As you all know I'm a stay (work?) at home mom. I spend almost every waking moment with Margaux excepts for naps and after she goes to bed at 7. I love hanging out with her most of the time. I love her all of the time. But let's be honest, when that poor kid is teething or sick noone is having any fun.
I don't know if I've mentioned this before but I love being alone. I don't mean single and lonely, but I love my alone time. The two hardest things about having a baby for me are lack of sleep and lack of alone time. I seriously miss just hanging out with myself. My husband and I are very different in that he gets bored easily and I never get bored. I can always find something to do. And my favorite thing before was when he would go out and meet up with some friends or go ride his bike, and I would just have time to myself to do whatever. Craft, read, look at old pictures, pretend to organize things, go through clothes in my closet, etc.
Since we've had Margaux I don't get very much alone time. Technically I'm supposed to have Sundays "off" but that doesn't always happen. And that's usually my fault. Because I do like to spend time with my family so sometimes we just end up hanging out together. Which I love. But being an introvert my mental sanity starts to suffer if I don't have any recharge time.
Now that I'm only nursing Margaux once a day (she totally weaned herself off and I suspect soon she won't want to nurse in the mornings anymore either) I'm guessing I'll have a lot easier time spending time by myself. Yesterday I got a whole 5 hours to myself and it was pretty glorious. And when I got home and the husband and the kid came back from my in-laws' house it was so great to see them again! Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? And the best part? My non-cuddly baby was all for some (short-lived) mommy cuddles.
I've started to think about checking out a mommy's day out program or something that would give me some time during the week that I could get work done or run errands. Do any of you do anything like that? I'd love to hear your thoughts!