Does anyone feel...

Emily - posted on 03/27/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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does anyone feel kinda like your on house arrest? like I can never get out? I'm trying to find thing to do to keep me occupied besides playing with my son which is 8 months old. but sometime just cleaning isnt cutting it. any ideas for something I can do so I dont feel so much like i'm being grounded to my house?

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Vanessa - posted on 03/28/2010

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Well Emily. Try taking a nice bubble bath with scented candles while the baby is sleep with a little jazz playing in the back ground and reflect on that special place you like to be at.That way if your going to be on house arrest you'll sure feel like it's heavenly house arrest.

Kristin - posted on 03/28/2010

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So you have any playgrounds or parks close by? Walks? Libraries often have storytimes. Do you have a community college or rec center that offers mom and baby classes? Pools are good, even if just for family time. Play area in a local mall or perhaps a children's museum, even regular museums can be fun. Can you meet up with his dad for lunch on occasion? These are some ideas to do with your child.

Sounds like you could use a little alone time too. Maybe a book club, sewing group, learn a new language, gardening group, look into groups you share an interest in. Maybe just meet up for appetizers with some of your girlfriends?

Just start trying things, if it helps great. If it's too frustrating, move on to something else. If you are starting to feel too housebound, you will start getting depressed or resentful and that's no good for anyone. Hope you find something to spice things up for you.

Christy - posted on 03/28/2010

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Check out this site, the Mom's Club is usually in every community and they are either free, or charge a minimal yearly fee (like $20 or so a year) www.momsclub.org Lots of playgroups and activities, too.

Bridget - posted on 03/27/2010

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I take my son(9months) to the beach or the local duck pond. We also take walks around the neighborhood.I know how you feel. And remember to try to get some "you" time.

Rene - posted on 03/27/2010

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if theres a pool in your area they usally have a baby mommy time baby loves it takes a nice nap after and you get outside with reason for going not just an aimless wander

Erica - posted on 03/27/2010

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I totally feel ya! My husband and I share the car and I only get it one day a week so I really do feel like I'm under house arrest sometimes. What I have found helps is going for walks. Even if I REALLY don't want to go I make myself and I always feel better by the end of it, even if for no other reason than I am 30 minutes closer to my daughters naptime (she's 9 months old). I also live within walking distance to the library so we walk there once a week. When my daughter is napping I spend A LOT of time on the internet. On FB, message boards, email, blogs, you name it. It makes me feel less alone plus I get to talk to other grown ups, even if it isn't face to face. I also like to read which is a good escape from reality. Hope this help, good luck!

Jessica - posted on 03/27/2010

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At least you have the baby to play with. My kids are all in school all day. The only reason I don't work is because my husband in in the army and we're only supposed to be at this station for a few months while he's in training- not long enough to get a job. There are times when I go several days in a row without going out past the mailbox (which is literally right outside the front door). The only things that keep me occupied are my schoolwork (online college) and my daily Wii Fit workout.

Bethany - posted on 03/27/2010

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Go out and grocery shop. See if there is anything at your local library for infant reading time, depending your location, if there is a pool maybe go and swim with him. Anything helps me when I'm feeling that way. Sometimes it even helps to go outside for a little while. I know here in Wisconsin we have had a few nice days where we could go outside at least for a little bit and that helped. Good luck!

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