Today is the last day of my first week as a stay at home mom. It went pretty well, if I do say so myself! The house hasn’t burned down, I can still see my carpet, and there isn’t a single dish in the sink! Oh, and the kids are both still functioning and haven’t turned on me yet.
I’m trying to do as much as I can to stay busy and get us out of the house. However, most of what I found doesn’t really get going until next week, so the first two days of our week were spent in the house doing nothing. Which was OK to start with, to ease us into our new routine.
But yesterday was the first “busy” day. After Aric was dropped off at preschool, Abby and I went to Baby Storytime at our library (where I ran into a mom who dropped her daughter off at preschool the same time I dropped Aric off, so HOORAY MOM FRIEND!). Of course, there was a stop for a pumpkin spice latte, too, because obviously.
Because we were so busy busy all morning, both kids slept quite a while in the afternoon, giving me lots of time to pay bills (including staying on the phone for 40 minutes trying to get CenturyLink to understand that we don’t have DirecTV anymore and I sure as hell wasn’t going to pay for NFL Sunday Ticket when I don’t even have the TV service anymore). I even made a grocery list, THEN took the kids shopping after they got up. Successful day, HOORAY!
We have had some bumps, though. First was that apparently Abby is pissed that she no longer gets bottles any more, and thus is extremely distracted during nursing, and would much rather do anything else. And I wasn’t pushing it. Therefore I was unintentionally weaning her with the “Don’t offer, don’t refuse” technique. Once I figured that out, I chugged a bunch of Nursing Time Tea and started offering about every 2-3 hours in a distraction-free room. So far I think we’re getting back into the swing of things. Yesterday we had the best nursing day yet, with several good, long sessions.
The other bump was the glaring reminder at just how freaking awkward I am. I met another mom at a playground near us. Our kids played together until Aric decided he wanted to go home 15 minutes later (weird kid). We exchanged pleasantries, the standard “How old is your kid” questions. She made a comment about Abby’s chunky thighs. I laughed. She made a comment about her kid chasing mine. I laughed again. I got up awkwardly to push Abby in the swing. She got up to chase her kid. We both awkwardly sat back down together at the same time (there was only one bench in the shade, so we were forced to sit in close quarters). And then? Nothing. We left and I don’t know her name or if she’s a regular at that park or what. Because I’m awkward in social situations and didn’t even ask her name. I have no idea how to pick someone up at the park like that, and I don’t want to come off as a creeper, so I just laughed awkwardly and hoped that we weren’t at the same park at the same time ever again.
But, like I said, there’s a mom who I’ll see multiple times a week, so there’s hope there!
So that’s that. One week in and I’m not regretting anything. We’ll see how I feel next week, though, once we get our first full week of school, activities, and Tim being at work all week!
To my fellow SAHMs, what do you do with your kids to keep busy?