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.


  1. says

    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 :)

    • says

      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!

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. mumblies says

    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.

  6. Louise says

    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!!

    • says

      …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

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