My kids are the same age as yours (oldest is six months older, younger is two months younger). And I also spend half my day at the park, and no, no books. Though, I do like being outside and at least there are other moms of other active kids at the park to talk too. That saves my sanity!
We do our park time in the afternoon, but that's only because we have pre-school. It's subsidized. If I were you I'd be going door to door once a week begging for any way to get the older child in a school. Begging, literally. Asking every pre-school if they know of ANY program your child would be eligible for. Just one day a week, if that is your chore (you could also call).
That's me this week, looking for a cheaper permanent alternative for my three-year-old. Whee. Not fun. But worth it.
We also have a rigid schedule and no, no me time 'till they're in bed.
I also stay up until the baby wakes to nurse because I am so nervous. I just can't sleep until I do that last nurse. It sucks!!! I'm typing now thinking... she'll wake any minute... and then the moment I think, tonight's the night! Tonight she'll STTN! YES!
I go to sleep...and ten minutes later she wakes. *It doesn't matter what time I go to bed.*
I totally know how you feel.
|But you have a 3 year old. "Go get your shirt on, Daddy's in the bedroom, he'll help you. "
You don't know my husband... ten minutes later, he'll be standing over me asking for breakfast and I'll ask where the pre-schooler is, and she's doing something else entirely.
I'm pretty sure the OP's husband is at least that clueless. At least mine doesn't waste time on video games!
OP, I feel your pain. Do your kids have anyone to meet at the park? Are there other kids, so at least you talk to their moms and feel like an adult? Could you drive to a different park? I'm going to be honest- we drive from park to park to find the ones where other kids my kids' ages are. So I don't have to play with them. I find that ridiculous. I play with them the rest of the day, I shouldn't have to at a park.
I mean, I will, of course. I do. But not like, the whole two to four hours!