I'm the same as Shani... A 21month DS old & a 6 week old DD... My DH works away and went back to work for the first time on Wednesday... It's been a big challenge! Biggest one is getting DD to sleep while DS is around!
Also the tantrums... Could live without those! And the cluster feeding DD likes to do at the wrong times!
Bath time, and bed time is also a massive juggle!
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15-11-2014 11:55 #11
15-11-2014 11:58 #12Senior Member
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15-11-2014 13:46 #13
Can I join? My DS1 is 27 months (terrible twos!) and DS2 is 16 weeks. It sure is hard work! Luckily DS2 is a cruisy baby because DS1 is full on at the moment. 😁
15-11-2014 13:56 #14
Subbing I have a nearly 3 year old DD and an due in a few weeks with a DS. No idea how to handle a newborn whilst dealing with a toddler!
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15-11-2014 13:58 #15
Cue how many days a week do you send your DD to daycare?
My DD goes 2 days atm and she loves it too but wasn't sure if I should reduce or add an extra day when the baby arrives... Or just leave things as are.
15-11-2014 14:02 #16
I'm going to leave my three year old at two days
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15-11-2014 14:40 #17
My main issue is keeping my DS1 entertained while feeding/changing DS2. The tantrums are a nightmare too, just like your DD.
I just try to have a loose schedule with the boys, so we're doing things around the same time each day. I try to take the boys out to activities or the park every morning. It's hard taking them out but I just do it, even if I don't want to. I usually feel better once I'm out and I usually enjoy the adult company/conversations.. Usually with strangers lol!
I'm living by the motto 'what's the worst that could happen'. Jeepers- the house is a mess, the boys won't sleep, they haven't had a really great lunch, the tv's on again, they haven't been out... Insert motto.
Now if only i could have 5 minutes to myself!
15-11-2014 15:06 #18Senior Member
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Hi! Can I join too? I have a 7 week old, 3yo and 5yo. Can I just say thank goodness for childcare! DD and DS1 go 3 days a week and my DH does drop off and pick up on way to and from work, so these days are bliss for me! And DH doesn't work weekends so it is really only 2 days a week of chaos for me.
I've just started SOS routine with DS2 and it seems to be working a treat! My other 2 were terrible sleepers from 4-12 months (DD still isn't great) so I'm hoping to not repeat that this time.
My DS1 and DD entertain each other a bit which helps, although they are really noisy which can make life difficult with a newborn.
I'm feeling quite positive today, but I think that is just because DH is here to help me!
15-11-2014 15:11 #19
Subbing I have a 21 month old dd and due with ds in less than a week.
Im so scared of how tough it will be but look forward to being able to vent and some advice to help me cope!
On a positive note.. it wont be like this forever... right??!
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15-11-2014 16:05 #20Member
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I know what you're talking about! I have 4,5yo, 3yo and 3months, all boys. And on my own for a month and some, husband on working trip. I had already a big trial when my second came around, now I arranged fot my sister to come for the birth and she stayed for 2 months after (she lives in Spain). It was really a blessing.
As of how to deal with a toddler, I find it useful to give him full attention whenever possible, so he won't feel rejected. Even when I breastfed my second one, I always asked my older if he wants to come and have cuddle with us, or just sit next to me. I often told him nice things, as how he is my great, nice little boy, listed all the things he is doing and that make me proud/happy.
Now it is a bit different, cause 2 older can occupy each other often (mind you, sometimes it means a big mess and things that shouldn't been done, as I am breastfeeding and it is evening, so I cannot yell near the ear of the newborn, even though I know they are misbehaving seriously). I do one day at a time. Also, childcare 3 days a week is a life saver.
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