5 Weeks Post Partum & Cabin Fever

Brandie - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Is there anyone else out there that is going stir crazy for being in the house so much? I am 5 wks post partum and have a 2 yr 9 month old toddler, Sophia. I get so sad being in the house all day and night. There are days that I don't even walk outside. I am taking care and breastfeeding my newborn, Bella. It's hard for me because I am home alone all day while my husband is at work. There are times that I can't really take Sophia outside because I am tending to Bella. I do sit outside and try to play in the backyard with Sophia while I am holding Bella. I have tried going to the park, but it's so hard by myself, especially because of the breastfeeding. The other day I got brave and walked to the grocery store with both kids and on the way back Bella started screaming because she was hungry. So, I fed her on the busy street just standing on the sidewalk!!! LOL!



I get sad because I feel bad for Sophia. I want her to have fun and play, but there isn't anyone else available and it's hard for to take her place because I don't want to leave the house with the Bella.



I just need to vent and hear other stories from other mothers - if there are any similar.

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Brandie - posted on 08/03/2009

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Hi Jennifer! I know what you mean....Bella loves to be held all the time. I have learned to just lay her down and let her cry a little so that I can go to the bathroom or help my other daughter. It's hard! Hand in there! Things will get better for us. =)

Jennifer - posted on 08/03/2009

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I can relate. I just have one child, eight weeks. I'm alone with her all day while my husband is at work and she's a handful. She cries a lot and doesn't like to nap, so there is no routine and I never have time to accomplish anything. I try to go out for walks with her at least, but it's really hot here and it's tough for me to get the stroller out of the car while holding the baby. Doing this stuff alone is a real challenge. I'm looking for mommy groups in my area to give me something to do and some support.

Brandie - posted on 08/03/2009

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That sounds like a great idea. I have friends w/ kids, but a lot of the are at work during the week. I will search online for a group. Thanks for the idea Lynlee.

Lynlee - posted on 08/02/2009

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Have you thought about joining a playgroup or music group? We go to one where there are lots of mums with a toddler and baby. The older child can play with other children and you can still keep an eye on them but you can sit down and feed your baby or whatever at the same time. You'll also meet some other mums who are in the same situation as you.

User - posted on 08/01/2009

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Hi Brandie. I know what you are going through..it's such a busy time and you feel like you are always on the grind wheel. What really helped me was to get into a routine so I knew when my baby would be needing a feed (roughly) which ment I could have time to play with my other children and give them some important one on one time that they thrive on. I would have time to get dinner prepared while my baby would have a nap and I could even sneek in a nap while my todler and baby were sleeping! I could manage my day better and not worry about when my baby would cry out for a feed because I knew I would be back home in time. I wasn't so stressed either and knew what they wanted when they woke and everyone was a lot happier!! baby slept longer and even slept through the night! If you want any other help let me know! You're not alone my dear!

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