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husband got a new job and I am trying to think of ways to celebrate with the pandemic. would love ideas! I am exhausted from what seems to be a birthday or something else to celebrate every week lately (and out of ideas) so want to do something super low key.
Takeout cocktails, if there’s a place near you doing that?
+1. Takeout cocktails, dinner, or a special dessert if there’s a bakery closeby. We got a pie from a local bakery we love to celebrate our anniversary in April, and it was indulgent but low key and took basically no effort.
I’m not a big drinker, so I would do something fun and out of the ordinary for us outdoors (like s’mores over the firepit or sunset picnic).
+1 to outdoors after kids are in bed. We have both a hot tub and fire pit that are nice ways to unwind and connect, but even just sitting on the deck looking out over the backyard without our phones is super relaxing at dusk. DH is a beer drinker so I’d get him a fancy beer probably, or a growler fill with a local craft beer he likes.
My absolute favorite sun hats are the Sunday Afternoons ones. They’re flexible in sizing, so fit for a while, have a flap that covers the back of their neck, and have a chin strap.
I bought one at Whole Foods (randomly) and it was so good I’ve bought it in the next few sizes. I agree, the chin strap is crucial.
YES to Sunday afternoons. We currently own 10 (!!) of these across our family of 4. The kids have multiple to keep at school, diaper bag, etc., plus I grabbed ones for me and DH to stash in the diaper bag for when we’re at the playground. We’ve had some for almost 4 years and they haven’t worn out. Love the chin strap that pops off with pressure so not a strangulation hazard.
+1 to Sunday Afternoons!
YES we love the sunday afternoon ones and my kids will always keep them on their heads.
Cute kid stories to end the week?
My nearly 3 year old loves to work in our tiny garden. He’s got a wheelbarrow and some garden equipment and went outside to ‘do his farm work’ last night. He wouldn’t come in because ‘I still have farm work to do!’ He’s starting to get to the point where he’s useful, I can have him fill up a pot or break up a bit of soil.
And after every meal, he’ll say ‘Thank you for a lovely dinner, mama’ or ‘That was delicious!’
One afternoon this week, my daughter came to me and said in a very serious tone, “I have a deal to propose. If I make dinner, will you let us watch a funny TV show while we are eating?” Why, yes, I will be happy to let you cook and also to have an excuse to eat in front of the television. She also asked to be allowed to wash the car and oil the patio furniture. As long as it’s her idea and not mine, she thinks it is a grown-up privilege to do chores. (But she still complains about making her bed and cleaning her bathroom.) I wonder how long this will last.
That’s so cute! My son is big on ‘suggestions’ at the moment, ‘I have a suggestion…let’s play and then watch some television’.
My baby started saying dada! Well, mostly dadadadada. But it’s still really fun. We’ve been spamming the grandparents with videos.
Mine is also a big gardener, enjoys picking strawberries and snap peas currently. If DH is out there with him and I ask them to come in for dinner he says, “Not yet momma, daddy and me workin!”
The cutest phrase he’s been using is “Actually”. Like I’ll say, “Don’t forget your hat” and he responds very seriously, “Actually, I no need my hat right now cuz it not sunny.”
His continued inclusion of baby brother in everything is adorable. Just this morning he built a duplo house. “This is a house for me and mommy and daddy and baby brother!” Then I asked if our cat could live there too, and he said, “Oh yeah, him too. And my trains and my fire trucks!” Kid has his priorities, lol.
Observing my 3 y/o’s language development has been one of my favorite parts of parenting. Yesterday he said “You need take your memicine before you go bed, Mama. And I said “Oh yes I do, thank you.” He proudly responded: “You’re welcome for I remembered you!” as in “I reminded you” – so cute.
Agreed, the lovely chats I have with my son are the most rewarding part of parenting.
My 3.5 year old LOVES when we dress alike- we all have matching Hanna pjs and she likes when we all wear our local sports teams shirts too. Yesterday when I put on my pj pants at her request so we would all match she was so delighted she hugged me and said “Mommy I luff you so much.” Which has of course inspired me to buy more matching stuff! If anyone has any suggestions would love to hear them.
