Bored Now

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?

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About Just Vegas

I'm a 30-something married SAHM which means the nightmare scenario that plagued my early 20's has become reality. Funny thing is, I kinda like it. I have 3 lovely daughters who are educated at home and at a part-time alternative school. I love animals and I love people (in the general sense, not everybody all the time). I have no income to speak of, I'm not crafty and I hate cooking. My skills include reading the internet, watching tv on the internet and conversing with people on the internet. I'm an armchair philosopher, spiritualist, agnostic, feminist, liberal, activist, political pundit and tv critic.
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7 Responses to Bored Now

  1. GiGi says:

    What about a sewing/knitting/crochet project? The girls can even get in on it…they have projects that span the age spectrum. You can do it while watching tv and then that keeps your hands busy so you don’t eat!

    Did you quit smoking? If so, go easy on yourself right now until you shake that monkey off your back.

    • vegas710 says:

      I’m on my last pack, trying to cut down and then quit. You know, I’ve tried craft projects and none of it held my attention. I enjoy knitting but I’m terrible at it, I guess I just need practice. At least we’re starting school this week so I can keep a little busier.

  2. Jay Croft says:

    A bit more physical exercise, perhaps? Now that the weather is becoming cooler, it’s ideal walking weather. (At least in the mornings; right now at 2:15 pm the temperature in Montgomery is 94 degrees and my little doggie had enough after five minutes.)

    I, too, am no skinny guy, but walking the dog at least once a day keeps my weight in check.

  3. Mario Saccoccio says:

    My first wife was a “gypsy” who was never home with our 4 kids. She took walks, checked the local paper for free, local activities or went to parks. She met many Moms like herself and formed lasting friendships. When the kids were school age, she joined groups of other Moms and eventually went to work while the kids were in school.
    Just make sure that you do something that you enjoy as well, and have fun! This is a special time for you and your kids.

    • vegas710 says:

      Thanks, Mario. Sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down and just enjoy my time with my kids.

      • Mario Saccoccio says:

        Having raised 4, now with my 2.5 year old grandson living with us, I’m reminded just how much work kids can be, but also what a pure joy they are as well.
        Good luck, be strong and remember, you always have us if you need a little help!

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