Guys...I need some help.
As most of you know, I have anxiety problems. I take medication for it and it keeps me functional...most of the time. However, with Brian heading back to work in two weeks I'm getting more and more nervous about my new role as a mom of 3 kids under the age of 4. Can that be right?! Arg...it must be...how crazy are we?!
I like schedules...they keep me sane. It gives me things to work toward; starting and stopping points, to help me tackle the day. So, it's been suggested to me, by numerous people, that I put my family on a schedule for when Brian goes back to work so I don't lose my cool. Since it takes practice to get into a routine, we've decided to start tomorrow, so when Brian goes back, we all know our expectations.
The problem is, when I think of even setting up a schedule, my mind goes blank. It's one of the fun things of my anxiety. My mind won't stop racing when I want to calm down and when I need to think in stressful situations, it stops working.
So, I'm asking you guys for help! I need to come up with activities for the kids and I to do together to keep us busy. Trips, crafts, cleaning, schools, etc...I need all ideas. The general layout of the day goes like this:
6:30 - Kids wake up
7:45 - We drive Brian to the bus stop for work
8:05 - We arrive home
11:30 - The kids eat lunch
12-2 - Nap Time
5:45 - We pick up Brian from the bus stop
Taking into consideration I have to feed the baby every 3-4 hours, I have big time slots to fill from 8-12 and 2-6. I'm thinking just one activity, or two small ones, can fit in each time slot (i.e. two activities a day). We have the budget to go to one big trip (zoo, etc) once a week while everything else needs to be free or close to it. I live in the San Jose area, less than an hour to the beach, San Fran, etc. so if you have any ideas along that line, let me know!
This is where I need your creativity! What can I do with two toddlers and a newborn without going crazy?
Feel free to post ideas on this blog, on facebook, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or even text me!
I really appreciate all of your help on this. I know since I have two kids already I should already know what to do, but #3 has put me in a tailspin and I need my friends' help :)
Love you all!! Keep the ideas coming!