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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Making Time

Sometimes, I think it's because I'm lazy. Other times, I think it's because I'm really busy. But honestly, I'm not sure what it is. Why can I not make time for my friends?

Nathan and I leave for work around 7:00 every morning (because I have this tendency to hit We get home between 5:00 and 6:00, depending on my meeting schedule. That should leave me plenty of time to have dinner with my family, perhaps take Nathan to the park, give the kid a bath, put him down for the night, and at the very least, make phone calls. But, nah... not really. And the people who want me to do things on the weekends? Well, that would be all fine and good if I didn't just want to hang out with my family.

This summer, I think The Targo and I are going to try to get out there more! We want to see our friends, do more fun Chicago stuff, and get out of this cocoon that we've been in for the past fifteen months. I would love to hear what you new-ish parents have done? We miss our friends, and miss our city. We both think it's worth making time for both of them. We think too, that Nathan will enjoy it.


Bailey said...

I think we're going to try to get friends to meet us out at the street festivals. That way we can meet early, have some food and fun and then head home with the kid pre bed time. Of course this will probably screw up the afternoon nap but we'll deal with that.

Also, Village Tap on Roscoe is baby friendly. They have a beer garden and the bartender there told me they have a bunch of high chairs. A good place to have friends meet you, grab some food and a beer.

Hmm, I just realized I quantify a good time with food and beer. :)

AJU5's Mom said...

Based on my daughter's sleeping length, I would say you have about 2 hours at night to do things with him. I don't blame you for not getting a lot done! I work a lot less, work at home, and I don't think I get too much more done!

SoMi's Nilsa said...

I'm not a new parent. But, I am newly married. And after a year of planning a wedding and all the events surrounding the wedding, my husband and I really hibernated this winter. And I think that is totally fine. Just like getting used to being a parent - there's a transition time that's totally acceptable. Now, like us, the idea is how do we balance what we now know with those people who are important to us. You know, making sure the hibernation doesn't turn into isolation. Keep us updated about what you learn - I'm sure I could take a few hints myself!

Swimming-duck said...

I wish you the best of luck. We're terrible at this one! T works long hours and I do home daycare and honestly, we do end up hording our time to ourselves. However, I made the time for a girl's night out last weekend and it was wonderful and long overdue. Being a mom, wife, career girl, and friend to others is a lot to juggle. I'm sure we'll eventually get this whole "balance thing" figured out!