When she hits size 6, you can get cute coordinating workout clothes from Athleta/Athleta Girl. When mine was younger, we used to wear our matching leggings to yoga class together.
Old Navy sometimes offers adults’ and kids’ clothes in the same print too.
Ack! I forgot that Father’s Day is this weekend! Ideas for how to make the weekend feel special? I got the kids to make their gifts already, so that part is covered.
Big brunch spread (pancakes, eggs, bacon, waffles) on fancy plates (or break out the (washable) linens if plates are too breakable). Have the kids chalk the driveway so he can see it out the window. My inlaws are coming over for grilling and a campfire. This may be the only summer where our fire pit gets regular use.
I completely forgot that our local bakeries have re-opened, and went a little nuts ordering breakfast for us (all the croissants and danishes!!). I’m in charge of the kiddo who will come with me to do the pick up, we’ll have family brunch that morning, and then my husband gets the day off to do whatever (likely tennis). The presents arrived on time (well, 2 out of 3 did) so he’ll have those to unwrap over brunch as well.
I’d like to grill but our bbq was damaged over the winter and we didn’t find out until the spring…when bbq’s were back-ordered everywhere. Argh. So dinner will be something simple and crowd-pleasing, likely tacos or a roast.
WE’re doing donuts. I also copied an idea from a mommy blogger where I got a blank notebook and did a questionnaire with my kids about their dads that we’re hopefully going to do every year and then traced their hands and did a little art. (More something I’ll like than him but it’s cute…)
This questionnaire sounds fun! Do you have a link?
Previous poster says
Sure – here’s the blogger I got the idea from: https://www.lovelyluckylife.com/mothers-day-fathers-day-card-book/
And then honestly I searched “fathers day questionnaire” and a bunch of examples came up on pinterest. I picked and choosed my favorites – I tried to go for things that would be fun for a 10 year old to answer and that wouldn’t just have the same answer every year, although I might switch some up! It came out pretty hilarious.
Some that I used were
When my dad is at work he _____. My dad’s favorite thing to cook is ____. My dad gets mad when ______. My dad is happy when ____. My favorite thing to do with my dad is _____. My dad always says ______. My favorite thing about my dad is ______.
Yes please share! That sounds adorable. I love asking what kids think about stuff.
for my husband’s birthday I got quiches and pastries from a bakery – it was a ton of fun! I am thinking of getting bagels out (his favorite) for father’s day. I also got him a small gift that was something he has been wanting for a while.
Help with kid rejecting babysitter says
The good news is that I have finally have some childcare again – our wonderful babysitter is now coming to the house a couple hours a day to help out with the kids (3 and 6). The bad news is that our 3 year old is throwing enormous tantrums about her being here, saying mean things about her (“I want [sitter] to go away” and “[Sitter] go to jail”) and refusing to let her take care of him or play with him. He just spent half an hour clinging to me while I ignored him and read email instead of watching TV with her and the 6 year old. Help! I can’t leave the house to work elsewhere, my office isn’t open.
Don’t be visible. Can you walk out the door and sneak in another way? Or just blockade yourself in your bedroom?
Talk to the sitter the day before and help her line up a fun activity to start the day. When the sitter arrives, leave house for a short bit. Walk the dog if you have one, get drive-through coffee, just go for a walk yourself. Take yourself out of the picture for 15-20 minutes and let the sitter get into a groove with the kids. Then hopefully when you return, they are engaged with her and your presence is less distracting.
I will try that on Monday – thanks! The sitter has been doing special fun things with them (she is currently making slime with 6 year old) but we haven’t been leaving house when she arrives.
Seconding this. And figuring out if there’s a way to come back in that doesn’t walk right past the kids, so that they’re not so aware of it.
