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I know this sounds like a weird question and with two kids I really shouldn't have the time to ask however....
I find my boredom soring out of controll, I feel whats left of my sparkling wit has fleeted by the time my DH comes home. I think I need a hobby or by the time both of mine go to school there won't be anything left of me...
So my main question is if any of you have felt this way what did you do about? Does anyone have an interesting hobby to share?
DS 5 months
I hear you!! I too feel like I am a shadow of my former self - and my only child is just 5 months old! I have been out of the workplace for almost a year now and I feel so different. I love being a stay at home mum, but like you said, the boredom gets to you and I feel like I'm not really doing anything special (apart from nurturing my little bub!).
I'm struggling to find something ELSE to give meaning to my life. I love being a mum, but I need something else to focus on when he is asleep, other than eating!!
I miss the social interaction at work! Using my brain...solving problems...talking to so many people! It is sad to realise that some days i havent' spoken to a grown up all day until i see my hubby at 6pm! That just doesn't seem right.
I'd LOVE a hobby but I"ve never been a hobby kind of person. I always kept busy previously with full time work and part time study. I am currently on leave of absence with my study, cos I'm not sure how i'd fit it in with mothering. But sometimes it would be nice to hit the books (how sad is that) instead of just moping around the place feeling sorry for myself.
Anyway I'd also love to hear other peoples ideas on how to fill your time and chase away the boredom!
Since I go back to work 2 days/week after being on maternity leave for 7 months, I find that part-time SAHM works really fantastic. Before as soon as my DH left for work I used to stare at the clocks waiting for him to get home, I had no life!!
It's different story! I feel great, Mon-Wed goes by just like that! So perhaps if you work part time, or volunteer yourself at the local library etc might squish your boredom completly!
Hope these ideas help!
Like you I was loosing my mind when at home with my first baby. I started entering 25 word or less competitions - weird I know - but I got quite into it. It is a free hobby ( except for stamps ) it doesn't take much time or equipment and I found it really challenged my brain coming up with funny, original answers. As a bonus I won a few prizes, nothing huge but it was fun.
I had to laugh when i saw the last post. Since having my son i too have become a competition junkie - still waiting for a win though :rolleyes:
LOL Yes i am also a victim of the 25 or less word competitions !! Also still waiting for a win, but your right it is fun and a good challenge for the brain.
I found when i was first at home with bub i was loving it !! I had just come out of a crazy, full time job that involved contact with people ALL THE TIME. I loved being at home with my boy and occasionally having a visitor or being visited, i also preferred the shops on my own (just me and bub)
BUT NOW...... my son is 16 months old and i am CRAVING contact with other people. I am in a great mothers group and have some great friends but we are all soooooo busy with our bubs its hard to catch up. When i go to the shops i must text message at least 7 + people trying to find someone who can join me !!
DESPERATE for human contact other than bub and hubby.
I do have hobbies though and i enjoy many different embroidery crafts, quilting and scrapbooking but its hard to pull out pins, needles and scissors with a toddler running around !! his sleep time is either bubhub time or craft time, but it still doesnt give me the human contact and conversation that i need....
wow have i rambled on or what !!?? Sorry about that
well feel free to MSN chat me anyone :)
I am a big fan of puzzles, I feel like i am actually doing something with my brain for a change. I have also started going to belly dancing lessons, not only does it get me out of the house but I get to talk to other adults who aren't my immeadiate family and I get a work out as well!
I find doing some study keeps me happy. I enrol in one or two subjects per semester and it gets me out of the house, and gives me focus on something other than home. I'm at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, just as a 'general interest' student. Lot's of community houses run short courses, and offer childcare too.
Edited due to kearas great spelling!
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