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15/01/2014 at 10:20
15/01/2014 at 10:26
I went out a lot, I needed to get out of the house every day or I went stir crazy. So we did a baby group at the children's centre, I did baby swimming, baby yoga, and then met up with friends from nct on the other days for coffee or a walk.
15/01/2014 at 10:27
Well if you were to listen to one of my friends (who doesn't have any children) then you should be relaxing with your feet up and enjoying an extended holiday from work.
I know what you mean. H takes the car to work, and there is no bus service where i am just now, so i am literally stuck in the house all day monday to Friday (Monday to Saturday ever 2nd week) Apart from the chores, when W is sleeping, i spend ages planning holidays (and 2nd baby)
You will get bored. have you got any friends who you can meet for lunch/ coffee once a week, or make plans to take A to a park and go for a walk or something?
15/01/2014 at 10:28
Haha! Get out and about, a walk a day, local coffee mornings, trips to town...I found once I'd made some mummy friends I had loads to do! When they get more aware they also can get bored, I find it easier going out than staying in all day now he's 9 months. Overall just enjoy it, it goes quickly!
15/01/2014 at 10:30
Firstly...chores? Blimey! I haven't ironed since S was born and my mil is still making extra at dinner and freezing portions for us to have so congratulate yourself on that for a start!
I signed up to baby massage for 5 weeks when S was 4 weeks old. That's finished now but I've now signed up to baby sensory for 5 weeks and baby signing for 10 weeks. We also go to a church playgroup every week. Other days I meet up with nct friends for a walk and/tea or we go round each other's houses. I'm lucky that they are all local so we see each other 3-4 times a week. I would recommend a playgroup definitely as even when they're little and can't "play" you will meet other mums and socialise a bit.
I try to have one day at home just me and him, so that we can play together and he can chill a bit (he is sooo easily over stimulated!) but even on those days we go out for a walk as we both need our fresh air.
Have a look for some local groups definitely. Or if A is a good daytime napper, find a crafty hobby and become a mumpreneur! :)
15/01/2014 at 10:35
Lots of walks, meeting friends for coffee, finding different groups to go to (check your local sure start since there's are usually free/very cheap) - I had to get out the house every day, even a trip to the shops, otherwise it sent me mad!
Definitely not chores!
15/01/2014 at 10:42
15/01/2014 at 10:47
Out with friends, visit family, browse round shops, walk to the park, hobbies, housework (so I didn't have to bother in the evening, and could sit and chill with H and the kids). Same stuff I did before having another baby TBH.
15/01/2014 at 11:24
Go to as many play groups as you can. Even ones you think are more suited to toddlers tend to have babies there too as lots of mums with toddlers also have a baby that gets taken along. So they normally will have some baby bits like play mat, bouncy chair, toys etc. and they're a good way to get out and meet people.
Swimming? Our local pool has lessons bit also has lunchtime midweek sessions that are just for babies and toddlers.
Look online for your nearest sure start centre to see what groups/ classes they run near you. Call your HV and they should be able to send you info out about what's on. Look at church notice boards or websites as they tend to all do groups ( round here they're better than the sure start groups and they're not at all preachy as I was worried about )
Take a bus to a big town and just wander round the shops on a wet day.
When W was little I used to take her out for a walk in the pram every day. Often it was just to Asda. Got us out of the house to have some fresh air and I would just buy what I needed for tea that evening .
15/01/2014 at 12:00
I don't have any advice but I really hope I have this problem lol
15/01/2014 at 12:44
We have to get out every day or A goes stir crazy.
I've found a fab local playgroup which is on every morning, and you can choose when to go. It's £2.50 but you get tea/coffee and the babies/kids get a snack and a drink plus there's activities. A is too young for the activities really (he just tries to eat paint/playdough/glue) but loves playing with different toys. Anyway the playgroup is great as we can just go on days we don't have anything else to do.
I've also found him a toddler music class (previously he went to a baby music class) which is more expensive but that's fine.
We go to the SureStart under-2s group on Wednesdays.
We also do a food shop once a week or so, although I'm now finding I have to keep A stocked with breadsticks to keep him quiet! That's a 20-min walk each way plus the time in the shop.
I don't really have any mum friends. There's a local group which meets every Thursday which we occasionally go to. We then usually go to my mum's on Friday afternoon and stay for the weekend. Sometimes mum is off on Fridays and then we'll go on Thursday night. Somehow the weeks slip by!
15/01/2014 at 13:36
I know what you mean LP. There's a few groups round here but I haven't been to any yet. The weather has been so miserable that most days I don't want to take O out but the few times I've taken him out for a walk I do feel better for it and he sleeps better. My aim is to go out somewhere every day, even if it's just a short walk round the village or a drive! Xx
15/01/2014 at 13:37
Yep I found ML boring too. Wish I could take it now as he's older and more fun. Babies bore the life out of me. Eat sleep poo eat sleep poo. Boring! I used to spend way too much time shopping, meeting up with friends and baby groups. I also had the school run to do every day so that broke the week up.
15/01/2014 at 14:10
I try to go out every day otherwise a day is a loooooong time! We do swimming and massage, next we're going to try baby sensory and bookworm babies. Meet friends, take A to clinic to be weighed every few weeks, walks, shopping, cafés, drives around. Once he finishes this feed we're off to ikea, that's good for lots of walking with a cake in the middle!
15/01/2014 at 14:49
I have no words of wisdom but I have to admit that the thought of goo goo gaa-ing for 9 months was doing my head in but I've had a reprieve because my cousin has just found out she's pregnant and due September as I'm due in June
15/01/2014 at 20:20
15/01/2014 at 21:33
ours was Monday - baby massage, Tuesday - toddler group am, bookbug session in library pm, Wednesday - parent and baby cinema (films are for adults, kids must be under 1), Thursday - baby group then mummy pilates, Friday - toddler group.
This changed as time went on and we made friends with other mums and their kids, most of whom I still see a lot now so we did lots of coffee dates/play dates, then walks and visits to the park as the kids got older.
15/01/2014 at 21:35
Our HV was a good source of info for local groups etc. We tried all of them I think and went to most regularly, I still can't handle full days without adult interaction and she's 3.5
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