I’m sure I’m a terrible parent for this, but.O wouldn’t be beyond a bit of bribery. Have the sitter show up with popsicles or cookies. Disappear while the kids are happily consuming said treat. Encourage the sitter to play and have fun with resistant 3 yo.
Rather than you leaving when sitter arrives, you could also try having the sitter start the day by taking the kids out for a walk or something, and then you keeping out of sight when she is back. This is how I used to deal with babysitting a toddler and a three year old when their mom was at home.
This is what I would do. DH takes ours outside from 8am to 10am everyday and it is by far my most productive time.
Seeking advice/commiseration…we moved to a medium size town in November for a really cool dream job for me. Husband was part time (of counsel) at a law firm and was happy to quit to move, he wasn’t in love with the work. He has been SAHD-ing for six months now, three of them during a pandemic. Job search had just kicked into higher gear when corona hit.
Since I wfh now I have been taking the breakfast shift with the kids (twins, 18 months). I am avail at 430 when work is done, I typically am able to help a bit with lunch and putting them down for their afternoon nap. Since I’m in the house husband can go running during the nap or run errands. I take them for large chunks on the weekends and will do larger cleaning and cooking chores during the day if I have conference calls that are mostly listening. In addition, my mom comes and stays to help for two days every week/ten days and we just hired a sitter to give him a full day off a week.
I’m happy to do all this, he does more in terms of household chores (laundry, dishes) and all budgeting, errand running, doctors stuff, insurance, etc. Twins are tough. Corona is tough.
He is just…miserable. I vacillate between “What else can I do to give you breaks and support you” to “not my job to make you happy, I am already doing enough and you are going to get your butt kicked when I go back to the office so at least be happy now” (ha, not the most generous, I know).
Would love advice from other working moms with SAHDs. I want to be as supportive as possible because I see my other friends who are women who stay at home and many times their husbands are not…err as clearly engaged in trying to be fair and just as I am. I am also wondering though if I am picking up unnecessary emotional labor and should let some of this go.
So I think I can help here. I was off for first year with twins and then DH took unpaid leave for age 1-2. He loved being home with them in some ways but in others he really struggled. It sounds like your DH has TONS of help from you/your mom/your sitter on the childcare front. For my DH what was missing wasn’t help with the kids but a life outside of the kids. He needed an identity other than ‘dad’. This can be harder for SAHD to build (especially in a pandemic) because many SAH things are female focused. For my DH it was volunteering to be a member of the city bike committee that met once a month and getting involved with teaching a learn to trail run course for beginner runners one evening a week. These things should happen on the days when the sitter has the kids if at all possible. As a super easy starting point – can he take a continuing legal education seminar via zoom? Maybe even get involved in offering/teaching one? They’re all done via zoom these days.
The pandemic may actually help the job hunt in some ways as our office is now set up to be fully online so we’d be more open to a distance hire than usual – especially in a research or appeal ghost writing type role.
Also, make sure you are investing non-kid time in your marriage. The sitter is a huge help here. On sitter day – you and he should go for lunch at a local restaurant if they are open or do take out in the park. Talk about anything but the kids. Maybe even arrange to have another couple join you once a month – not hard to eat while socially distanced in a park.
Adding that you should let some of it go. Raise the issue, make a few suggestions on activities/connections you have heard about in the community where it is a new community to you both and you may be better connected to what’s happening via work, and then let him run with it. Your role is to acknowledge the problem and offer some suggestions but not to fix it for him. He has to figure it out for himself.
I don’t think you’re wrong in picking up this emotional labor–you can’t just ignore a miserable spouse. Why do you think he is so miserable? If he’s missing a job, perhaps he could do some pro bono work to make some inroads in the community (for the job search) and recover a bit of his identity?
Lana Del Raygun says
I’m also guessing that this is more about what he’s missing (work, self-development, adult social life) than about too much childcare. Obviously it’s difficult to make friends in a new city in a pandemic. Does he have constructive hobbies that can give him a sense of achievement? Can he volunteer somewhere socially distanced, maybe legal aid?
