DS is 3yo. DH has a new job and his schedule will mean I end up solely in charge of DS for longer & later hours than before. I have no trouble getting through the first half of the day, I work from home 4+ hours a day so I keep busy with that in the early morning and then our a.m. tasks like breakfast, shower, etc. and then we'll go out for awhile but we are often home by 4 or 5pm and DH won't come home 'til midnight. Hopefully I can get DS to sleep by 9pm but that still leaves 4-5 hours of time before bed where he just wants me to play with him. I hate playing, to be honest... I do it, of course, but I hate it. There aren't many outings we can do in the evenings and most of our friends want to be home & cooking dinner by that point. So I feel like that last part of the day just drags on & on and I feel BORED. Plus I'm exhausted since I get up so early to work before DS rises.
It's not that there's nothing to do, I could clean a bit I guess but I can only clean so much and I'm just not into that at all, and especially when I'm being interrupted by DS every 2 seconds. I'm trying to cook with DS more and that tries my patience but at least isn't boring! And hopefully with spring coming we'll be able to spend more time outside in the evenings. But even being outside is boring for me if we're just playing. I like to take walks or sit & relax but DS often just wants me to play with him in the yard and it's mind-numbing & I don't like our yard... And I really want to get back into working out but how do you fit in a workout with a needy toddler??
I feel silly posting this, technically I've been a SAHM now for 3 years so you'd think I'd have it down... but for the first year I was working full-time (from home with no childcare! ), the second year DS was still so very high-needs and cranky that we were in survival mode, and the third year DH was unemployed so I wasn't doing it alone. So I feel like I'm a SAHM again for the first time lol. I have plenty of ideas for things to do with DS but no ideas of what to do for me that I can work into a day with a toddler. Am I even asking a realistic question? Do most SAHM's just play with their kids & clean all day?