Cook, clean, nurse the baby, sleep, code, clean, cook, herd the toddler, more cleaning, more nursing.

Am I allowed to talk about how monotonous my life is right now or is that breaking one of the unwritten parenting rules? I’m either sat at my computer or behind a pan on the cooker top.

I need a hobby that doesn’t involve sitting at my computer and is easy enough to do with a young, nursing baby.

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25 comments so far

  1. Nina Amelia said:
    On September 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    When you find that hobby then please, please take me with you!

  2. Tracy said:
    On September 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    What about starting to watch
    – How I met your mother
    – The IT crowd
    – The big bang theory
    – ….

    That’s what a friend who just had a baby in August told us yesterday, the things you wrote and watching all those tv shows is all she does :)

    • Jem said:
      On September 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      We don’t have a TV (well, not one that’s connected to receive television signals anyway). I did get a bunch of shows on DVD but that’s an expensive hobby!

  3. Amelie said:
    On September 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I was JUST whining about this myself (minus the toddler bit. And the cooking bit, since hubs does that. Insert laundry/cleaning in there instead).

    I echo Nina Amelia.

  4. Aisling said:
    On September 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    You can pack up your kids and come visit me in Canada. I’m a bit bored too. You know that feeling when you’re just on the verge of doing something brilliant but there’s a big chunk of time in the way that has nothing of importance in it? I have that.

  5. Amanda said:
    On September 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I think there are times in everyone’s lives when things seem disgustingly routine and boring. But life is like that – it can’t be super fun all the time, and there’s bound to be periods of routine.

    You’re doing what’s manageable at this point in your life…things will no doubt change when the kids are a bit older, and you have more time for hobbies!

    In the meantime, can you arrange a regular twice-weekly playdate at the park with a local mum? It might help just to know that there will be a regular time every week where you can get out of the house and have some adult interaction.

    • Jem said:
      On September 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Too true. It’s not the monotonies of motherhood causing me to be bored so much as the lack of inspiration to do anything about it.

  6. Melissa said:
    On September 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I’m right there with you, Jem.

  7. Stephanie said:
    On September 19, 2012 at 2:28 am

    I have heard lots of people take up knitting while nursing.

  8. Karl said:
    On September 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Knitting, crocheting, if you asked, I’d reconnect the R-Pi up…that has THOUSANDS of available channels on it…

  9. mumblies said:
    On September 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    If you’ve ever wondered why I was crabby at times now you know. You could always try one of those ‘Learn a language’ tape/dvds perhaps.

  10. Louise said:
    On September 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Tried knitting with a nursling, not too bad when their little but once they reach that grabbing for everything stage, pretty impossible :)
    And well, sometimes being at home is really monotonous. I try to do something different each week – meet up with friends, go swimming, go to a different park. I also have easy meal days a couple of times a week – those meals that are really throw a few ingredients in a pan or in the oven and they make themselves (well almost!) – so I don’t feel like I’m a slave to the kitchen. It might not go well with the budgeting but I find there has to be a trade-off between mental health and everything else!!

  11. Aisling said:
    On September 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Oooh I agree with your mom, learning a language could be fun! :D

    • Amelie said:
      On September 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      …a programming language could be even more fun (well, to me anyway, because I’m sad like that), but that wouldn’t solve the ‘stuck behind a computer’ issue… Heh

  12. Kris said:
    On September 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Excessive masturbation is my hobby ;D

  13. Nela said:
    On September 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

    …drawing? :) You need a sketchbook and just about any pencil you can find and you’re good to go.

  14. Jessica said:
    On September 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Photography? You could practice with your kids. But I do agree with all of the other ideas. :)