I have a new situation that I need some help with. DS is 3 in August and goes to Montessori school daily 8:45 - 3:30. I work full time. His dad - DP/F/soon to be hubby - works 2 - 3 nights a week. We have 1 car and DP drops everyone off in the morning and picks up everyone at appropriate times, does nearly all grocery shopping and all the cooking. I loathe cooking. We try to eat pretty healthy and don't eat much pre-prepared foods. In fact, DP has spoiled me to the point that I don't really like anything like that, even the stuff I used to eat. Add to the current situation that we just moved and spent the past month mostly eating out, a lot of it fast food Finally, we haven't finished unpacking yet. Sigh. We also have 2 large dogs.
New situation: DP might start a month long job where he will essentially either be sleeping or at work. He did tell them he has to be able to pick up DS & I, so he'll get a break long enough for that. And we would put DS in aftercare until 4:30 so our pickup times would be closer.
There are 2 problems. 1 - I'm already not coping well with the amount of responsibility I have. I can accept a certain level of not cleaned house, but I'm pretty much the only one that cleans regularly. DS is pretty needy/clingy and also very .... 2. =P He's a handful. I'm currently trying to make sure I spend some time with him first thing when I get home to reconnect. We'll see if that helps. I'm also thinking I might trying wearing him on my back. He's 30 lbs, maybe more, but I know moms carry older kids, I'm just not used to it. I have really good wraps so theoretically I should be able to do so. We also have a backyard if I could get him to go out in it more without me!
Problem 2, and the bigger one really. What are we going to eat??? I already feel like I don't have enough time between end of work day and bed to get everything done. How do I add this huge chore? I don't mind the occasional frozen pizza, but more than once a week is a definite no. And I'd rather not heat up the house with the oven right now as we live in the desert and are already getting highs at 90. We do have a great crockpot and a toaster/convection oven.
I have HUGE admiration for single moms!! How do they do it?