's only an incremental change for the worse of course LOL
Sometimes when I can't fall asleep I dream of those Saturdays and Sundays when I had the whole day to myself