Hi! I am in your shoes. I’m still working, but we moved in January to a different suburb of the same city, leaving our hyperlocal networks behind; husband had just finished a PhD program and was job hunting when corona hit. It’s been very hard and would be even harder if his skills were not in a versatile STEM field. He’s been SAHD-ing since daycare shut and it’s been mentally taxing for us all – neither of us has ever wanted to be a full-time SAHP or a sole breadwinner. And trying to build new social networks in a new community during a pandemic is impossible.
The crux of the matter is that he is at home not by choice but by circumstance. This would be true for a SAHM who was also not doing it by choice. It’s definitely different if he chose to stay home with the kids, and covid adds a layer of restrictions – like he can’t take them to the science museum, the library or any of the other usual outings.
For the time being, I try to solo parent the kids on at least one weekend day so he can revise papers for publication/ work on job applications/ hobbies/ exercise / just chill out. It means that I literally never have any time when I’m not working, parenting, or asleep. (Even for exercise – I usually run with the toddler. Maybe a few minutes before bed to read and pass out with a book on my face?) And we just decided on a nanny share with our next-door neighbor instead of sending the kids back to daycare at the end of the month. Extra childcare helps. Getting takeout helps. I would love to hear suggestions from others too! Hugs and solidarity because this is draining and miserable for everyone.
I don’t have a ton of advice, but the first half of your post was basically my family, my husband is currently a reluctant SAHD (was in some final interviews just as pandemic hit), during the weekday I help almost exactly as much as you right down to the 4:30 day end, and doing household chores while I’m on listening conference calls. (As an aside, that is a total productivity benefit of working from home I did not appreciate prior to this…it is so nice to get laundry folded etc during the workday while on these calls, and I actually feel more productive on the calls while doing it bc I’m less likely to get distracted by my email which takes more brain power away vs mindless folding or whatever where I’m giving the call my full cognitive attention).
Just as a data point your husband is getting way more help than mine was with your mom coming, and I do not do large chunks of the weekend by myself (I mean, I would occasionally if he asked but that works both ways). But my kids are a few years older and I’ve often thought that the 18 months range would’ve been the absolute hardest age to deal with this pandemic with (although of course all ages have their challenges). (I say was because now my daughter started preschool but he still has my son full time).
Honestly prepandemic my husband was seeing a therapist and is on anti depressant medication in part because of the job search situation etc. and it sounds like that might be a route you want to explore, I’m not sure any amount of extra help from you or activity suggestions will solve this. (Actually the latter would probably not be super well received in my case….). Not to armchair diagnose, maybe he doesn’t need medication, but yes to trying therapy if he’d be willing.
I also want to add…I think there is some risk to you yourself throwing too much help at the problem and then you also end up miserable so then you both are. And it probably wouldn’t fixing his unhappiness anyway. Working is also exhausting, especially when it comes with the extra fun of the pressure of being the unintentional sole breadwinner. Don’t discount that for yourself.
Funny update: I posted a couple weeks ago asking for advice about my previously silent dog who has started barking in the middle of the day while the whole family is WFH. My husband finally figured out that the barking mostly coincides with his meetings. He is one of those people who talks very loudly during videoconferences, and apparently the dog wants to join in the conversation with her ROWR ROWR ROWR ROWR.
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We realized our dogs act up a ton right before and during virtual court / depositions / essentially anything important. I suspect they feel the small spike in our adrenaline and react to it. It’s not just the noise of us talking because they don’t react that way for the less important stuff.
As soon as I say goodbye on a web meet, my dogjumps up and thinks he get’s to go outside because he did a few times. It’s his new trigger word, and if I don’t get up with him he sits next to me and whines.
For people with small kids, how are you able to enjoy a cocktail on the weekends? We love having our weekend cocktails (honestly I think we like making them more than drinking them, has been a bit of a pandemic hobby), but man its so brutal the next day with little children waking up at 6:30 AM (not necessarily over drinking or super hung over, but just feeling closer to 80% than well). Wondering if we may just need to stop the cocktails until our youngest one is able to sleep in a bit more, sadly.
