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Boredom

As strange as it might seem, I’m bored!

I hate to admit it, but it’s the truth. Not bored of being a mum, not bored because there is nothing to do – but the simple nature of the situation at the moment sees me sitting on the couch for large chunks of the day breastfeeding.

There is only so much TV I can watch, and that’s even after I’ve resorted to browsing all of the ‘TV on demand’ websites. I’ve watched more episodes of various shows in the last week than I have in probably the year to date.

It’s ludicrous.

With one, or often both of my hands and arms full of children, it’s difficult to do much of anything else and I can say that I am very much looking forward to the time when they aren’t feeding quite so frequently, or for quite as long. And to the time when Natalie is actually sleeping somewhere other than me – it’s a rare thing, but we’re working on it.

I know these early days won’t last forever, and I am taking deep breaths and being grateful for all the snuggles and love. That super productive wonder woman side of me is itching to actually DO SOMETHING though. I’m enjoying intense bouts of cleaning when I get a few hands free moments simply because it means I am moving, I’m up off the couch.

Makes it hard for writing stuff to even get a look in really, because that is more sitting down.

How is everyone else doing though? I am trying to keep up, but I’d love to see some comments from you all telling me whats going on for you right now. I miss all the interaction. I know things will balance out soon enough, then I can get back into the community feel šŸ™‚

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14 thoughts on “Boredom”

  1. I don’t know if the boredom is just the result of not being able to do anything productive, it might also be that time of the year!

    Well, I have a boy with Grumpy Pox, as you are aware, although he looks like he has a mild dose, I think I can count the number of spots on two hands and perhaps a foot or two, so we are lucky. The neighbours kid is covered in them!

    I am looking forward to having some time to myself again, which is what I think I am really missing the most at the moment. Moments to just sit and watch what I want to, work on the computer without someone looking over my shoulder and perhaps – dare I say it – actually do some writing!

    Good luck Cassie! :o) x x

    1. I hope he bounces back quickly. When Ivy had them last year she had a really mild dose as well and was bored silly being home for those last few days that were required! Pity he didn’t get them at the start of the holidays huh?

      I’m sure you’ll really be loving the writing when you do get back into it šŸ™‚ You might be right about it being the time of year tho. I think even if the two little ones were making my life easier, I still wouldn’t have got a lot done with it being holidays! Not to mention all the sickness we’ve had in the house the last few weeks – draining!

  2. Cassie, I don’t have to say it, I suppose, because you already know, but you are doing something wonderful for your children that will make them happier, healthier and more relaxed people as they grow. You will reap the benefits later – including being able to have more time for yourself. It’s a great thing you are doing.
    To assuage the boredom, why not try the following:
    1. Get some audio books, listen to them on an MP3 player or through the computer, hi-fi or TV. Catch up on all that reading you’ve always wanted to. I recommend mysteries, like Robert Goddard, but that’s just me.
    2. Get one of those little digital recorders and dictate your next book. Barbara Cartland used to dictate all her books. Wear a glittery red evening dress while you do it to really get the BC vibe going.
    3. Listen to classical music. Now is the time, when you are pinned down and undistracted, to really, really listen to Mozart and Beethoven. I wish I had the time these days.
    4. Turn off the TV, stare at the empty screen, and imagine the perfect TV show, the one you wish was actually showing. Then dictate it to your digital recorder and write up the script later.

    1. Thank you Graham šŸ™‚ I don’t need to be told but it’s always nice to hear it! I think sometimes people don’t say things because they know I know, but yeah, it’s good to have it reaffirmed on occasion šŸ˜‰

      Also, great ideas! I hadn’t thought about audio books, I bet there are a lot of podcasts that would be interesting listening as well. Classical music is good for brain development too right, so that would be good for me and the little ones also šŸ™‚

      I love that I can do this for them, and I know it won’t last forever. Being a Mum is important work.

  3. So hard to sit and feel like moments are passing, and with a body well occupied, the mind feels like, ‘Hey! what about me???’

    As for me… I’m writing like a fiend to finish the WIP, then on Monday I’m driving to help out my sis. Babies are doing really well… šŸ™‚

    1. I’m glad the babies are doing well šŸ™‚ And good luck on finishing the WIP! have a lovely visit with your sister and the little ones.

      I think you’re right, about the mind not being as occupied. My mind is frequently a busy place, and so the serious down time and lack of things to do with it can be an issue. Lucky the girls are so beautiful.

      Speaking of… feeding time again!

  4. It’s not surprising that you are bored! I hated breastfeeding, and that was one of the biggest reasons why! I hated sitting for that length of time, unable to do much of anything. It’s easier the older they get, when they can hold themselves up and latch on effortlessly. Before that? OI.

    I’m glad that you are at least working to step back and enjoy it. Sometimes I look back and am saddened at the amount of “lost time” I feel I’ve had.

    Also, I miss you!

    1. Miss you too šŸ™‚

      I think it can be easy to feel like you are losing time – I do fall into that sometimes – but on the other hand I am gaining heaps from it as well (and losing weight! lol I love breastfeeding). Natalie is good in that she latches really well and is a bit of a pro already, or maybe its just that I am still in the practice of feeding anyways so it seems like less of a drama than it did first time around when Lauren was a newborn.

      Either way, they will feed less soon. It goes by quickly in the long term view.

  5. Hi, Cassie!! Man, I know that feeling. (Aside from the mom of three stuff, lol.) No, what I mean is, watching TV for long periods of time has a way of feeling SO draining and useless. This, coming from someone who likes TV! I feel so unproductive when I do that for too long. It is a bit mind-numbing and has a way of making everything else feel blah, too. Anyway, maybe reading would make it seem less boring? I know that still entails sitting, but it might feel more productive. Also: maybe you could write standing up, haha. Or pacing, and talking into a voice recorder. šŸ™‚

    I miss you, too! So glad to hear things are going well for you! (Even if they are a little boring — still sounds like they’re going well in general.)

    1. I miss you as well! Feeling a little out of the loop, lol but not too bad just yet.

      You might be right about the TV watching thing. It does feel incredibly unproductive, moreso than many other things. I’m squeezing in a bit of reading when I can, but when they are both attached I can’t even hold a book up lol. Won’t last forever, won’t last forever, won’t last forever.

      1. Okay, so I’ve been thinking about a nearly hands-free reading option:

        E-reader + music stand to hold it a foot in front of your face = magic.

        You’d have to figure out how to turn the pages, though. Perhaps you could use your toes, lol. Or (for a more, uh, practical suggestion), maybe there’s some sort of voice-activated command that will turn an e-reader’s pages for you. Hm… šŸ˜‰

  6. Graham has some great suggestions there! I would definitely take advantage of them if you can šŸ™‚

    I know what you mean about the boredom – some days I just want the small man to amuse himself for 5 minutes so I can complete a thought or a note or something!

    But they are dear, and worth every moment šŸ˜€ Hang in there!

    1. Yes, worth every single moment. I am hanging the best I can! lol not much else I can do really šŸ˜‰ Am definitely going to look into listening to more things, Graham had some great ideas šŸ™‚

  7. Amazing! You’re bored! Be joyous! YOu are not exhausted, angry, misserable! So many new moms to be just those things. I am lucky this time around, I am none of the above. I do not have time to be any of the above šŸ™‚ My 7 and 4 year old keep me on my toes – I have perfected the art of walking and nursing! lol. Time will pass, I can’t believe I am at 2 months already, and sitting here typing while baby sleeps in his chair! All of yours are young still – enjoy the boredom! Oh – and congrats on your upcoming publication!

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