A little background: I have major depression and anxiety. I can't get any medication until I get my health card renewed (I'm in Ontario). So getting through each day, for me, even without a baby, is very difficult. It will be weeks before I can get back on medication.
So, I am going pretty much nuts each day with boredom, sadness, etc. Keeping busy helps a little but it's tough to always find something to do. My daughter is very high needs and can only play on her own for about 10 minutes before needing to be held and carried around. I can't carry her around and do chores because most of my chores are two handed jobs. (lol..)
I'm looking for advice from other moms who have been a SAHM to a baby (and no other children at that time) for 8/9 hours a day (my husband's 8-5). Here is a look at my day:
8:00 am baby wakes, bottle. Sit in bouncer and watch baby einstein while I clean kitchen. We cuddle a bit when she starts getting fussy. Then we play on the floor with toys and practice sitting up. Then only 5 minutes tummy time (that's all she'll do.)
9:30 am bottle and down for a nap (during which I read or clean)
11:00 am ish bottle, read a book, be carried around while I do one handed chores, sit in bouncer and play with toys
I find that the afternoon 1pm - 5pm is the hardest to 'get through' since she is getting fussy and it just seems to drag on. I've decided to start taking 1 hour walks after the afternoon nap, which would mean we get back home at about 3 or 4, and then there are still two or so hours we have to occupy ourselves. When her daddy gets home she's so excited and they play together until bedtime because he hasn't seen her all day.
Sorry if that was long. I am wondering what other moms schedules look like, and what other activities (for a 6 month old) we could fit in there to make the day more fun and go by faster/keep her happy.. and me, too. Once I get back on my medication and into group therapy I know I will be much happier and more motivated.