I went back to the office part-time after my son was born, and I have to say, I loved it. Four hours of work/dressing like a grownup/exposure to the world with adults; the rest of the day with my son (and all the shopping, housework,etc). That was the way to go.
Now I work part-time from home, mostly while my son naps, and I like that too. But sometimes part of me feels a bit like I am missing out on adult conversation with non-parents, and the ideas, trends, and inspirations that I was clued in to at work (it was a creative environment).
And of course, before my son was born I went out a lot: to museums, concerts, stores and new restaurants. All of that has been traded in for chain restaurants (the easiest with a toddler), playgrounds, big-box stores and still more playspaces.
Here's how it all adds up: Husband + son + domestic life - personal development/interests = my new (still pretty good) life
Don't get me wrong, I love being with my son, and I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to have my family and be in my work-from-home situation. But my world is a bit insular - friends are all stay-at-home married moms, and we talk about our kids, recipes, grocery shopping and playspaces, mostly.
I think it's time to branch back out a bit. 2012 is going to be the year of getting some of myself back, getting the occasional daytime babysitter so I get some time alone to reengage in some of my own interests. So I can feel like Katie, interesting person and wife/mom, not just Katie, wife/mom.
What's your resolution?