What time do the kids go to bed? I would think you’d have at least an hour or two after their bedtime to enjoy one cocktail and then get to sleep by 10:00.
+1. I simply can’t go to bed much past 10pm and function the next day, with or without alcohol in the mix. My husband doesn’t drink, so we’ve been experimenting with flavored vinegars/shrubs/etc. to make mocktails with seltzer feel more fancy. I HIGHLY recommend the Ssom brand. I find alternating a fancy mocktail with a glass of wine or a beer helps.
Ymmv, but I find I drink wine too quickly, so I switched to beer or I’ll make it a ‘spritzer’ with some seltzer to give me something to sip on that won’t have as high of an alcohol content.
Ha, I feel like I’ve been preparing for 7 years to give this advice.
First, if your cocktails are on the sweet side, they might be making your hangovers worse.
Second, before bed take an aspirin, ideally with some food like a banana to help with the hangover effects the next day.
Second, alternate who wakes up on which day. I “sleep in” on Saturdays, meaning I get out of bed at 7:30ish instead of whenever the first child wakes up, and my husband does the same on Sundays. It’s a lot easier when you don’t have to get up with kids every day.
Honesty, I don’t feel like having one (or two) cocktails in the evening really affects me the next day like that, so maybe you are just particularly sensitive to alcohol. Some recipes have “low alcohol” cocktail options – you might want to try looking for those, so you still get the specialness, but without so much effect.
Pregnant now, but in the past, we did it sparingly. Because it is brutal. Even just staying up late and no drinking kills me the next day with a rambunctious kiddo who is ready to GO at 6:30.
Weaker cocktails or smaller glasses of wine. DH is, as he says, getting older (I still think 38 is plenty young, I’m 33) and no longer metabolizes alcohol like he used to in his 20s and I’m a lightweight (one, one freaking glass of wine will leave me hungover, particularly if there is no food). We also never drink without food and nurse our drinks very slowly – start them as a pre-dinner cocktail and nurse them through dinner. Even then (in part because I can’t seem to make a tasty weak margarita), mornings can still be tough – we often let kiddo snuggle in our bed with her tablet on very low volume for an hour while we attempt to snooze a little longer.
Are you just having one cocktail and feel this way? That’s rough.
My husband and I used to be big partiers back in the day, but now I just know my body well enough now to know I can’t have more than 2 now that I have kids, and even then spread over hours. As I’ve gotten older I’ve really realized how much it’s almost more how alcohol negatively affects my sleep than the actual hangover that’s the problem.
I’m also just more aware of what kinds of drinks make things worse for me. Like I love red wine, but unfortunately often that is the biggest problem drink for me in how I sleep and feel the next day. I can almost tell within a sip of two if it’s the type of red wine that’s going to be an issue for me.
Finally…white claws have been my friend for feeling like I’m enjoying an alcoholic beverage while having little hangover affect in the morning. :) (obviously in moderation, I still keep it to the 2).
I really think I may be super sensitive to alcohol as another poster suggested. Husband can have several cocktails and be up with no problem. I have one and feel meh most of the morning – with two it is misery all day. AND I always make sure I drink them right after kids go to bed and before dinner. I also really feel tipsy with after one drink! To be fair our cocktails are things like margaritas or negronis or sangrias (strong stuff) so I may need to cut the liquor in the recipes, and stick to 1.
Husband almost always wakes up with kids (I know I am fortunate, but I do most evenings so thats our trade off) but our place is small so I still hear them half the time and I am up.
I also found that after a certain age (33? 34?) I just could not drink hard alcohol drinks, they affected me WAY more than wine or beer (even high ABV beer). Can you switch to lower alcohol options or cut down the alcohol you have? I haven’t tried seedlip but I’ve heard good things about that too btw!
