Challenges

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Unexpected flowers flourishing in a crack on the Feldkamp’s front porch.

Ugh. We’ve only been back for a few days and already I feel so BORED! Now I know why new mothers tend to have shopping disorders – it’s simply an easy, safe, and entertaining thing to do with a baby. It gets you both out of the house, and if you happen to find something cute or useful, then it gives you a sense of accomplishment, too. The thing is, after two back-to-back trips to each set of grandparents, Chloe has almost everything she needs until winter. Plus, I really don’t want to become that kind of mother…

So, what else is there to do? I could start a craft or sewing project, but I don’t really have anything in mind, nor do I look forward to being interrupted every two minutes. Plus, our house is so small that the sound of the sewing machine wakes up the baby. We could go on a day trip, maybe to the coast or to the Oregon Garden, except that Chloe really doesn’t like her car seat right now. She’ll probably just cry until she falls asleep, but by then I’d get a headache and the fun would drain right out of the adventure. Hiking is out of the question, even though I enjoy it. I’m one of those mothers who doesn’t really feel safe in the woods all alone with her baby. Chloe hasn’t liked going for walks in her stroller lately, either, which makes walking the dog a bigger chore than it needs to be, which sucks.

So, what to do? Yes, we still do the baby time at the library, but that is only 30 minutes, one day a week. Gymboree and baby pool classes are another option, but they are just so expensive. I’d love to take a class on my own, maybe on web design or photography, but finding a sitter is a whole ‘nother can of worms. Mom?! Sandy?! I miss you guys SO much!

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10 thoughts on “Challenges

  1. Heh, this is the exact moment I decided I needed to go to graduate school…

  2. Maybe you need some mommy time! What about taking some quilting classes or joining a knitting group? It will get you out of the house (in the evenings) and you can regroup yourself!

    My first baby is due next week, and I don’t think I could live without my social groups!!

  3. Oh, I thought of another thing, Pick up a copy of NW Kids magazine (my dr.s office has them) and they have tons of ideas of things to do with kids. Off the top of my head there are some really cool fountains downtown PDX that you can spend time at and maybe meet other moms!

  4. Oh, you will make it, I am sure! Just do what you like doing, Chloe will get used to that. Also to the sound of the sewing machine… 🙂

  5. I totally understand! This is why my photography hobby has begun! We just got a family membership to the children’s museum yesterday and do love gymboree… but it seems like everything cost money:-( AHHHH! Summer does make it easier just to get out fountians are great idea Rachel! As for things for yourself I think that is a great idea I would love to take a class or something but again it is the money and then the childcare! Tell me when you find the answer I need it too!

  6. It’s hard. I made it a point to get outside everyday. Either a car ride to do a simple errand or a walk around the block. I walked my entire neighborhood several times over with my kids. (She’ll get better after awhile- I promise.) Classes and gyms cost money which we couldn’t afford anymore on a single income. There’s plenty of free things to do, but you gotta get out to find them. Don’t get stuck at home… unless of course you start to sew again. 😉

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  8. You should check out the Children’s Museum! It’s nearby, so the car ride wouldn’t be a huge issue, and if you get the cheap membership (which wouldn’t cover David, but oh well) it’s not too expensive. Then you guys could go there for an hour or something, and she could explore all new toys… and the water feature is a huge hit with Lorenzo. And I’d go with you and we could hang out! Think of the possibilities. OMSI is also awesome, but more expensive.

  9. I feel for you and have definitely been there in the not so distant past. Like another commenter said, do what you like to do in terms of sewing/crafting as Miss Chloe will get used to the purr of the sewing machine and other sounds in the house. Knit/crochet and give her a ball of yarn to play with…she won’t stay small forever but you and she have to find balance because you can’t be the mommy she needs if you are out of balance….that has been my experience.

    Also, you must leave the house daily, she will get used to her seat. It is good for both of you.

    Hang in there you are doing great!!

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