My first baby was a surprise. We were newly married and still living with my sister. I was thrilled but felt like we had no idea what we were doing. Once she was here, I knew I wanted her to have siblings so the next two children were planned. Now I am staying at home with three children and sometimes I wonder what the hell I was thinking.
Having worked in daycare centers I had decided that I wanted to be home with my kids and I never question that decision as it pertains to their care. I have no doubt that I made the right choice for our family. But that doesn’t always mean that it’s best for me. I’ve never been good at finding healthy coping skills and this is no different. I cope with the boredom and stress by eating and I’ve eaten myself into serious obesity.
So. I’m looking for an outlet. It has to be something I can work toward, something with a tangible finish. That’s why I’m going back to school. I always thought that I’d just wait until all the kids were in school but I really need to be working on something right now. I’ll take one or two evening classes per quarter so I don’t over-schedule myself. I’ll start in February, working through the RN program. I’m not sure what kind of nursing I’ll get into, maybe geriatrics.
I’m excited and terrified at this new endeavor but I think it will be good for me and that is good for all of us.
In the meantime I’m looking for ways to alleviate the boredom. Any ideas? Do you have a big goal you are working toward?