I am also very sensitive to alcohol and find that it messes with my sleep. Here is my system:
Sip slowly during a meal, not before
Wait at least 2 – 3 hours before trying to sleep or you’ll wake up when the alcohol wears off
Sleep 8 – 9 hours
Are you drinking enough water when you drink alcohol? Otherwise I’d maybe dilute your cocktails with seltzer or something.
I think you should try having the drink after you eat dinner instead of before. I can get drunk off of 4 sips of wine if I haven’t had any food at all.
yeah, I somehow seem to be way more sensitive to alcohol since having kids – I don’t get the “80%” feeling you’re describing in the morning but having a full drink makes me feel irritable and lightheaded, now, and I don’t sleep well if I drink within a few hours of bedtime.
I finally switched to just having a few sips of whatever my husband is drinking – he did a Whole30 a couple years ago and never went back to drinking as much as he did before, so he doesn’t mind if I drink 20% of his cocktail, and 20% of a cocktail is apparently all I can drink now and still feel normal.
I drink them super early (5PM), and switch to water by 6PM or so.
+1 I think part of OPs problem if I’m reading right is waiting until after kids go to bed? I think the more time before I personally sleep, the better. At the moment I usually have a cocktail during cocktail hour or dinner, then maybe another one later (ergo stretching the two out over hours) but often that happy hour one is enough to satisfy my drink craving. Assuming one doesn’t make her too tipsy to take care of the kids :)
I was never much for cocktails, but since turning 34 (what is it about that age?) I eschew all sugary alcoholic drinks, including red wine. My go-to summer treat has been a pint glass filled with ice, add a jigger of gin, then fill the rest of the way with LaCroix (key lime and coconut are my faves ATM). I’ll have one and then switch back to La Croix for the evening so it seems like I’m still getting to drink a treat. This is probably not applicable during quarantine, but we often save cocktail night for when kiddo is at grandma’s. We cook dinner, drink as much as we want, then we get breakfast at a greasy spoon the next day to help with the hangover.
I recommend blackberry Spindrift with gin.
Honestly? We start early (like at 4:30 p.m.), but we usually only have one cocktail each. We’re the same as you, we like making them more than drinking them, so it’s really just about the experience of having cocktail hour at our house.
Yes, cocktails are for happy hour. After the kids go to bed we just finish whatever we started earlier if there is some left, but we don’t typically pour new drinks. Let you kids run around the backyard or save screentime for then if you want some peace.
Weekends kids get morning tv. They get no other tv so they love it. If they argue about the choice it gets turned off so they work together to pick a show/s. We get up, but sit in the other room, split a bagel and drink coffee for 90 minutes or so in silence while reading the news. It’s a slow enough wake up to work for those headache mornings. (Plus, less drinking in general as I age. Boo)
Reminder given all the recent conversations here about “what else can I do?” – today is Juneteenth. A great reason to support your local Black community, Black businesses and Black artists.
Husband has the day off, so I was looking forward to a day without interruptions while he and our 13-year-old worked on a decorating project in her room. Instead, every five minutes it’s “where is the leftover paint?” “do we have any picture hangers?” “I can’t find the leftover paint–do you remember the name of the color?” Aaaaaaaaugh. I should have taken the day off too.
Is 8 am- 3 pm too long of a “school” day for a 2 year old? Our childcare situation is changing because of covid and I could put our 2 year old into a school program (meaning structure every day, learning, nap, recess). Has anyone jumped into the deep end like this with a child that young and regretted it? He has only been at home to date.
Paging Realist says
Junior Associate responding late to your comment on Thursday — Larry Gonick’s cartoons actually seem more suitable for precocious upper elementary or middle / high schoolers or even adults, since there are a lot of big words or concepts that come up as well as comic satire that might be lost on younger readers. In hindsight I think I had a different set of cartoon books (can’t remember the name) explaining basic concepts and only read Gonick’s books towards middle or high school.
The Horrible Science (I think the series also has some books on history or civilization under a different series name) books might be a better fit for younger readers.