Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ground Hog's Day

I'm in a funk. I feel like I am in a perpetual state of sameness and it is driving me bonkers. I am stuck in a mommy rut. Blah.

I hate complaining about being a stay at home mom because I love it and it's what I always wanted, but man it can be monotonous. I think it has a lot to do with having a baby. This age is hard. For us, it's all about the schedule. Every 3 hours Penelope nurses, plays, and takes a nap. Throw in some snuggles, poop, and barf and you have a pretty good picture of what my life looks like. Every. Single. Day.

Since she naps so frequently, I feel tethered to my house. Getting out and about usually entails taking a walk or going to the park. These activities are endlessly fun for Beatrice, but sometimes I want to do other stuff. I need different stimuli! I try to mix it up and throw a trip to Target or Ikea into our routine, but for the most part I feel stuck in my house doing the same thing I did yesterday. And the day before. It makes for one bored mommy.

My other mommy friends have all experienced the same thing. Having little ones on a napping schedule means a lot of time at home. I try to remind myself that it is a short season and once the first year is over, there is more wiggle room in the schedule. It's getting through that first year that is the hard part. One can only look at the same 4 walls for so long! One year, max. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my babies and being at home with them. I just need to spice up our routine a bit. We need more than walks to the park added to our activity repertoire. I have been googling and have some fun ideas planned for the weeks to come. Beverly Hills adventure day, anyone? I'm hoping that just one activity out a week will jazz things up. 7 months is a long time to do the same thing over and over again.

Do you ever feel stuck in a mommy rut? How do you break the monotony of your days?


  1. Stuff like playgroup is great for us. But still, I start to feel the walls closing in, especially now that it is cold and we cant be outside much.

  2. I was just thinking about this last night. I love being on maternity leave with my little girl but I am getting cabin fever! My saving grace is my friend that has two little girls that we go hang out with. That and "going somewhere" (i.e., the grocery store or target).

  3. I'm not sure if I've mentioned MOPS to you before, but it's been such a wonderful escape for me. Really helps me get out of the rut and meet other Christian moms. You can find a local chapter at www.mops.org.
    I'm also part of an international bible study, called BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) that meets in the mornings with childcare. It's awesome. And since it's international, they're bound to have something like that near you. BSF has helped me grow soooo much in my walk with Jesus and the kids are learning too. Just last week Marco told me that "God made everything... even my arms... aren't they buuutiful?" And he was singing "Jesus loves the little children".
    If you need help locating any local chapters, let me know... I'd be glad to help!